Casa Minitas –Alquiler de vacaciones– Lo De Marcos

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Ubicada en la calle Minitas en Lo De Marcos, ¡esta propiedad en alquiler puede alojar hasta 12 personas! Con una ubicación conveniente y tres dormitorios, 1 baño & además una ducha al aire libre adicional, esta propiedad es ideal para grandes grupos que quieran pasar su tiempo en Lo De Marcos disfrutando de la hermosa playa.

Lo De Marcos, en la Riviera Nayarit, es un pequeño y maravilloso pueblo con una playa impresionante.

Esperamos que pronto venga a visitarnos.

Tarifas por noche –

Temporada Baja – $1500.00 pesos por noche

Temporada Alta – $2000.00 pesos por noche

Días festivos – $2500.00 pesos por noche

Esta propiedad también está disponible para estancias a largo plazo. Por favor, pregunte por las tarifas.

Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con GalvanRealEstate4@gmail.com

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Casa Minitas –Vacation Rental – Lo De Marcos

Located on Calle Minitas in Lo De Marcos this rental will sleep up to 12 guests! Convenient location with three bedrooms, 1 bath plus and outdoor extra shower, this property is ideally suited for large groups that want to spend their time in Lo De Marcos enjoying the beautiful beach.

Lo De Marcos in Riviera Nayarit is a wonderful small town with a stunning beach. We hope that you will come and visit us soon.

Nightly Rates –

Budget Season – $1500.00 pesos per night

High Season – $2000.00 pesos per night

Holiday – $2500.00 pesos per night

This property is also available for Longer Term Stays. Please inquire for rates.

For more information, contact GalvanRealEstate4@gmail.com

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7 Straight NIghts of Rain, Thunder and Lightening!

nature-rainBeginning the 15th of June 2016 and for the seventh day in a row the rains have come down in the tropics of the Riviera Nayarit. It only rains at night which works well into many people’s schedule; however… it is curious that the rain only falls at night. With an inquisitive mind I decided to do some research.

During the day the sun beats down and the humidity grows at an alarming rate. Late in the day, high above the mountains you can see clouds growing to a bilious height. By early evening the thunder can be heard, off in the distance, but… definitely headed toward the flat land of the coast.

Some types of precipitation are diurnally affected, such as thunderstorms that result from surface heating. These storms usually form in the afternoon, and may extend well into the nighttime, before dissipating in the early morning. (1)

During the day, the sun aids in the evaporation of excess moisture in the air. At night, there is no sun, so excess moisture builds up in the clouds and dumps rain at night. The humidity is very high and you can almost feel the water rising from the hot ground up into the waiting sky above where clouds form.

Warm air holds more water molecules than cooler air. When temperatures lower at night, relative humidity tends to increase because the air cannot hold more moisture. It eventually reaches the dew point (where the temp = dew point or basically 100% relative humidity). Between 90-100% relative humidity, you’ll start seeing ‘fog’ or just the water in the air. So… because cooler air cannot hold as much moisture, and it cools off at night, you’ll encounter precipitation at night more often than during the day.

Well now I know why the humidity increases during the day to the point that I think I am going to faint just before the life saving rain comes falling down. And I thought Mother Nature was just having fun with us.

This information is not to be confused with the large storms brought to us by passing hurricanes. Those are different and definitely requiring other research.

The following video is short reminder on how the process works here on earth.

References:
1. http://blog.summation.net/2005/12/why_does_it_rai.html

Mango Madness – June – Lo de Marcos

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June is mango season in Lo de Marcos, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. The fruit has grown to bulberious proportion and begun to ripen. Where you go in this quaint pueblo you will see and smell the sweet nectar of mangos.

The sun shines bright this time of year raising the temperature high above the winter’s night of just a few months ago. Gone are most of the tourists, but… those that linger here now are in for a treat that savors the taste buds for hours on end.

