Summer in Sayulita brings a plethora of rashes, bug bites, bacteria, and heat related issues, but if you know your natural remedies most can be taken care of quickly or avoided all together. Every household should have some basics sitting in the cabinets to keep you healthy and happy all summer long.
It was 5 a.m. On that day I got up earlier than usual to start my work day; however, I could not help but surrender to the spectacle before me. How marvelous! What I saw was an image that kept me spellbound for a few moments, captivating my senses.
In the late 70's we moved to Sayulita. The events around us then are still present in my memory. At that time our sense of wonder was always present. I'd say we moved, perhaps without being fully aware of it, in a permanent sense of gratitude for the abundance and splendor of this wonderful place:
"Let's listen to the silence"; that sentence I have not forgotten. I have always had it present. I heard it during one of those simple events - spontaneous, unexpected - a product of the impressive natural surroundings.
It was a winter afternoon in Sayulita, my wife and I were sitting quietly on the terrace of our house watching the sunset. Suddenly, our tranquility was disturbed when we saw Bianco, our dog, coming closer to us with a seagull in its jaws.
Motivated by the natural beauty surrounding Sayulita, among vistors and new residents, there seem to be many who want to see a conscious development of the town based on a knowledeable awareness of the local environment and the proactive conservation of natural resources.
Although it is basic common sense to care about the environment, there is a big difference in how we perceive such responsibility between ecologists and many of us, the local people. There is often no correlation between the overwhelming information we receive and our daily procedures. Our force of habit not only competes; it prevents the understanding and interest in the concept of an ecosystem. So, we remain indifferent to environmental degradation, thinking it is the responsibility of "others" to solve it.
Amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown Sayulita, there is still a spot of calm tranquility that exists. It is on the road towards Los Muertos Beach, as you turn the corner of Calle Delfin , right next to Tierra Viva Restaurant. It is a designated Iguana Sanctuary and taking a moment to gaze into the canopy to locate a sedentary iguana is a moment that inspires you to slow down and remember that nature still lives among us.
With its long pointed wings and deeply forked tail silhouetted against the sky the Magnificent Frigatebird is one of the most remarkable seabirds; with its almost pterodactyl form, with a wingspan of more than 2 meters and the weight of a medium sized duck, the Frigatebird has the largest wingspan in comparison to its body of any bird in the world, which accounts for its astounding agility in the air, swooping and diving to catch food on the wing.
Any environmentally conscious human is always hoping they can do something to help save the planet. We all are aware of current situations in our daily lives where environmental quality is being threatened by the influences of humans and our actions. When it comes to coral reefs, it seems like an overwhelming situation since the rampant decline of reef habitats is alarming.
On a walk almost anywhere in the local jungle around Sayulita, one cannot help but remark on the numerous tall palm trees that occur singly or in small groves, their long fronds waving gracefully in even the slightest breeze. One of the most prominent native trees in our jungle, these palms which occur naturally throughout Central American tropical and subtropical forests, have in the past been a valuable source of oil for Mesoamerican cultures both precolombian and modern
Have you ever noticed the quantity of washed up spiny fish on the beach as you take your morning walk? The other day as I was jogging along the shore line on a beautiful, brisk morning this week, I painfully stepped on one of the scattered spines, and it reminded me of a conversation I recently was having with a client as to why there is such a prolific amount of dead "puffer fish" on the beach at any given time.
If you were to stroll out of town some evening, just at dusk, to enjoy a walk on the road to Carricitos for example, in the orchards and open lands just before you enter the jungle, you might hear the sharp call of a nocturnal bird called a Pauraque, a common member of the Nightjar (Caprimulgidae) family.
It's amazing, completely astounding actually, that one of the simplest and smallest living beings on the planet can be so highly complex. Get a load of this: a small ant living in socialized structured caste systems, foraging on leaves to feed a mutualistic fungus that grows within its cavernous nests, polygamous queens mating with multiple drones to collect millions of sperm, and building tunneling nests that can reach down to 18 feet deep to house up to 8 million inhabitants. Convinced that these are living marvels? I am!!
In many cultures around the world birds are seen as messengers from the spirit world, and people often feel that they identify with a particular kind of bird, and come to understand that this bird has something to teach them.
While many assume that life in Sayulita is always tranquilo, many families still maintain their rancho in the outskirts of town, their "escape" from the busy-ness of town life. Living in the centro can get exhausting with the blaring sound systems selling the variety of goods for everyday life, the parade of tourists cruising through town, and the hubbub of friends and fellow townspeople doing their daily rounds.
When I was first accepted to the DUOY Coral Reef Ecology Course, sponsored by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation and NOAA, that was to be held at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico, my friends chuckled asking me, "Didn't the Deepwater Horizon spill kill everything?" "What's there to see out there?" To my delight, and to many people's surprise, about eight hours off the coast of Galveston, Texas, sits an amazing coral reef ecosystem, in the middle of one of the most highly productive oil extraction regions in the world.