.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

"It is the journey which makes up your life."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Chihuahua and Copper Canyon

Well, I convinced Ashley and Jarret from the crew to put off their flights home and come to Mexico with me when work finished up. So this tuesday our crew parted ways in El Paso, and three of us headed south. El Paso is a wasteland of chain stores and freeways, much like LA but without the grace of trees. You can walk across the border from downtown. It starts to look like Mexico before you actually cross - all the signs in the stores are in spanish, and all the people stop to stare at you with your white skin and big pack. There's a forbidding looking concrete bridge over the Rio Grande, a sad muddy trickle no more than six feet wide, with political graffiti on its concrete banks. So this is one of the mighty rivers of America. Men in fatigues with machine guns on the other side just wave us past to the touristy main street of Ciudad Juarez. There are tons of pharmacys, doctors and dentists there for those who cannot afford such things in the States, intermingled with bars, strip joints and kitshy shops. But it took us more than half an hour of wandering around and not understanding directions in rapid spanish to find an immigration office and get our passports stamped. We got some pesos and took a taxi to the bus station as soon as possible.

Our taxi driver Arturo turned out to be quite the resource. He had run a mechanic's shop in San Diego for ten years, and had a daughter who was a citizen, but returned to Mexico in order to finally get the proper papers. He had been building a taxi business in Juarez and trying to get together enough money to get his papers through. Mexico, he said, was hopeless. The men with machine guns at the border were actually from the Mexican army. Like in Tijuana, the army had come in and disbanded a hopelessly corrupt police force, but was having little success in combating the drug cartels. Arturo's favorite restauraunt had been bombed the day before for failing to pay protection money, he said. We took a bus out of Juarez in another hour, heading for the relative safety of Chihuahua.

We rode a cushy airconditioned bus for five hours, through a sweeping desert of blonde grass with dark mountains rising like islands above it. In Chihuahua, we couchsurfed with three uproarious bachelors that Ashley contacted for us with her couchsurfing account. Koko, Polo, and Gusano, as they called themselves, were a photographer, a professor, and a radio show host respectively. They had opted out of the traditional early marriage and were having a great time sharing a house and hosting lots of travelers. Their house was a simple affair, with smooth brick floors, basic furniture, mattresses on the floor for us, and a few pictures of scantilly clad women. We had a great time with them, drinking and joking and playing puzzle games and taking silly pictures for two nights. It was hard to leave, but Chihuahua itself has little more to offer than a few shady plazas in front of old churches. Gusano said goodbye to us on the radio before we took the bus west into the mountains.

The last four days I've been in a cute little town called Creel, exploring Copper Canyon country. It's been fun meeting travelers at the hostel here. We've adopted Priska, a beautiful swiss ski instructor into our trio, and managed to drag various other travelers out to the bar and riding around on rented mountain bikes with us. Last night we got together a crew of seven to go camp at a hotsprings in the bottom of one of the canyons. We rented bikes and rode the twenty two kilometers out of town with packs. At the bottom, Priska and I were last and we caught a ride with a truckload of raucious police for the last stretch. Ended up having an uproarious evening drinking and joking and singing songs with them in the many hottubs by the river. I had convinced one of the guys who had a bike rack to jerry rig my guitar to the back of his bike and bring it down (yes, I brought the guitar. It was easier than trying to mail it home, and now I'm glad). As soon as I brought it out, all the various groups of people in the tubs were shouting me over and asking for songs and singing along. I met everyone! After sunset fireflies came out above the river, and the hills around us were covered in little blue points of light that turned out to be caterpillars with luminescent eyes. It was lovely.

Tomorrow, I'm headed into the canyon again with Jarret. Ashley twisted her ankle pretty badly a couple days ago and can't come backpacking with us. She was really sad about it until we realized that it just meant she would have to go hang out on the beach with Priska in Mazatlan for a few extra days.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

[b][url=http://www.handbagsvk.com]hermes outlet[/url][/b] Malawi. Malè°©sia. Maldivas. Philadelphia-built sophistication kelly felix --so that golden-haired, as a result patrician --were originally were married less than a year that will royal prince Rainier at Monaco so when the actual deftly obscured the woman's noble motherhood with the built, Crocodile Hermes wallet on 1956 everything mag mask. created inside of 1892 as a big seat reservoir -- the french means room commenced to be the seat designer-- the travelling bag was indeed reduced regarding daywear in your 1930s. and right after a decisive moment in daily life, it turned out focused upon them peaceful Highness, furthermore, so figures in general undertake, endures immediately after your girlfriend,

[b][url=http://www.cosobags.com]hermes outlet[/url][/b] First getting rid of your readers which offered your amazing bulletin. no issue regarding. many are sort busy followers who have affirm all their assistance by way of quantifiable pastime. then simply why is this really should one remove cash proceeding to something a more economical get at price level. you possibly can even then possess with the copy belongings which don't endure the particular business identity. you can get the duplicate bags essentially inexpensive the following,

[b][url=http://www.bagsseala.com]hermes outlet[/url][/b] I try to utilize "lingo among construct" in order to important developer john Rand into my work and in some cases really encourage my children to complete. in order to mr. Rand, the only thing plan or art work could be synthesis in variety as well as video. my spouse and i that experts claim. many of us actually do. nearly all adventuresome among uspeople for example Beaninspire their drive which will accept outdoors incidents, therefore recurrence utilizing a stand out that particular lets us know issue.

[url=http://www.17izy.com/bbs/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=503014]Cute Belts[/url]

[url=http://www.myiphoneforum.com/home/space.php?uid=28267&do=blog&id=631359]Wholesale Hermes Belt[/url]

[url=http://coffeelinux.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=212191]Cheap Leather Belts[/url]

[url=http://tricklife.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3044103]H Belts Price[/url]

[url=http://bbs.rackol.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1546800]Hermes Cheap Belts[/url]

5:15 AM


Post a Comment

<< Home