Phil's 2017 Trip to Mexico
This year was a little different from others since Phil took on a large project in YWAM Mazatlan Mexico. They are adding two floors to their existing hotel. A Mexican contractor is to build the Stage I. Then the Stage II will be built by"Mission Builder" volunteers. Though Phil was to have some responsibilities in Stage I, most of his work was to be with Stage  II. As it turned out there were many delays in stage I (not surprising in Mexico) and what should have been completed in the first part of February will not be finished until maybe May or even late summer. Time was not wasted though, as there were may Planning and Engineering problems with Phase I which needed Phil's attention.

Phil spent the first week (late January) of his trip in Mazatlan to order materials for the upcoming work. After that he headed for good old
Chapala to meet and help with the annual Amish Visit.

The Chapala Base
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Building of a Home Of Hope for some very poor folks
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The Old and the New

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Next Phil flew to Ensenada to start the design work on the beautiful new upgrade to their base

Artists conception of the future base at Ensenada

His job was to estimate how much electricity the new base will require, specify some of the new power equipment.
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Work is starting across from this beautiful beach.


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While he was there he helped with another Home of Hope


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Then it was back down to Mazatlan for two months
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The annual "Carnival Parade"

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The ten miles of beach at Mazatlan are a great place to surf and swim even in the winter.


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Mazatlan also has many other interesting attractions, such as the Aquarium

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Mean while Stage I of the Project has started.


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Drone views of the project

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Though the project was way behind, we did get some of our Mission Builders to work on the existing floors

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Mexican workers always find a way even if the crane didn't come. --- That spool of wire weighs 2000 Lbs, so how do you unload it.
The scaffolding would tip without the counter weight.------------ Back your truck up to a pile of sand and roll it off

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Phase II, we are started if only 1/2 a room is 1/2 done.

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Mexican Car Ports

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If you look carefully, that is the new roof (below and left of the street light). A nice young family gave me a great room to stay. This is my private bathroom.



I took a bus trip up to Durango to see friends. In a 50 mile stretch, there were 23 tunnels and 3 major suspension bridges.
I have not seen that major of a construction project in the US for decades.
The buses there are unbelievable, 3 spacious seats
across, Movies, Music, Internet or Games on demand. Free lunch is given as you enter.
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Though I will have to return in mid- May, I decided to drive my car home.
The return trip will be by air.
On My Way
Home, I spent some time at Mission Beach, San Diego.

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At Zion Canyon NP I met and climbed with a delightful family
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It was a most beautiful day to view and enjoy Bryce Canyon NP
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To Be Continued