“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”
Our September rains arrived punctually on September first and have been generous. Even before the tail end of Ingrid swept though, we’d already more than doubled the average rainfall for the month. Those of us who live here love the rain; it clears the dust out of the air and turns the desert a lush verdant with thousands of wildflowers blooming everywhere. It’s also when the rock is at its most dramatic, with the grey rock turning black and the cream-colored walls jump out at you.
With the exception of a few climbers from Monterrey on the week-ends, there has been no climbing action to report but we did receive a three week visit from a group of Mexican and French highliners. They set and walked a number of amazing high–and I mean really high–lines.
Besides the obvious between the Spires, they set lines from the Spires to the Outrage wall, across the gap in front of the Wave, across Las Estrellas canyon to the top of Tami’s Pillarl, and they even humped all their gear to the summit of El Toro for a spectacular walk at the top of the mountain.
The following photos are from their facebook page. You can see many more photos and videos here:
In September of 1846, an American army of 6250 men led by Zachary Taylor, attacked the city of Monterrey at the beginning of a war which would last an entire year. The reasons for this war are complex and involve a border dispute over the newly annexed territory of Texas and redress for a large amount of commercial debt that Mexico owed to American businesses.
Both sides in this battle for Monterrey committed costly blunders. The Americans failed to recognize a couple of Mexican fortifications guarding the entrance to the city, and once inside, they realized that they were ill trained for urban warfare and became easy targets for the Mexican snipers posted on the rooftops and windows of the buildings.
After suffering hundreds of casualties, the Americans retreated and now the Mexicans blundered by not pressing their advantage and giving chase. The following day, after another bloody battle with serious consequences, the Americans finally gained the upper hand and the Mexicans realized it would be to their advantage to surrender.
Surrender they did, but under their own terms, which allowed them to retreat to Saltillo with their weapons, their flags unfurled and with the promise of a two week armistice.
A couple of interesting side notes:
When the Americans entered Mexico, a number of disgruntled soldiers, mostly of Irish descent, defected over to the Mexican side. This St. Patrick’s Brigade is honored in Mexico to this day.
Both Generals in this conflict, Zachary Taylor and Pedro de Ampudia, would become President of their respective countries.
La necedad cierra las puertas de la bondad.
Stubborness closes the doors of kindness.