So with the recommendation of the guide we picked an all day excursion to Grutas de Garcia AKA Garcia's Caves, which included stops to
- Parque Grutas de García
- Casa de Rosa Museo de Arte Popular
- Lunch -- Restaurante Icamole
- Museo el Ojo
The Caves had a 2km guided route consisting of ~175 stairs (I don't recall the exact count), and a number of highlighted stalactite and stalagmite formations, a few mineral stains, and a couple of lighted formations for effect. Of course since the cave was discovered by a priest, a number of the highlighted formations had a religious theme. I wish I had my tripod and a few days and some lighting to really spend time playing with the texture and colours of the formations, but alas it was over far too quickly.
Next was Casa de Rosa Museo de Arte Popular, was a modern Mexican folk art gallery featuring a wide variety of techniques and materials, including
- Paper maché
- Bird feathers
Our next stop was a privately funded museum that was a converted estate Museo el Ojo. Again a wide variety of folk art from various regions of Mexico, but also a look at a historical estate house with stables etc.
Final stop, was a Panadería, with an old wood oven and a nice variety of taste treats and breads. The baker put a couple of trays back in the oven and let people pose with the peel. I tried avoiding participating in the pose for the camera moments, but Diana and Raul talked me into it. Me being a smartass though and having experience working with a peel popped the trays back out for the baker and he jokingly offered me a job. I graciously declined. After all I don't do mornings (even though I have worked as a baker's helper at it's-far-to-early-to-be-doing-this-o'clock) and it's too freakin' hot (even though I've worked on asphalt crews in Southern Alberta in the middle of summer.)
Returned back to the hotel exhausted. Headed back to my friend's place, but it's stagette night for the girls. Isaac, Raul and I hit Sierra Madre Brewing Company behind the hotel, and have a snack and probe their wares. Once the restaurant closed, Raul had a stash of assorted bevies, we hung-out on the patio, so the Spaniards could smoke and enjoyed the evening, until the señoritas returned.