Friday, January 19, 2018

Return to Mexico and the Monarchs

I haven't yet blogged in detail about my visit to the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico last March, and I promise I will, VERY soon. That was a trip I will never ever forget, and not just because of what I saw, but because of what I felt. Seldom in my life have I been moved to tears by the very sight of something so  magnificent.

Clusters of monarchs in the El Rosario sanctuary, on March 2, 2017

When I left Mexico, I knew I wanted to return sometime, but I didn't know if that would be a reality or not. And then I got a message a few days before Christmas from Jim West, owner of Craftours, the world's largest touring company in the craft industry. He asked me this:

"...we are working with the SAVE THE MONARCHS FOUNDATION and we are interested in knowing if you would like to be our special guest for a tour in Mexico when we actually go to a monarch sanctuary and see hundreds and thousands of these beautiful monarchs."

Well...ummm...let me think about that. FOR TWO SECONDS!

To make a long story short, yes, I will be returning to Mexico to see the monarchs, along with 18 other people. I will be their go-to person for questions and information about the monarchs. I'm really glad that I've been there before, because that gives me background experience along with the information I've learned over the years, in order to help make the trip more interesting and enjoyable.

The Sun Man in the Cosmovitral

I'll be there February 19-26 and will be visiting three sanctuaries this time. El Rosario and Sierra Chincua, which I visited last March, and a third, Piedra Herrada, which I've not yet seen. We'll be going to the Cosmovitral in Toluca, which I've also seen, and is one of the most unique botanical gardens in the world. But we'll be traveling in and out of Mexico City this time, so visiting that city will be a new experience for me.

With just one month to go before I head out, I'm starting to get pretty excited about it all, and I can't wait to share my enthusiasm with my fellow travelers. I'll be sure to keep you posted when I go, with photos and updates via Facebook.

You can read more about the trip here.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Can't wait to read all about your trip. Have a good time.

Kylee Baumle said...

Lisa ~ Thanks, Lisa! I'll bet you can't wait to read about my first trip! 😁

Beth at PlantPostings said...

That is sooo awesome! I'm so happy for you! :)

Kylee Baumle said...

Beth ~ I SO wish you were going to be going with us this year, too!

Jill said...

I met you in Springfield after listening to you speak. Are you planning another trip to Mexico in 2019 as you said you might? If so, are there spaces available? Jill

Kylee Baumle said...

Jill ~ Yes! I WILL be taking another group of 20 to Mexico in February 2019. You can find more information here, and register for the trip if you decide you want to go:

The trip always sells out and has a waiting list, so if you think you want to go, you will likely need to make a decision soon. We'd love to have you!

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