If only that title was also a palin­drome, that would be like infin­i­ty in word-nerd points. How­ev­er, even with­out a per­fect nerd score, it was won­der­ful to get back to the moun­tains with a lit­tle light moun­taineer­ing and an intense hik­ing day. We start­ed a lit­tle after 9am and made it to the top in a bit under 4 hours. The steep , sandy part (in Span­ish, the “are­na”) was the hard­est part as I was warned it would be, but then there was some fun rock hopping/scrambling to the top which made me for­get about my tired calves. Skip­ping and slid­ing down the sandy slope on the way down was a lot of fun too, but my legs could feel the down­hill the next day more than the uphill.

I also spent a day in Tlax­cala, which is per­haps the best small town I’ve seen in Mex­i­co. What a great site, and the Vol­un­teers there are real­ly lucky. I’m total­ly jeal­ous. I will just have to go back. After this expe­ri­ence, I would love to head up Iztac­cíhu­atl (or Ixtac­cíhu­atl) next. My friend said the view of Popo behind you all along that trek was amaz­ing. That’s why I made the “Moun­tains” plur­al in the title. It would be great if this could be a short series of posts. We shall see.

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The gen­tle uphill begin­ning in the morn­ing light

All the way to the top about 2 and half hours after this pho­to.

This guy was appar­ent­ly train­ing, since he is a cyclist.

His dog wasn’t feel­ing so enthu­si­as­tic about the day’s train­ing activ­i­ty.

Snack time at the top

Popocatépetl and Iztac­ci­hu­atl look­ing beau­ti­ful

Nice view of Pico de Oriz­a­ba and a good pos­ing spot at the top

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Oh, and I for­got to say that the cat has tak­en over blog­ging duties since this hap­pened at the top.

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From a nice lunch spot over­look­ing Tlax­cala