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Feb 14, 2007 - Train to Creel and Sierra Lodge

Up early in the morning to catch a cab to the train station. The train was an interesting ride. A bit of an engineering marvel in itself, it never climbs steeper than 2.5%. It includes 40 or 50 tunnels, one of which does a 180 degree turn. It is a bit unnerving to look below and see a track coming out of a tunnel back toward you and realize you will be on it when you come out of the tunnel. Another curve (called El Lazo - the "corkscrew") makes a 360 degree turn and crosses back over/under itself depending on which way you are going. The...

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Dec 17, 2006 - When You've Seen One Petroglyph, You've Seen Them All

Not far up the road from Alamogordo, about 30 miles, is the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, so we drove up there to see what it was all about. This site, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, contains over 21,000 petroglyphs made by the Jornada Mogollon Indians between 900 and 1400 AD. They used stone tools to scratch away the dark patina on the rocks. It took over six years for archeologists to photograph and record all the petroglyphs that were found here. No one knows exactly what the drawings mean or why they were made here, although...

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Jun 22, 2006 - Creel

Cutting across the Sierra Madre in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, the Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) area is larger than the Grand Canyon of Arizona (but not really the same thing at all, beyond both being a canyon). It is rugged and remote; much of it accessible only by train. The train travels from cactus and sagebrush to cedar and pine forests. Creel is where we caught the Copper Canyon train. The ¨town¨ of Creel is at 7,000 feet so we had a hard time walking around for the first few hours. The train ride itself was amazing, we...

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Jun 21, 2006 - Chihuahua

We arrived in Chihuahua after a bus ride with blaring Spanish'dubed movies and a beautiful ride through the Northern Mexico. We saw tornados touching down and a near brown out from the sand storms. It was a beautiful ride. We checked in to a hotel and headed out for dinner. We ate tortas (the first of many, many ham and cheese sandwiches that, like all food we've had, comes with a generous side of guacamole!) We boarded a bus early the next morning for Creel.

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Feb 28, 2006 - La Junta, MX - All Aboard!!

A short drive of 36 miles to La Junta is our first order of business. Here we will drive our RV's onto the train flatcars for our journey through Copper Canyon. We had no planned stops and went straight to the loading ramp. The loading process was very interesting. The driver drove the rig onto the ramps on beveled steel plates, closely following directions from the loading staff. The steel plate is adjusted to accommodate the different wheel width of the tow vehicle and then the plates are moved forward depending on which position on the...

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Feb 25, 2006 - Chihuahua, MX - The Capital

Everyone is up before daybreak. The tailgunner is thumping tires and we are making preparations to go. We leave the park at 6:30 a.m. to be at Customs in Mexico by 8:00 a.m. This is a 25-mile trip. Our first blip was when the wagon master missed the exit for the Zaragosa International Bridge and, of course, we all followed dutifully like little ducks swimming after mama duck. A U-turn and we're back on the highway again headed for the bridge. We paid our fees, $12.00 for toll and $2.00 for parking, and we made it through the checkpoint...

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Jan 31, 2006 - El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico

1/31 - 2/5 We put 723 miles on the house and 326 miles on the Jeep during January. It took us two days to drive 311 miles from Mazatlan To El fuerte. We stopped the first night at Hotel Los Tres Rios in Culiacan. There are only two campgrounds in El Fuerte, the first one we went to was filled by a caravan but there were plenty of spaces at the Hotel Bougainvillea (and they had Wi-Fi). On the morning of the second, Dave and Dianne drove us to the El Fuerte train station where we got on the Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacifico train (better know as...

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Jul 27, 2005 - The Copper Canyon - Batopilas

On Wednesday morning we hired a pick-up truck from The Three Amigos, along with another couple we met at Casa Margarita's (Sue & Toño) and drove to Batopilas, a village in the heart of the canyon. Initially the roads were pretty good going out past Cusarare falls and we stopped at a Tarahumara village called Basihuare, where there were several caves around the cliffs, which some of their homes are built around. From there we crossed Humira Bridge at the bottom of the Copper Canyon. Shortly after this our road became more of a dirt track...

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Jul 24, 2005 - Chihuahua

Our main reason for visiting Mexico again, after travelling from Mexico City to Cancun 2 years ago on our honeymoon, was to visit the Copper Canyon. A scenic railway runs through the canyon, starting from Chihuahua so this is a good point from which you can head off into the canyon & hence our stop here! There isn't actually much to Chihuahua and less so on a Sunday! We found, as Pete put it, 'a crappy but cheap' hotel but also found a lovely little place for dinner which had a little courtyard where you could dine under the stars - great...

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Jun 18, 2005 - Creel & the Desert

After 4 months in Mexico we thought we covered it all. But the country is so diverse that it kept throwing new surprises at us. We discovered that Mexico has a system of canyons that are deeper and several times larger than the Grand Canyon. We hopped on a train that was supposed to be four hours long, and after 13 painful hours we arrived at our destination- Creel. This is a tiny little mountain town way up in a pine forest at over 7,000 feet. The air was crisp and cool and the terrain was rugged. We mountain biked, hiked, and got to...

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Jun 9, 2005 - Nuevo Casas Grandes

The initial idea was to get a bus from Creel to Chihuahua, stay a night and then get a bus to Nuevo Casas Grandes (NCG), but along the way we decided to see if we could get a connecting bus straight to NCG, and get there a bit earlier. It would also save the hassel of organising transport to and from the bus terminal near the airport, into Chihuahua. This worked fine, so by 7pm we were in NCG. The town of about 55,000 was quite a surprise with very wide streets, lots of 'modern' type shops and very friendly people. Though the first...

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Jun 5, 2005 - Creel

We arrived in Creel late in the day, after a short two hr rail journey from Posada Barrancas, where we stayed the night after the first leg of our trip on the Copper Canyon Railway. What an amazing journey! If you read the preamble in the Los Mochis entry, you will have some idea what its all about. We will add what should be some photos of amazing scenery as soon as we can get to a decent internet connection. The railway station at Posada Barrancas was a pretty basic affair but for a very small town, it was OK. Didn't even have a sign...

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