So she asked if we would like to come along and see how things are done. Felipe owns the shop and was very proud to show us everything he and his workers do, and how they do it.
They build everything from scratch according to whatever kind of design you want. This is one of Barb's window frames being made.
This is a big sliding door. The cost depends entirely on the weight of the finished product and is not related to how complicated the design is.
This is a railing they made for somebody's balcony.
Owner Felipe showing how they still use charcoal to heat the steel for bending.
One of the finished trim pieces
Felipe hires young workers who show an interest in learning and he teaches them the trade. Some continue to work for him but many have gone on to open their own shops in other villages.
Then it was time for our hike. Barb dropped us off at the gate down the road from the campground. We weren't sure which route to take because there was no clear path up the hill. The first path we tried to take went to somebodys house so we had to retrace our steps to another route.
The first part of our walk went through an orchard. This little orange tree is being very productive!
Happy hikers on another beautiful day!
Looking back on the valley and the town of Valle de Juarez. We climbed that mountain on the left of this picture when we were here in February.
Ruth in the field of wildflowers.
Kevin and the scenery along the way.
A little pond near the top of the second ridge.
Looking towards the El Tigre mountain range
Looking down on Hacienda Contreras
Can you spot Sherman?
Saw this strange little bug that was shaped like a jet fighter! But when it flew, it flew like a hummingbird....very strange! It was about one and a half inches long and at first I thought it was a baby hummingbird!
We were gone on our hike for about two and a half hours and then we just relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. I did up some hamburgers on the Weber for supper, and then we headed over to Barb and Sal's fifth wheel to watch game 1 of the World Series. St. Louis pulled off a win, and they deserved it. What a great first inning diving play by pitcher Chris Carpenter! This is going to be a good series. Game 2 tonight!