San Pancho

San Pancho

 

San Pancho is a cool, laid back town on the Nayarit coast of Mexico.   Isla Mujeres had been my fav chill place in Mexico until this past week in San Pancho.   I’ll let my photos below tell the story of San Pancho.  But do yourself a favor.  Check it out.  Unless all-inclusives are your deal.  Then don’t.   But if you love laid back places, great restaurants with a chill vibe, with locals who are friendly despite our often hateful rhetoric about Mexico, then visit San Pancho.

 

If you’re looking for an amazing place to stay in San Pancho, check out Vista Celeste. The owners are great people and all about providing the perfect place to relax and experience San Pancho.   It’s less than an hour ride from the Puerta Vallarta airport.

 

The sunsets were spectacular. For a small village, it seemed like half the people were sitting on the beach, taking in the sunset. Mt kind of people.

The sunsets were spectacular. For a small village, it seemed like half the people were sitting on the beach, taking in the sunset. My kind of people.

We mostly had the beach to ourselves.

We mostly had the beach to ourselves.

This lady was meditating every morning we were there. a nice reminder.

This lady was meditating every morning we were there. A nice reminder for me.

Killer beach scene. Friendly dogs, awesome locals, and not a spring break type American in sight. Heaven.

Killer beach scene. Friendly dogs, awesome locals, and not a spring break type American in sight. Heaven.

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San Pancho is the Un-Cancun.

San Pancho is the Un-Cancun.

Coconut dog!

Coconut dog!

Headed down main street.

Headed down main street.

For a small village, San Pancho has a great restaurant scene. We had a tasty lunch at a taqueria for a total of $4 and I think the most we spent was $40 for an awesome seafood dinner and drinks.

For a small village, San Pancho has a great restaurant scene. We had a tasty lunch at a taqueria for a total of $4 and I think the most we spent was $40 for an awesome seafood dinner and drinks.

...and cool coffee shops.

…and cool coffee shops.

And tolerant locals given the vitriol directed their way during our election.

And tolerant locals given the vitriol directed their way during our election.

The grocery store.

The grocery store.

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A huge Thank You to my friends Denice and Nils for hooking us up with their amazing vacation home in San Pancho. Killer views of the beach just fifty meters away to take in the sunsets. And a pool we struggled to pull ourselves away from.

A huge Thank You to my friends Denice and Nils for hooking us up with their amazing vacation home in San Pancho. Killer views of the beach just fifty meters away to take in the sunsets. And a pool we struggled to pull ourselves away from.  It was perfect.

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This was pretty much sunset every night.

This was pretty much sunset every night.

Headed home.

Headed home.

 

 

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Stand With Standing Rock

Stand With Standing Rock

 

As I emerge from the shock of whom this country selected as their president, I am blown away by all the kindness and love I have seen since Tuesday. That people are choosing love as their response to hate blows my heart open. I’m with you.

 

Spending yesterday evening at another peaceful gathering in support of the water protectors at Standing Rock was inspiring. A huge thank you to the youth of Denver who organized this peaceful gathering. And a shout out to Colorado House Rep Joe Salazar for always being there for his community.   All of you give me hope.

 

Heading out from the state capitol.

Heading out from the state capital.

This is why we need to do everything we can for Standing Rock.

This is why we need to do everything we can for Standing Rock.

This may be my favorite image.

This may be my favorite image.

My guess is that at least a few people hanging out on the 16th Street Mall know what Standing Rock is now.

My guess is that at least a few people hanging out on the 16th Street Mall know what Standing Rock is now.

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Gotta love the enthusiasm from supporters as we passed by.

Gotta love the enthusiasm from supporters as we passed by.

All the way from Hawaii.

All the way from Hawaii.

Colorado State Rep Joe Salazar speaking after the march. It was, no bullshit, one of the most inspiring speeches I've heard in awhile.

Colorado State Rep Joe Salazar speaking after the march. It was, no bullshit, one of the most inspiring speeches I’ve heard in awhile.

Okay, maybe this is my fav photo : ) Love the passion and deep commitment to making this a better country...for everyone.

Okay, maybe this is my fav photo : )    I love the passion and deep commitment to making this a better country…for everyone.

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CO House Rep Joe Salazar addressing the crowd.

You always see the most amazing souls at these gatherings. Love you, my friend.

You always see the most amazing souls at these gatherings. Love you, my friend.

 

 

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Pine Ridge

Pine Ridge

 

I was actually headed back to the peaceful protest up in Standing Rock but I only made it as far as Pine Ridge Reservation.   The people up in Standing Rock are fighting for clean water for all of us and I very much support their cause.  But I was drawn to seeing one of my heroes doing the day in, day out work of helping her people.   And I’m also drawn to Pine Ridge for its beauty, its history and the tragic reminder that we can do better as a country in how we treat others..

 

Sunrise on Pine Ridge.

Sunrise on Pine Ridge.

The Badlands on Pine Ridge. Most people visiting Pine Ridge are visiting the Badlands. And that's cool but I think they're missing something by not seeing more of the reservation. It's achingly beautiful and the people have always been the highlight of my visits.

