Mostly sunny, 80-85°F days and 55-64°F nights.
It’s taken me way too long to get to the second part of my vacation! So I’ll make it short-ish so I can get to all the spring blooms in Oklahoma.
The day after the jungle tour was a lazy day with a beach walk, shopping and sunset watching. I found some crab tracks in the sand, pretty neat looking.
I did not dig this up to find out what it belonged to!
I saw several birds relaxing along the beach. These adorable things are American Oystercatchers.
I think this sleepy bird is a Willet Sandpiper.
We came across some men fishing with a net. They had a decent catch.
Big plans for tomorrow, so it was an early night.
I had an extra roommate this evening, a tiny gecko.
We signed up for a zipline canopy and tequila factory tour. I wasn’t allowed to bring a camera besides my iphone or I’d share some of the plants I saw. I did catch a few on the zipline route. There are massive cacti throughout the trees called an Indian Comb commonly, but I can’t remember what they called it on the tour (Pachycereus Pecten-Aboriginum). They had the most interesting fruit on them, big yellow thorned balls. I couldn’t get close enough to one to get a good look at it.
The final zipline went over a field of 14-16 month old blue agave plants.
On the walk back up to our luncheon spot, I was able to see at least one awesome unknown plant! Anyone know what this little vine is?
It has the most unusual flowers and makes me think of a carnivorous plant. I can’t seem to identify it. It didn’t smell like rotten meat or anything.
Update: this vine is a type of birthwort, pipevine or Dutchman’s pipe. They aren’t carnivorous. The plants are aromatic and their strong scent attracts insects. The inner part of the perianth tube is covered with hairs, acting as a fly-trap. These hairs then wither to release the fly, covered with pollen.
We had a snack and loaded up to tour the tequila factory! The first thing I saw was a massive Guanacaste Tree. They spell it differently there – huanacaxtle. I just call it “the tree so big I could never get the whole thing in one photo” tree.
There were seedpods on it this time of year. Very interesting tree. I hear the seed pods are edible while they are still young and green.
The factory tour was short and sweet. I at least caught sight of the agave heart they use to make the tequila.
On the way out we slowed down to take a shot of the cactus fence!
We had one more glorious day of relaxation in Mazatlan before heading home. I’m grateful to have gotten to explore as much as I did. Mexico has a ton of interesting plants and animals to explore.