Saturday, November 30, 2019

Zip Line Adventure

One of the attractions to this park is the number of zip lines available to ride if one so chooses. The one closest to us was located about a half hour walk from our encampment.  Our group leaders had taken the zip line a number of years ago, and were encouraging everyone to give it a try.  It wasn't a very expensive activity, at 1000 pesos (about $50), but Larry and I wanted to wait to see what the attraction looked like before committing to the ride.

So, this morning, we got up and walked about 20 minutes back to the hotel which is near the train station to have some breakfast.  The meal was a fixed menu with your choice of egg style. We had fruit, scrambled eggs, tortillas with green sauce, refried beans, and toast with pineapple marmalade.  It was more than filling, and we had a gorgeous view of the canyon from our table.

We had texted ahead to Kevin not to wait for us, since we weren't sure how long it would take to be served. After breakfast, we  picked up a few things at the camper, and walked the better part of an hour to the zip line and gondola area.  Once we were there, we quickly decided that the zip line ride was not happening for us, but eight of the group members decided to go ahead with the leap, and we watched everyone suit up and launch themselves from the platform into the canyon void.  As soon as all the zip liners had gotten across, the remaining members took the gondola over to rejoin the group.  

Larry took the following four photos on his walk alone this morning.  We were hoping someone could identify the tree and the birds.


He spied this house on his early morning walk. As it turned out, there were many more to see in the canyon.
















View from our breakfast table.




I should devote several posts to the dogs of Mexico. They are everywhere, and are such sweet companions on our daily walks.




This is the collection booth to get into the park. It cost $25 pesos each person.




Another shot of our rigs as we passed through on our way to the gondola. 








I shot this at close range. There are many small houses in the canyon with produce fields around them. The next photo shows how close I was able to zoom in.














Funky old Beetle we saw near the gondola. They probably had to make some adjustments to the axles?






Part of our group inside the canyon viewing area.






Mural inside the building where we bought our gondola and zip line tickets.






And here are the brave zip liners, from the left: Ruth, Kevin, Mona, Roger, Jim, Aron, Bob and Denise.





Here they are, signing release forms and paying for their ride.





All suited up in protective gear.






I believe this is a shot of Roger.  The zip line went all the way over to the next ridge, and was approximately two minutes in duration.













If you look closely you can see many small houses with walking trails in between.  The gondola guide told us that about 250 Tarahumara people live in the canyon.  Many sell trinkets in the touristy areas around the gondola and hotels.




















 Gondola counter weight. The gondola traveled across the canyon once every 30 minutes.





This sweet little girl sat next to me at the gondola waiting area and asked if I wanted to buy a bracelet from her. I did.




Kevin took this photo of me looking through the earrings this young girl had for sale just before our gondola back to the canyon rim.





Two children patiently waiting while their parents and siblings sold souvenirs from booths or circulated around tourists with baskets of things to sell.  These two girls had unusual and beautiful caps.  In the background, Larry and Garth are headed to the rock formation in the distance.







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