Friday, January 27, 2012

Visit Day 7: Piedra Herrada

For the last day of my mom's visit, we drove out to Piedra Herrada to see the Monarch butterfly sanctuary.  We had planned on getting McBreakfast, but it turned out that the it had been closed by the health department! Oh whoa to me!

Anyway, we got some takeout from a little bakery and were on our way. It was a beautiful drive, and after a few mishaps with the GPS, we arrived. We rented the caballitos (little horses) which was much better and faster than walking. There were millions of butterflies, and it was just as amazing as the last time I went. I'm even excited to go again with Autumn's dad and Lynn in a few weeks.

We hit horrible traffic on the way home and had to give up on a last day shopping excursion. We met up with Autumn and had a fantastic last dinner at Dulcinea.

 One positive outcome of the French sending an emperor to rule Mexico in the 1800's?

 Looks like Colville!

Entrance to the sanctuary

Chrissy is excited!

 Mom and Rich must feel right at home, but I think their horses are about twice the size of these little guys

I don't know about Ruth, but it's been about 20 years since I was on a horse

 Can you spot the butterflies?

 There's one!


 and more!

 Hibernating clusters


 Our guide decided to put a bunch of possibly dead butterflies on Chris's head, which was weird...

 Hola Sr. Mariposa Monarcha

 It really was amazing up there.

 Eek, and also a little creepy, like Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"

They're watching you!

 Hasta luego little horse-ito!

 Cactus forests on the way home.

Back in Mexico City...
...and stuck in traffic!

Thank you all for coming! We had such a fun time with you. See you again next summer and maybe in India!!

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