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The Some Birds

The Some Birds

The title is in hon­or of my good friends and the great times vis­it­ing them, and even help­ing them with a work event. The tequi­la and movie-going were fan­tas­tic, but I also had a good time work­ing at the city park where they were assigned and try­ing to wran­gle group after group of teenagers to lis­ten to a short...
A new perspective

A new perspective

After vis­it­ing the place many times over rough­ly a year and a half and climb­ing there for near­ly as long, the one thing that was miss­ing from my Bernal expe­ri­ence was actu­al­ly climb­ing up the whole damn thing. Well check that off my list in a most pleas­ant way. We picked one of the clas­sic and relaxed mul­ti-pitch...
Marvelous Mexican Mountains - Malinche

Marvelous Mexican Mountains — Malinche

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...
Pinal de Amoles and one Puente de Dios

Pinal de Amoles and one Puente de Dios

It was real­ly hard to nar­row down the 200-odd pic­tures I took last week­end down to the just-under 40 that I am show­ing below. The Río Escanela near Pinal de Amoles in the Sier­ra Gor­da de Queré­taro turns out to be just as beau­ti­ful as the soon-to-be off-lim­its Huaste­ca region in San Luis Poto­sí. I had always heard...
Day of the Dead 2012 - Marigolds and Altars

Day of the Dead 2012 — Marigolds and Altars

Walk­ing around town this year, I think that the Day of the Dead altars are still beau­ti­ful and well-craft­ed, but they seem small­er or less elab­o­rate. To sep­a­rate this year’s pho­tos from last year’s, I’m more focused on the marigolds. These are the tra­di­tion­al flow­ers use to hon­or the dead and are used on the altars...
2 days of flowers and work

2 days of flowers and work

I mean work and flow­ers. Def­i­nite­ly in that order. To work on the super-secret, super-awe­some soc­cer ball project, I got to tag along on the practicum vis­it of a cou­ple of trainees in the nat­ur­al resource man­age­ment pro­gram. The vis­it was to the Bosque La Pri­mav­era in Guadala­jara, and it was def­i­nite­ly worth a sec­ond vis­it. I was there...
85,000 birds in the sky - the River of Raptors

85,000 birds in the sky — the River of Raptors

Or, more specif­i­cal­ly, 85,591 includ­ing: 33,376 Turkey vul­tures 7 Swal­low-tailed kites 1 Mis­sis­sip­pi Kite 8 Norther Har­ri­ers 29 Sharp-shinned hawks 39 Cooper’s hawks 2 Gray hawks 5109 Broad-winged hawks 41,864 Swainson’s hawks 16 Amer­i­can kestrels 5 Pere­grine fal­cons 5135 Unknown rap­tors Details here. See: All of this was in just one day observ­ing the Río...
Yucatan Peninsula - Day 7 - Cenotes

Yucatan Peninsula — Day 7 — Cenotes

Woul­da, shoul­da, coul­da. Along with every­thing else, the Yucatan penin­su­la is also known for its cenotes, or sort of sink­hole caves, result­ing from the lime­stone geol­o­gy. There are too many to vis­it, but we had a hard time pick­ing even one to vis­it. We were dri­ving by them in the mid­dle of our trip and should...
Yucatan Peninsula - Day 6 - Isla Holbox

Yucatan Peninsula — Day 6 — Isla Holbox

We were done ear­ly after our bird­ing tour in Rio Lagar­tos, and so we head­ed for our sec­ond relax­ing day on the beach on Isla Hol­box. It is a quick fer­ry ride from Chiquila to the island, and then we walked down the sand streets to the beach and found a hotel. This was our sec­ond small...
Yucatan Peninsula - Day 5 - Rio Lagartos

Yucatan Peninsula — Day 5 — Rio Lagartos

Birds, birds, birds. Rio Lagar­tos is anoth­er town at the end of the road, but this time on a lagoon. The area is known for bird­watch­ing, and it is anoth­er pro­tect­ed Mex­i­can bios­phere reserve. Along with Celestun, this is one of the places to find large flamin­go colonies. We didn’t see the thou­sands of flamin­gos that...
Yucatan Peninsula - Day 4 - Chichen Itza

Yucatan Peninsula — Day 4 — Chichen Itza

Since I don’t real­ly count Tulum, this was day 2 with Mayan ruins. I wasn’t expect­ing much from Chichen Itza, even with its won­der-of-the-world sta­tus, but I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised. It was inter­est­ing — not that we took a tour. So, you will have to excuse the lack of infor­ma­tion in the pic­ture cap­tions, because I know not what I am look­ing...
Yucatan Peninsula - Day 3 - Cobá

Yucatan Peninsula — Day 3 — Cobá

After real­ly relax­ing into the vaca­tion in Pun­ta Allen, we head­ed inland for the Mayan ruins por­tion of the vaca­tion. Our first stop was Cobá, where the site has not been cleared of jun­gle around the ruins and you can climb to the top of the tallest pyra­mid (in the whole Yucatan). The town of...