Back in Salt Lake. 

15 Nov

I slept like a log for 12 hrs There arr some like 36 wards in American Fork I went to 29th ward. two other wards meet in the same building from what i could tell. we started at 11am. It was primary program day

 so it was great to see all the kids singing thier touching songs. it was a very uplifting meeting 

This guy Patrick acted as my guide for tje rest of the day .  showed me to gospel doctrine class. then on to priesthood i was a bit shocked when they were talking about going on a turkey shoot 

 i thought they were going to kill real turkey’s they were so enthusiastic about it .  but i learnt later from sister  Magleby that its who ever hits the most targets win a turkey .  not actually about killing turkeys . 

We came home and haf a mini thanksgiving dinner. turkey pumpkin pie cranberry jelly.it was all very yummy.

Afterwards kirk and i went to his office and talked about the trip. Then we skyped Larry Poulsen so I could talk to him abt what I had actually zeen. He was quite happy that someone had actually been on the ground .  

Then kirk had to go out at 6.30 pm so i did some work on my finding Zarahemla book. the at 9 went to sleep.

Adios Mexico

14 Nov

I had a really good sleep that night probably the best id had while in Mexico. I was teady to go by 7.30. I didnt know what time Warrens flight left but I really wanted to see him before he left cause I never really knew what he thought abt me being there. 

So I had omelete and a diet coke. I wanted to lrave at 8 so I’d have enough time to get to templo Major and back before my flight left and also before tje hotels check out time. 

I waited till 8.30 but no show from Warren . so i figured that his flight must have left really  early in the morning . 

It ended  up being almost 9 by the time I left. It was a 5 km walk to Templo Major from the hotel . which should take abt an hour to walk 

So o set off. all was going well till abt half way.i got the map a bit flipped around so went in the wrong direction for ant ten minutez.then i got it workef out amd headed im the right direction . 

Tbis ate into my time so o started to walk faster to get to Templo Major .  the rest was uneventful .  I walked atound  ot really looking at thr time 

Taking  lots of photos . but when  i did look at the time i saw that I only had 1hr and 10 mins to get back to the hotel.  so I sped walk most of the way back . 

I got back at 10 to 1 .packed up my stuff handed in my key and headed to the airport . Terminal 1 was across the road from the hotel .  so i walk through the terminal looking for Delta air line I didnt gind it on the ground floor so on the way back i looked on floor 2 when i had arrivedi had landed at terminal 2 so by the time o arrived back at the door that id come in i was exhausted and it was getting close to 2 so i was starting to get worried abt missing my plane. because going throughcustoms can take ages .  .i.was amazed therewas nearly no one in the customs line. by the time i got through there was still an hour to wait before the plane left .  

Them when i was boarding the plane the strangest thing happened i could have sworn that i saw my sister in law Sharon . but maybe  i was mistaken .  

I was by the window this time so was able to take photos  during the trip. but zi mainly watched big bang theory . 

We arrived in salt lake a bit late. kirk met me at the airport . i got to his place had some tamales that Shannon had made then went to sleep . 

 

 

Cholula.

12 Nov

We left the hotel early amd drove  to cholua 

We were  up early as we had a long drive ahead of us  in the afternoon

 we had a choice between  Caxcala and Cholula   I choese Cholula  ss it was earlier it went  back to 0ad. were ss cacaxla only went bavl to 700sd. 

Cholula reportedly  has tbe biggest pyramid  u volume in the world.

I also hoped that i might be able to connect  to the site and get some info.

But a frustrating thing  happened early in the day I found out that i hadnt plugged  my phone into the charger properly .I tried  to conserve  the battery  as much  as possible  by not takening too many photos  but it went flat before we’d  finised touring the  site

So I didnt get as many shots of  the pyramid as i would have liked. but they are in my memory 

 

We walked to tbe site museum  which outlined tne sites history

 then we went to a tunnel.that archaeologists had dug through the center of the pyramid so they could work out the different layers . 

There were several descriptions in the tunnels abt what we were seeing. 

When we got  out we went to other areas around the plaza .  seeing other smaller buildings .

As we were walking back to the car there were several market stalls.  I looked at a couple. There were these cute  little  turtles so i bought 4 for the kids

 Then there was this other stall that had another turtle plus there was this plaque that had the aztec Sunstone flanked by pyramids. so it looks really cool . 

So i got then and then went to the car.then we headed on a few hour drive to morelos. Found a hotel for the night and prepared for the next day. 

The otjers went out but i stayed in the hotel and went to sleep after talking to fiona . 

Farewell Cumorah land.

11 Nov

We didn’t hear wether the roadblock had been lifted at Cerro Rabon. So Warren decided that we’d  gotten enough photos the day before.

So we headed away from Cerro Rabon. saying goodbye to the last Cumorah candidate that we were going  to look at.

We had a 5 hour drive to Puebla .  When we got there it was late in the afternoon .  Alejandro gave us a bit of a tour with it being his home town . Then dropped is off at a nice hotel.

After I was settled in i went  for a walk. I found a Burger King. got a chicken burger then came back. I saw a bakery on the way back and got a muffin.

I Talked to Fiona and pho via video call as this hotel had good wifi. then caught up on all the news from the alt right sights that I follow. Then went to sleep  .Ready for another day of exploration in the morning .

So that part of our journey comes to a close. we started our long journey back to Mexico city. We decided to go via Puebla so that Alejandros  could see his family .  I thought that we might stay at Alejandros house at first but then he started looking for a hotel for us. Im insure whose idea it was for us to stay at a Hotel. but it wouldn’t have been what I chose.

