Last weekend was a long weekend in Mexico (Monday was Constitution Day) so Gaby, Penny and I packed a bag and the family dog and headed to Valle de Bravo, a small town about two hours outside Mexico City. Valle de Bravo is world renowned for being the location of the Paragliding World Championship as well as the final resting place for the Monarch Butterfly migration – there must be something really special about ‘landing’ here! On Sunday, while most Americans were watching the Superbowl, we decided to forego daytime beer drinking and see the butterflies instead. Indulging in nature is much more my thing these days than indulging in wings and Bud Light! It took about an hour (and a near-heart attack thanks to the 2,400 meter altitude) to hike up to the Piedra Herrada Butterfly Sanctuary, where there were hundreds of thousands of butterflies that had made the migration from Canada to Mexico. Apparently the butterflies that make it all the way to Valle de Bravo are the third generation of the butterflies that leave Canada – so the first generation breeds a third of the way down, the second generation breeds two thirds of the way down and the third generation are the butterflies that end up in Valle. That’s quite a trek! If you’ve ever had a butterfly land on you, or probably by an educated guess, you would know that butterflies weigh practically nothing! And when you see these photos, you’ll see there are enough butterflies on the branches of the trees to actually weigh them down so much that the branches sometimes snap and fall off the trees! I would say it would take a few hundred thousand to make that happen!