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Back On Our Own

Tue, 24 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [134]

THE BIRDING TRIP IS OFFICIALLY OVER. It was a successful trip any way you slice it—5000 kilometers in six Mexican States, more than 400 bird species identified with 130 “Lifers” for Connie. At a rough estimate, I took 5000-something ... Read more >

The Birds and People of Volcan Tocana

Fri, 13 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [130]

THE DAYS BEGIN TO RUN TOGETHER—a different hotel every night, up before dawn, load bags into the SUV, stop for coffee, head out for some morning birding and drive to the next destination. Sometimes we stop for more birding or maybe a quick lunch.... Read more >

John Versus the REAL Birders

Fri, 20 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [119]

THE NEARER WE—AND HURRICANE GRACE—got to Merida, the nastier the weather became. It was touch-and-go for a while with heavy rain and tree branches strewn across the road but they were waiting for us at Hotel Meson de Luna. The elevator was ... Read more >

Our Date With Grace

Wed, 18 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [111]

WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH ABANDONED ERIC’S well-planned itinerary, partly due to a hurricane named Grace but mostly because we are ahead of schedule, bird-wise. After Eric’s audible yesterday we headed out towards Ixpujil in the Mexican state of ... Read more >

Final Exams

Thu, 2 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [111]

I COULD TELL BY THE PARADIDDLE OF STAMPING feet that Connie was having her nose swabbed for the Covid test. The administrator admonished her for squinching up her face on the first try and it was only a tantrum-like stomping that got her through. Well, ... Read more >

You Can Call Me Owl

Mon, 16 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [106]

THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE AT TENAM PUENTE is only twenty minutes from City Express Hotel and sunrise isn’t until 7:30 so we were able to sleep in and enjoy the included breakfast. Eric usually finds Slender Sheartail Hummingbirds and Belted Flycatchers ... Read more >

A Bird In The Hand . . .

Tue, 3 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [104]

WE HAD THE LUXURY OF BREAKFAST at the hotel today—we’re staying local and it doesn’t get light until after seven. After heaping plates of mango, papaya, banana, cantaloupe and pineapple—more fruit than I usually eat in a week—... Read more >

San Juan Batista del Valle

Mon, 2 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [101]

ON SUNDAY WE MADE A FEW STOPS at “birdy-sounding” places on our way to Parque Ecotouristico La Cumbre Ixtepeji. Long pants and polar fleece were much appreciated today at 10,000 feet. The scenery was spectacular and the birding, though chilly, ... Read more >

Cozumel

Sun, 22 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [101]

OURS WAS THE FIRST CAR OFF THE Naviera Ferry to Cozumel last night—fitting since we arrived at the port 3½ hours before sailing. Our “business” on the mainland was finished and there was no 1:00PM sailing on Sunday, only the ... Read more >

Room With A View

Sun, 29 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [101]

WE MIGHT STILL BE IN MEXICO but we'e been plotting out the next couple of months. It wasn't easy but finally made some long-range reservations. We leave for Cancun on Tuesday after our Covid tests and fly to Miami on Wednesday. Assuming we test negative ... Read more >

Puerto Morelos

Sat, 28 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [98]

WHEN KIPLING WROTE “ONLY MAD DOGS and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” he could have been referring to Puerto Morelos. With the heat and humidiy it’s uncomfortable even on the beach. They have been cleaning up after Señorita ... Read more >

Blowin' In The Wind

Wed, 11 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

CHICAGO MAY BE THE “WINDY CITY” but it can’t hold a candle to the Isthmus of Oaxaca and its hundreds—if not thousands—of wind-turbines furiously spinning among the thorn scrub. The wind didn’t seem to bother the birds, ... Read more >

Bienvenidos a Oaxaca

Fri, 30 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [95]

WITH ALL OF OUR AIRBnB-ing, IT’S BEEN sixteen months since we have played “hotel hop-scotch.” But here we are, our second hotel in two nights with twenty more to come in the next month. It has been fourteen years since we were last ... Read more >

