San Miguel - 3 day trip to Toluca, Mexico.........
Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
111Trip End Dec 31, 2015
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Amigos, Amigas, Compañeros y Compañeras:
Mexico Dave when he was younger and more serious.
Much younger and much more serious...
Now. Here. This . Ahora. Aquí. Esta.
I am going on a 3 day trip to Toluca, 50 kilometers West of Mexico City.
Toluca is at an elevation of 9,000 ft. and is the coolest of all of the big cities of Mexico..
I made that mistake in 2007 when I to Mexico City for a week in just my shorts,
short sleeve shirt, and sandals.. It was too cold for just shorts,
short sleeve shirt, and sandals. I had to buy some warmer clothes
- Jeans and a long sleeve shirt... I will be taking some warmer clothes with me to Toluca...
Go to this link to read about Toluca...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toluca
It is surrounded by volcanos - extinct volcancos. Maybe I will climb up to the top of one of the volcanos while I am there and take a look into it...
It is the only volcano in Mexico that has two lagoons and can be reached by automobile. There have been proposals to turn this mountain into a ski hill because of its accessibility and the low temperatures that exist on the mountain throughout the year, but recent reports on global warming have raised fears that the snow cap on the mountain will disappear completely within a few decades. The area was converted into the Nevado de Toluca National Park in January 1936 with about1,517 km2 (585.7 sq mi) in area. The park has forest land, especially of pines trees. The prevalent animals are camp rats, squirrels, lizards, snakes, and eagles. On the lower part of this mountain there are picnic tables and BBQ grills. In the higher part of the volcano (inside) there are two lagoons in which visitors can practice scuba-diving and fishing. This volcano is unique in Mexico in that one can enter the crater by car.
Under the Köppen climate classification, Toluca features a Subtropical highland climate. The climate is cool and humid with high humidity, rainfall and occasional hail in the summer. Freezing temperatures are common during winter. Toluca's climate is the coolest of any large Mexican city due to its altitude (2,680 metres (8,793 ft) above sea level). Winter nights are cold and the temperature can drop well below 0 °C (32 °F). Even during the summer it can cool down to 5 °C (41 °F) or less, while maximum temperatures rarely exceed 25 °C (77 °F). The climate is prone to extended dry periods particularly in the winter, when precipitation usually falls as snow in higher elevations like El Nevado de Toluca and its surrounding area. The rainy season extends from June to October. Just outside the heavily industrialized city, the municipality has forests with oak, pine, fir, cedar, cypress, acacia and other flora, characteristic of the temperate zone of central Mexico.
This is a side of Mexico that most Canadians do not know about and are not aware of....
It is a ittle bit like Canada in this area....
I am still trying to work on my Spanish - I am starting to realize that when I translate Spanish into English, there are often four or five different Engkish words that I can use to say the same thing.
Example: start, begin, initiate, commence...
The good that the Mexican Drug Cartels do is often overlooked and not recognized.....
Viva La Mexico
Hasta La Viva
y Mis Amigos, Amigas, Compañeros y Compañeras:
Senor Mexico Dave