Miles Hutchins

Dear readers: Apologies for not writing sooner. Lots happening here in Lake Chapala, and I will try to bring you up to date.

Of course, you have experienced Halloween and all the fun of little kiddies trick-or-treating you. Always a jolly time in Central Oregon. I recall fondly about six years ago, strolling downtown Redmond and getting goodies from merchants. More importantly, getting lots of smiles and joy from seeing so many happy kids, their parents and even a pony walking the main drag of Redmond.

This year, Bobbi and I handed out candy from our red front door, in response to the chanting from little ones of “queramos Halloween,” meaning, we want Halloween. One bombero, a fireman suited young ‘un, even gave me a piece of candy after catching my request for some Halloween, too!

The next day we took a tour bus trip to Tlaquepaque for a Dia de la Muerta, Day of the Dead, tour of the Main Street of town, festooned with brightly colored flags and banners. The most exciting views were of dressed up and face painted young and old people commemorating the day that by tradition, welcomes the deceased friends and relatives back to earth for the day.

Vendors were hawking food, ice cream, drinks, as well as flowers and fake flowers. Bobbi got a couple of bands you put across the top of your head, hair pieces, or whatever you call them, with bright colors to fit right in with the other celebrants.

And now, the celebrations are really heating up down here, as they are up there. Thanksgiving was celebrated by Canadians on Oct. 14, and Remembrance Day on Nov. 11. We saw lots of fake poppies for a week worn by many Canadians.

And Americans also observed Veteran’s Day on the 11th. Nov. 20 is Revolution Day in Mexico. So now the push is on to get through U.S. Thanksgiving and barrel on toward Christmas.

Well, gotta go, we are getting ready to take another tour, this time to Bucerias, near Puerto Vallarta to do some R and R during Thanksgiving, and to celebrate my birthday. Happy holidays to all from us to you!

Miles Hutchins is a retired former Redmond resident who grew up in Central Oregon and now lives in

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