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The Monarch butterfly is a migratory animal, which summers in the US and Canada. In the autumn the entire species makes the long trek to the warm valleys of central Mexico, to breed in specific groves and outlast the winter. In the spring, the females return to the north to lay their eggs. I awake in Macheros village, on the outskirts of the Cerro Pelon reserve. My hosts, Joel and Elena, ...
... as I have the ability to use my legs I will continue to do so. I'll save the horses and donkeys for when I'm old and no longer able to walk. Monarchs were lovely if not quite as abundant as I would have thought. I heard many factors have combined to their unusually low numbers this year and the whole fantastic migration from Canada to Michoacan is in danger. Shame. https://picasaweb.google.com/1064799899 09924526712/MonarchButterflyReserve?aut ...
... it is situated next to a tram station, so we rode into the central city.
Never before in my life have I craved gelato so much, and this was just after entering Chocolat, an Italian cafe in downtown San Diego. One thing I have noticed about American service, however, is that the people are very efficient but also quite relaxed and chatty, not the ideal personality for us New Zealanders!
While Pascale and Jason went ...
... crossings which involve striding men with crowns on their
head. Not sure who came up with that one, or how it came to be but it seems
pretty specific to DF.
After that, it was my first trip out into the wilderness on
my own since the attack so was a little apprehensive, especially knowing the
area I was going to is currently considered quite dangerous. I knew if I kept
on high alert and in busy areas it wouldn’t be an issue, and I really wanted to
San Diego has a 59 mile scenic drive which takes you to see all the sights it has to offer, so we decided this would be a good way to see lots in a short amount of time! To follow the drive you can use the signposts which have a seagull on but unfortunately these aren't always that easy to spot so we took the directions as well! The drive took us straight to the coast where we saw the harbour and some of the big boats that are docked there and then out to Harbour and ...