Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Every once in a while, I need to update previous blogs.  Like, what happened to our neighbor.  The one who we fostered puppies for.  Results from my stress test and MRI from several months ago when I had a mini stroke.  A picture of Pablo from Pasos.  etc. etc.
Diablo (our dog) on the left, then Tori and Lucas.  These two Pit Bull puppies kept us in stitches for several months.  These are the last of 9 puppies that we found homes for. 
Our 39 year old neighbor, the one we fostered the puppies for, died in the hospital.  He leaves a wife and four kids.  This is the Hearse that brought him home on Thursday.  There was a viewing at his house.  He was buried on Saturday. 
We came really close to keeping the runt, Tori.  He was such a cute Pit and very affectionate.  But, we have 2 dogs and we really don't need any more. 
We found her a good home in San Antonio, a little village near us.  We get to visit her anytime we want to.  Geez, that was really hard to give her up. 
Debbi volunteers for Pasos Milagrosos.  They give therapeutic horseback riding to special needs kids.  Pablo and Elena are the Duenos of Pasos.  I have several photos of Elena in past blogs.  This is Pablo wearing the cowboy hat.
We have been living in this house for a year.  It's a nice house, but we found a better one in the same village.  We move in 5 weeks.  Will show pictures of the new house in an upcoming blog.
I had a mini stroke several months ago.  This was a stress test that my Cardiologist recommended.  I passed with flying colors!  She is seen on the left.  They have some cute Doctoras in Guadalajara.  
MRI was fine, no problems.  I have to watch my diet a little and I am taking a few meds.  Something I have never done before.  I don't seem to have the stamina I used to have.  And my memory plays little tricks on me.  But, the Doctors tell me both of these things will be normal in a few months.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hiking the local trails

Several weeks ago we hiked the Sierra El Travesano Ravine trail.  This is the easiest trail at Lakeside that takes you to the Skyline Trail, which straddles the hills providing spectacular views of  the lake.  The Sierra trail takes you to an oak tree forest with no underbrush that is a sight to behold.  It is a four hour hike return. 
This Jeep trail leads to a footpath that takes you to an Oak tree forest in the hills below the two clouds. 
Entering the canopy.  There are lots of flowers and ferns along the trail. 
The switchbacks are steep in some places.
The trail leads to a forest of Oak trees.  
What would a hike be without a shrine? 
There are many intersecting trails here.  The trees are notched so you can find your way back to the main trail.
This knoll provided views of Lake Chapala to the south and Guadalajara to the north.
More steep switchbacks.  You need to be careful because most people who get hurt on the trail will be hurt on the way down. 
There are lots of cobblestones underneath the leaves along the trail which make for slippery conditions.