Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rainy Season - Jocotepec - July 2009


The mountains have become lush and green with patches of shady lavender in the folds. Thunder that can crack an adobe wall and blinding flashes of lightening confirm the rainy season has arrived. Wish it lasted all year!

In the morning, when I take the garbage out, the cobblestone streets that run from the mountain have become rivers. They wash mud and silt away from the cobbles creating more potholes and fissures in the road.

In some places along the highway, the roadside foliage is as high as my chin and does a nice job of concealing the basura.

Fields and fields of wildflowers of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Some recognizable, some not. At slightly higher elevations the wildflowers line both sides of the highway tall enough to not be able to see over from inside the car.

The myth that "it only rains at night" around here - is not a myth. Days are mostly sunny and blue sky, then when everyone is safely inside and night falls, work is done for the day, fun is done for the day, the storms begin. Designer Weather.

Fence posts have a way of turning into trees.

The cascadas are roaring in the mountains, last year we counted 11 just in the mountains along San Juan Cosalá. And, those were just the ones you could see from the highway. Hiking in the mountains is spectacular.

The mountain trails are under water.

The lake becomes fat and happy.


  • 1,000,000 leaf cutter ants will descend on your garden and STRIP IT BARE OVERNIGHT.
  • Baches (potholes) breed and little baby ones become big craters.
  • You can get a lightening strike and fry every sophisticated electronic piece of equipment in the house.
  • The power can go out for the whole weekend. . .
  • . . .and when it comes back on - it can return with such a surge that it will fry every sophisticated electronic piece of equipment in the house.
  • Dengue Fever
  • Malaria
  • Ticks
  • Green and moldy shoes - doesn't matter, we don't wear them anyway!

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