Editor´s Note

This past week my mother came to visit. She comes every year in November and then again in the spring and sometimes, when she’s feeling particularly chilled, in July. November is her favourite time of year because the rains have stopped but the foliage is still green and lush and there are butterflies everywhere. Fun Fact: Did you know in the Mismaloya valley there over 300 species of butterflies?
Always on the hunt for an elusive, as of yet, unfound butterfly, we headed out of the city limits to try our luck first in Yelapa and then in El Tuito. We also spent the day at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens – read more about butterfly hunting at VBG on page 6. In Yelapa we stayed in a lovely condo overlooking the bay just outside of town (yelapatoday.com). We hiked up to the ‘little’ waterfall and while my mom carried on up the river, I settled into a beach recliner and worked on my faded tan.
This quiet beach town is the perfect place to catch up on some reading, chill out and enjoy the simple pleasures of beach life (seafood, cervesa, sun). With something for everyone, we tried (almost) all of it: fresh ceviche and seafood cocktails, tacos at Abuelas for dinner, Piña Coladas on the beach, paddle boards on the bay, hiking up the river in search of butterflies, collecting sea glass, and taking in the gorgeous views.
One night isn’t really long enough but it was a great reminder to make more time in the future to come back for some serious decompressing.
On the way back to Vallarta we crossed paths with a pair of mating humpback whales who let us join in on the festivities, raising tail and fin out of the water, splashing and blowing mist high into the air, much to the delight of the 20 plus passengers on the Yelapa water taxi.
Yesterday we headed out for a quick trip to El Tuito about 50kms south of Vallarta.
The windy road was almost free of potholes and we only got stuck behind two gas tankers. (It’s inevitable – gas tanker or Pepsi truck.) We were told to stop at the bakery in the rock, which we sped past only to do a quick u-turn to stop and enjoy fresh out of the oven, cream cheese filled empanadas. At only $5 pesos each, we ate ourselves sick.
Thankfully the Agua de Coco truck drove by and we washed it down with 100% cream of coconut (no leche, pura coco).
Feeling more than a little guilty for the million unnecessary calories, we were determined to find a place for a hike in El Tuito. What’s difficult about hiking in Mexico is trails are not marked and until someone shows you the way it can be a challenge to get much further than the main street and around the plaza. My mom asked for a long dirt road and we found one that followed along the river that runs beside the town. We walked past fields that once grew squash, sugar cane and corn, and now held cows, horses and dirty children.
The sun was not in favour of our expedition and hid behind the clouds keeping butterflies grounded.
But all was not lost, she did manage to capture a new species and add it to her long list of butterfly sightings. We made plans to return, perhaps for the night, next time.
Lots to do this weekend including the Evening under the Stars fundraiser for the SPCA at Hacienda San Angel, a fundraiser baseball tourney on Sunday that could use a few more bodies (see the sports column on page 15 for more details) and next week is the start of the peregrinations through Vallarta’s downtown from December 1-12th. It’s a sight to see. Be sure to head down town (taxi or bus because traffic is crazy and parking is non-existent), bring some small pesos and an empty stomach with you to gorge on tamales and atole. Yum!
Your intrepid butterfly hunter, Madeline

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  1. Recent books Dark Winter and Cold Sun make reference to our Sun Hibernating now during a solar minimum and the beginning of another solar cooling Bicentennial cycle of some 206 years, that has already begun and will be at a maximum in the year 2030 … and is part of a 30 year cooling spell.

    Reference is made to the resulting disappearance of bees and butterflies, and many crops that require a warmer climate and a shorter winter season. Also in the mix is greater earthquakes and storms.

    The author is John L Casey , a national space policy advisor to the White House and Congress, space shuttle engineer, consultant to NASA Headquarters and the President. What he is talking about is similar to the Dalton Minimum (Little Ice Age) , and this present global cooling began over a decade ago.

    If true, then Puerto Vallarta will be a much warmer place to be during this 30 year cooling cycle than in Canada and the northern and eastern portions of the United States.

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