TEN DAYS IN THE YUCATAN:
There are approximately 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan, but almost no rivers and very few lakes. The word "cenote" comes from a Mayan word "ts-onot," which means "accessible groundwater." Cenotes, subterranean bodies of water formed by rain seeping through limestone bedrock, were critical water sources for the Mayans.
SOME FAVORITE PLACES:
In the middle of the town of Valladolid, a 2 1/4 hour drive from Mérida, is the Cenote Zaci. It is a very large, dark blue pool at the bottom of a large cavern. The top of the cavern is covered with stalactites that resemble the dribblings of upside-down sand castles.
One side of the cavern is lined with tall, leafy green trees. The opposite side is bare, with high, natural ledges used by brave jumpers. I chose to walk down the long, looping path and slide into the cool, fresh water. Because the water is such a deep blue, I couldn´t tell what color the medium-size fish were, but they looked black and gave sharp nibbles on my feet and legs as I swam across to the other side of the pool.
|CENOTE ZACI, VALLADOLID, YUCATAN|
Some archeologists believe Uxmal was founded by Mayans in the 6th century, while others believe it dates back as early as the Pre-Classic period. The Mayan word "uxmal" means "thrice built," but apparently the city was built five times, each time on top of the previous one. Unlike Chichen Itza, which was built around a cenote, Uxmal was dependent on rain as its only source of water. This explains why so many of the structures are adorned with hundreds of stone masks and carvings of "Chaac," the god of rain.
Because we had visited Chichen Itza years ago and had been warned of the many vendors allowed inside the architectural zone, we chose to only visit Uxmal for a look at early Mayan splendor.
An easy hour´s drive from Mérida, we arrived at Uxmal in the middle of the afternoon. Although it had been 90 degrees in the city, a light sprinkle of rain and a cloudy sky provided perfect temperatures for touring this spectacular architectural zone. We had the area almost completely to ourselves with no vendors at all, and only a very small scattering of tourists. At night, the skies had cleared and stars were brilliant above us as we watched the "Sound and Light" show. Unfortunately for visitors who spoke little or no Spanish, the recorded narration was all in Spanish. That said, the lighting up of the complex in brilliant shades of reds, yellows and greens made the carvings even more dramatic than when seen in the daylight.
Uxmal, with its pyramids, palace and enormous courtyard, is an architectural marvel. It is a splendid example of the longing of humans for meaning and for beauty.
CELESTÚN, an hour-and-a half from Mérida, is a small fishing village on the mainland side of a 13.6 mile-long inlet-estuary. Depending on the time of year, 30,000 of the world´s largest and pinkest flamingos can be feeding and breeding there. We boarded a panga at the village dock and soon saw a shoreline pink with flamingos. After a 15-minute stop in their proximity and viewing pelicans, storks, herons, cranes and a small alligator, we motored into the "red" mangroves to "Ojo de Agua," ("Eye of Water"). This is the name given to a pool of clear spring water where I enjoyed a brief swim in the extremely clear, green water. A rope had been placed across a narrow part of the pool to discourage swimmers from going beyond that part of the mangroves. Beyond the rope were two baby alligators nestled between the roots of mangroves. Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch on the beach and a swim in the very calm Gulf of Mexico.
|PUESTA DEL SOL - EL MALECÓN DE CAMPECHE|
INVITATION: PANGA EXCURSION TO RAISE MONEY FOR "LOUP," RESCUE DOG´S SURGERY
Karla de la Peña, friend, owner of Boca Divers and co-founder of Ayudamutt, is hoping to raise $500 USD. "Loup" (French for "Wolf"), a young, homeless white male German Shepherd, was hit by a car in Boca and suffered a broken femur. Two surgeries were need to repair the damage. The beautiful Loup will need a permanent home after his recovery. Loup´s owner will be a very lucky person this Year of the Dog. Contact: email@example.com
Description of expedition: Meeting at Boca de Tomatlan dock : 9:00 am embark by 9:15 am - 3 hour outing.
$315 USD total for maximum 8 participants
Navigate the Bay of Banderas in search of dolphins, mantas, marine turtles, humpback whales, transient orcas and other large wildlife. Once located, observe wildlife at a prudent distance and always on terms of wildlife.
Sightings not guaranteed, but we are constantly surprised by amazing encounters!
Seasonal fruit, snacks and drinking water for on-board consumption.
Sample video encounters: https://youtu.be/GQC_XAE9YbU encountering dolphins
https://youtu.be/kFOyYDRYIN4 encountering orcas
|LOUP ANTES DE LA SEGUNDA CIRUGÍA- LOUP BEFORE SECOND SURGERY|
SAN JOSE, NAYARIT - The clinic was held at an outdoor "event garden" called "El Jacal," a first-time location for PEACEAnimals. Unable to attend due to travels in the Yucatan, enthusiastic volunteers Angela Kelleher and Linda Stewart took all photos for this clinic.
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN SAN JOSE, NAYARIT-
|CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSÉ, NAYARIT - photo credit: Angela Kelleher|
FEMALE CATS - 33; MALE CATS -13; FEMALE DOGS -75; MALE DOGS -20 TOTAL: 141
|CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSÉ, NAYARIT - photo credit: Angela Kelleher|
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN SAN JOSE, NAYARIT:
|CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSE, NAY. photos: Angela Kelleher|
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:
|CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSÉ, NAY. photos: Linda Stewart|
|DR. POLI - CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO photo: Frank Ohly|
On my way to Tuito earlySaturday morning, I stopped off at Boca de Tomatlán. My friend Marlee had told me her artist son, Pipo Brockmann, had rescued two female dogs and wanted to get them spayed. The dogs are sisters and look very much like Belgian Shepherds. Pipo found them a month ago in the dump and has been caring for them. They´re seven months old, beautiful and very sweet. Contact me if interested in adopting.
|ARTISTA PIPO BROCKMANN EN BOCA CON 2 PERRITAS RESCATADAS. NECESITAN HOGARES.|
|PERRA CON TVT - TUITO|
When I asked the owner of a large, black dog barking aggressively in a kennel on the sidewalk if the dog was dangerous, she said yes . Her young son then stretched out his arm to show me the barely healed, deep bite marks on both sides. A dangerous pet.
|MORDIDAS EN DOS LADOS DEL BRAZO HICIERON POR SU MASCOTA - TUITO|
STERILIZATIONS IN EL TUITO FEBRUARY 14-17: MALE DOGS - 17; FEMALE DOGS - 40; MALE CATS - 17; FEMALE CATS - 33 TOTAL: 107
PLUS 1 PREGNANCY TERMINATED FOR 1 CAT WITH 5 FETUSES
DONATIONS at clinic in El Tuito: Amount not yet received. Will be reported in next blog.
THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT OF $11,000 USD FROM FRIENDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS (FOHA)
EDUCATION PROGRAM: A school was not available, but several children came by the clinic and were entranced by the hand puppets Leslie used for a little show.
|CLÍNICA EN EL TUITIO - NIÑAS CON TÍTERES|
|DR. PACHECO Y DR. POLI - EL TUITO|
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Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.
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GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
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