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    • Day 108

      Mexico first impressions

      December 24, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

      We smoothly crossed our first boarder and arrived safely in La Ciénega de González 🇲🇽

      Life is simple, nature is beautiful and food is great 💕

      With the mexican dollar we felt rich for the first time. The purse is full with 1000$ bills😂

      Christmas we spent in a cozy cabin with an old swiss friend and other swiss guys we met here. They are also travelling and climbing but not with a van but their 🚲🚲💪
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    • Day 127

      El Salto 2.0

      January 12, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Some places are hard to leave. El Salto was definitely one of these. Great atmosphere, people and climbing. We enjoy the Mexican lifestyle so far😎 Our next destination is not faraway. Time for some multipitchesRead more

    • Day 118

      El Salto

      January 3, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Change of the year also means change of season. From freezing temps it changed to +20°. Good bye downjacket hello 👙🩳
      We started 2023 with an calm evening with friends and nice bath in a nearby river.
      Always trying some new things like micheladas (🍺🌶️) or making Vini a new haircut 😆
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    • Day 135

      Potrero Chico

      January 20, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Potrero Chico is famous for Multipitch climbing (especially among the americans). As I (Nadja) don't really like MP climbing I wasn't looking forward to this stop. But surprise it was one of the best weeks so far!
      We stayed at an amazing place called "finca del caminante". There you could rent rooms or camp, enjoy warm showers and a swimming pool, stretch or relax in the yoga room and chillout lounge and use a big kitchen equiped with every tool you can imagine (even a fancy coffee machine for delicious cappuccinos). But this place would have been only half as great without it's people. It was dominated by the swiss crew 😜 one couple we already knew from el Salto and the other one we got to know in the finca.
      We shared many talks, laughs and delicious food. Beside the camping we also enjoyed surprisingely good climbing, finally got to taste some tamales and Vini got his haircut improved for $3.50 😎
      After this wonderful week it was time to leave and start exploring the desert.
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    • Day 2

      Hidalgo: Day 1

      December 26, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      Day 2 of our trip brought us much improved circumstances! Our Wonderful host, Alberto picked us up at the hotel in Monterrey and drove us to the house in Hidalgo where we'll spend the week. The boys got another taste of non-American driving as the 4 of us crowded into the backseat and my Dad rode shotgun. Alberto speedily weaved down the road in a way that would get us pulled over for a DUI in the US, but here it's,s just the way of the road.

      As we got further away from the smog of the city, the mountains became more clear and impressive. We pulled into town and our host swung by the police station to let us get some pesos from the ATM. We cracked up that the first stop was the police station, but agreed that it's a good place to keep the money machine.

      Hidalgo has plenty of modern services but is definitely a more rural and poorer town. Dogs roam about and are camped out at the gates of homes. Some are probably more effective security systems than others.

      After dropping our bags at our cheerfully yellow Airbnb, Alberto drove Nate and I to the grocery store and walked through the market with us to make sure we didn't make too many cultural faux pas.

      After settling into our charming house and resting a bit, we walked the mile to El Potrero Chico.(EPC) Alberto told us that the name means Little Valley. As climbing goes, the volume of routes and ease of access is incredible. Looking up at the mountains the climbers looked like colorful ants.

      On the walk back, we greeted our friends who had just arrived and Nate happily headed back up to EPC with the guys to scout routes. The boys played and I caught up with the everyone.

      We ended the night with THE BEST chicken I've ever tasted at a little restaurant down the road called Leo's. The food was incredible and we all had a great time catching up. The boys also discovered SQUIRT soda and are now big fans of new things in Mexico.

      We headed to bed early happy with our first day and ready for what the week brings.
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    • Day 3

      Hidalgo: Day 2

      December 27, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

      Day 2 we went our separate ways. Nate and Everett headed up to EPC and Holden, Dad and I made our way back into town. Tuesday is a market day and I wanted to see what that was all about. Mostly it was like a flea market with lots of shoes, clothes, electronics & produce for sale. We didn't find anything worth trying to translate for, except the street corn. I was thrilled when I saw that and happily waited in line for some. On our way back Holden was not happy about another long walk. The traveling gods must have heard his despair. A truck pulled up with a local driver and a bunch of Americans and they asked if we could use a ride. So that's how Holden had his first hitchhiking experience! He was giddy about getting to ride in the bed of a truck for the first time.

      While we were in town, Nate and Everett headed up to EPC to climb. They both seemed happy and pleased with what they found and were ready for more the next day.

      We finished the evening at a local restaurant that served margaritas bigger than my head.
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    • Day 6

      Day 5: EPC

      December 30, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

      Friday was one of the big days Nate had been planning since someone first floated the idea of this trip. EPC is famous for its multi-pitch setups, which for a layman like mean just means you can climb really high a bit more easily.

      Nate and David left before I even woke up and hiked up to the base of a climb called Excalibur, a crazy tall pillar connected to a fin that branches off from the main mountain. Others in our group had done the climb the day before.

      While the climb was challenging, Nate said the hardest part was the scrambled hike to get up to the base of the pillar. They hiked through lots of overgrowth and scree just to get to it. Compared to that hike, Nate said the climbing wasn't too tough.

      The boys and I made our way up to the viewing area and looked for a loooong time before we could finally find them on the wall. We got to see them make it to the top and see a few arms waving from the distance.

      The rest of the day was very uneventful. A lack of communication from the rest of the crew left us a bit in limbo and we basically just killed time at the house. We ended the day with tasty fajitas and margaritas and a few games at the house.
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    • Day 5

      Hidalgo: Day 4

      December 29, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      After a full day of climbing on Wednesday and a big climb on the horizon for Nate on Friday, Thursday was a rest day. We had a lazy morning then walked into town to restock on a few supplies. In town we ran into others from our crew and the kids made the most of the 1980s playground.

