had a terrific morning kayaking in the Laguna Agua Brava.
We found a spot to put the kayak in next to a bridge over the lagoon and
immediately we saw a Great Egret. As
we paddled along we saw Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, a
Green Heron, several White Ibises, an Osprey, a Brown Pelican and I swear we saw
two different groups of American Flamingos fly overhead.
We also saw Gulls, Frigate Birds, Vultures and Geese.
spending the night in Tepic, we stopped at the Laguna Santa Maria del Oro, a
volcanic lake that turns different colors depending on the weather conditions.
Unfortunately today the sky was very hazy so the color of the lake was a
dark blue rather than the turquoise we were hoping to see, but it was very
down the road we stopped at Volcan del Ceboruco to check out the ancient lava
flow. It was quite a surprising
sight… one minute we were in bright green foliage and the next we were in
black jagged rock. The highway cuts
right through the lava flow, so there are big chunks of lava in each side of the
stop was the town of Ixtlan del Rio where we visited the ruins of Los Toriles.
This archaeological sight has both reconstructed building sites and a
burial tomb. The burial tomb contained numerous bones, ceramics, tools and
jewelry. The burial dates to
between 300 BC and 300 AD. The city
of Los Toriles flourished from 700 to 1200 AD and was characterized by altars,
walkways and drainage ditches.
also were able to take tastes of the Tequila at each stage of the distillation
and aging process – very tasty. All
along the highways leading from Tepic to Tequila we passed field after field of
blue agave plants. These are the
plants from which Tequila is made. Our
information indicated that at any given time there are millions of plants
wondered how the farmers lived considering that very few fields were growing
food plants. We learned that many
farmers sell their crop of agave years before they are actually harvested.
Kind of like selling futures on their plants, this way they get a monthly
stipend from which they can live on.
in Guadalajara late in the day, we were attempting to locate a RV Park when we
got pulled over by a policeman. Although
we had done nothing wrong, he insisted that we had broken the law by driving our
“truck” into the city. When he
won’t listen to our argument about how we live in the vehicle and that it
wasn’t a commercial vehicle, we realized we had entered into the “mordida
This is a bit
like the Twilight Zone where reality doesn’t need to exist.
Mordida is a slang term for bribe. Many
government officials, including the police do not receive much pay.
So to supplement their income they demand bribes for their work.
In our case, we talked to the officer for a long time and our choice was
to have to go to the police station the next day to argue, or pay him $20.00.
We we’re happy, but we were tired and wanted to get on our way, so we
paid the money.
to add insult to injury, the RV Park that we were seeking – the one that
caused us to go into town in the first place – was out of business and being
developed into a gated community! So
we went back to the highway and went to our 2nd choice for the night.