Exploring the Area

We spent a day exploring the northwest side of Lake Pátzcuaro.

On a whim we tried driving up the microwave tower access road the top of a hill (Colina Timben) we saw marked on our map. The steep cobblestone road easily drivable, and we found a great view!

Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Lookout - Geoff climbing (photo by Marie)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Hole in the Fence (photo by Geoff)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Brian (photo by Marie)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Lake Pátzcuaro (photo by Marie)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Geoff (photo by Brian)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Lake Pátzcuaro (photo by Brian)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Brian, Marie, Lars (photo by Geoff)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill (photo by Brian)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill (photo by Marie)Radio Tower Road on Timben Hill - Geoff (photo by Lars)

We ventured a bit farther northwest to the town of Matugeo.

Matugeo - Arena (photo by Brian)Matugeo - Alley - Geoff, Brian - Marie (photo by Lars)Matugeo - Alley - Sleeping Man (photo by Lars)Matugeo - Gas Truck Dragging Metal Noisemakers (photo by Geoff)

A tour of the Palomas Mensajeras mezcal distillery in Oponguio.

Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery - Brian (photo by Lars)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery (photo by Geoff)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery (photo by Geoff)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery (photo by Geoff)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery (photo by Geoff)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery (photo by Geoff)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery - Brian (photo by Geoff)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery (photo by Geoff)Oponguio - Palomas Mensajeras - Mezcal Distillery (photo by Geoff)

Lunch at the Restaurant Casa Grande.

Restaurante Casa Grande - Lars, Marie (photo by Geoff)Restaurante Casa Grande - Fried Fish Appetizer (photo by Lars)Restaurante Casa Grande - Whole Fried Fish (photo by Lars)Restaurante Casa Grande (photo by Geoff)

Returning to the market at Eronga to buy produce and flowers for the Day of the Dead.

Eronga - Market - Wrestling Masks - Brian, Lars (photo by Geoff)Eronga - Market - Brian, Lars (photo by Geoff)Eronga - Market - Flowers - Marie, Brian (photo by Lars)Eronga - Market - Flowers - Brian (photo by Geoff)Eronga - Market - Flowers - Brian (photo by Lars)

Picking up some more meat scraps a the Eronga butcher for dog treats.

Eronga - Butcher - Getting Meat Scraps for Dog (photo by Geoff)Eronga - Butcher - Getting Meat Scraps for Dog (photo by Geoff)

A tour of the furniture-making facilities in Eronga.

Eronga - Furniture Making (photo by Geoff)Eronga - Furniture Making (photo by Lars)Eronga - Furniture Making - Chairs part of a huge order by Disney to be shipped back to the States. (photo by Lars)Eronga - Furniture Making (photo by Lars)

The still-active Franciscan Monastery in Eronga, with views of the surrounding land once part of the shrinking Lake Pátzcuaro.

Eronga - Franciscan Monastery (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Troje (photo by Marie)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Former lands of Lake Pátzcuaro (photo by Marie)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery (photo by Lars)

We poked around beyond the usual tourist areas.

Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower - "Shhhh!" - Geoff, Brian (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower - Geoff, Lars (photo by Brian)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower (photo by Brian)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Former lands of Lake Pátzcuaro (photo by Brian)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower (photo by Brian)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery (photo by Brian)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower (photo by Brian)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower - Geoff, Brian (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower - Brian (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower - Lars (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery - Bell Tower (photo by Lars)Eronga - Franciscan Monastery (photo by Lars)

Back in the Eronga town square, we enjoyed popsicles (mine was mango & chile) and beers, while we watched the town prepare for Day of the Dead.

Eronga - Popsicles - Brian (photo by Lars)Eronga - Decorations (photo by Lars)Eronga - Geoff, Brian, Lars (photo by Marie)Eronga - Little Girl Reading (photo by Lars)Eronga - Loudspeaker Truck (photo by Lars)Eronga - Flowers (photo by Lars)Eronga - Decorations - Decorations (photo by Lars)

Back at Rancho Madroño, there was some bad news. The dogs had killed another local cow. We would have to deal with that tomorrow.

Rancho Madroño - Note about Dogs Killing Cow (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Feeding Dogs Cow Scraps (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Feeding Dogs Cow Scraps (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Dog on Couch (photo by Lars)

Down in the Casita, we played Settlers by candlelight.

Rancho Madroño - Playing Settlers at the Casita (photo by Geoff)Rancho Madroño - Playing Settlers at the Casita - Geoff (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Playing Settlers at the Casita - Brian (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Playing Settlers at the Casita - Geoff, Marie, Lars (photo by Lars)Rancho Madroño - Playing Settlers at the Casita - Geoff, Marie, Lars (photo by Lars)