When I got up this
morning at 4:30 and looked out the window, snow was gently falling.
It was a welcome sight. But when I opened the door and stepped
outside into the frigid air, I found that indoors was more to
my liking. I decided to skip my walk, which was something that
I hadn't done in quite a while
into my warm house, since I was wide awake, I decided to read
the newspaper, while I drank some coffee.
I was feeling pretty
good, because my Bell's Palsy was looking better. Also, my mother,
who had gone on a driving vacation with three other ladies down
to the city of Alamos in Sonora, Mexico, had arrived safely
back home. Alamos (which, by the way, means "poplars"-did
you know that about Los Alamos her in New Mexico?) is about
375 miles south of the American border.
I had asked Mary
Branham, one of the three ladies who accompanied my mother,
to write an article about their trip for SFAOL.com. Mary is
a published writer, so her description was far better written
than anything I could do. The following is taken from her story:
"Alamos is one
of Mexico's most perfectly preserved colonial-era towns, and
has been declared a National Historical Monument.
Diego de Guzman passed through the region in 1533, hunting for
Indians to sell as slaves. Silver was discovered in the nearby
mountains in 1683, and Alamos was founded the following year.
By 1900 it was almost a ghost town. Citizens from the United
States (estranjeros) began coming to the town in the 1940s to
enjoy the quiet pace and Old World charm, and at once started
to restore ruined mansions of former silver barons.
continue to find Alamos attractive because of the colonial charm,
smallness, proximity to the border, cleanliness, safety and
welcoming local residents. In winter there are more than 250
in the foreign community. Many of them go back north during
the rainy summer season, when temperatures rise above 100 degrees.
morning October through April, there is a house tour. It is
run entirely by volunteers, and all of the money goes to help
further education for needy children. The charge is $8. The
guides are knowledgeable, and visitors enjoy a stroll along
cobbled streets and a visit to three stunning houses.
"Alamos is well
known among bird watchers. More than 400 species of birds have
been seen in the area over a period of a year. In a two-day
Christmas count a couple of years ago, 172 species were identified.
is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, hunting and horseback
Well, after all my
worry, I guess the end result was that my mother and her friends
ended up having a great time. Alamos sounds like a great place
to visit. I'll have to get down there myself one of these days.
It would have to be during the period between October and April
for sure, because that humid summer heat would be too much for
There are other nice
places besides Santa Fe, of course. But visiting them is one
thing-living there is something else entirely.
Have a great day.