Walking on Water, Er, Well, Lake Chapala

Mexico is experiencing a severe drought. The second largest lake in Mexico, Lake Cuitzeo, has basically dried up. Farmers are desperate for water for crops. Hopefully we’ll have a wet season, which should kick in a little in June and then full force in July, August and into September.

Last month I blogged about the rapidly diminishing water levels of Lake Chapala. The shoreline in Chapala has receded more than I’ve witnessed in the last four years that I’ve lived here now. Here’s a comparison.

In the photo below from June of 2018, we see that the shoreline encompasses the pier and the breakwater to the far right of the photo is clearly out in the lake. Accessible by boat only.

Compare then to this photo, taken this month, May of 2021.

The entire time I’ve lived here, the lakeshore has stayed around the base of the pier in these photos and lapped on the foundation of the restaurant. The area between the restaurant and the breakwater was covered by the lake.

Here it is today!

The breakwater is now accessible by foot!

It’s kinda wild over there. And, it turns out, there’s a rocky beach of the other side of the breakwater.

I’ll keep watch on the receding lake. While it’s fascinating, it’s also a little troublesome. Hopefully we’ll have a very wet rainy season this year.




Hector and Me and More in Chapala Spring (Redux!)

A few weeks ago, my neighbor told me that someone was teaching a class on Qi Gong, sponsored by the city, and free to participants. This immediately conjured up visions of Chinese geezers slowing pantomiming around in Beijing parks. Nevertheless, I was intrigued, never having experienced Qi Gong and happy to try something new.

Little did I know.

We went to a “preview” class over in the park. There we met Hector, a gracious Spanish wizard. Dressed in white and speaking only a smattering of English, he ended up teaching one gringo and four gringas Qi Gong over the course of several weeks.

Hector has a heart of gold, or pure crystalline water as I’m sure he would prefer me to say. And he was truly generous with his time and energy and attention. We all enjoyed the class and his sharing.

Life moves on slowly here as we move into the hot season in May and June until the rains start during the summer.

With the pandemic still being in the headlines and on people’s minds, the usual activities here are fewer and life a bit slower. And that’s just fine. One of the little things I’ve noticed is a delightful discovery when I tried a delicious new (well, new to me at least) Thai food delivery service. They serve the mango coconut tapioca dessert in a container made of fast renewing, biodegradable bamboo. Yes, indeed!

A neighboring friend told me about all the products now being made of bamboo, inviting me to check out bamboo undergarments on Amazon. Sure enough, there they are. And he presented me with a covid mask made of bamboo fiber. Very comfortable!

Finally, finally! We’re slowing getting music again. My favorite venue recently hosted an outdoor event with Orchestra Tipica of Chapala, our old friends. Crank up the volume and dance!

Last for now, I witnessed a work of nature that I’d not seen here before. I leave you for now with a video of this wonder!