Hacienda happenings and pilgrims too

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Some pilgrims travel this way.

HOLA, AMIGOS. It’s a lovely day at the Hacienda, and here’s what’s happening.

I am alone today, abandoned by my child bride who, with her sister and the nephew formerly known as The Little Vaquero, has gone on a pilgrimage. The trio is walking to a town about 12 miles distant.

They left at 10 a.m.

This is an annual event, and hundreds of folks hereabouts do it. But not me. I have no desire to go on pilgrimages. It’s a religious event — Catholic, of course — but that’s not why my trio does it. They just like the walk, which takes about three hours.

They switched to this pilgrimage two years ago. They previously went on a far longer one to a town called Caracuaro to visit the “Black Jesus.”

I once went on that pilgrimage, years back, out of curiosity. The traditional way is to walk, but I drove because I am a lazy pilgrim.

I walked through throngs of other pilgrims in the streets of Caracuaro, some on their knees. I ate tacos and beans, and I came home. It was my only visit. The Black Jesus will have to get along without me in the future.

I said I was alone today, but that’s not quite true. There are workmen here. January and February are when we do renovations at the Hacienda. It doesn’t rain in January and February normally, so it’s a good time for renovations.

We’re having work done on some windows, and there’s painting too. I’ll have a full post on that in a few days because I know you’re curious.

Meanwhile, here I sit, alone, while my pilgrims stroll in the sunshine.

21 thoughts on “Hacienda happenings and pilgrims too

  1. The black Jesus ? I’m constantly amazed at how much Mexicans appear on the surface to be dutiful pious Catholics despite very little of their faith leaking into their daily lives. Perhaps my observations are wrong.


  2. The pilgrimage to Talpa will be happening soon. Lots of people from this area do the climb up the mountain to the beautiful mountain town of Talpa next to Mascota. I was going to ride my horse one year, but the logistics became insurmountable. The faithful may continue on without me.

    Painting and plastering going on around here also, plus packing.


    1. Carole: I don’t really know how far it is. I’m guessing based on having driven there a million times. Strikes me as about 10-12 miles. Of course, there really are no miles involved at all, just kilometers.

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    2. PS: Though I think it is 10-12 miles, I neglected to mention that it’s the distance on the highway. Parts of their trek take them off the highway, and they short-cut through fields and pastures.


  3. Felipe,

    Seis dias sin un post! I was beginning to worry about you. Glad to hear all is well.



    1. Troy: Sometimes I mouth off in spurts, and then there are spaces. I’ve been feeling a tad disconnected of late. Thus, the gap. The only reason I wrote this one, which is quite lightweight, is because I found myself alone here with no matrimonial responsibilities for most of the day. I had time on my hands.


    1. Kris: I assume you’re referring to the art furniture, not the black-and-white photos, which I also consider art. No, those days are long gone. The work is too tedious, and I lack the patience. But thanks providing an opening for a plug. For those who do not know what Kris is talking about, go here:



  4. During my Mexican Road trip in 2014, there was some kind of pilgrimage near Querétaro and thousands (yes, literally thousands) of pilgrims were walking along highway 57 as cars whizzed by at 70 MPH+. It struck me as the essence of locura to be strolling along a Mexican superhighway, but there they were, trusting in God to deliver them from the drunk and or inattentive drivers.

    At least your Guapa Señora isn’t traveling on her knees.


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    From whence we are more than eager to make a pilgrimage to either Boston or Mexico.


    1. Kim: When I drove to pick them up late this afternoon, I passed scads of people along the highway who were on the same pilgrimage. As for the potential peril, Mexicans assume the Virgin Mary will tend to the details of safety and such.

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  5. Much like you, I don’t really understand Mexican Catholicism. The closest I ever came to an explanation was from a Catholic, who just shrugged and said “there are Jesus Catholics and Mary Catholics.”

    Glad to see you back. Like Troy, I was getting concerned.

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    1. Ray: It’s difficult to understand Mexicans in any of their forms. I have learned to just let the whole shebang sail right over my head. This is a useful approach due to my living with one.

      Yeah, I’m still alive and kicking. Feel pretty good actually.

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