|Fluffy stuff in the trees along highway 80.|
|The unused church in La Huerta.|
We continued our search and found the granite operation. Barry and Leigh talked to a 14 year old young man and he tried to find Eric, the keeper of the key. He talked to one of their truck drivers and the driver called Eric who said he would be back to the plant in about a half hour. This young man tried so hard to be helpful. How do you show your appreciation for this? Leigh gave him something any 9th grader would love - Oreo cookies!
Barry and Leigh returned to the car with the information and Barry smiled and told us that a Mexican half hour could be quite long and that we should continue on to Villa Purificación where we could eat lunch and gather more information. Barry had been told that there was a pizza shop that was run by a fellow from Chicago and he spoke perfect English and would be able to tell us much more about the area.
Off we drove. It became apparent after a several miles that one tool we could have used for our trip was a map. None of us had thought to grab the numerous maps we had laying around at our places. Barry turned into a Pemex station and he and I went in to see if we could buy a map or at the least get some directions.
Three young ladies tried to help us. The first thing they asked was "Habla Español?". When Barry said "si", all three of them started talking at once, very fast, in Spanish. Barry's eyes got big and he raised his hands and laughed. They all stopped and laughed also and then one started speaking in both Spanish and English as they drew a map to Purificación.
Remember at the start of this blog that I said some times you have a plan for an adventure and during the execution of the plan the adventure goes a different direction? Here is where ours starts to change and become classic Mexico.
We got our selves a table at La Hacienda Restaurant. We were greeted by the owner Abraham Pelayo who gave us menus and a big smile. We all ordered pizza and Abraham said "Oh, so sorry we only serve pizza on weekends." Then Berry explained that we had heard about his pizza and had also heard that he had learned to make the pizza in Chicago and that it was the best around. Abraham laughed and told us that he had learned to make pizza in California, but that at one time a famous person from New York had been in Guadalajara and drove down to his restaurant to have New Your style pizza. We all laughed at the amount of miss information Barry had gathered.
Rock cutter at the granite property.
We asked Abraham about the petroglyphs but he didn't know anything about them, however, he said he had one petroglyph on his property and would love to show us it. We all agreed that it would be a great addition to our day and made arrangements to meet him back at the restaurant after we explored the jardin and visited the church.
|Looking for Eric.|
We walked around the structure and took photos. It was amazing! We asked one of the workers where the entrance was and he led us to the side directly across from the jardin. Linda and Leigh went in the sanctuary and I noticed a small doorway on the side of one of the towers. I looked at it and said to Barry "I bet this leads to the top of the tower!" One of the workers said "Go ahead, es ok!" I looked at Barry and said "I can't pass that up, let's go!" So we climbed.
The staircase was a tight spiral that twisted its way up to the top of the cathedral. Along the way there was a doorway that led to the balcony above the sanctuary. It was never intended to be used by anyone and was just an area that accessed the churches front windows.
|La Hacienda Restaurant|
|The jardin and 481 year old church.|
Once on the ground we walked back and found Abraham. He then led us to his home where he showed us numerous artifacts he had collected over the years. Abraham is a collector. Once we looked at the items in the house he showed us his garage and the many things he had collected and stowed away.
We finally followed our friend to this property where he was growing mango, sugar cane and other agricultural goods. On this land he had found a large rock that had carvings on it. The carvings were indents in a circle that he said formed a crown. Abraham had brought in an archaeologist and he had used chalk to show the form of the crown. In the photo you can just make out the indents of the ring.
We must have stayed an hour or more out at Abraham's property. He picked a fruit called Gyuava (sp) and we tasted the sweet flavors it produced. Abraham told us the history of his property, we could see the pride in his eyes as he spoke.
We drove back to Melaque, our adventure twisted into the stairs of a 481 year old church and out into the fields of a proud Mexican entrepreneur. We never found the petroglyphs we set out to find but we found much, much more!
|Back side of the church.|
|Door to the spiral staircase.|
|Thought this would be a great photo, but the composition went bad.|
|The young man who showed us the project.|
|Barry chats with the worker who said we could climb.|
|Our friend says good bye!|
|Abraham's collection of finds.|
|More of his collection.|
|The mango trees and Horse Saddle mountain.|
|The rock with the petroglyph.|
|Note the circular dimples.|
|The gyuave (sp) flower.|
|Stream on Abraham's property.|