» Archive for January, 2011

New videos explain how to get to the Bosque!

Saturday, January 15th, 2011 by Brian

It seems difficult to get people to the Bosque even after they decide to come visit.
It is farther out than they think it is! It is important to plan ahead.
These videos can help people get some idea of how to get here. Everyone still needs to have a prior reservation and print out the directions as well.

Mauricio made the videos! Thanks Mauricio!

Public transport: how to get to the Bosque Village and walk in with a guide.

How to get to the Bosque Village in your car

How to get to the Bosque in a plane.

A Giant Solar Oven in our Future!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 by Marie

For years, we have been on the look-out for an old satellite dish, hoping to find one to create a solar oven. The dish can be covered in foil or reflective material, pointed at the sun, and its focal point will have lots of reflected heat waiting to cook pizza, bread, casseroles - even fry an egg! This article details how to make a solar oven from an old satellite dish. Below, Brian is demonstrating how even a small reflective disc is very powerful and can light sticks on fire if focused on the sun.

A few days ago Todd from Pátzcuaro contacted us - his friend, David, an avocado farmer in very rural Michoacán, was interested in unloading an old dish. Jumping on the opportunity, Brian drove to go meet David and Todd, load up the HUGE dish into a truck, and haul it back to the Bosque Village.

David was so kind to provide both a truck and driver to get the satellite dish from his ranch to the Bosque.

The dish measures 15 feet across (4.5 meters). We are considering turning it into two semi-giant solar ovens rather than connecting the halves into one mega-giant oven. Perhaps one will be used as a solar oven, and the other as a solar skillet.

Measuring the dish:

Half of the dish:

The new solar oven will be an addition to our current solar oven and lorena stoves.

Thanks so much to David for your generosity, and for Todd for connecting us with David!

Bosque Family Gathering

Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Marie

Every year we host a dinner to celebrate our friends from the local villages and to thank them for being a part of the Bosque Village. 2010 was a fantastic year for the Bosque, full of many positive changes, new residents, great guests, and interesting projects. Towards the end of December was an appropriate time to bring everyone together to celebrate the work that has been done, the people who have helped, and the partnerships that have been created over the past few years.

We started off the gathering with some beers, home-made liquors (flavored with quince and blackberry), and a delicious meal prepared by Jairo and Nere. We ate pollo con mole (chicken with mole), champiñones con mole (mushrooms with mole), rice, beans, fresh corn tortillas, and a beautiful green salad.

Jairo and Nere, finishing up the final touches on the salad

Next, the piñatas! Jairo, Javiero, Heather and Damon had crafted a beautiful piñata for the occasion. We were also given a piñata by some friends from Pátzcuaro. The piñatas were filled to the brim with sweets, and both the kids and adults had a great time trying to break them while Beto skilfully moved the piñatas around the terrace with a rope. The piñata dances in the air while kids and adults try to hit it with a pole. The adults are blindfolded to make it more difficult and more amusing for the people watching.

And finally, according to tradition, some games of volleyball, trampoline, and tether ball. We think there is a conspiracy going on, because the same team that won last year’s volleyball tournament immediately formed nearly the same exact team this year, and proceeded to win game after game after game. Only when they were extremely tired did one team finally take them down.

The winning team: Chilino, Adan, Gonzalo, Javiero, Beto

We give a heartfelt thanks to our friends for being a part of the Bosque family. Without the continued effort of many people - class teachers, language exchange helpers, workers, residents, and visitors - the Bosque wouldn’t be able to survive.

Thanks to everyone for joining us on this strange adventure!

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