Summer Adventures

                      I just wanted to write a brief note to apologize for not posting more of late. I am busy with my usual summer adventures and, perhaps more importantly, I’m spending all my extra time scrambling to make money for this winter’s trip down south! I do have a couple of blog posts in the work, including a book review of an awesome guide to hammock camping. Please don’t give […]

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Cinco Años!

Just returned from celebrating my fifth year wedding anniversary. Rich and I were joined by a passel of friends, including Roberto and Bettina of Tenacatita fame. Bob made a gallon or two of killer salsa, and my friends Rohan and Greg grilled up 25 pounds of skirt steak for tacos. Much to my chagrin, our local tortilleria was out of commission and we were forced to eat this delectable meat on leathery store bought tortillas. Steve was rolling in his […]

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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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Noticias 5/16/2013

El Volcán – Popocatépetl, a volcano located about 55 kilometers from Mexico City, is erupting, prompting officials to restrict access in the area and to prepare for evacuations. We camped within view of Popo in calmer times on our trip. Extraño – The grandson of Malcolm X, Malcolm Shabazz, was beaten to death in a Mexico City nightclub. Two waiters at the nightclub have been arrested for allegedly assaulting Shabazz and a friend when the two refused to pay a 15,000 peso tab […]

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Popcorn

Oh man…I think that it is the funniest and best recipe for anything I’ve ever read!   Fred White wrote:  Dear Lorena,  Carl shared your innovations with making popcorn and I’m trying to remember what exactly it was… Lorena: Here’s our excessively detailed popcorn recipe… Fred: Oh man…I think that it is the funniest and best recipe for anything I’ve ever read! Really…thank you! Lorena: There have been two additions to our popcorn making since that article was written: A portion […]

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Eco Tours in the North

Abigail De Young holds up giant fish.

This is a bit off-topic, but as a purveyor of travel information I do like the opportunity to share a good recommendation, even if it doesn’t strictly pertain to Mexico. To whit: If any of you mextrippers find your way this far north and still feel in the mood for fish, Northwest Eco-Tours is an excellent choice for guided Oregon coast fishing and foraging. My friends Greg and Abigail are extremely knowledgeable and extremely entertaining, and they have the utmost […]

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Feast of Thorns (Part Two): Tramping the Sonoran Sierras

Hiking in Sonora, a valley of palms in the dry desert

editor’s note: We interrupt the ongoing coverage of The Frank Holton Memorial Road Trip for a much desired update from our favorite Copper Canyon correspondent. The camino real we had been following up and down, and in and out of arroyos and up and over ridges finally ended at a rancho with a corral, a cattle chute and a couple of buildings. The metal cattle chute and trash from store-bought snacks were an indication that a road wasn’t far away. […]

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Me, Chuey, and John Bonham

“Don’t forget the thing about the window,” Rich tells me as we say goodbye at the Minneapolis airport. “It’s really hard to get the window back up again if it slides down. Right now there’s cardboard jammed down in there to keep it up.” “Oh yeah, the window…” I say unenthusiastically. Rich just got our van running again after several fallow years in the yard; when I land in Portland and pick the van up, it’ll be my first time […]

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