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Hiking Santa Cruz in Guanajuato

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Jan 012012
 

Disclaimer:  This post is to assist fellow travelers who wish to hike to the summit of Santa Cruz on the outskirts of Guanajuato.  If you are not of this category this post will provide little entertainment.

 

Every morning spent in Guanajuato began as we watched the sun crest over Santa Cruz.   Being the highest peak within the town’s vicinity we could only imagine the view one must have looking down on the valley floor.  Continue reading »

Dec 312011
 

As you’ve probably noticed by the recent dropoff in post frequency, within hours of arriving in Guanajuato we decided to get comfortable and stay awhile.  Prior to arriving we had heard many rumors that this quaint town was a beautiful spot and although we had originally planned on staying only 4 days, we ended up staying for almost 4 weeks.  We were so struck by Guanajuato’s uniqueness upon arriving that on a whim we sent out an invitation for my mother to join us the day after Christmas a full 3 weeks away.  Within 24 hours a flight was booked. Continue reading »

Dec 032011
 

Entering into our second month in Mexico we made our way inland from the Pacific coast towards Guadalajara.  The next phase of our trip brings us through the most densely populated section of Mexico, thus becoming increasingly cultural with more cities, more museums, and more history.  Having already sensed that my brain may have shriveled a bit from the weeks spent on the coast, I had a growing thirst to fill the days with a larger number of inputs.  Coincidentally, the opportunity to begin to quench that thirst came in both the literal and figurative sense in the city of Tequila.    Continue reading »

Nov 262011
 

Our first few attempts to experience some authentic Mexican cuisine were a bit of a failure.  In hindsight it should have been obvious, whether it was the plethora of white faces, the quickly accessible menus in English, or the visible microwave in the kitchen.  To say the least, our first few meals left us wanting.  Luckily, we would quickly wise up and learn to spot the gringo traps.  Before we left the town of Todos Santos we would have a meal that satiated not just our hunger but our desire for an experience to come with it.  Continue reading »

Nov 222011
 

After driving through the desert that surrounds Cataviña we arrived upon the date and palm oasis of San Ignacio.  The small village is a shining island of concentrated life juxtaposed to the sparsely populated desert.  The heart of the palm forest which surrounds the village square presents what I imagine to be the perfect bird sanctuary.  The sound of what must have been over a dozen different species of birds created the auditory backdrop.  Continue reading »

Sep 242011
 

When Jill and I began this trip we had not done a whole lot of backpacking.  However, during the trip we’ve made a strong push to spend as much time on the trail as possible, and as such have picked up a few things.  So, if you’re anywhere near where we were when we began, and have interest in playing around outside, maybe the next few posts will help you get started. Continue reading »

Sep 102011
 

Our stay in Bend was the first extended visit we’ve had in our trip thus far.  For two incredible weeks we enjoyed such luxuries as a level bed, daily showers, a full sized refrigerator, home cooked meals involving fresh vegetables, and beer that isn’t PBR!!!  We also got to share all of these things with real live people (except the first two of course…weird).  By the time we arrived in Bend we were ready to unpack our bags and spend some time under a roof not made of steel.

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Aug 222011
 

After spending a number of consecutive nights out in the woods, we were ready to head back into society with the offer of a home cooked meal on the horizon.  Our journey miraculously collided with two fellow travelers as they also were briefly passing through Seattle, one of whom I’ve known since college.  Jake and Natalie were married last winter and have been travelling around Southeast Asia ever since. Continue reading »

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Aug 122011
 

Among the laundry list of places we intended to see during our tour of the US, Glacier National Park was at the top.  We had lofty expectations for our time in the park, not only because of the stories shared by family and friends who had visited, but because Glacier is one of the most highly coveted backpacking playgrounds in the US. Continue reading »