The Badlands on Pine Ridge. Most people visiting Pine Ridge are visiting the Badlands. And that’s cool but I think they’re missing something by not seeing more of the reservation. It’s achingly beautiful and the people have always been the highlight of my visits.

My good friend Patty at remains of the home she grew up in on Pine Ridge. I love that she's on the in this photo. Whenever I'm hanging out with her she'll often be on the phone - arranging a dog rescue, helping someone out with a job or a favor, or running one of the businesses that she's helped create to serve her community. She's my role model in living a useful life.

My good friend Patty at the remains of the home she grew up in on Pine Ridge. I love that she’s on her phone in this photo. Whenever I’m hanging out with her she’ll often be on the phone – arranging a dog rescue, helping someone out with a job or a favor, or running one of the businesses that she’s helped create to serve her community. She’s my role model in living a useful life.

Not a bad view out the window of Patty's childhood home.

Not a bad view out the window of Patty’s childhood home.

An abandoned church on Pine Ridge.

An abandoned church on Pine Ridge.

The front door was locked so I walked around to the back of this abandoned church and the door was unlocked. I stepped into this time capsule, and aside from the mouse droppings, I was in a church from a different era.

The front door was locked so I walked around to the back of this abandoned church and the door was unlocked. I stepped into this time capsule, and aside from the mouse droppings, I was in a church from a different era.

I love the sense of humor on Pine Ridge. There are serious challenges that I can't quite comprehend, but everyone I meet has a wonderful, dry sense of humor. This "4 Rent" sign cracks me up.

I love the sense of humor on Pine Ridge. There are serious challenges that I can’t quite comprehend, but everyone I meet has a wonderful, dry sense of humor. This “4 Rent, needs work” sign cracks me up.

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A caring mom, an adorable baby and a horse.  My idea of a perfect photo.

Sunset in Oglala on Pine Ridge.

Sunset in Oglala on Pine Ridge.

Out in the Badlands.

Out in the Badlands.

Fresh oil and some air in the tires and we're set.

Fresh oil and some air in the tires and we’re set.

Wounded Knee cemetery on Pine Ridge. The juxtaposition of the Wounded Kneee Memorial honoring the 300+ Sioux, including woman and children, massacred by the United States Army with all the grave markers honoring the Native American Veterans who have served this country is almost too much.

Wounded Knee cemetery on Pine Ridge. The juxtaposition of the Wounded Kneee Memorial honoring the 300+ Sioux, including woman and children, massacred by the United States Army with all the grave markers honoring the Native American Veterans who have served this country is almost too much to take in.

I have yet to see a sunset on Pine Ridge that wasn't stunning.

I have yet to see a sunset on Pine Ridge that wasn’t stunning.

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Standing Rock

Standing Rock

 

 

 

I reacted with anger at the latest atrocities committed by the government of ND against peaceful protestors at Standing Rock. I was still angry when I showed up to support and photograph the Standing in Solidarity with Standing Rock rally in Denver yesterday. While I saw anger and profound sadness at the rally, what struck me to my core was the response by Native Americans. Yes, most were angry but their response to the atrocities was a deep commitment to continued non-violent protest. And their response was also to continue praying. To pray for a peaceful resolution. Just like when I went up to Standing Rock thinking I was going to support the cause, what I received was a million times more than I gave. I am humbled and blown away by the love and compassion and resolve I see from people who have been the target of violence by the government. And I commit to respond with prayer and compassion. Namaste.

 

Please check out photos from my visit to Standing Rock

http://www.buffaloheartimages.com/2016/09/standing-rock/

 

If you’re offended by the flag being upside down, please do everything you can to educate yourself about Standing Rock.

If you’re offended by the flag being upside down, please do everything you can to educate yourself about Standing Rock.

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Marching past the Denver Center for the Performing Arts past the iconic blue bear.

Marching past the Denver Center for the Performing Arts past the iconic blue bear.

Shout out to the DPD for a professional and courteous escort.

Shout out to the DPD for a professional and courteous escort.

The backlight and smoke from the smudge struck me.

The backlight and smoke from the smudge struck me.

Mr President?

Mr President?

Loved the drumming!

Loved the drumming!

I love this photo because of the way her eyes are looking at me, just barely poking out above the poster.

I love this photo because of the way her eyes are looking at me, just barely poking out above the poster.

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Gathered in front of Wells Fargo, a major finance of DAPL.

Gathered in front of Wells Fargo, a major financer of DAPL.

Praying.

Praying.

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Praying. The dude in back on the right was leaning against the wall in front of Wells Fargo when we arrived. He looks a little freaked.

Praying. The dude in back on the right was leaning against the wall in front of Wells Fargo when we arrived. He looks a little freaked.

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Speaking in front of Wells Fargo.

Speaking in front of Wells Fargo.

Lots of supports along the 16th Street Mall. Loved her t-shirt.

Lots of supporters along the 16th Street Mall. Loved her t-shirt..the photo doesn’t show the “T’ in front of “Rump”.

I loved the contrast of this lady's enthusiasm with guys on either side of her.

I loved the contrast of this lady’s enthusiasm with guys on either side of her.

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