A Change of Plans

Tue, 17 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [91]

THIS MORNING CALLED FOR AN EARLY START birding in deciduous forests of Sumidero Canyon in the mountains above San Cristobal. Eric had earmarked the entire morning to finding our target birds—potentially some of the hardest sightings of the trip—... Read more >

Pretty in Pink

Sun, 15 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [89]

WE WORKED UP AN APPETITE SATURDAY with a successful morning of birding above Union Juarez that netted us Black-creasted Coquette, Blue-throated Motmot, Green-throated Mountain Gem, Grey-collared Becard, Mexican Yellow Grosbeak and White-winged Tanager.... Read more >

The Enchanted Rabbit

Thu, 5 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [87]

HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT TRANSITIONED to steady rain on Wednesday morning and we didn’t go out until 7:30. Two full hours and several stops towards the Continental Divide netted only an Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Black-faced Grosbeak and ... Read more >

Lunch With Don Alfredo

Sat, 7 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [86]

IT WAS CHILLY FRIDAY MORNING as we birded around the grounds of Puesta del Sol but we managed good looks at Rivoli’s Hummingbird, a Brown-backed Solitaire and a Hooded Yellowthroat before saddling up and heading downhill towards the Pacific. ... Read more >

The Bum's Rush

Sun, 8 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [79]

SHADES OF OUR LAST DAYS IN NEW ZEALAND, Huatulco officials announced today that the beaches, restaurants and hotels would be forced to close on Monday due to Covid. Already Eric’s September group canceled and we can only hope that this trend doesn’... Read more >

Off To A Great Start

Sat, 31 Jul 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [75]

MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN MEXICO, indoors and out and even while driving in the city. Vaccinations are also mandatory in Mexico but there aren’t any vaccines—just the opposite of the situation on the US side of the border. We’ve decided ... Read more >

Paraiso Jaguar Reserve—Nava's Wren

Tue, 10 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [75]

WE HAD SOME “MOPPING UP” BIRDING-WISE to accomplish Monday morning before we had to get out of Dodge, aka Huatulco. It took a while due to my fogged up lens but we soon saw and photographed Doubleday’s Hummingbird and settled for the ... Read more >

Cruising Baja

Sun, 13 Feb 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [34]

COMPARED TO THE COST OF HOTELS in the LA area, a cruise to Mexico is a bargain. For less than the cost of a week in a mid-range hotel we spent ten days cruising to Baja and Puerto Valarta. This would be our first time on Princess, with many of the same ... Read more >

San Jose Del Cabo

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 | By lizscar | Views [40]

This is the first time writing a journal on my phone! Jared and I decided to go somewhere Alaska airlines flew for our seventh anniversary. Our out of country options were limited to Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico. We chose to go to Los Cabos and Todos ... Read more >

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San Jose del Cabo Day 2

Fri, 5 Aug 2022 | By lizscar | Views [21] | Comments [1]

I got up at eight to attend a union meeting. JARED was still asleep. Not much more to report on that end. When he woke up a tad later he felt like he had slept off his illness. At around 11 we went to the café on the corner to have some coffee ... Read more >

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Jared’s first day journal

Fri, 5 Aug 2022 | By lizscar | Views [16] | Comments [1]

Transcribed from the written page:   We said goodbye to Nick, Maria Cecilia, Mateo, initiate in the morning – and Canela, too! Nick drove us to the airport and we made it through TSA into the gate in under 30 minutes. Good thing too ... Read more >

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San Jose del Cabo day 3

Sat, 6 Aug 2022 | By lizscar | Views [14]

One last note from last night: we watched a truly terrible Mexican movie on Netflix. Do you remember its name JARED? We don't – that's how terrible it was. It was called something like blame it on Karma? I don't mind romantic comedies but this ... Read more >


 

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