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Los Mochis & Topolobampo, Mexico

April 5th & 6th: El Chepe dumped us at the RR station a few minutes before midnight on the 4th. I did my usual "por favor, una hotel mas economica" to the cab driver. Three of us packed into the typical small Mexican cab and we shot off through boulevards and alleys, coming to stop in front of.....it coulda been Ernest Hemingway's hotel in Havana!

The Hotel Monte Carlo, wearing her 70 years well, captivated me. I could pretend I was in Cuba, but a modern city was right outside. I used the days to walk the streets, explore, try, observe, note.

April 7th: I left the MC and took one of the regional buses, like a big school bus with a diesel engine, to the seaport town of Topolobampo. After a rough start trying to find out what's what, I wound up at La Playa, the beach. As usual, when I most needed an angel, one appeared by the name of Willy. Sure, angels can be named Willy!

Although "only" an employee at El Maviri restaurant, he spoke English and could almost read one's mind as to needs. I was told that I could sleep anywhere I wanted to on the property. That afternoon I ate three plates of freshly harvested mangrove oysters with salsa and lime. Yum! After the customers left, Willy and I talked late into the night about life, love, and values.

The next day my cab driver Alfonso came to take me back to Topo, but it turned out that being Maundy Thursday, the buses weren't running! So he got me for a fare all the way back to, where else, the Monte Carlo.
2560 Hotel Monte Carlo in 1942 showing Cagney film.jpg
2560 Hotel Monte Carlo in 1942 showing Cagney film.jpg
2561 Paul in lobby of Monte Carlo.jpg
2561 Paul in lobby of Monte Carlo.jpg
2562 Paul in lobby of Monte Carlo.jpg
2562 Paul in lobby of Monte Carlo.jpg
2563 Lobby scene.jpg
2563 Lobby scene.jpg
2564 Hotel Monte Carlo.jpg
2564 Hotel Monte Carlo.jpg
2565 My balcony.jpg
2565 My balcony.jpg
2566 Second floor tile work.jpg
2566 Second floor tile work.jpg
2567 Mexcian wheelchair access.jpg
2567 Mexcian wheelchair access.jpg
2568 Los Mochis street scene.jpg
2568 Los Mochis street scene.jpg
2569 Fresa vendor.jpg
2569 Fresa vendor.jpg
2570 Interior, Iglesia de Vida de la Eucharista.jpg
2570 Interior, Iglesia de Vida de la Eucharista.jpg
2571 Worshippers.jpg
2571 Worshippers.jpg
2572 Tortilleria work space.jpg
2572 Tortilleria work space.jpg
2573 Boys on street.jpg
2573 Boys on street.jpg
2574 A plaza in Los Mochis.jpg
2574 A plaza in Los Mochis.jpg
2575 Eastertime Indian spirit dancers.jpg
2575 Eastertime Indian spirit dancers.jpg
2576 Spirit Dancers.jpg
2576 Spirit Dancers.jpg
2577 Woman who helped intercede.jpg
2577 Woman who helped intercede.jpg
2578 Spirit Dancers.jpg
2578 Spirit Dancers.jpg
2579 Graffitti wall.jpg
2579 Graffitti wall.jpg
2580 Blvd parkway.jpg
2580 Blvd parkway.jpg
2581 Lovers under my balcony.jpg
2581 Lovers under my balcony.jpg
2582 Guess he gave up.jpg
2582 Guess he gave up.jpg
2583 Tacos al carbon at night.jpg
2583 Tacos al carbon at night.jpg
2584 A booming business.jpg
2584 A booming business.jpg
2585 Hotel doorway.jpg
2585 Hotel doorway.jpg
2586 Putting chili on my fresa.jpg
2586 Putting chili on my fresa.jpg
2587 Fresa stand.jpg
2587 Fresa stand.jpg
2588 Regional bus.jpg
2588 Regional bus.jpg
2589 We're everywhere.jpg
2589 We're everywhere.jpg
2590 Secret Mexican Racing Prototype Bicycle.jpg
2590 Secret Mexican Racing Prototype Bicycle.jpg
2591 Botanicas merchant.jpg
2591 Botanicas merchant.jpg
2592 Raw Botanicas.jpg
2592 Raw Botanicas.jpg
2593 State police.jpg
2593 State police.jpg
2594 In a large marketplace.jpg
2594 In a large marketplace.jpg
