Published: August 23rd 2006August 23rd 2006
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This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to go on an excursion to Cuatro Cienegas in Coahuila, Mexico. Cuatro Cienegas is a desert with about 200 natural oasis which are the home of countless, rare species of plants, fish, and bacteria. One pool called the blue pool is being studied by NASA because the bacteria that colors the water a gorgeous blue produces oxygen.
It was a fairly short trip; we left at 7 am on Sat. and returned at 10 pm Sunday, but it felt like a true vacation. For one thing, I slept in a room with air conditioning. Plus the weather there was a lot "nicer" anyway because there wasn't quite so much humidity.... actually got to wear my hair down without it being a complete fro.
On Saturday we visited a tiny winery that's been in existence for about 100 years. The whole operation consisted of about 2 machines, but the product was fantastic. They gave us little "communion cups" of the 5 wines that they offered, and it was the best wine I'd ever had. Then we went to the first of the oasis for a swim. (Don't you like how we went to the
We were going to play King of the Mountain, but all the "mountains" were pretty steep.
winery and then went to go swim). The oasis had mud at the bottom that squashed up to ankle-level; it was kind of nice. I was going to make a facial out of it, but when I pulled a handfull out of the water it smelled absolutely disgusting. After swimming, our bus driver (who by the way was the coolest guy ever; he drove us around wearing orange plaid boxers and a burgundy t-shirt with pocket) managed to get the bus completely lodged in the mud. It was one of those where you're just thinking, "please, for the love of, stop hitting the gas." The bus was practically at the angle of the Titanic. So about 15 of the guys pretended to like they could push it out... definitely didn't budge it. Then a 1980 Chevy truck showed up but got stuck in the mud itself. Then a 1980 Ford truck came and put its bumper on the bus's bumper but it wouldn't even budge the thing. Long story short, the bus was rescued by a tractor the next day, but the 45 or so students got to ride back into to town in the back of locals' pickups. It
The Blue Pool
NASA studies it, but I just want to jump in.
was fantastic riding in the back of the truck watching the sunset behind the mountains. Our driver was awesome, too. He wore his pants over his belly button and didn't have teeth; that's some interesting Spanish.
The next day we went to a desert and to another oasis to swim before returning home. Pretty much an amazing experience and the friends that I went with were super fun.
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