What Day of the Dead Means to Me

A close-up of a Day of the Dead altar with chiles an photographs.

When I was a little girl, I used to draw pictures of graves. Specifically, graves you might find in a Mexican cemetery. Crosses, with Virgin Marys, and candles, and offerings of bougainvillea. For about six months, headstones were my prime artistic focus. I spent so much time drawing graves that my parents were actually weirded out. And it took a lot to weird out my parents. I guess you could say that I’ve always been morbid. But I’m not goth […]

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Wide Spots Revisited

“Camping in Mexico is easier after you accept the fact that almost any place can be a campsite, if only for a short time.” The Peoples Guide to Mexico Traveling in Mexico can be an eye opening, even revolutionary experience.  If we allow it, the experiences we have in Mexico, and the lessons we learn from the Mexicans, can influence how we live when we’re back home. One of those ways is brought home as Carl and I head east […]

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Copper Canyon Cave

Since reading Churpa’s post on Rivers in Mexico vs. the US, I’ve been thinking about the The Copper Canyon River system.  This area not only has dramatic scenery and the fascinating Tarahumaras and their culture, but is a wonderful playground.   One of my favorite articles that Carl has written takes place in the Copper Canyon: I was feeling restless this morning, so I decide to explore the mesas and canyons to the _____ of us.  It took less than 30 […]

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Caves

    After a hard day on the trail, I’m back at the Sierra Madre Lodge, relaxing in front of a roaring fire. There’s a steaming mug of Darjeeling tea on the table beside me, while outside the last blush of a million-dollar sunset is splashed across the horizon. I was feeling restless this morning, so after seeing off our guests at 9:30 a.m., I decided to take a ‘bus driver’s holiday’ and explore the mesas and canyons to the _____ […]

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Rick Steves Interview with Carl and Lorena

Rick Steves with mic and headphones.

Listen to the Rick Steves interview with Carl and Lorena. A couple months ago, Carl and I spent the afternoon visiting with an old friend, Rick Steves.  Schedules didn’t permit us to be sitting in a beach-side restaurant, eating Camerones al mojo de ajo, but we did get to talk about Mexico. We were in Rick’s recording studio at his Travel Headquarters in Edmonds, Washington, reminiscing about how we first met and discussing traveling in Mexico today.  Rick is a master […]

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Best of Mexico: Pictures

Sunset sky in Oaxaca, Mexico.

editor’s note: People’s Guide to Mexico contributor Gina Dilello is a Utah-based photographer and filmmaker. This is her fourth trip to Mexico. Atlixco, Puebla Churpa and Rich     Oaxaca, Oaxaca                                                                                  Oaxaca Trailer Park    Oaxaca, Oaxaca Oaxaca Trailer Park     Oaxaca, Oaxaca Mitla, Oaxaca  

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Cow's Head, Corn Fungus, and Barbacoa, Estilo Monterrey

People’s Guide correspondent Jeff O’ Brien tortures us with mouth-watering memories of his Mexican wedding feast. by Jeff O’Brien It was a night years in the making and days in the preparing.  My wife and I had just married and my father-in-law threw what I can only call a feast for the ages.  Food and drink enough for an army. In preparation, my suegro (father-in-law) had spent the day driving around with his newly minted gringo son-in-law. We had picked […]

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Happy Birthday, Steve Rogers

Happy Birthday to our lost compadre, Steve Rogers. Steve would have been 74 today. Steve was a serious student of Mexican cooking and culture, and his knowledge of Mexico’s highway system rivaled that of the toughest pro trucker. I remember him best in the driver’s seat, tapping his meaty fingers on the steering wheel in tune to a classic country tune as we blazed across the high deserts of Mexico in a rattletrap van. He could  fix your camper (temporarily) […]

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