Our host Jorge had pointed us towards a peninsula that juts out from the nearby village of San Andres. The land on the peninsula is community owned, and can only be bought or sold by members of the community. Most of the land on the west side of Lake Patzcuaro is held under similar terms so you don't find any expats or development here.
We found the "road" that leads to the path.
Eventually, the road became a path.
The path is walled on both sides, with basic entrances to lots. Not building lots, but farming lots. Small areas where the locals grow corn or beans, or keep a few livestock. Only saw one other person along the way, and was he ever surprised to see a couple of gringos! He had a big smile, and we talked for a few minutes. I should have got a picture of him!
Scenery along the way. We walked almost to the end of that point.
Looking across the bay towards the town of San Jeronimo.
In the foreground, you can see one of the small lots. This one was being used to grow corn.
On our way back out, we walked into the village of San Andres. We were looking for a meat shop, and it's not a big place so we figured maybe there would be a "carniceria" near the central plaza. We sat and relaxed at the square, but it's a pretty quiet place. School had just been let out, and quite a few children staring at the gringos in town. They don't get many visitors here!
The church was very plain looking, and Ruth wanted to have a look inside. I said no, and then she reminded me how sometimes they can be plain outside, but lavish inside. Boy, was she right! This church was all decorated for Dia de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day), which is today!
The church, decorated for today's celebration.
Three Kings Day is a big celebration in Mexico, essentially marking the end of the holiday season that began December 1st with fiestas celebrating Guadalupe Day December 12. Today is the day many children receive toys because it is the day that the three kings brought gifts for baby Jesus.
After admiring the church, we asked at a local shop where the carniceria was, and he directed us down a street and around the corner. We asked again at the corner and were sent down that street. Found another shop, and asked there. It turns out the lady who runs the carneceria was out of meat for the day and wouldn't open again until tomorrow. Oh well, eggs for dinner I guess! This tiny local shop had a few people around, and they were quick to ask questions of these gringos. Two of the ladies were drinking beer, and offered me one as well. The lady behind the counter had a daughter helping her, and she spoke a little English. We had a good chat with the locals!
Made it back to Sherman, and figured that we probably walked close to 10 kms (6 miles). It was a good hike, and I laid down for an hour nap after our late lunch.
Spent a couple of hours talking with our host Jorge, and he brought us out to his vegetable garden where he gave us some fresh carrots and lettuce.
It is overcast and foggy this morning...almost looks like it could rain!