Jun 2, 2008

Mazatlan Mexico Weekend

This past weekend, Casey and I attended the Mine/Mill Inauguration for the Nuestra Senora project in Cosala Mexico hosted by Scorpio Mining. It was a fantastic weekend!

We arrived in Mazatlan, Mexico on Wednesday after lunch and spent the afternoon walking the shops in the “Golden Triangle” and saw lots of things we liked (but didn’t buy anything – nothing seemed more exciting than furniture for our new house!) That night, Scorpio had a welcome dinner for all of the people who had come in for the weekend. The shrimp and steak was prepared tableside – I love when they do that and you see all of the flames! Our room was incredible – our patio looked right onto the water. We couldn’t have asked for more.

On Thursday morning, Scorpio had arranged a tour of Mazatlan, the “Pearl of the Pacific.” We started by seeing some of the amazing development going on in the city – ½ million dollar homes in beautiful golf course communities, beachfront condos, a man made island with million dollar homes and lots of boats, etc. Then we drove up the main drag and saw tons and tons of beautiful monuments all over the city. We got off of the tour bus in the Old City and saw the cathedral (which has a Star of David in each window - our tour guy said this was done because the church was financed by a Jewish man who was trying to gain acceptance into the primarily Catholic community but didn’t want to do so at the expense of his own beliefs!) We walked through the old market which was really neat because the market is truly used by the locals for produce, seafood, meat, etc. as well as having the touristy booths with local wares.

Friday was the Mine/Mill Inauguration in Cosala, which was a 2 hour drive from Mazatlan. They had a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a tour of the mill where we were able to see the ore and learn about the process.

From the Scorpio press release: “The Inauguration was attended by over 650 people including Mexican state and federal officials, Canadian Government officials and representatives of various financial institutions from Europe, Australia, Argentina, Canada and USA, and was covered by all of the Mexican national and state television and newspapers… The cutting of the ribbon was celebrated by the Governor of the State of Sinaloa, Lic. Alberto Aguilar Padilla; the Canadian Ambassador, His Excellency Guillermo E. Rishchynski; the Minister of Mines for México, Lic. Roque Diaz de Leon and the Chairman and CEO of Scorpio, Peter J. Hawley…. At present, a total of 95,000 tonnes of ore is stockpiled at the mill site and being processed. In addition, underground production crews are drilling the second long-hole stope and opening a level for a future cut and fill stope from a high-grade area. Remote control mucking of the first blasted long-hole stope continues and the Company has completed an electrical upgrade throughout the mine to improve power distribution for jumbo and long-hole drilling, diamond drilling and ventilation.”

That night, Scorpio hosted a really fun dinner with traditional dancing, a mock cock fight, a mariachi band etc. Casey got recognized as a shareholder and received a really neat painting which he is going to hang in his office.

On Saturday, Casey went deep sea fishing (and his boat caught 3 fish!) and I lounged on the beach. When Casey got back we both went and enjoyed the zip line at Playa Mazatlan. All in all it was a really great trip! Until Saturday night that is.

Saturday night, I got really really sick. Lets just say it was not a pleasant night nor a happy plane ride home on Sunday.

Check out pictures of our weekend in the photo section

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