Fresh off the tree you can enjoy a plump messy mango that is bound to cover your face and run down your arms. The flavor is too good to stop and you will devour the fruit till nothing but a seed remains.

Other means to enjoy this nectar of the gods is on a stick or soaking in your favorite beverage. There is no such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to mangos.

For those in town we toast your good fortune and enjoy the fabulous flavor. For those gone for the season we will place a few mangos in the freezer and await your return.

By the way… If you are returning to our Tropical Paradise in High Season be sure to reserve your villa now while the prices and low and still available. View some choices here: https://galvanrealestateandservices.com/category/for-rent/

or… E-mail galvanrealestate4@gmail.com

10 Steps to Beat Humidity

It has been raining for 5 days straight and now the sun is out, the heat is up and the humidity is 100%. I think I may pass out, but… before I give in to Mother Nature I shall take these 10 steps for survival.

beautiful woman drinks water from a glass and shows delicious1. Drink like your life depended on it.

Staying hydrated will lower your temperature, battle humidity and give you something to sweat. Plain water is the best! Drinking electrolytes can help or vitamin water to replenish all you´ve lost to the sun. Best is to veer away from sugar which will increase your desire for something more thirst quenching.

humidity Wear2. Wear clothing that works with you rather than against you. Light clothing both in texture and color can be your ally in this humid time. Reflecting the sun and giving your skin room to breathe is an important satisfying way to cover what needs to be protected.

Humidity Eat3. Eat fruits and vegetables that Mother Nature has provided at this time. Mangos, bananas, ciruelas, papaya, star fruit, jack fruit and other tropical delights will bring down the heat inside your body and refresh your spirit.

Humidity Hair4. Keep your hair short. Pull up your locks and let what breeze is available to cross your neck allowing your blood to feel relief. If you go for a crew cut be sure to add a cap. Sunburns last longer than a day of humidity.

Humidity Oil5. Avoid oils that block your pores and reduce passage life nourishing coolness. There are sunscreen, makeup and moisturizers with reduced oil. Who knows, you may enjoy the change that can carry over to cooler times.

Humidity Exercise6. Exercise inside. There is no sin in using air conditioning. If the outdoors beckons you then reschedule your time to early morning or late afternoon into evening. When the sun is high be sure to not venture out. The summer days are long and there is plenty of time to be in the exterior area of your home before and after the ragging sun is around.

Humidity Shower7. Get wet in a shower or tub. When the humidity makes you feel damp then beat it to the punch and get more water on your body than the air is providing. Showers do not have to be limited to only one per day. For those that normally shower in the morning or evening try doubling up. Nothing wrong with clean, dry, cool skin.

36860SungKim 0018. Place yourself in the shade or under a fan. Humidity is different in special places. Sun increases humidity. Still air beacons the humidity. Best of all would be a shady spot with a fan blowing refreshing dry air on you.

????????????????????????????????????9. Find a pool, river or ocean and get in. Humidity, like bees, does not follow a submerged body. Staying in the water might not be an option; however… we are not looking for a permanent escape, but… rather a temporary respite.

Photographer and Copyright owner Hans Neukomm www.kriyayoga.com10. When all else does not totally satisfy your needs then go for an escape. In the tropics we drive or fly off to the mountains. The altitude keeps the humidity at bay, around the bay and away from us.

 

Contact us for help with any of these steps. We have a real solution for you.

June is Bug Season in the Tropics

With June comes tropical storms and with them come bugs. This is the time of year we are inundated with flying critters of all types. They have been dormant for months and the moisture & warmer weather are an open invitation to our small friends to venture out into the tropical sun. They come in all shapes and sizes, not all so small but… for the most part pesky and yet not harmful.

June BugJune Bugs are annual and amazing in timing and lack of intelligence. They fly in swarms. They often land upside down. Unable to right themselves they soon expire.

