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Camping & bird counting on the Salty River ... a not-so-hot dip under a starry sky

Because it is the early bird that gets the worm, only an even earlier birdwatcher gets a photo of that bird. Bearing this in mind and recalling that this December is the coldest I have ever experienced in these parts, I asked myself how I could cover this year’s annual Bird Count without having to rise at 5 a.m., drive somewhere in the dark, arrive bleary-eyed at some plaza and stomp around shivering – still in the dark – waiting for things to get underway?

Exploring the Sea of Cortez (part two): Shoes, ships & Shakira singing

December 5, 2018, San Francisco Island,Baja California Sur.  This island is notable for its high, barren, rocky walls “with a trail going up to the top.” We had arrived yesterday through a very choppy sea, but this morning the surface is as smooth as glass and I get what I hope will be a magnificent picture of sunrise – dawn, actually – through my porthole.

Exploring the Sea of Cortez in a 51-foot sloop

December 3, 2018. Los Islotes Island, Baja California.  We are anchored at the sea lion rookery of Los Islotes, 820 kilometers northwest of Guadadalaja. I am a guest of my neighbor in Zapopan, Richard Gresham, aboard his 51-foot sloop, the good ship “God’s Way.”

How to quell a killer-bee attack: BeeAlert available in Mexico

Mention the words “ataque de abejas” (bee attack) to anyone living in rural Mexico and for the next half hour you will surely be regaled with story after story about relatives and friends whose brush with bees ended either miraculously well or tragically bad.

Heading for PV? Stop at the ruins of Ixtlán del Río, the ancient link between Chapala & the Pacific Coast

I recently spent a night at the beautiful crater lake of Santa María del Oro. Along the way, I convinced my fellow travelers that we should stop at the archaeological site of Ixtlán del Río, which is located 100 kilometers northwest of Guadalajara in the state of Nayarit, and is conveniently situated just off Highway 15, the toll road to Puerto Vallarta and Tepic.