New Year's Eve got off to a good start this year with our party at Hacienda Contreras. Lots of good company, good food, good beverages, and even some games.
Plenty of good cheer to go around---
Kevin, Ruth and Don
Juan, Norma and Chris.
It was a fun evening and a great way to kick off the New Year.
As usual there was plenty going on here besides the party on New Year's Eve. A group of us led by Kevin and Ruth took a day trip to the nearby Cascadas, or waterfalls. They had been there before and wanted to go back to find a hiking trail to the bottom of the falls. We had an interesting greeting committee as we approached the restaurant above the falls.
It was an easy hike down to the upper falls and pool.
There was no obvious route down to the bottom of the falls but Brian tried to spot one while taking in the great view. Not a place for a wrong move.
Ruth and Kevin took off to see if they could find a way down but were unsuccessful. They caught up with the rest of us having a relaxing lunch at the Cascadas restaurant.
We took a different route back to the campground which went through a small town called Concepcion de Buenos Aires. It's a pueblo magico and a very charming town with friendly people and a lovely square.
The church was beautifully decorated, I believe for a funeral.
This young cowboy was giving kids rides around the square on his horse. Very cute.
We had a couple of other special treats last week. Chris and Juan invited the entire campground for a fabulous breakfast of huevos rancheros, cooked to order. I was really impressed by both the food and their culinary skills.
It was a large group to cook for and they did a great job, fixing each individual breakfast to order.
Our other special treat was a 'field trip' to a small dairy operation. Barb and Sal arranged for us to visit and taste a local beverage called Pajarete.
The recipe for Pajarete is simple. Take a glass or cup, add ground up sweetened Mexican chocolate, some good strong alcohol (92 proof sugar cane alcohol in this case - to kill the bacteria) and top the cup off with milk right out of the cow's udder.
Brian thought is was surprisingly good as did the other campers - another unique experience for us, although I do have to admit we didn't master the art of milking a cow. Harder than it looks.
We've had a bit of rain since New Years but have been keeping busy. I'm sure there will be more to blog about soon.