Arrival at Rancho Madroño

We arrived at the Morelia Airport, and for simplicity's sake we took a taxi all the way to Eronga (Erongarícuaro). We first asked for the price, and the driver showed us in his book that it would be $670 pesos (about $62 US dollars). The trip took about an hour and a half.

Here are some photos of the first day settling in at Rancho Madroño. There were many exciting new changes to Brian's project, including new paths, gardens, and composting toilets.

Rancho Madroño - Casita - Geoff (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Garden - Brian (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Totem Pole - Brian (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Garden (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Garden (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Painted Carvings (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Solar Controller - Brian (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Flowers (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Generator Building - Brian (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Dome (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - View (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - View of Lake Pátzcuaro (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Lars, Brian (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Brian (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Barranca (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Composting Toilet (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño (photo by Geoff)

Brian's 10 dogs really like treats from the local butcher.

Rancho Madroño - Yummy Cow Parts for Dogs - Brian (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Yummy Cow Parts for Dogs (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Yummy Cow Parts for Dogs (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Yummy Cow Parts for Dogs (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Yummy Cow Parts for Dogs (photo by Geoff)

We hiked to the nearby hillside town of Yotatiro, which is very scenic with its views of Lake Pátzcuaro. Here, as we would find elsewhere, were posters promoting the PAN party candidates in the upcoming election. We spent some time chatting in the town bullring.

Yotatiro (photo by Geoff)Yotatiro - Donkey (photo by Geoff)Yotatiro - Huge Poinsettia (photo by Geoff)Yotatiro - Church (photo by Lars)Yotatiro - Political Poster - PAN party, Chavo Lopez Orduña (photo by Brian)Yotatiro - Political Poster - PAN party (photo by Brian)Yotatiro - Bullring - Lars, Brian, Geoff (photo by Geoff)Yotatiro - Bullring - Lars, Brian (photo by Geoff)Yotatiro - Bullring (photo by Geoff)

More Rancho Madroño time. We tried rompope (a Mexican drink like eggnog), huitlacoche (corn fungus), and got our socks covered with burrs from walking in the woods.

Rancho Madroño (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Flower (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Seeds on Socks (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Rompope - Lars (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Huitlacoche (aka Cuitlacoche) - Corn Fungus (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Huitlacoche (aka Cuitlacoche) - Corn Fungus - Also available in cans (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Huitlacoche (aka Cuitlacoche) - Corn Fungus (photo by Marie)Rancho Madroño - Fluxx Game - Brian (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Studio - Brian (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Battling with Sticks - Geoff, Brian (photo by Marie)Rancho Madroño - Contact Juggling - Lars (photo by Marie)Rancho Madroño - Flower (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Fireplace (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Dogs (photo by Lars)

For dinner, we collected salad fixings from Brian's extensive vegetable garden.

Rancho Madroño - Garden - Lars, Geoff (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Garden (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Garden (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Garden - Salad (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Garden - Carrots - Brian (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Making Salad - Marie (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Making Salad - Brian (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Making Salad - Brian, Marie (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Kitchen - Marie (photo by Geoff)

We spent the evening enjoying an outdoor fire on the front patio...

Rancho Madroño - Brian (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Tequila - Lars, Geoff (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Campfire - Geoff (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Campfire - Lars, Geoff, Marie (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Campfire - Marie (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Campfire - Geoff, Lars, Marie (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Campfire - Marie (photo by Brian)

...while Brian had fun taking night photographs.

Rancho Madroño (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Night - Spiral Light (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Night - Maguey (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Night - Sunflower (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Night - Big Light - Geoff (photo by Brian)Rancho Madroño - Night - Maguey (photo by Brian)