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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...
Beautiful and fun

Beautiful and fun

No, no, I’m not talk­ing about myself, like always, but instead the riv­er, canyon and water­falls at the Río Escanela near Pinal de Amoles. Sat­ur­day was a per­fect day for a hike in and besides the riv­er. I did­n’t wear the best clothes for swim­ming, but that did­n’t mat­ter when we got to the real water­falls. I had to...
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...
Nice to have a few days at home

Nice to have a few days at home

After keep­ing my fridge most­ly emp­ty for the past month while I have been trav­el­ing every few days, it is nice to be able to go to the local mar­ket to restock. The scene can get a bit wild on the week­ends, and I final­ly had the courage to sneak a bunch of pho­tos with my iPod. Now if...
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 de Rapaces, or Riv­er...
2nd Marathon, way better than the first

2nd Marathon, way better than the first

I mean, I’m stuck on the couch now, but it is total­ly worth it since I achieved my goal of a sub 4h marathon. I fin­ished right around 3h57m and a bit, and it was so sat­is­fy­ing. I felt great for almost the whole race. Kilo­me­ters 33–38 were kind of rough, but I had banked enough time to han­dle a gen­tle reduc­tion...
Winning is a lot of fun

Winning is a lot of fun

With trep­i­da­tion I went to the Fes­ti­val Inter­na­cional Sal­va el Diente this week­end out­side of Guadala­jara. After a late arrival, I was­n’t sure how I was going to be feel­ing for the 10k trail race ear­ly on Sat­ur­day morn­ing, but I just want­ed to run as a part of my marathon train­ing (which is only three weeks away!). I wel­comed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to run on trails,...
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...