2595 Showing off his pescador.jpg
2595 Showing off his pescador.jpg
2596 Octopus.jpg
2596 Octopus.jpg
2597 Shoe shiners.jpg
2597 Shoe shiners.jpg
2598 Flamingo sign for Laurie.jpg
2598 Flamingo sign for Laurie.jpg
2599 Honda Cargo 125cc.jpg
2599 Honda Cargo 125cc.jpg
2601 Putting the Si in Senorita.jpg
2601 Putting the Si in Senorita.jpg
2602 Seven miles today.jpg
2602 Seven miles today.jpg
2603 Was this the tree in 1942 photo.jpg
2603 Was this the tree in 1942 photo.jpg
2604 From my doorway.jpg
2604 From my doorway.jpg
2605 Te-Amo Grand Reservo.jpg
2605 Te-Amo Grand Reservo.jpg
2606 Chair, balcony, tree.jpg
2606 Chair, balcony, tree.jpg
2607 Paul does the Te-Amo.jpg
2607 Paul does the Te-Amo.jpg
2608 From my balcony, east.jpg
2608 From my balcony, east.jpg
2609 Mexican version of NOT Radio Shack.jpg
2609 Mexican version of NOT Radio Shack.jpg
2610 My bus to Topolobampo.jpg
2610 My bus to Topolobampo.jpg
2611 Driver's religious stuff.jpg
2611 Driver's religious stuff.jpg
2612 Driver and assistant.jpg
2612 Driver and assistant.jpg
2613 On the way to Topo.jpg
2613 On the way to Topo.jpg
2614 Another regional bus.jpg
2614 Another regional bus.jpg
2615 Bus repair, Topo.jpg
2615 Bus repair, Topo.jpg
2616 Adolfo Valdez, driver.jpg
2616 Adolfo Valdez, driver.jpg
2619 Elderly in wheelchair with family.jpg
2619 Elderly in wheelchair with family.jpg
2620 Restaurant El Maviri.jpg
2620 Restaurant El Maviri.jpg
2621 The Crazy Jump.jpg
2621 The Crazy Jump.jpg
2622 More Crazy Jump.jpg
2622 More Crazy Jump.jpg
2623 Boat, swimmers, kite vendor.jpg
2623 Boat, swimmers, kite vendor.jpg
2624 Beach scene.jpg
2624 Beach scene.jpg
2625 Topolobampo inlet.jpg
2625 Topolobampo inlet.jpg
2626 Beach.jpg
2626 Beach.jpg
2627 Think these bootprints are Mexican.jpg
2627 Think these bootprints are Mexican.jpg
2628 Sinaloa State Police ready for Easter weekend.jpg
2628 Sinaloa State Police ready for Easter weekend.jpg
2629 More preparations.jpg
2629 More preparations.jpg
2630 A fine civil police car.jpg
2630 A fine civil police car.jpg
2631 Near southern point of Lay Playa, estuary side.jpg
2631 Near southern point of Lay Playa, estuary side.jpg
2632 Adolfo Valdez.jpg
2632 Adolfo Valdez.jpg
2633 Topo Inlet.jpg
2633 Topo Inlet.jpg
2634 Sundown at El Maviri.jpg
2634 Sundown at El Maviri.jpg
2635 No that's not a huge margarita glass.jpg
2635 No that's not a huge margarita glass.jpg
2636 Paul.jpg
2636 Paul.jpg
2637 Taking down the Crazy Jump.jpg
2637 Taking down the Crazy Jump.jpg
2638 Santa Maria Island maybe 20 miles away.jpg
2638 Santa Maria Island maybe 20 miles away.jpg
2639 Inlet at sundown.jpg
2639 Inlet at sundown.jpg
2640 Sundown on the beach.jpg
2640 Sundown on the beach.jpg
2641 Closing up.jpg
2641 Closing up.jpg
2643 More Sundown.jpg
2643 More Sundown.jpg
2645 Willy Reyes.jpg
2645 Willy Reyes.jpg
2646 The sun is down.jpg
2646 The sun is down.jpg
2647 Kids on the Crazy Jump trampoline.jpg
2647 Kids on the Crazy Jump trampoline.jpg
2648 Making cafe mas negro on the Esbit stove, El Maviri.jpg
2648 Making cafe mas negro on the Esbit stove, El Maviri.jpg
2649 Early risers walking on the beach.jpg
2649 Early risers walking on the beach.jpg
2650 Morning fishermen.jpg
2650 Morning fishermen.jpg
2651 Steamer leaving Topo.jpg
2651 Steamer leaving Topo.jpg
2652 Morning lagoon.jpg
2652 Morning lagoon.jpg
2653 House on lagoon.jpg
2653 House on lagoon.jpg
2654 Freighter leaving harbor.jpg
2654 Freighter leaving harbor.jpg
2655 Topolobampo on the hill.jpg
2655 Topolobampo on the hill.jpg
2656 Adolfo's speedometer in 1963 Plymouth.jpg
2656 Adolfo's speedometer in 1963 Plymouth.jpg
2657 I'll take all the help I can get....jpg
2657 I'll take all the help I can get....jpg