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MEXICO 2011 Pt.2 (Summer)

Jumped on a plane 6/25/11 and flew one-way to the furthest airport in Mexico from Austin, Texas. From there I will wander about photographing and travel-blogging using an iPhone and minimal audio/video gear. The only plan is going into the unknown and letting the unfamiliar move and inspire. I will write about the adventure and chance encounters along the way. 

I have discovered that while traveling, you're paying much closer attention to all the little details you normally tend to filter out when at home in familiar surroundings. That heightened state of awareness tends to inspire and seems to fuel creative thought. I've learned you can get to this state of mind anywhere, even at home. It's just so much easier while traveling and the potential to see the world from a completely new perspective is greater.

Tuesday
Aug162011

This is the end, my only friend... Peace Out :: Nuevo Laredo, MX

"Peace Out" ~ Huiricuta, Mexico (c) 2011 Skip Hunt

I'm sad to announce that my Kickstarter creative project failed to reach it's goal by the deadline, so it has officially been cancelled.

I recorded some thoughts that you can listen to HERE

To those who believed in me & pledged support to my project, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm very sorry my best efforts were not enough to get this project over the finish line. It's because of you that I will likely try again at som point.

If you enjoyed all the work, expense and creative effort I put into taking you along for the ride & would like to show that appreciation with a kind gratuity, you can do so via PayPal. You can use the "Donate" button on my site HERE or you can go to PayPay directly and send your gratuity/tip to skip@poppinfreshmedia.com

There's more coming, but first I need to get across the border and back into Texas without getting robbed or shot by one of the now three different cartel gangs who control the corridor I must walk through in order to get to the other side.

Wish me luck!!!

Skip Hunt
Austin, Texas

Thursday
Aug182011

Transported from Quemado

"Transported from Quemado" ~ Huiricuta, Mexico (c) 2011 Skip Hunt

It was going different this particular time. I was more sick in the stomach and the pain lasted nearly two hours.

Near the peace sign I've been building out of stone since 2009, about 30 meters away is another primitive design of a five-pointed star that is much older and of unknown origin. It too is in stone and was really bothering and irritating me for some unknown reason. Perhaps because it looked like a pentagram? Or perhaps the peyote sickness was just warping my imagination.

I had been somewhat ill off and on for the previous three weeks or so and just asked Mescalito to heal me during this ceremonial session. Perhaps this healing is why I was feeling extra sick this time. There's a good reason why the indigenous call this plant "medicine". Sometimes healing hurts a bit I've found.

Another very strange effect this time was very intense yawning. That simply does not happen with this plant, at least for me it hasn't in the last 17 years I've imbibed it. Something was definitely different this time.

Just before this intense yawning started, the five-pointed stone star was bothering me so much and because my stomach had pain as if I were digesting broken glass, I forcefully kicked away the stones on two of the star's points. This didn't help at all and only increased my pain.

I looked up toward the sun boiling above and began to feel over-whelmed and dizzy.

There is a mesquite tree nearby so I smoothed away the dirt underneath the tree and brushed away most of the thorns and cactus spines so that I could lay down for awhile.

As I looked up through the thorny mesquite branches toward the blue sky and the sacred Huichole mountain called Quemado in the distance, I yawned hard one more time and then drifted away.

The next thing I knew was that I was no longer in my own body. Nor, was I in the desert in Mexico. All I could make out is that it was night and I was somewhere in Europe, possibly London. I had small, wire-frame glasses and whispy light brown hair. My body was taller and thinner than my own and my face was thinner and slightly gaunt. I was about the same age but maybe a little younger and I was either stumbling or trying to get away from something or someone. There was a large group yelling toward me and I was yelling back toward one particular woman. I can't remember what the words were but I was confused and sweating.

As I scrambled on the slick cobblestone, I stumbled a few times and then... just like that, I fell and was back in my own body again laying underneath the mesquite tree in the Huiricuta desert looking up through the thorny branches and leaves toward the sacred Quemado.

It felt like it lasted maybe a couple hours, but I looked at my watch and only ten minutes had passed.

All of my sickness was gone. And, I no longer felt the illness I'd had for the last three weeks. I felt perfectly healthy and so full of light energy.

I smiled as I lay there looking toward Quemado and realized in exactly one week I'd likely be home in Austin, Texas and it would be my birthday. I smiled again while I concentrated intently on the present feeling and experience to send ahead toward my future self in a week to remember the complete feeling as a birthday present.

When I got up out of the dirt and brushed away the dust and ants that were crawling on me, I felt compelled to go back to that five-pointed star and carefully put back the stones I'd kicked away.

Skip Hunt
Austin, Texas

Saturday
Sep172011

Hi Res Edits!

Took off for another trip DCNYC 2011 shortly after this one ended in mid-August, but managed to get some of the hi-res images edited from this trip started HERE 

Here's a sampling and many more coming. Stay Tuned!

Sunday
Dec042011

Just Published Mexico 2011

Pleased to announce that I've finally edited down a nice collection for a fresh photo book of images from this trip. 

Disfruta! 

Mexico + Summer 2011 + Volume 1

Mexico + Summer 2011 + Volume 1

Simply jumped on a plane 6/25/11 and flew one-way to the furthest airport in Mexico from Austin, Texas. From there I will wandered about photographing and travel-blogging The only plan was going into the unknown and letting the unfamiliar move and inspire me. I wrote about the adventure and chance e…

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