As Ecclesiastes tells us, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” In the tropics, mid-May is the time for hurricanes, rain, and intense heat. Conditions which persist through October. This time, therefore, finds folks preparing for the rainy season and finds Elizabeth Jean’s crew back in Yelapa at the Sky Temple to help Judith Roth close the temple for the rainy season (see March 13 and 26 posts for more on Yelapa and the Temple). Seasonal signs abound. The beach palapa’s have empty seats, flowers burst out of every corner, bananas and Cacique nests hang outside our window. Creating a giant compost pile, painting, and packing fill our days. Al fresco meals at Los Abuelos and Los Fillos fill our evenings and stomachs with sopes, tacos, and fresh salads.
Yelapa secures Banderas Bay’s south west corner. The above figure shows Yelapa’s geographical relationship to Puerto Vallarta, and other Bay locales.
This albatross-eyes’ view shows the steep ridges that hem in Yelapa’s cove. The terrain has kept modern roads and automobiles out and rustic charm in. Photo credit: Allan Schie
With no cars, pack horses and mules predominate. Here is our host Judith with her luggage from a quick trip to the States loaded for the trek to the Sky Temple.
Cobbled pathways lead us back to the Sky Temple.
From our perch high in the Sky Temple we see a pair of Cacique birds working on their nest. You can glimpse one of the birds on the low branch to the nest’s right.
Bananas ripen below our balcony. The pole to the right supports the fruit’s weight.
When ripe, the bananas hang from our balcony, ready for snacking.
Spring flowers juxtaposed with colorful drying laundry brighten the streets.
Blossoms are everywhere.
Fallen petals grace cobblestone pathways.
Sun light brightens our room.
Eulalie works the low spots.
Eric works the high spots.
We lugged 30 bags of leaves to the compost pile.
Church occupies the village’s center.
Open doors welcome us in.
We join the owners of the Eclipse restaurant to help prepare tamales for the church.
Meat filling simmers.
Husks await filling.
Husk strips will tie the tamale together.
We depart the Sky Temple and Yelapa with heightened awareness of the season’s purpose, ready to prepare Elizabeth Jean for her first hurricane season in tropical waters.