Spending the night with hummingbirds!

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End May 10, 2011

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Stealthcamped near MP 200 on MX hw 15

Flag of Mexico  , Michoacán,
Monday, November 8, 2010

Nov 8

Km marker 220 at 2083m/6833ft to Km marker 200 at 2570m/8431ft

21.43 km/ trip alt 527m (ouch)/ave climb 3%/ max climb 9%

We woke with the sun and found the tent was caked with ice during the cold night. We were in no hurry so waited for the sun to thaw the ice. We heated water for oatmeal and coffee. And tried to explain to the spotted Dalmatian that we did not have enough for him or his friend. But they watched us eat anyway.

And at the crack of 10:30 am, our stuff was dry and put away and we bid goodbye to Jose and his family. We started a steady climb through beautiful forested mountainous terrain of Jose Maria Morelles National Park. A few km's up the road, we passed another nice looking campground with cabanas. Now it was Monday and none of the campgrounds or restaurants had any business. Our progress was slow up the mountain. The pine forest smelled great and the air was clean. We knew we would be camping again this night. Near the tiny town of El Temazcal, we found a cabana/restaurant place with some signs of life. It was open and we had another Tarasco soup (Michoacan specialty) and a Quesofundano, a cheese/mushroom glob with tortillas hot off the grill. Both tasted excellent.

Traffic continued to be light and the views down the valleys were spectacular. We passed a waterfall and then a spring pouring out of rock outcrop along the road. Guys were refilling 5 gallon bottles with this pure mountain spring water. We topped up our water bottles.

The scenery is so beautiful that we pay more attention to our surroundings than to the grade we inch up. We reached the highest point of our trip so far 2830m/9280 feet.

At 4 pm, we reached a high ridge with a few houses, a small store and a tiny church next to the road. This constitutes a village. At the small tienda (store) on the side of the road we asked if there is a posada or other place to stay. Yes there is, she said, only about 25 km down the road!!

We continued on for another few km's,keeping our eyes open for a good camping spot. Dave who was ahead, motioned that he may have just found a great spot. He climbed a grassy knoll between two trees and returned minutes later with a thumbs up sign. It turned out to be hummingbird paradise. I have never seen so many hummingbirds in one place in my life. They Bbbrrrrrr Bbbrrrrr past us left and right, drinking nectar from the many wildflowers that surrounded us.

We quickly pitched our tent and Michelle positioned herself in the center of the the wildflowers to be sure to get a perfect shot of the lightning fast little birds. They out maneuvered Michelle though. Every time she lifted her camera, or made the slightest move towards one or two of the little birds, the were gone in the blink of an eye. In the end we played "where is Waldo (or hummingbird)" with a few of our pictures and found a few blurs that probably are hummingbirds.

We had a great meal of curry soup and rice and slept like babies.
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