Monterrey, Saltillo, and Cuatrocienegas, Mexico

 

Text and Photos Copyright ©2001 Mark E. Halliday

 

 

 

During Thanksgiving week I went to northern Mexico with a group of 8 friends.

 

We first visited Monterrey, where we stayed at a nice motel up on the mountain just south of the city.

 

 

 

 

Cola De Caballo (Horsetail) waterfall,

a few miles outside of Monterrey

 

 

Driving back to town, we saw this amazingly large chair, a sales prop for a chair shop.

 

I wanted to buy the chair, and negotiated a price......

but Glenn convinced Leo to refuse to carry the chair back in his truck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was Saltillo, the original capitol of Texas.

 

 

I bought enough Saltillo tile to finish the deck at my condo back in Austin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our last stop was the small town of Cuatrocienegas.

We went snorkeling in pristine desert warm springs filled with Cichlids.

The CuatroCienegas area was featured in the National Geographic October 1995 issue.

In 2000 the major springs area was purchased by the Nature Conservancy.

 

 

 

 

We saw beautiful Gypsum dunes and other strange formations in the valley west of the springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This would be a beautiful place a moon-lit night

with the bright refection of the Gypsum Dunes.

 

 

 

 

Text and Photos Copyright ©2001 Mark E. Halliday