We woke up the next day. No tour bus. No guide. Just us. And it felt good. We could go and explore on our own and at our own pace. The 5 days of tours were brutally intense. Now it was time to slow down. Or at least that's what my body was telling me.
We kept it local and returned back to Sumidero Canyon. Once again, we strapped on our water packs and began the hike into the clouds and canyon.
|I'm like, "Yeah right Gordon. And monkeys fly out of my butt.":) Note to self. I need a shave badly!"|
In true Mexican fashion, it was like witnessing the Virgin of Guadalupe opening her cape with hundreds of roses falling about her. But in our case, this was real! I do believe in Roadrunners! I do believe in Roadrunners! Beep beep!
|juvenile Rusty Sparrow|
|This Ent almost pulled Gordon under:) But in reality, it's a beautiful Amate Fig tree with a nice looking root system|
This pic above is really great.*cough*cough* Some of my best work. Ever. We finally have the Oriole sitting on a branch in full cloud "lighting" and I know the pictures will not turn out very well. In my mind just like my father does during those trying moments, I begin humming that tune by Colbie Caillat, "All you have to do is try try try....."
As we continued our walk, Plain Chachalacas flew or hopped from branch to branch. The jays were active. And so was the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl calling.
|White-throated Magpie Jay|
Along the way, we noticed how many homes were built close to the road of this "protected" area. It was definitely a poor neighborhood. And it got me thinking a random thought. In the US, most people with money want their places along the edges of parks etc. But here in Mexico, it's usually the opposite. Why? Poverty. Cut wood for fuel. Poach animals for food. Raise crops on the areas you just cut down, etc etc. Most of the hill was bare thanks to obvious clear cutting.
It is unclear to me whether this happened before the park was put into a protective status or after, but we did witness something positive. I will end here on this note. As a teacher, I am happy to report that there was a program teaching kids about planting trees. Good for them! And great for the park! Hopefully in 10 years, the hillside will have a new forest instead of grass. If we don't teach our young about protecting our planet now, we will be in very bad shape down the road.
So while I was writing this post, I thought about what people might be asking as they read it. And I think I have it figured out. The question that came to me was....."What is the difference between a Greater and Lesser Roadrunner?" Here's a pic comparing the two species.
|Top: Greater Roadrunner Bottom: Lesser Roadrunner|
Until next time friends.....