      Once we made it back, the kids and I made some paintings while the guys scouted routes for their climb the next day.

      We finished the night at another local restaurant called Checo. I chowed on some delicious chicken mole while Dad accidentally ordered the biggest beer I've ever seen. Now we know when something says GRANDE it means GRANDE.
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    • Day 4

      Day 3: EPC

      December 28, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

      Tuesday we all headed up to EPC for a day of climbing. Holden was not interested in getting on the wall, so he and Papa hung out in a dry creek bed and threw a thousand rocks. I woke up feeling pretty rough from a poor sleep and with a constellation of canker sores in the back of my throat. Thankfully a good dose of ibuprofen and extra coffee from someone selling it on the side of the road helped perk me up. That an the 1.5 he nap I took when we got back to the house that afternoon.

      While Holden and I were not in the best of moods at the beginning, Everett & Nate were keen to get back at it, along with the rest of the crew. They climbed in an area called Moto and our group pretty well took over the section. It was fun watching the kids try new things and making it beyond their original comfort zones. Holden and Papa headed back to the house after watching E climb a time or two. Everett got a little stuck leading a 5.8 climb and learned a few good lessons about knowing his limits and when to let things go. Overall the kids did great and the adults got some good runs done in between.

      Dinner was an absolute feast. We got tamales from a place our host recommended and cooked side dishes. Dan showed up at the house like the victor of an ultra marathon with 100 tamales in his backpack. Holden wanted none of them, but the rest of us sure did.

      While we enjoyed the evening as a group, my Dad -- always a tamale hater -- headed back to Leo's. In true Terry Burr fashion, he wound up being befriended by the owner. Between Leo's basic English and Dad's translator app, they wound up having a great evening. Leo gave Dad a tour of his restaurant and came home a full and happy man.
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    • Day 45

      Monterrey, Mexico

      February 14, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Nach dem gestern nicht wirklich viel passiert ist und ich den ersten Bus halb 10 endlich Richtung Norden genommen habe, war ich nur den ganzen Tag im Bus unterwegs! Angekommen in Monterrey habe ich Ivar im Hostel kennen gelernt oder eher gesagt vor dem Hostel das es bei seiner Buchung probleme gab und der noch kein Schlüssel bekommen hat ... so sind wir dann noch in ein Pub rein was bei uns um die Ecke war, solange das mit der Anmeldung noch gedauert hat!
      Keine schlechte Wahl das Pub, mit 42 Biersorten zum durch Probieren😋😉
      Ja so wurden mal aus 30min dann doch 2 Stunden ... Was soll's hat ja keiner gedrängelt!😁

      Und Heute "früh" sind wir ohne einen richtigen Plan erst mal was Frühstücken und dann hat die Münze entschieden das wir zum "Cerro de la Silla" gehen.
      Es ist ein Berg der die beste Aussicht über die Stadt "Monterrey" bietet!
      Am Berg angekommen hieß es 2,5 Km auf den Berg und dabei über 550 Höhenmeter überwinden. So haben wir tief durchgeatmet und haben den Berg in Angriff genommen! Etwa bei 3/4 der Strecke haben wir dann eine Pause eingelegt weil wir einige Kolebries gesehen haben! So haben wir uns auf die Pirsch gelegt und gewartet bis uns eins vor die Linse geflogen ist und tatsächlich konnten wir ein super Foto nach mehreren versuchen schießen!
      Voller Elan haben wir auch die letzten Meter hinter uns gebracht!
      An der "Antiguo Teleférico" - "Alter Seilbahn" die verlassen war haben wir uns auf einem Dach des Gebäudes einen Platz zu Chillen gesucht.
      Der Anblick auf die riesen Stadt "Monterrey" ist mit Fotos leider garnicht rüber zu bringen.
      Die Stadt wurde wie der Name der Stadt vermuten lässt dem im Hintergrund herausragendem "Berg" - "Monte" gewidmet.
      Eine sehr moderne Stadt und ich glaube die größte im Norden von Mexico!
      So haben wir über 3 Stunden dort oben uns gesonnt und gequatscht!
      Ivar ist eigentlich ein mexikanischer Flüchling der jetzt mit seinen Eltern in Kanada lebt und der seine Heimat das erste mal als Erwachsener sieht und bereist!

      Der Abstieg vom Berg gegen 18 Uhr war da um einiges schneller als der Aufstieg und vor allem einfacher.😅
      Zurück in die Stadt ging es mit Uber aber leider haben wir die falsche Adresse angegeben und so sind wir ca. 6 Km auf der anderen Seite der Stadt gelandet. Aber anstatt wieder in Uber zu springen haben wir uns entschlossen einfach zu Laufen!👍
      Auf dem Weg haben wir auch den "Stadtpark" gefunden wo wir eigentlich morgen hin gehen wollten weil der sooo groß und schön ist!
      Aber nicht so schlimm wir gehen morgen trotzdem noch mal hin weil es schon nachts klasse war!
      Der Tag war lang genug und jetzt sollte es ins Hostel gehen!😋
      Auf den letzten Metern entdeckte Ivar ein Cafe als Fan-Club für Harry Potter und so mussten wir unbedingt noch mal rein auf ein Cafe. Ja und wenn wir schon mal drin sind, war ein Foto "obligatorio"🤣😂
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Estado de Nuevo León, Estado de Nuevo Leon, Nuevo León, NLE, Нуево Леон, Nuevo Leon, León Baru, ヌエボ・レオン州, 新萊昂州

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