Phllophaga (June Bug)

June Bug CocktailThere is a cocktail called the June Bug. Which you can enjoy by a pool. This is a good idea in June as the weather here is hot and humid. The pool, beach or air conditioned rooms are survival techniques in the tropics.

The B 52´s wrote a song called the June Bug. Turn up the volumne and enjoy…

If this sounds adventuresome to you, contact us for the best place to stay and experience the tropics in sizzling summer GalvanRealEstate4@gmail.com

Help, There’s a Crab in the Casa

Land_CrabLiving in the tropical jungle of the Riviera Nayarit has its rewards and challenges. Besides enjoying spectacular vegetation, vibrant colored flowers and exotic birds, there are snakes, scorpions, biting ants, bees, flies, mosquitoes, tarantulas, anolis, iguanas and crabs.

Shortly after the brilliant sunset and before the onslaught of nightly mosquitos, moths and bats I was enjoying an evening breeze wafting through the double front doors as it traveled westerly through the house and out the patio doors.

I was enjoying fresh made lemonade made from limes growing in the yard which is my favorite hot evening drink. This time of year I also enjoy an icy smoothie made from bananas, Moringa and yucca also grown in the region.

Anyway… there I was in a jungle meditative state when in walks a large land crab. Both clawed arms were raised in the air, ready for defense. The crustacean might have been in a more relaxed state if it wasn’t for the fact that both my dogs were in hot pursuit.

What the crab didn’t know is that neither dog, although large, would actually bite the crab. Both mutts had been around crabs before and knew all too painfully well the way a crab claw can grab, hold with one swift move and not let go even after the claw has been wrenched from its exoskeleton body.

If you have lived in the tropics for any length of time then you cannot help but have empathy for the land crab. After all the mountains are its home and he is only attempting to reach the beach below to feed and mate. My house is in his path and simply another object to get through on his journey to the sea.

Like a robber in the night, the crab backs up to the door trying desperately to protect itself. I jump up from my relaxing chair and head for the door. Quickly I attempt to close the door with the crab on the outside, but… he can only think of heading westerly and in short order is cornered on the inside hinge of the door and wall.

In my haste I have maneuvered one of the crab’s feet to be stuck into the door jam. This gives me a moment’s reprieve to sequester the assistance of a broom. With a little coaxing and jostling I guide the crab around the door, out onto the porch and over to the side of the house where my new found friend can continue his journey.

Why did I not kill the pest, beat him with the broom and add him to my dinner menu? I believe we should do to others as we want others to do unto us. However… as I write this story a mosquito and scorpion cross by path and they do not receive the same loving hospitality.

Contact me to come stay in paradise for a week, a month or a lifetime.

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Gone to the Farm, Guest Post, Memo

Gone to the Farm

My First Six Months at Rancho del Oso.

FamilyCrossing the Lo de Marcos river filled with fish, shrimp, frogs, water plants and heron, getting my feet wet and moving onto a permaculture farm on a dirt country road has been very enlightening both spiritually and mentally. I have enjoyed every minute of every day learning and living in the rural country. Each morning, I wake up early with gratitude for another day of life with plants and animals that look to me for survival and nourishment. I am a caretaker, hopefully… one with heart, enjoying the challenge of living “off the grid.” The longer I spend in this basic manner of living, the more it seems to me that many of the facets of permaculture are not new, but… rather a return to a simpler time that works better than modern complicated matters that can adversely affect a multitude of core natural foundations.

The farm provides so much for me. For breakfast I enjoy bananas from the yard on my oatmeal, along with honey and coconut oil. Throughout the day, I snack on mangos, ciruelas, papaya, star fruit and jack fruit. With every meal I add some moringa (that keeps my digestive tract in good order and regular).
Eventually, I hope to receive eggs from my chickens. There is even more food and non-food items I’ve yet to discover.