Well now that we have traveled the Length of Veracruz looking at Cumorah candidates what has we achieved and why did I feel such a compulsion such a burning need to be on this trip . Now that its nearly over I cant see any time on the trip were my being here made a crucial difference .

Now that we’ve looked at them all there are some that can be ruled out and others, where more research and time spent in the area will be needed before a final decision can be made.

Cerro San Martin

9 Nov

We left Minatitlan after having breakfast at 8am. The road to Cerro San Martin was in a bad way so while the trip computer estimated that it would take 40mims it was more like an hour. The closest town to Cerro San Martin was Pajapan . on the way there their was an inlet from th he sea that came almost to the road .part of the problem i was having was that it was so flat that it hard to see anything but scrubby trees. 

It must flood alot in the rainy season the road was raised ny several feet and there were sevetal bridges over currently dry creek beds. 

Once we reached the foot hills . the views over the flat plain were spectacular .  

We arrived at Pajapan .  we asked a local if we could get around the hill. to my way of thinking it was more a mountain than a hill. 

We spent the rest of the day slowly working our way around the mountain taking photos. at one point we went to the coast again to see what the locals called the turtle rock it didnt look lime that much of a turtle to me. 

We got most of the way round . it was abt 2 pm we had a 4hr drive to Tuxtapec .  so we wrnt to head there to find the roaf blocked.

The locals were protesting by blocking the road. it was a political dispute with the former state governer. a few months ago he disappeared take 10 million dollars with him. so the locals where protesting that nothing seemed to being done to find him. Warren tried to talk his way throught thr road block but to no available .  

So we had to go a long way out of our way to avoid the roadblock. we followed the route that we’d taken in the morning and ended up back at Pajapan .  Then a few hours later we hit another road block at a toll booth just before the turnoff to Tuxtapec .  A couple of busloads of people were there blocking the road. there were police at this one rounding up the protesters out exit took the longest to clear as we were closet to were there buses were 

It seemed like we were waiting for ages but it probably wasn’t that long. we continued on to Tuxtapec. instead of shopping around for hotels. like we normally do we picked the first nice looking one we came to. it is called the hotel Mirador.It backs on to the river. 

We got in a 7 dropped our luggage off then went to dinner. 

We came back . I went and watched tv. Fox news for a few hours. then did some reading i meant to read for only an hour but ended up reading for closer to 3 hrs. before going to sleep. I also hand washed some clothes as i hand no clean clothes left. wasnt really looking forward to wearing wet clothes the next day but at least I’ll be cool. 

I hope Alejandro find a laundry .  

La Cascada

8 Nov

We met in the hotel foya at the usual time of 8 am and then headed to breakfast together. we were all very much suprised when Julio turned up we thought it was because he wanted to accompany us for the day but sadly no he just wanted to see us before we left . 

It seems that we have developed a teally good contact in Julio

 after breakfast we had a bit of time before we were due to leave so i went across to the markets. i got a turtle in cempoala so since i have been looking for more. 

I saw what i thought was an amethyst turtle. but the guy wanted 250 peso. which i thoughy was a bit steep . so went away

Warren has been looking for a sharks tooth for his grandson for the whole trip so when i saw one at the market i bought it for him. 

But then i thought is that the whole reason God sent me on the trip. i thought it was for some profound reason to do with Cumorah. It never occured to me that it could be for some other reason.

He was  very grateful and payed me back for it

 i just couldnt help it so i went back and bought the turtle .  after looking at it i now think its a lizard with the tail missing.

So i went back to the hotel and we headed of saying goodbye to Catemeco . 

WE headed for la cascada. it wasnt very far from Catemeco .  

I was surprised at the size of the waterfall. it was quite large and very beautiful. like a Mexican niagara falls. we stayed there for a while then left.

we headed for Minititlan. this was the closest we could get to cerro san martin .  

We found a nice hotel and settled in. i went for a walk around the block it was quite suprising to see an oil refinery in the middle of town. we normally keep.them away from people .  

When i was walking i saw a subway so decided to have a sub for dinner. 

Then headed back. as i do at most hotels i checkef to see if there were and english news channels i found CNN so watched that for a couple of hours then went to sleep. 

La Cascada

8 Nov

We met in the hotel foya at the usual time of 8 am and then headed to breakfast together. we were all very much suprised when Julio turned up we thought it was because he wanted to accompany us for the day but sadly no he just wanted to see us before we left . 

It seems that we have developed a teally good contact in Julio

 after breakfast we had a bit of time before we were due to leave so i went across to the markets. i got a turtle in cempoala so since i have been looking for more. 

I saw what i thought was an amethyst turtle. but the guy wanted 250 peso. which i thoughy was a bit steep . so went away

Warren has been looking for a sharks tooth for his grandson for the whole trip so when i saw one at the market i bought it for him. 

But then i thought is that the whole reason God sent me on the trip. i thought it was for some profound reason to do with Cumorah. It never occured to me that it could be for some other reason.

He was  very grateful and payed me back for it

 i just couldnt help it so i went back and bought the turtle .  after looking at it i now think its a lizard with the tail missing.

So i went back to the hotel and we headed of saying goodbye to Catemeco . 

WE headed for la cascada. it wasnt very far from Catemeco .  

I was surprised at the size of the waterfall. it was quite large and very beautiful. like a Mexican niagara falls. we stayed there for a while then left.

we headed for Minititlan. this was the closest we could get to cerro san martin .  

We found a nice hotel and settled in. i went for a walk around the block it was quite suprising to see an oil refinery in the middle of town. we normally keep.them away from people .  

When i was walking i saw a subway so decided to have a sub for dinner. 

Then headed back. as i do at most hotels i checkef to see if there were and english news channels i found CNN so watched that for a couple of hours then went to sleep. 

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