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This morning we decided we wanted to leave Mexico a few days early. This doesn’t have anything to do with the stolen iPad incident from yesterday, although it was while discussing this we also made the decision to bail early in this trip. When we planned this trip we were heading straight for Oaxaca and Chiapas from Mexico City. At the last minute we decided to visit a friend who is wintering in Morelia. This is WEST of Mexico City, while our original destination was SOUTH and EAST of Mexico City. While we were in the area we also


Passing Through Cuernavaca

We loved Taxco but after two nights there we were ready to move on. We had fried eggs, refried beans, and tortillas for breakfast at a stand in the Mercado. ($2). We asked for salsa picante and watched the owner put tomatoes, peppers, garlic, salt, and onion in the blender for our fresh salsa. After breakfast we visited the Spratling Museum ($2). William Spratling was an American designer and silversmith who was inspired by prehistoric artifacts uncovered in the Taxco region. The upper two floors of the museum contain preHispanic objects and pottery and the lower level has many


Copper Canyon, Mexico, Our Way–Part 3–In the Canyons

We go down into the canyons to the small towns of Batopilas and Urique.  We make a thrilling traverse from Copper Canyon to Urique Canyon in a four-wheel drive. Copper Canyon is more than the train ride along the rim of the canyon.  The Barrancas del Cobre is actually a series of 6 canyons covering an area four times larger than the Grand Canyon.  They are home to the Tarahumara Indians, who are famous for their long distance endurance running.  Our goal was to see the most spectacular parts of the Copper Canyon area, and to do so we


Copper Canyon, Mexico, Our Way–Part 2– Creel and Divisadero

We spent a couple of days on the edge of the canyons at the tourist center of Creel, and caught our first glimpse into the canyon at Divisadero. One of the worst times to travel in Mexico is the Christmas holidays, because that’s when many Mexicans hit the road.  While we were in Chihuahua, we looked for hotels on for our next destination in Creel.  Our day of arrival was New Year’s Eve, and we found only one available online below $100/night, but we decided to take our chances and try to find something when we arrived.  We


“I See Nothing…I Hear Nothing….”– Living with the Mexican Drug Cartels

Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico– We were walking back to our hotel after an early dinner.  It was still light, and a few teenage boys were kicking a soccer ball around the town square.  This scene could be taking place in any one of a thousand towns in Mexico, but there was one detail that was disconcertingly different–one of the boys was playing with a machine gun slung over his shoulder.  I would have loved to sneak a picture, but the boys didn’t take their eyes off of us as we walked down the street. Most people that visit the Barrancas

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As your reading this, we’re probably somewhere in the Mexican Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon).  This trip has been on our bucket list for years, and so we are excited to finally be going.  The train ride from Chihuahua to Los Mochis on the Gulf of California is a railway afficianados dream.  The tracks make loops and switchbacks through spectacular scenery.  There is a lot of information for people who are riding the train from one terminus to the other, but we want to spend about a week down in the canyons, and there’s not much information about this.  We