High Desert Life

by Miles Hutchins

The caravan from Honduras has been in the news in the U.S., as well as Mexico, lately.

A few weeks ago, while on our way to Puerto Vallarta, we saw a part, maybe 200, of the folks headed north. Federals were on hand, and it looked peaceful, as if the people were waiting for buses.

We saw warm clothing, as we were in the mountains and happened to be in a cold spell. Our local weekly had reported that many groups, churches and such, had donated warm clothing in Mexico City and other towns along the caravan route. Seems that Mexico was sympathetic to the plight of those fleeing horrible conditions in their homelands.

What happened to the refugees we saw? Maybe some were in the crowd we saw in Tijuana, maybe some were gassed by Border Patrol agents. And maybe some were climbing fences or otherwise illegally entering the U.S.

Having seen some in person, I find myself wondering about their plight. I wonder what I would do in their situation. Do you have those thoughts, or do you just take a side one way or the other and forget about it?

Bobbi and I talked about those travelers for some time, about their hopes and aspirations, about how fortunate we were with our lives. We took a sudden turn several miles later when we were told to take a detour because of a car wreck. It was a long detour through farm land and small villages. Our five-hour trip turned into seven hours, including the detour and bumper-to-bumper time in the outskirts and in Puerto Vallarta.

Our vacation from our permanent vacation in Chapala was a nice break in the constant action of living the good life we have come to appreciate so much. With the holidays upon us, many opportunities to enjoy music, food and fellowship spring up. Not the least of which is to make up a gift bag or two, for poor kids in a nearby town, a practice our church does each year.

We have strung up lights and baked cookies and made fudge in anticipation of sharing same with neighbors and friends.

Let the games begin!

— Miles Hutchins is a retired former Redmond resident who grew up in Central Oregon and now lives in Mexico. Contact him at milesredmond@gmail.com .