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Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard Bravo, a Kelly Peterson 46 sailboat with homeport in Seattle, Washington. We headed south in 2010, destined for Mexico and beyond. Cheers, Adam and Cindi

"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." -Herman Melville, 1844

Friday, May 13, 2011

Copper Canyon Rambles, part 2: Off to the Races

Returning hot, dusty, and dehydrated to Urique after the Naranja hike, we were more than ready for a cold shower and colder "fluid replacement therapy".  We got word of the Second Annual Urique Horse Races and mariachi "Battle of the Bands" being held that evening in an open field across the river.  Further word was that they had cold fluids available in the otherwise dry town.  No further invitation needed!!!

"Mr. Ed" wasn't wild about racing today!

Local jockey on right ended up in the winner's circle
The venue was fantastic.  Surrounded by the canyon rim all around, the riders raced in a straight line on a soccer field, w/ Tecate tents set up for shade.  Riders started out of a mobile trailer mounted chute, some bareback, some in full jockey regalia.  (The guy in the jockey suit was from out of town, and lost handily to the local boy, much to the crowd's delight!!!)

What's a horse race without a mariachi band???

"I just click my red shoes together, and repeat, "there's no place like home"!!!

The horse people were in a great mood, and it was really fun to hang out in a place with no other gringos, but in a true "family at the races" atmosphere.  As David remarked, "they sure didn't throw this party just for us!!!"

Folks arriving by foot or truck

Crowd control?????  Yikes!

Parking striping is taken seriously around here!

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