Goodbye Mazatlan

The other day I took Ouest out on a little lunch date downtown. We hit our favorite taco stall at the market—a place we’ve been eating tacos together since she was three. We drank horchata, fed pigeons, and just strolled around. She makes a good date. There is always some … Read More

More Maz

Even we need to set aside “beach days” now and then. Well, not really, but occasionally we do have to take ourselves to a different beach than the one right outside our door. Down on the south end of the malecón there are always kite sellers. They make the kites … Read More

Stone Island

My mom was supposed to visit this week, but in a blunder that we are certain could only happen with this family, she thought the trip was for March 14th, not February 14th. We set up her visit, airlines, hotels, and all, so that’s partially to blame for the miscommunication. We waited … Read More


We’re winding up some things in preparation of leaving, yet we’re still finding fun things to do in Mazatlan. Every evening the kids hit the beach. They boogie board the “sand dunes”—the little hill of beach sand next door, and then hit the waves. The city park. We were happy—and … Read More

Their Normal

Some days Ali and I just sit back and marvel at how vastly different our kids’ lives are from our own growing up. Not in a judgmental way, but in a genuinely amazed way—amazed that we’re able to live this life that we lead. The simple fact that our kids … Read More

Carnaval on Repeat

Fortunately for us, after having missed the floats at the first parade, there is a second Carnaval parade two days later. It’s a reverse of the first, and this one started on our end of town, so we were sure to see some parade floats this time. This young boy … Read More


Mazatlan goes all out for Carnaval, and we’ve been looking forward to it for months. We were here for it a couple of years back, then had to miss it last year for Ali’s sister’s wedding. In February. In Minnesota. No, Katy, I’m not mad any more. This year we … Read More

Around Mazatlan

Mazatlan is a good place to simply hang out in. There is plenty to do. We can just hang here on the beach out front, we can surf the white-water, we can take the bus to centro and visit the market or feed the pigeons, we can visit any of … Read More

The Mazatlan Mood

Settling back in here on the beach in Mazatlan. So much of this coast has become like home to us over the years. We always seem to come back to the same haunts, eventually. Those are frozen blueberries. I’ve really no idea how he manages to make this big a … Read More