Road to Cuanajo

I shot this photo today as we drove toward Cuanajo, which is a village near here that specializes in handmade wood furniture, from utter junk to wood masterpieces the queen of England would be happy to have in one of her taxpayer-funded castles.

Much of our Hacienda furniture was made in Cuanajo. Our latest acquisition was the dining room set we bought two years ago.

Just driving to Cuanajo is a pleasure. It’s not that far, and the road, when you get off the highway toward the state capital, offers spectacular views.

You might see a bull or even a burro.
Wood waiting to be transformed into something beautiful.

The reason we drove toward Cuanajo was to visit a new restaurant which was located before Cuanajo in a much smaller village named Tupàtaro. The restaurant was so-so, not likely we’ll return, but the drive always is worthwhile. Tupàtaro’s claim to fame is not the restaurant but a centuries-old church with incredible ceiling art.

Returning to the Hacienda, barreling down the highway between our mountaintop town and the nearby state capital, I pulled over and took this photo. It’s not Kansas, Toto.

16 thoughts on “Road to Cuanajo

        1. Leisa: Glad to see you’re still alive and presumably well. No, it’s not known as Cuanajilito, or at least I’ve never heard it referred to that way. And it’s northeast of here, not south, so …


          1. I found it on my map finally. Always here reading you, but for some reason WordPress always requires me to sign in when I want to comment which requires monumental time searching or guessing my password. Even now with this response they insist! I sign in. Grrrrr.


            1. Leisa: Well, that’s strange. As for the password, you don’t have a password manager? They’re a godsend. I use Bitwarden. It’s free! Works on a PC and on Android. Probably works on Apple.


  1. Nice pictures and a good video. Next time we head for your mountaintop, we will put that on the list of places to go.


  2. Beautiful scenery. My tile guy is from Apatzingan, Michoacán. He’s a great man and a phenomenal craftsman.


    1. Thirsty: I’ve seen our area compared to Hawaii. I’ve never been to Hawaii, so I’ll take it on faith. So, Apatzingan? Big narco area, and a good distance from here, thankfully. Tell your tile guy he better stay up there, but he probably knows that already.


      1. Yes. He was telling me that they shut down everything including schools and businesses because of the drugs and turf wars. Like Covid lockdowns without the gunfire.


        1. Thirsty: I would not live there. My state is well known for narco activity, but the bad guys seem to prefer warmer weather. They do their stuff almost — but not entirely — in the tropical parts of the state, closer to the Pacific. A good distance from here.


  3. “…one of her taxpayer-funded castles.” Hehehe…made me chuckle.


    Kim G
    Roma Sur, CDMX
    Where methinks I’ll have to visit Cuanajo one of these days.


    1. Kim: Spreading chuckles is what I’m all about!

      As for Cuanajo, the only reason anyone would want to go there is to buy furniture. It’s one butt-ugly place. Tupátaro is nicer, but much smaller.

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