A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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July 8, 2006 — It’s good to be back home in San Juan Cosala. It would be good to be home after a month’s trip no matter where home might be, but since it’s the lakeside (Lake Chapala) area of Mexico, there are special joys. We had heard that it had been raining every couple of days, more or less, during June, and things are so lush now, it’s great.

We started noticing the greenness a few hours north of here, as we zipped along Mexico’s extensive system of cuota (toll) roads. The hills were greener; some of the crops in the fields were emerald green. It made us wonder what home would look like.

Kelly had planted a little vegetable garden just before we left, and we’ve been eating lettuce and radishes from it. The trimming we had done to several trees to increase our lake view will need redoing soon.

We lost a papaya tree, but that didn’t surprise us. It had produced several large papayas this spring with almost no leaves. It toppled in a windstorm, and the top of another papaya tree broke off, also storm damage. That one is full of life and is sprouting little shoots. A banana tree is down. Leaf-cutter ants have been on the march in a new area of the yard, denuding plants.

The climate is so nice! I don’t know how many times people asked us if it was hot in Mexico, but it’s actually more pleasant here than it was in Idaho and Colorado. There’s more humidity and more cloudiness than when we left, and it’s generally a little cooler. Temperatures seem to be in the high 70s and low 80s a lot.

Kelly’s calling me to our first barbeque since we got back… and no, I’m not going to take my camera outside this time!

2 Responses to “Back Home”

  • SteveGinIL says:

    I was in Ajijic for El Grito in 2007. I recall that shortly before or after that there were mudslides in San Juan Cosala. Did your place get affected?

  • Rosana says:

    Our place was fine, but we couldn’t get our car out of the nearby streets for a couple of days.

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