Friday, March 1, 2013

Three Michaels and a Pig

Friday, March 1, 2013

Michael Buckles at Tonina

Al Bowie Climbs Down the Face of Tonina
School Field Trip

Today, we went to Tonina. Tonina is the site of an incredible Mayan temple.

Unlike archeological sites in the USA, at Tonina, visitors are able to get up close to the site. You actually climb the face of the temple, approximately 230 feet (think of a 23 story building).

The views are staggering.

On the way back, we stopped in Ocosingo, Chiapas, MX to pick up the next set of animals for Chacacal. We rode for two hours from Ocosingo to San Cris with a car sick pig and two turkey chicks in the van with us.

For those of you who have ever had trouble hailing a cab, imagine Eleazar with a pig in a bag (a pig in a poke?) and two turkeys in a box. He was trying to get from the farm to the restaurant where we met him for the ride back. He finally got a ride, not in a taxi, but the guys car broke down on the way back into Ocosingo. 

The first piglet for Chacacal
View from the top of Tonina
Remarkably, the smell was tolerable. We all got out in San Cris and bid the pig farewell.

We were supposed to get two pigs, however the male was castrated and they are looking for an "Abraham" hog who can father many generation. So they just got the gilt. If she survives the ride in the van to Chacacal, she will become the mother of many generations.

Tomorrow, we have a slow day in San Cris.

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