Friday, February 15, 2013
Sin Carne, Sin Queso, Sin Leche
Traveling into the canyon is not easy. By foot it is about an 18 mile hike and by vehicle you experience a narrow, steep, twisty turning bumpy dirt road. But once into the canyons you are welcomed to a small village where you can buy handmade tortillas or huaraches right from someones front room. There are several hotels to choose from and a wonderful hostel of sorts called Entre Amigos owned by Keith. In the canyon internet and phone service are difficult and suddenly seem unnecessary. More enjoyment is found by a day long hike and a plate of food and a beer at Mama Tita's restaurant. One does not need to tell Mama Tita's what to bring, mostly you just order a plate of food. You get what you get and it is all good. I am a sometimes vegetarian so I order un plato sin carne, sin queso y sin leche. Then I feast on all I can eat beans, rice, cactus, tortillas, pasta...or whatever is brought to me. The food, although good, is secondary to a meal on wooden picnic tables and plastic table cloths surrounded by friends...eating, drinking and sharing tales. Love and korima abounds and meals are bought for the Raramuri who have traveled long distances by foot to be at the race. Warm food fills their bellies and peace fills your heart. Korima.....