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Yucatan Peninsula - Day 2 - Punta Allen

Yucatan Peninsula — Day 2 — Punta Allen

Step 1. Leave Tulum head­ing south. Stay on the coastal road. Step 2. Dri­ve to end of road. Step 3. Once in town, dri­ve to end of road. Step 4. Stay in beach cabana on prac­ti­cal­ly pri­vate beach. Require­ments: faith that the town real­ly exists at the end of the road and bug repel­lent. Snorkel gear would­n’t hurt...
Yucatan Peninsula - Day 1 - Tulum

Yucatan Peninsula — Day 1 — Tulum

My guy and I spent a week in Quin­tana Roo and the Yucatan and suc­cess­ful­ly achieved my goal of not spend­ing a sin­gle minute in the city of Can­cun. The air­port is con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed well out­side the city. Instead, we did a won­der­ful tour which includ­ed a mix of beach­es, birds, and ruins. Being low-sea­son, we made no reser­va­tions except...
Birds of my Neighborhood

Birds of my Neighborhood

You’ve already met the cat that stalks them or dreams of stalk­ing them, so now it’s time to give some atten­tion to the birds that hang around my neigh­bor­hood. Main­ly, it was just real­ly nice on my ter­race the oth­er evening, so I decid­ed to hang out there for a while and take some pics. There are a lot...
Hours 1-2 of 10,000

Hours 1–2 of 10,000

Before I can run off and join the cir­cus instead of just being an acro­bat groupie, I have to start tak­ing some lessons. Good thing for me that I have a friend start­ing up a school, and I have a few web skills to barter for class­es. Time to get on the silks! (Or hope­ful­ly soon I will know all the real lin­go)....
A large automobile and water flowing underground

A large automobile and water flowing underground

How did I get here? How do I work this? Where does this high­way lead to? In my case, I was not behind the wheel of the large auto­mo­bile, per Peace Corps reg­u­la­tions, but the ques­tions still apply to a bit of a bizarre week­end. I can’t real­ly say that much, except inter­est­ing times as usu­al. Oh, and maybe we should have...
Cañón del Sabino

Cañón del Sabino

No wit­ty title, just pic­tures and more pic­tures from the canyon with the mil­i­tary macaw colony. I want to go back with a tri­pod and real­ly get start­ed at 5am to see the big move­ment of the birds first thing as they exit the canyon. And, yes, I know that a tri­pod won’t real­ly help with the birds in...
Have solar oven, will travel

Have solar oven, will travel

Although the cli­mate in the state of Puebla is sig­nif­i­cant­ly cloudi­er and rainier than where I live, I packed up my solar oven and took it with me to a sci­ence fair this week­end in a small com­mu­ni­ty there. The fair was orga­nized by anoth­er Vol­un­teer for the chil­dren and par­ents at the school where she has been teach­ing...
Community Participation Tools

Community Participation Tools

Tak­ing a step back to the sec­ond-to-last day of Mid-Ser­vice Train­ing and away from my oh-so-self-impor­tant reflec­tions, I want to share some pic­tures from our group field trip to one of the com­mu­ni­ties in which we have been work­ing for the solar stove project. But, before I do that, I will explain how this out­ing came to be and...
Almost a complete set

Almost a complete set

After climb­ing in Sala­man­ca, Gua­na­ju­a­to yes­ter­day, I think that I’m just miss­ing one of the “local” crags — those with­in say an hour to an hour and a half away — before I have the com­plete set. The miss­ing locale is an old crater and sup­posed to be nice, but we’ll have to see how it com­pares to...
Wish they all could be California birds

Wish they all could be California birds

After trav­el­ling all night and try­ing to jump back into work yes­ter­day, I might still be a touch grumpy, which is the usu­al state upon return to Mex­i­co after vis­it­ing M. in Cal­i­for­nia. We had a few great days togeth­er with a lot of bird­watch­ing around Lake Tahoe and in the Bay area. This time, I took my cam­era so...
After the Big Check... the Weighty Certificate

After the Big Check… the Weighty Certificate

I like com­ing up with wit­ty titles too much to not in this case, but actu­al­ly it was quite an hon­or to attend and receive a plaque in recog­ni­tion of the work we hav­ing been doing with the solar ovens dur­ing the solar oven fes­ti­val today. The real shame was that Sarah could­n’t be there to...
Planta Madre

Planta Madre

Plan­ta Madre is a group com­mit­ted the con­ser­va­tion, cul­ti­va­tion, replant­i­ng of cac­tus and med­i­c­i­nal plants in the Bernal area of the state of Querétaro. The work in the pro­tect­ed area of the Peña de Bernal and have a large pro­duc­tion green­house in San Anto­nio de la Cal. The group has been in exis­tence for 6–7 years and...