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Travel Blogs from Creel
... offer them my back for target practice?).
With no choice but to plow on, I asked them (one of them with his hand firmly on his pistol) in very bad Spanish if the trail we where all on lead to Batopilas. One of them started talking fast and aggressively but I completely failed to understand his words. I replied with: porfavor, hable un mass despatio! Jo no comprendo espanol mui bien. To that, another one of the cowboys answered is bad English: why ...
... sauce that is sweet, spicy, sour and salty. Sounds horrible but tastes good!
The Road Not Taken ...The road in this photo is the original road to and from Batopilas from the top of the canyon. We had to take an alternative and longer road with Pedro because the original road is presently being repaired and is under construction. There are 31 switchbacks on this road and it takes about 5 /12 hours to get to the bottom of the canyon. Our route took a few ...
... mining inactivity by different conflicts generated by endless wars, the hacienda was back into operation, this time managed by Mrs. Natividad Ortiz and her partner the Indian Nepomuceno Avila. Don Manuel Mendazona worked several mines in Batopilas and he also made use of the infrastructure of the hacienda created during the last two centuries of silver production.
In 1861, the American John Robinson took control of the mining industry in Batopilas and in turn, he also ...
... could be taken up the canyon, especially during the late 1800s. We found it pretty hard, coming down into the canyon on the 'so-called modern' road, in 2013, in a big 4 wheel drive. But somehow they did it on a monthly basis way back when. I guess that 'money can move mountains'.
The yearly Silver Trail reenactment tries to remind people of this feat. Silver was carried by mules from Alexander Shepherd's hacienda in Batopilas, ...
- have lunch at Carolina's
- visit the museum
- enjoy a siesta while it was hot outside (and give me a little time to read the diary)
- in the afternoon, Pedro would pick us up and take us to the aqueduct where we had
seen small silver mining operations using waterwheels and a millstone
- visit the ruins of Alexander Shepherd's Hacienda San Miguel
- dinner at Carolina's