Yeah so during this map check I made the comment that at one point we would be crossing a main hwy and at that point we’d be 15 min from Ciudad Valles where there was a first class motel. I mentioned this, as a bail out option.Reality check
Once on pavement it was time for the inevitable reality check.
Where are we, where are we going, and what time is it?
Actually, you could drop the Empire State Building into it. Bell shaped, as big as the Astrodome on the bottom, as deep as the Empire State Building is tall.Near the top is the Cave of Swallows, which at 1214 feet deep, is the largest known cave shaft in the world. It's so big that you could fit a skyscraper in it.
The red highlighted section is all pavement now. It's a nice road that runs mostly through a valley as it makes its way southwest to the main highway (the gold/yellow roads on the map are major highways). As it nears the main highway it climbs up and over the mountains, providing the fine views I posted earlier.So which is the paved and which is the dirt you found on this (or any) map?
The story I heard was that Ed James was contemporaries and buddies with Salvador Dali, and tried to re-create in architecture what Dali had done with oil and canvas.According to Wikipedia, "Las Pozas ("the Pools"), near the village of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, more than 2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level, in a subtropical rainforest in the mountains of Mexico, is a garden created by James. It includes more than 80 acres of natural waterfalls and pools interlaced with towering Surrealist sculptures in concrete. Massive sculptures up to four stories tall punctuate the site. The many trails throughout the garden site are composed of steps, ramps, bridges and narrow, winding walkways that traverse the valley walls. Construction of Las Pozas cost more than $5 million."
Keep in mind that this dude walked from Veracruz to Mexico City. And from the Sierra Gorda, when he was sent to California? He WALKED.Then discover why this man from Mallorca, Spain, came to Mexico, then to California, and why he is to be canonized by the Pope himself this year.
I just followed Philbarret....Lol
Wow ! I can smell a 5 missions trail trip in the future. That building is beautiful. The others must be amazing too.In the mid-1700s a Franciscan friar named Junípero Serra built 5 missions in the area, one of which is in Jalpan. According to Wikipedia, " The mission in Jalpan was constructed between 1751 and 1758