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 »

Dec 012011
 

Our night on the TMC ferry was uneventful to say the least.  It’s more a cargo ferry than a passenger ferry, so with the exception of a few other small vehicles, we spent the night surrounded by 18 wheelers and dozens of truck drivers.  We hung out for a couple hours on deck, watching the sunset over the La Paz harbor, reading and attempting to converse with some Mexican teenagers.   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 232011
 

Baja is the kind of place where time just slips away from you.  We originally intended to spend a bit more than a week here but it’s been nearly 16 days and we still find ourselves hesitant to move on.  We have driven from the north to the southernmost point, bouncing along both coasts on the way down.  We have slept on the beaches of both shores and in the meadows of the towering Sierra de las Lagunas.  We have strolled malecons at sunset and sipped margaritas beneath many a palapa. Despite all we’ve done, there is a sense that we’ve barely scratched the surface.  One thing is for sure – Baja California has it all.  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 »

Nov 162011
 

Our last few days in the states were spent outside San Diego, running errands and taking care of some last minute preparations.  Zach made a lot of improvements on the van, including installing some LEDs for indoor lighting (check back for updates to the car section coming soon).  Michael and Marlena generously offered their home for our use as a base during this time.  Zach met Michael through Expedition Portal – a forum for overlanders – and he was instrumental in the building of the electrical system in our rig. Continue reading »