Category Archives: Natural Wonders

Popocatepetl… The Smoking Mountain

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Mount Popo has been acting up in the last Month, although today there was just a wisp of vapor coming out of the crater. I hear that a dome of lava has formed inside the crater that just has a small crack in it through which gas, water vapor and ash comes out. That is dangerous, pressure could build up and it could blow big time.

last month it was very dramatic when fire and incandescent rocks flew out of the crater.

Natives in towns near the crater affectionately call the Volcano,  “Don Gregorio”. The Army has bases around nearby towns to evacuate them in case of a large eruption.

to see more photos go to this link….

 
To see up to the minute Volcanic monitors go to this link…..

The Christmas Eve Plant

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Raquel with Poinsettas

 Christmas is a short time away so we took a trip to Atlixco, Puebla and visited several greenhouses…there are more than 300 in the area.

 Noche Buena flowers are in full bloom now, better known in the States as “Poinsettas”. American Ambassador  Joel Poinsett of South Carolina carried them back to the States with him and Named them after himself…Vain lad… he was declared personna non grata in Mexico,  not for renaming the flower but for meddling in Mexican politics. He offered ten million dollars for Texas but was turned down…Mexico wound up loosing it anyway…they should’ve took the ten Million.

So we went to several greenhouses and  were amazed at the variety of flowers on hand. Atlixco is at a lower altitude than Tlaxcala where we live, so the temperature is always about ten degrees warmer there.

Bob with "Noche Buena" plant..cost $2 dollars.

I’m not good at identifying flowers…maybe you can name them…

Some plants have price tags… the price is in Pesos…A peso is worth 12 cents…figure it out…

Check out this link to see more of the flowers of Atlixco……

North Sierra Madre Eco Tour

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 What is it about waterfalls and gurgling mountain streams that relaxes a person ? Sort of like white sound when the TV goes off and its just a hiss that lulls you into lala land.

We went into the mountains & checked out waterfalls and had a picnic the other day…it sure was relaxing to get away from traffic street noise, that kind of stuff will stress you out.

The Tuliman Falls Ecological Area

It was  very peaceful and even as guides we also enjoyed it…communing with nature… I didn’t hug any trees but I still dug it !!

Some of the Falls

 Check this  video out…..

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmgqo3fJozw

Check out all the photos at this link:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2065530&id=1162394476&l=e223692970

Termal Springs in Northern Puebla

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Good Morning Mexico Mystic and “those listening from sea,” Word Press claims we can now post to our blogs using an email. So I though I would try it. I have attached a few photos of Mexico Mystic, AKA, Robert Cox, and Genuine Tourist, AKA, Stephen Sardeson, aka, Silversard, to test the photo gallery feature. Robert and his spouse Raquel are both registered and formally trained guides who can really get you to some nice places in Puebla and Tlaxcala. They also can meet you in other parts of Mexico and help you out too.Update — the photos I attached were removed from the email when it posted to the blog, so I will have to check on that feature.   I decided to insert three of them directly into the blog which you can see below.

Mexico Mystic and Genuine Tourist

Mexico Mystic and Genuine Tourist

Spouses With Us

Spouses With Us

Mexico Mystic and Genuine Tourist and catus juice

Mexico Mystic and Genuine Tourist and catus juice

 

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Thermal Waters

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Steve & Bob

Steve & Bob

 This is our last excursion (Mexico Mystic & the Genuine Tourist), we took a trip into the Oriental Sierra Madre Mountains to a Thermal Water Spa tucked away in a canyon in the north part of the State of Puebla.

Thermal Spa

Thermal SpaBob & Steve

 

 A great hideaway place to go and lose all your built up modern stress.

Hot Pools (outside)

Hot Pools (outside)

Inner Pools

Inner Pools

Bridge

Bridge

 

 

Afterwards we discovered an open air pulque bar

Pulque bar

Pulque bar

 A quenching mug of Cactus juice to slake our thirst and we were off to check out the wines made in the nearby town of Zacatlan, also known for their grandfather clocks.

A mug of pulque

A mug of pulque

Wines of Zacatlan

Wines of Zacatlan

check their website:  www.termaleschignahuapan.com.mx