dia dos - We are headed to El Bosque Primavera this afternoon to bird watch. El bosque means the forest and primavera means spring, so there should be many interesting pictures to post at the end of the day.

I just ate breakfast - huevos a la mexicano con frijoles - a spicy rendition of srambled eggs and beans. When I returned to my room I heard this music from the open window in my room. Then I remembered what day it is...

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I walked around Guadalajara this morning and then travelled to El Bosque for the afternoon. We were pleasantly surprised to find a hot river (apropriately named Rio Caliente or Hot River) in the forest and that is where we ended up spending the most time since it was so fascinating to find a river with 100 degree F water. The river is heated by underground geothermal activity.

After an amazing dinner of fajitas and the best guacamole I have ever had we were able to take a tour of an historic rancho that concealed a secret commercial honey-processing facility within its walls. On the outside the compound looked dilapidated and old; once inside I realized you can't always judge a book by its cover. It was high-tech and really nice! Although it was an unexpected stop during our day that was supposed to be relaxing so that we could recover from our big travel day yesterday I enjoyed learning more about the honey-processing industry immensely.
There I am with one of the many "El Dia de los Muertos" statues in Guadalajara
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Statue of famous Mexican ethnobotanist Dr. Leonardo Oliva who discovered many medicinal properties of plants. Note that he is holding a microscope in one of his hands.
El Rio Caliente - hundreds of Mexican families enjoying the 100 degree F water! (As did we.)

El Rancho - unassuming home of a high-tech honey-processing facility. Those are orange trees to the right.