"Mexico is Kicking the CRAP Out of ME"

Trip Start Feb 20, 2012
Trip End Apr 15, 2012

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Where I stayed
Cabinas Erindira, Los Azufres
What I did
Monarchs and Hot Springs

Flag of Mexico  , México,
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

is Kicking the CRAP Out of Me!"

Mexico, the places we've been, the history, the mountains, their culture, but
most of all the PEOPLE.

All said,
lately it's been taking its toll on me!

If you've
been reading this blog you know I was laid up for a couple days due to some
gastro-intestinal troubles. Well, it's all good, but now I've been thrown by a
horse! (see photo)

Here's the
whole story...

MUCH better, Tuesday morning we left for the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. It
would be about a 4 hour drive, Paul had invited his best friend Steve along for
the trip. It was great fun listening to them go on about their year in Mexico
during the drive. Once we pulled off the toll road it was a circuitous,
confusing climb into the mountains, but with some interpretation by Steve, we
made it to the reserve by Noon. The place was looking pretty deserted, and we
were worried the the butterflies had already left!. Luly had called a couple
days previous and was told they were still there (they usually leave by the end
of March). Ours was the ONLY car in the parking lot. We checked at the gate and
they said there were still many 'Monarcas'. We had decided earlier that Paul
& Steve would walk to the site, and Donna & I would go on horseback. It
was about a 5 km, 1 hour minimum hike each way up and down, ALL above 9000 ft.,
so there was no way I was tackling that on foot. It was a tough ride in, we
went uphill at first, then most of the rest was downhill. Oh yeah, a bit about
the horses, Donna's was as sweet as can be and Antonio, our guide was leading
her horse. When I climbed on mine Antonio said something to his 'amigos' that
sounded suspiciously like "iye yi yi"! As soon as we left the horse
was turning back, he wanted NOTHING to do with carting me into the mountains!
With many yanks on the reigns, and slaps on the butt (by Antonio), and about 1
km, the horse begrudgingly led on. We arrived at the meeting point, where the
guys had been waiting for us (thanks horse), where we would dismount and
continue on foot. We'd seen a few monarchs to this point, but not many more
than on a good late summer day in Oliphant. Once we started walking  it became a different story. Monarchs by the
thousands, maybe millions?!?

Because we
were there in the afternoon many of them were high in the air, or high in the
trees  so the photos don't do it justice,
but it is truly an awesome site. Although my horse was just as UN-cooperative
on the way out we eventually crested the mountain, and saw the guys waiting for
us across the meadow by the corral. As we approached over the smoothest ground
of the whole trip, my horse tripped (or did he?!?) and threw me to the ground.
I took most of the impact on my shoulder, but managed to scrape my forehead up
as well. That was a horse who I was glad to be off - just maybe not in that

We left
heading for our stop for the night 'Los Azufres', an area on the way back
towards Zamora, where you can stay and bath in natural hot springs. We ran into
some 'directional' trouble, but eventually arrived at the Cabinas Erindera. We
have a great cabin of our own, with 2 bedrooms for 75 dollars. I was too tired,
stressed, and sore to go down to the hot pools, but the others went down. 4
pools cold, 20c, 30c, 40c! I got a fire going at the cabin (firewood included)
and things are warming up. Only 12c up here in the mountains and it's still
only 8pm. Now it's the next morning, everyone's still sleeping, the fire is
roaring and I'm looking forward to better days!
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Kelly on

Ok Donna before you say anything no i'm not afraid of butterflies but I would have probably walked as i,m not a huge fan of horses lol. Sorry to hear about your misfortune Dave but it did bring out a chuckle :)

Don and Carol France on

Read your piece first thing this morning and teeheed, then called Don as he too would have walked as horses and him just do not hit it off much like your experience!

Bob on

Hey Dave

That sounds just like my first (and last) horse ride at Wendy's place up in Caledon back in the 70's.

Jan on

Hi guys, pretty funny about the horseride, bet donna was laughing her head off, next time better use your legs!!!!

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