Is No Place Like Home In The Valley
By JOHN M. DERBY
April 27, 2017
Mexico in 90-degree weather and returning to our home in
the Central Valley, where it is in the 60s, is a shock to
Another shock is how lush and green the Valley is compared
to the desert of southern Baja Mexico; however, even in
Mexico the unusual rain has turned parts of the desert into
an unbelievable floral display.
take our time driving north because it is Easter break,
and the roads are packed with Mexicans who love their beaches,
and flock to them for Samanta Santa (see picture).
are headed north because we must pay taxes (at least an
estimate) in the United States. It has been a wonderful
winter in southern Baja, averaging 70 degrees with sun out
morning to night almost every day. This is paradise if there
is one; however, even in paradise we find we miss our friends
at home and want to be back with them.
miss the activities and events which we normally cover,
and we even miss our employees who have worked so hard during
the winter rainy season. We are very proud of what they
accomplished while we were gone.
also are excited about the progress our community is making
as the economy finally works its way out of recession. There
is a new optimism in the air and while people question President
Trump, they can’t help to see the stock market going
up along with the real estate and employment.
made it through 90 percent of the winter without sickness
or injury, and only the last two weeks managed to come down
with intense back pain, perhaps from loading the truck.
Other than this everyone stayed healthy.
fishing, the kayaks, swimming and sailing were great and
the sight of the whale sharks a real bonus. We only wish
there was some way we could take people of the valley on
a guided tour of what is real Mexico — not the media
version which paints this nation as backward and full of
believe just the opposite. And we have much to learn from
the Mexican people who know how to relax and enjoy their
families. Many appear almost stress free while we work under
the burden of having to have more and more, never being
ago, that was the reason we located in the valley. We shunned
working in a metropolitan area and opted for the slower
pace of the San Joaquin Valley.
is where we belong, and this is where we have made our home.
love coming back.