Monarca Mariposa

On to the butterflies!  We stayed at the Don Bruno hotel in Angangueo because there were no RV parks near where we wanted to be.  It was cold here in the mountains and our room had no heat.  We had to pile all the blankets from the 2nd bed in our room on top of us to keep from freezing. We took a guide up to Rosario to see the butterflies.  The walk from the parking lot to the nesting area was about 1000 feet straight up-at 11,000 feet, there wasn’t much air and we were feeling it, but it was worth it.  When we arrived to the nesting area, I was disappointed.  There weren’t any butterflies flying around as I had imagined.  Up in the trees, you could see them nesting in clumps.  But, as soon as the sun started to warm them out, out they came in all their glory.  The follow the sun trailing through the forest, and it was beautiful.  We could not capture it well on camera, but they were all around us.  We got real close to them and followed them to a stream where they were all over the ground getting a morning drink.  On the ride to Angangueo, we saw lots of cool stuff.  WE saw a woman crossing the road with her burro loaded down with laundry that she was taking down to the creek to wash.  How do I know that is where she was going?  Because for miles along this creek/river, we saw people washing their laundry there and hanging it in trees or along the bank to dry.  Wow.  Also along our ride, we saw some people carrying their crops (sugarcane, corn?) to the sunday market by burro.  These hardy little beasts were so loaded down, you could barely see their bodies.  In the picture below, look close-his face is on the right side of the picture.

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies- in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

Monarch Butterflies-nesting in Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

washing clothes in the river near Angangueo

hauling corn to market day on a burro-his face is to the right

hauling corn to market day on a burro-his face is to the right

On the way to Angangueo-taking her laundry to the river on her burro

On the way to Angangueo-taking her laundry to the river on her burro

 

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