Mexico, what can we say. It’s been a great 13 months. Quite frankly, we didn’t think it would last this long, but your charms seduced us. Now it’s time for us to move on. And the rumors are true, we are leaving you for another country–El Salvador. Let us begin by reassuring you, it’s not you. It’s us. At heart we are rovers. As we sail off, we want to celebrate what we had together and, well, what we like about you.
Thing 1: It’s physical.
We have known just how big you are; however, we did not fully appreciate how long your coastline really is. We logged thousands of miles traveling from Ensenada to Chiapas, including an extensive detour into the Sea of Cortez. Your varied physical charms also captivated us. From desert mountains, to tropical beaches, to active volcanoes, beautiful vistas met us at every turn. And did I mention the ocean? The Pacific Ocean lives up to its reputation as being peaceful (as long as we paid attention to our weather forecasts). Finally, your weather–particularly the sunshine– is a wonder, especially after decades in the Pacific Northwest.
Mexico es muy grande.
Desert mountains ring the sea of Cortez.
The Pacific in a calm mood; sun.
Colima volcanoes. Photo credit: Beth Laschever.
Thing 2: Your flora and fauna
Flowers, cactus and palm trees, whales, turtles, pelicans, porpoises, cacique birds, flying manta rays, monkeys and iguanas. Oh my! Your wildlife kept us alert and the Albatross busy.
Baja cactus and the Lal.
Reef fish in Ensenada Carrizal. Photo credit: Beth Laschever
Thing 3: Your history, culture, and arts
Mayan temples, centuries-old churches, artisan crafts and more celebrations than we could have imagined dazzled us.
Hand woven table runners in Zincantan
Bringing in the New Year. Photo credit: Beth Laschever