along the rock and boulder-strewn trail next to the Palo María river. As we got closer to the sounds, we saw that the cackling was coming from high up in the trees above us.
It was a few very large chachalaca birds, cousins of the American turkey.
We were on our way to the large cascade, taking brief dunks in swimming holes as we made our gradual ascent. Cicadas, which I haven´t heard in our garden for a couple of months, were making their last communual, electric buzz before mating and vanishing. Cicadas arrive with at the beginning of the rainy season here, and leave when it´s over. Other than cicadas and chachalacas, the only other sound was the rush of water in the deepest sections of the river.
After an hour of navigating a mostly rocky trail, jumping from boulder to boulder and crossing back and forth across the low river, the cascade suddenly burst into sight, plunging down from a high wall of dark, veined granite.
|ACERCANDO A LA CASCADA GRANDE DEL RÍO PALO MARÍA|
The pool beneath it was large and deep, shaded by cliffs in the early morning. For a blissful hour we were the only ones there, as we swam amongst fish in the cool, clean water. As we prepared to leave this beautiful place, some shirtless teen-age boys with backpacks walked quickly towards us. They immediately jumped up onto boulders, grabbed the metal line that threads through thick metal rings imbedded in rock, and began the steep and slippery and potentially dangerous climb to the other pool high above us. Apparently three people have fallen and died here.
The Palo María river, which empties into the Bay of Banderas, is about a twenty-minute drive south from centro. October marks our tenth year in Puerto Vallarta, and it took me this long to discover it.
Each time I see a dazzling sky, I wonder how it it could be possible to see something this beautiful in the heavens again. Late Monday afternoon, after the entire sky had turned dark, part of the cloud cover slowly opened. Separating from what had been a grey denseness became a startling show of brilliant white clouds in the bluest of Michaelangelo skies.
|FANTASTICOS NUBES, QUE ERAN PARTE DE UN CIELO MUY GRIS MOMENTOS ANTES – LUNES EN VALLARTA|
|LA IGLESIA IN SAN VICENTE|
|SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT .|
|LA IGLESIA EN SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT|
It was a hot and humid when I arrived in San Vicente, a 45-minute drive northeast from central Vallarta. We have been here several times in the past, thanks to locals who secure donations that cover the expenses of extra gasoline and driving time for the vet team. Frank Ohly, our star volunteer was there, plus Maria Buhaug from Norway, who is helping Brischa and Ted Borchgrevink at LADRA boarding and rescue. It was a three-day clinic instead of three-and-a-half, because the space was rented for a party on Saturday.
Cats and kittens are brought to the clinics in backpacks, cardboard boxes, purses, bird cages, bags, and in the arms of their owners. The two adult cats in the photo below seemed fine. Dog often arrive without anything, or with with ropes or chains around their necks. If you have collars and leashes to donate, please let me know.
|TRAYERON DOS GATOS EN UNA BOLSA|
After visiting the clinc, which took place in a walled-in, partly cemented field in back of the main plaza, I stopped at one of the food stands next to the church. Although I have been at the plaza before and taken pictures of the painted blue church, I had never been inside. Adorned with fresh flowers, it was a cool and completely place to wait in while my quesadilla and hibuscus “water” were being prepared.
|ENTRE EL ESPACIO PARA LA CLÍNICA Y LA PLAZA DE SAN VICENTE|
STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT – OCTOBER 19-21:
Female dogs: 44; Male dogs: 17; Female cats: 47 ; Male cats:26
TOTAL:134 in three days
ABORTOS/TERMINATED PREGNANCIES: 1 cat with 4 fetusus; 1 dog with 4 fetuses
|SAN VICENTE, NAYARIT|
DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN SAN VICENTE: 1,270 PESOS
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Pat and Dave Dick – $500 Canadian
Oregon Humane Society – four kennels
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Leslie Caratachea, education director, was unable to secure a presentation at the school in San Vicente, due to staff meetings. Next week has been confirmed.
|LA CAMPAÑA DE ACOPCIÓNES DE VALLARTA ADVENTURES – UNA CAMINATA EN EL MALECÓN – VICKI CON LA RESCATADA “NOCHE,” BRISCHA (LADRA) CON EL RESCATADO “SAMMY” Y EFE (LADRA) CON EL RESCATADO “ANGUS”|
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|LESLIE CARATACHEA – SAN VICENTE|
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|DESPUÉS DE ESTERILIZACIÓN – SAN VICENTE|
October 26-29 – colonia Jardines o Jardines de Ramblases – CALLE victoria · 626
THEN TURN LEFT AND THEN TURN AT FIRST RIGHT
AT OXXO ON RIGHT, KEEP GOING STRAIGHT… DOWN AND THEN UP STEEP HILL
TURNLEFT AT THE KIOSKO AND THEN LEFT ON VICTORIA
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay. (Pets for Life)
OAXACA PETS FOR LIFE CLINICS IN DECEMBER HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE BLOCKING OF ROADS BY THE TEACHERS UNION.
December 21-January 4, 2017 – CHRISTMAS VACATION
January 11-14, 2017 – Bucerias, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
February 8-11 – El Tuito, Cabo Corrientes
CALENDAR FOR SPECIAL SUNDAY ONE-DAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE, WHERE SO MANY CATS AND KITTENS ARE ABANDONED. PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE SAME DATES. THE CLINICS OPEN AT 9 AM. ARRIVE EARLY!
Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO
2017 – January 7, 2017 – October 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS DONATED FUNDS TO PAY FOR THESE 10 CLINICS. THEY WILL ALL TAKE PLACE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH UNLESS OTHERWISE ADVISED.
|FRANK OHLY – QUIEN VIENE 2 DÍAS PARA AYUDAR CADA SEMANA – SAN VICENTE|
THE GROUPS LISTED ABOVE HAVE HIRED AND WILL PAY PETS FOR LIFE 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, THE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WILL REQUEST DONATIONS FROM THEIR SUPPORTERS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. For each cat or dog over the number 30, sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.
|CLÍNICA EN SAN VICENTE|
|VISTA DE LA IGLESIA DE LA CLÍNICA – VIEW OF THE CHURCH FROM CLINIC LOCATION|
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A ONE-DAY SUNDAY CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE, THE COST IS ONLY 4,500 PESOS TO STERILIZE 30 CATS AND DOGS. PLEASE CONTACT SHANN[email protected]
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All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
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|VOLUNTARIA MARIA BUHAUG DE NORWEGA – CORTANDO UÑAS – CLIPPING TOENAILS – SAN VICENTE|
WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE USED OR NEW COLLARS AND LEASHES TO DOG OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS.
|DR. PACHECO – SAN VICENTE|
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES – 293 3690