We got up early this morning and started our preparations for the trip: insurance for the car, last minute purchases for the road. By 11 or so we had crossed the bridge from Eagle Pass to Piedras Negras and were in Mexico. We checked in with Mexican customs about 35 miles south of the border and got our travel permits. The road south was flat with mountains in the distance. There was a light drizzle from time to time as the vegetation transitioned from mesquite to Joshua trees. We were climbing steadily. At one point we passed through beautiful rock standing tilted upward from the earth…pushed up and out of the way by movements of the earth’s plates.
We saw no monarchs today. Not surprising as we drove into Saltillo in dense fog at rush hour. After an intense drive through unfamiliar streets with Spanish names we arrived at our destination at the Huizache Hotel. Tomorrow we will join a field trip with fellow monarch chasers –– scientists, teachers, naturalists and monarch enthusiasts meeting in Saltillo to promote monarch monitoring programs .