Waking up at the Rancho el Carmen to a coffee maker sitting on the porch that grinds the coffee and fills your cup up perfectly was a good start. We got here at 11pm after a 3 hour drive and two river runs earlier that day, so it was dark and we went straight to sleep. It is beautiful. There are three parrots, one rabbit, one lizard, and one squirrel hanging out. KC is mesmerized by them. We ate our traditional Mexican breakfast, loaded up the Rogues for a long run and headed to the Filobobos River. The middle section is the most commonly rafted and kayaked section of river in Mexico. We went to the Upper section, with the goal of doing both the Upper and Middle in one day. The Rogues were perfect for that. Fast, holds lots of gear, and super fun to paddle on the class 2-3 stuff. The Upper is class 2-3 but in tighter canyons. It had a 30 minute downhill hike in on a small trail, a great way to start off. The hikes are not difficult and are shaded, so are not very hot. We opened up into a field at the river at the top of a good class 4 rapid. You can put in below this rapidly as easily as go up stream of it and run it . We bopped our way down the boulder garden and boofed a couple of holes and rocks in the clear blue water. The day was going great! Most of the rapids were boulder gardens, while some of them were bedrock and created sweet play holes and waves. The volume was about 1,000 cfs was my guess. At one rapid there was an awesome fossil on the rock that looked like a horseshoe crab. Another rapid, and where we ended up staying and then taking out had ancient ruins called Cuajilote. These were discovered by Eduardo’s dad in the 80’s. Imagine, having ruins disappear for a thousand years and get re-discovered by a kayaker in the 80’s! They are VERY impressive and in great shape. We hung out there in the late evening sun before heading back to the hotel for some beer and dinner. Eating outside and spending all day outside is good for the soul. Things slow down, what is important is easy to see. Family, friends, the environment, and being good to others and good to mother nature. Our days in the Rogue on this trip was a great reminder.