Cynthia Blanton wrote: Last week my husband Erich and I spent a marvelous two and a half days of mushroom hunting, firefly watching and enjoying fabulous meals which constituted "The Gourmet Symbiosis Event of Mushroom Expert Arif Towns Alonso and Lic. Chef David Jahnke." The event, limited to 8 people, took place on the private Rancho Calixto in the mountainous region near the Magical town of Amealco de Bonfil, about 85 miles from San Miguel. The area is gorgeous and reminded us a tiny bit of Switzerland with the forested hills and chalet-style homes.
The ranch is owned by a lovely gentleman named Clemente who is committed to maintaining the area in as natural a condition as possible. Most of his land is a sanctuary and will never be developed, and he does not allow any non-native species there. He and his staff work very hard to preserve the forests, and he even has a herd of endangered native white-tailed deer. As the herd expands, he sends some of them to other ranches where they will be protected from hunters. We were pleased to view them quite closely as they were being fed.
The ranch is also a sanctuary for fireflies which light up for about an hour for only a few days during the mating season in July. We went for a hike in the dark and were able to see a lot of the camera-elusive little creatures. No video despite my efforts.
But the purpose of the trip was mushroom hunting and dining. ...
Continue at Cynthia Blanton's Blog: Mushrooms and fireflies and food! Oh my!
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