Biology of Mexican Vertebrates

The first place that we spend the night is in Bustamante Canyon in northern Mexico. These are pictures from in and around there.

photo along the tripJust outside the town of Bustamante is a mescal factory. These are the vats where the juice from the cactus is fermented. This fermentation process last 40 hours. Jason, Tammy, Stephanie, Ariel, and Mark are listening to Bruce explain the finer points of making mescal.
After fermenation, the juice is filtered and brought to the distiller.photo along the trip
photo along the tripThis is the bottling area. This is also the area where a dried worm (gusano) is added to each bottle. Mark and Chris are explaining the purpose of the worm to the students.
Just to the west of the town, in the mountains, is the campground for Bustamante Canyon. There are several hot springs in which one can swim. Several of the springs have been lined with concrete slabs to create a nice place to soak in the water.photo along the trip
photo along the tripThis is a photo of camp from up the side of the mountains that line the canyon.
This is Amy with the string cheese that she bought at the little store in the town of Bustamante.photo along the trip
photo along the tripA leopard frog found in the area.
A marine toad found in one of the cool springs in the area.photo along the trip
photo along the tripAn ocotillo that is flowering. This plant is common on the dry hillsides in the canyon.
Mississippi State got some of their stuff stolen because they did not lock their van. We spent about 8 hours in Villaldama filing police reports and then waiting until the police arrested the perpetrators. Here we are hanging out near the police station.photo along the trip
photo along the tripThis is one of the police officers who helped us get our stuff back and who arrested the perpetrators. Theresa, who is fluent in Spanish, served as our interpreter during this incident.
This is a window in the old church on the square in Villaldama.photo along the trip

Last updated on 16 September 2004.
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