Surreal Jungle

February 28 – March 2, 2019. After WWI artists and writers in the Surrealist movement sought to break with rationalism and unlock the powers of the unconscious mind. Their movement lasted until after WWII, influencing western thought and politics. Here in Xilitla, in the jungle of San Luis Potisí, works of two Surrealist artists can …read more

Into the Sierra Gorda

February 26 – 28, 2019. Sierra Gorda is a 95 square mile biosphere reserve spreading into four Mexican states. The terrain here is rugged. There are many waterfalls. And there are caves from which thousands of birds leave in the mornings, and return at night. We planned to visit waterfalls and caves, but the weather …read more

Morelia

February 9 – 11, 2019. It’s pronounced Mow-RAY-Lee-Aah instead of having the expected emphasis on the Lee syllable. Why, because it’s named for Mexico’s beloved revolutionary Morelos (Mow-RAY-lows). Remember when we climbed up into his fist? The birth home of Jose María Morelos is here. It is now a museum that contains some of his …read more

La Reserva de la Biosfera Tehuacán-Cuicatlán

January 20 – 24, 2019. Remember Minerva? In addition to helping establish the Joshua Tree and Anzo-Borrego reserves in the US, she worked with Mexican president Rubio in 1931 to establish a 10K acre preserve near Tehuacán. Now the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán biosphere has expanded to a 1,800 square mile UNESCO World Heritage site (one of Mexico’s …read more

Cuidad de México Prehispánico

January 2 – January 9, 2019. I’ve been feeling a bit jealous. In the US there were concerted efforts to erase the traces and culture of indigenous populations. Some of my ancestors may have been part of these efforts. But here in Mexico descendants of the peoples conquered by the Spaniards are surrounded by ancient …read more

Jardín Botánico Culiacán

December 8, 2018. In our last post we were tooling down the Mexican mainland coast of the Sea of Cortez. We took a break from the beaches to head inland from Topolobampo to Culiacán, where we wanted to see the Botanical Gardens. After spending a night in the Tres Rios hotel parking lot, we visited …read more

Carlsbad Caverns

October 28 – 29, 2018. “We know exactly how old these are”, said the ranger as we went through the entrance into the King’s Palace in Carlsbad Caverns. “This entrance was blown open using dynamite in 1932. These stalactites started growing then.” He pointed to the ceiling of the entrance, where small stone nipples, none …read more

Many Moons Ago Monday – Joshua Tree

This post is a Many Moons Ago Monday — which means the events that we are presenting here today are not current, they actually happened many moons ago. In this post we pick up after we left Borrego Springs in March of 2017, 18 full moons ago… March 9 – 12, 2017. Many, many, many …read more

Radio Waves

April 21, 2018. Sorry. No pics from our first radio antenna site. Antennas of the Deep Space Network are in a secure site near Barstow, CA, and the public is no longer allowed access to them. But there is a nice museum in Barstow with interactive displays about their use. Along with sister antennas in …read more

The Ancients

April 18 – April 19, 2018. Duwan calls it “hundering”. It’s a mixture of hunting and wandering, often triggered by a chance conversation with a fellow traveler. Back at Gold Butte I was practicing accordion songs. I thought our only neighbor was out 4-wheeling, and was surprised when he came over to listen. As we …read more