our guide (right) with our "air conditioned limo" behind us!
charming rural town of Sierra Madre (left) captivated our interest. The
plaza was beautiful - clearly the pride of local residents.
is another view of the plaza. This beautiful covered bandstand would
host visiting dignitaries or be the stage for local events.
church, adjacent to the plaza, is always a "work in progress." People
here plan continuing growth of the church as time goes on. Even so, it
was lovely, with an inviting space and gorgeous windows.
shared the road with these cowboys. (right) In order to access the
forests and isolated beaches we had to travel through farms and
villages. We had a real authentic experience.
cows were unusual with their hang down ears!
& orchids hang around in the forest trees. (right) This forest is a
combination of tropical and desert, so we saw representatives of each.
iguanas (left) prefer to live in the river bank. We saw other iguanas
that resided in trees.
fact, here they are! These particular iguanas are herbivores and
therefore wouldn't bother humans - or if provoked would not have the
nasty bite (read: highly prone to become infected!) of the carnivorous
should know that I'm a flower freak and can't go by bright flowers
without trying to capture that image.(left) I'm told that these are the
flowers from tubers.
pretty stuff. (right) This is why Puerto Vallarta is so attractive to
many people. Plants and trees are flowering all year round!
plantains have a little different taste than the more familiar bananas.
an inviting sight! (right)
little beach is surrounded by treacherous rocks to the north and south.
did not see any turtles. (right) BUT, they do come ashore here to lay
their eggs and the people here try to do everything they can to enhance