Monday, January 21, 2008
Our trip to the Pacific Coast January 18
We left Ajijic this morning to go to Manzanillo. As you can see from the photo above, some of the roads in Mexico are very good, this one in particular. It is a toll road (hence nobody else was on it) and it is very expensive. The cost from Ajijic to Manzanillo was almost $30, a distance of about 300 kilometers. The white and dust you see is a dry lake (very shallow) bed and the dust blowing off it. During the rainy season, June through August, this would be a beautiful lake with lots of birds and flowers.We stopped at a rest area and I wanted to take some pictures of this interesting plant that was blooming. I didn't see the bird until I downloaded my pictures on my computer! There are birds everywhere! I have no idea what type of bird or flower they are, but I am going to look for a book on Mexico's flora and fauna. (NOTE: I found out that these are called colorines. They bloom in the dry season while the tree is otherwise naked, and in addition to being quite photogenic are also edible.)
Arriving in Manzanillo, on the highway as you come down from the mountains. We stopped again at a pull out and took this picture. Most places along the highway where you can pull over have become garbage dumping spots. Mexico has a long way to go in the "put your garbage in the can, instead of out the car door" department! |Most of this stuff the tourists never see.