Monday, October 13, 2008

Cola de Caballo: Nature...Goulet!

This weekend I made a trip out to see Cola de Caballo, a place I had been trying to see for a while now. Cola de Caballo (Spanish for "Horse Tail") is a waterfall about 40 km (25 mi) from Monterrey, Mexico, in the town of Villa de Santiago, Nuevo León. It is a public area and I was quite surprised at how many people were there for a relatively early Saturday morning. The waterfall is pretty gorgeous and it was good to go and take it all in. If you make the trip to Monterrey, I recommend taking a trip to see it. Now, like many other public nature areas I've visited down here in Mexico, there are some business elements to the area. Meaning that you can stop and buy drinks or eat some food (Elote, Tacos, Chips) and of course you have to pay a small fee to enter the park. Every time I pay an entrance fee or see a plastic water bottle floating in the natural springs, I can't help but think, "Man, this is great and all, but I wonder what this place would have been like before all these bridges were added or if it would feel different without cokes for sale along the path..." Maybe I'm just an asshole, but commercialism can really suck the beauty out of things, much like the ol' Suck Cut does to Garth's mop in the first Wayne's World.

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