Our friend Katie came over yesterday to hang out and bake some goodies for this weekend and to play Just Dance. It was a fun day and a nice break from how hard we have been working to finish up some school stuff. (Austin and India have just about completed the school course they started in May.)
The sun was setting as we hopped in the car and started driving to Jocotepec where she lives. To get to her family’s home we usually take a bypass road that is smoother and quicker than going through town.
As Ginger Kitty and I started our drive home from dropping her off it was pitch black.
Once the sun sets here it gets super inky black until the moon comes out.
We are on the very dark, very windy, very high mountain bypass and are kind of staying in the middle of the road because it has rocks and gravel on both lanes from unfinished construction. And I might add the edge of the road just drops off a steep cliff. The darkness was actually absorbing the light from my car.
Out of nowhere in the middle of the road is a COW. There was not a lot of room on either side of it. And I wasn’t sure if it would just stay in place or not. We squeezed by and the cow’s face was inches away from Ginger Kitty’s window. Her eyes were huge as she realized there was a cow RIGHT THERE.
She and I laughed about our little adventure. She said, “I never had a cow face that close to my Kitty face before. That sure was something!”
Then a couple hundred feet up, there was another one in the middle of the road. Only this time it’s behind was the first thing we saw. And as we continued we saw about a half dozen in the lane we were driving in. At least they weren’t in the middle and it was easier to pass them.
Point is… there are many reasons you DO NOT DRIVE IN THE DARK.
Often the only news people from Canada and the United States hear about Mexico is bad news. Many people worry for our safety.
We do exercise caution and we do have to be alert. But if we felt it was too dangerous to be here -especially with young children- we would not stay.
Avoiding driving as much as we can in the dark is not just to avoid crime.
The roads here drop off on the edges or have have potholes. People walk and ride bikes and horses and are on the roads in the pitch dark. Animals sleep or hang out in the middle of roads. They like the warmth and will often sleep in the roads at night. (thanks Jill for the reminder :)) And you can’t see these things until you are right on top of them.
Once we had 5 horses standing and grazing -in the dark!
Our friend Justin came across several pigs lying in the middle of the road -in the dark! After he went by there were 2 less. Oh, and he messed up the front end of his car.
So we usually managed to avoid being out in the dark.
“Hey Camille, where are the pictures?” I hear you asking.
No pictures today.
First of all it was too dark to get a picture of the animals. Secondly, it was too dangerous to stop and get a picture. And, thirdly, and most sadly, my camera is not working. :'( ::sniff sniff::
I am hoping that Mikee can perform surgery to get it going again. And if not, I have no idea how to replace it. We don’t buy those kind of things here.
This is my loyal companion. It was my 20th anniversary present and I love it because it’s red. Mikee picked it out because it takes hi-def video. I would like to stick with the same camera. It’s a great size and easy to use and does a fabulous job. Unless anyone out there has any other recommendations…
PS- WELCOME HOME JUDY!!! WE MISSED YOU.