The sights, sounds and tastes of Rancho del Oso are basic and yet complex in sensations that can only be appreciated over a period of time. Like viewing the starlit sky at night: the brilliant stars become more vivid the further I stay beyond the artificial lit pueblo nearby. Crickets sing through the night. The flavors of natural food delight my palate in ways I could not capture when saturated in a culture seasoned and preserved beyond recognition.

One of my first tasks on Rancho del Oso, was fixing the gray water drain leading from the kitchen. After digging up the drain line outside, I discovered multiple blockages which took just a little while to fix and redesign a longer lasting way for the kitchen sink to drain and add to the water used in the front flower bed full of cactus, aloe vera, impatience and more.

Although moringa is my main crop, I felt an urge to continue, if only in a small way, the lettuce grown from last year. To my pleasant surprise, the lettuce seeds planted in the rich soil with some added, locally produced, compost grew quickly and full.
There were enough lettuce leaves to create bags of lettuce which I gave to Lisa of Granja el Paraiso to sell. The lettuce required daily watering and I hope to grow much less next year. I will have to grow some lettuce as the plants from this year yielded many seeds that beg to be planted in the coming fall. My hope is that the seeds, which now know the lay of the land, will prosper in their second year.

Fallen TreePlanting my moringa seeds has been a true joy. Settled in moist trays of wet compost during the new moon of each month, the seedlings appear within 11 days. After a month of cuddling the tall strong seedlings are transplanted to large plastic cups with pumice on the bottom and more compost nourishing the ever growing plants. During this time the stalks thicken and the branches bush out.
After the second month the now strong foot tall trees are transplanted either into large plastic bags or directly into the ground where a hole has been prepared with additional pumice, compost, watering bottle, banana leaf to hold moisture and manure to create a winning environment for growth into maturity.

While the trees are drought resistant a carefully nurtured early development environment better fosters a healthy strong moringa tree that will withstand dry, windy weather. Each tree is surrounded with a dirt mound to hold moisture and when the trees reach two feet a support stick is installed next to each tree with a supporting tie.
While called trees, these flexible plants are more like shrubs then trees. The intent is to prune each thriving plant to foster a bush like life. Drainage is key and each step includes adequate paths for water to pass through the soil before any damaging rot is incurred by the roots.

My first moringa blend tea was created on Rancho del Oso. It is a blend of moringa, hibiscus and lemon grass. The flavor, color and aromas are wonderful. Everyone who has tasted the tea has said it is delicious. The best part is that the tea is also good for you which causes me to feel wonderful in many ways. All ingredients for the tea are being grown on Rancho del Oso. I am also growing luffa along with hibiscus, lemon grass and mint.

I am pleased to say that I have gotten into the groove with the solar electricity. Each evening I recharge my flashlight to read books and in the morning I turn on the kitchen light for an hour, enjoying my breakfast before the sky lightens from my part of the world spinning around the sun and I begin my farming chores. During hot summer evenings, I turn on the bedroom ceiling fan for half an hour while I read and get sleepy. Then I turn off the fan and fall asleep before the heat rises again.
Once in slumber land I seem not to care about the ambient temperature. In the morning, after my chores, I take a cooling shower. All in all I remain comfortable and happy in paradise.

As for the shower… I need no heat for the water in the summer months and when it is cooler, I take a shower in the late afternoon when the sun has heated the water in the black rooftop hose which gives me plenty of hot water to cleanse my farm dirt body. With timing and conservation, I seem to have more than enough of what I need to enjoy life.

Speaking of water… the hot weather has given rise to daily watering of the moringa and other flowering plants. I am just keeping the little trees alive until the rains come, but… I see the little buggers, 200 in the ground and 200 in bags for selling, growing more each day and by starting early I feel I will have a jump start on a strong crop for when the rains do arrive. I pinch the top of each tree as it reaches one meter tall. The minor pruning causes the trees to bush out with many more leaves and the trunks to thicken.

