What a hike! To get to Cerro Chincua
you have to walk for 45 minutes, at least.
It is all up-hill. One of the teachers has
a GPS device and informed the group that
we were having trouble breathing because
we were at an altitude of 11,000 feet.
That is a huge change for many in the group.
Some teachers are from Florida where the
altitude is only 5 feet above sea level.
The monarch colonies are moving down into
the valleys now because it is warming up.
They will be leaving soon. When we reached
the bottom of the main hill we sat down and
talked with the group of scientists who came
They are from the University of Minnesota and
the University of Florida at Gainsville. Each of
the scientists have all sorts of questions about
the monarch that they are trying to answer.