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November 09, 2020

Dia de los Muertos - in the Covid era

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration and remembrance of those family members that have passed.  Public gatherings at the cemeteries are forbidden this year, but public displays are encouraged.

My younger brother is in town with his wife Junita, a wonderful gal from Mazatlán. We walked Old Town State Park, observing the decorations and family displays.


Marigold are the official flower used with the displays.  The park is awash with the gold colors.


and enjoying lunch at Casa de Maria.

Fran, Juanita and Marty

We also wanted to visit Chicano Park (a National Landmark) as the local news had a segment on the updating and cleanup of the murals ,,, and Juanita has not been there before.  

Indeed many of the pillars remain in various stages of repainting.  Some just getting a facelift and others being redone completely.


The Mexican Revolution and their continuing struggles are well depicted here.

Many remembrance displays were at Chicano Park.


We did have an afternoon walk at the Liberty Station Art Walk.  This year the event was held on the larger North Promenade, with masks required.  The larger venue  accommodated Social Distancing.

This multi section paintings are interesting and apparently very profitable as there were a lot of them.

Wind art around the fountain was a nice touch.

I liked the clever idea of letting the paint run off the canvas and onto the frame, as if melting.

I enjoy the local subjects of the artists, not so much for their excellent efforts, but for my familiarity of subjects and their professional display of them.  

Scripps Pier

So this was my favorite, just kick off the flip flops and walk in the sand.

Did I mention Juanita is a fabulous cook!  This 'cena' (dinner) is her chicken enchiladas, with her (from scratch) rice and beans.  Sure hope she teaches Fran her secret for beans!
!Me gusto mucho!


  1. Looks like you had a great time visiting and showing Juanita the sights.
    Dinner looked delicious.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the warmer temperatures.

    It's about time.

    1. With the second wave of Covid approaching we are being very cautious with our outings.
      I know you and Kathy are also staying safe.

  2. I love all the colorful murals and paintings! The dinner looks wonderful, Dave and I are dying for some good Mexican food!

    1. Thanks Suzi - we've been having fun with the 'kids' on their Covid-delayed honeymoon. Juanita is such a great cook it's hard to take them out. You're heading the right direction for good Mexican!

  3. Some very elaborate decorations. And the food looks good.

    1. The parade and visits to the cemeteries were all virtual this year, but still nice to see the public displays of remembrance.
      And the food? ... muy delicioso !!!

  4. The skies up north have been quite gray recently, so all these colorful pictures are most welcome. And those enchiladas are giving me LIFE! Sounds like a perfect visit!

    1. it's not just clear but it's Green Flash clear with the stratified air. Most of my family still lives in the PNW, the short overcast and wet days were never my favorite.
      Hope you find some sun soon!

  5. Well recounted, Jeff, a fabulous time in your town. The great north wet awaits your next visit, I’ll try to be as perfect a host as you always are.
    I missed having a family thanksgiving but happy to get back before an increase in covid threat and restrictions.
    Nice of you to set up the evasive green flash, the best so far. And I was an unbeliever.
    We are carrying on with the jig saw puzzles - only smaller versions.

    1. Thanks Bro! Always nice to see your first Green Flash, I still remember mine ... but now they seem to be petty common.
      And thank Juanita again for teaching Fran how to make beans!


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