The generator which was new 6 months ago sprang a leak in the gas line. I am assuming it was caused by the fact that I did not turn the feed line off between uses. I guess the turn off valve was there for a good reason, jaja! Anyway… I purchased a new feed line and installed it. While for some it was an easy quick fix, for me it was a feat of mechanical ingenuity brought forth from my high school auto mechanics class and my mother’s stick-to-itiveness ingrained in me by my sole parent. Now I easily pump water from the well to my tinaco, storage tank, on the roof every other day. This schedule provides me enough water for the house and farm while not depleting the well during dry season.

To further conserve water I established a thrice use of some of the water. Standing in a large bucket I retain water from my shower. Since I had used shampoo to cleanse myself it seemed only natural to use the same water as the first cycle of washing my clothes. There are two additional cycles with fresh water that assure clean clothes for my body.
Lastly I use the collected water to irrigate some of the vegetation in the yard. What better water than used, cleansed liquid for plants. If you do not agree then please do not wear my clothes or consume any of my vegetation. Living alone pretty much assures me that I am not tainting anyone else.

The casita I reside in is fabulous, there is a large kitchen with a natural cut parota table, a bedroom with a plethora of books and a full bathroom lit by natural light from the skylights. One friend stated that my house reminded her of a Tuscan cottage.
There is always room for more icing on the cake and with that in mind I suggested to my best friend, Christian, that we build a front step. Since Christian is young and perceives me as old, he took it upon himself to build the step with his own two hands. That’s what friends are for.

Christian comes to the house each morning for an English class and coffee. In exchange he helps me around the farm with chores that have become arduous for a senior person such as myself. Our friendship is symbiotic and I am constantly impressed with Christian’s hard work ethic and unselfish care for me.

About the only thing I get from off of the ranch is propane. I want it to last as long as possible and to that end I built my version of a rocket stove outside. With just one match I can start the stove and by feeding small sticks into the flame I can boil beans for an hour without the use of propane. The job reduces the dropped twigs on the property and produces delicious beans. The multiple trees on the land provide more than enough fuel to feed my stove for my eternity here at Rancho del Oso.

PizzaThe pizza oven is also fueled by the wood on the land which has provided crispy pizzas and delicious moringa nut muffins. The outdoor appliances take longer to heat up, however… the savings in gas costs is well worth the time. Additionally it adds to my sense of self survival and fortitude. My friends joined in on a pizza party that hopefully will be repeated this coming year with more pizza and people.

I am constantly amazed by the abundance of food available to me on Rancho del Oso. The Jack Fruit is deliciously sweet and the seeds make excellent humus. The oranges are tart, but… make for a great marmalade. The lettuce is great for salads. I have moringa on everything. There are two pineapples growing that I hope to enjoy soon. Mangos are dripping from the trees here in paradise, like honey from a comb. The colors are green, magenta and golden yellow. The flavor is like biting into a steak made from thick juicy heaven. I’ve yet to harvest the tamarindo. Bananas are a daily staple. In short, I am eating healthier than I have my entire life.

The beauty of my home is a continual enjoyment. The sunrises are awesome. While watering the moringa one morning a hummingbird came up to watch the water flowing. The iridescence of the blue green color on the bird was spectacular. Paper White butterflies hover all around. I love farming!

My first six months at Rancho del Oso have taught me new skills and validated my long held belief that I love the country. The birds, ducks, owls, parrots, wood peckers and chachalacas sing in morning, noon and night. My dog protects me. My cats share love, chase mice and my new chickens give me hope for the future.

I sit on my bed and gaze out on the greenery. My heart is filled with gratitude with God’s life in all I see. From the smallest gecko to the largest boa snake, I have seen are an abundance of life that reminds me of my short visit on this land that has long been here and will long remain upon my departure. When I was younger I thought I would be found on a running trail at the end of my days. Now I think they may come upon me with a shovel in my hand and a moringa tree at my side.

Memo MoringaThank you for the opportunity to take care of Rancho del Oso and live a dream coming true.

Memo