Although many of our fellow
had started trickling into town Monday afternoon, Wednesday was officially the first day of our itinerary. The first and only destination for the day was the Mexico City pilgrims pyramids at Teotihuacan, but this was a pilgrimage group, so of course we prayed first. And ate.
Because we now had a priest with us, Wednesday started out with Holy Mass. The fraternity to which the priest belongs has a chapel in Mexico City, Inmaculada Concepción. This was a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
The pastor of Inmaculada Concepción recommended a nearby place for breakfast. I was thrilled to try something local, so my heart sank a bit when it turned out to be Vips, a Mexican diner chain not unlike Denny’s. On the plus side, it was set up well for a large group like ours.
After a lot of driving, including following some bad directions that set us back close to an hour, we finally arrived at Teotihuacan. This scary looking creature greeted us at the visitor center.
A pyramid! Not exactly, and hardly the one we were looking for.
There were several parking areas near the pyramids at Teotihuacan, so we naturally parked at the one furthest away. Fortunately it was a nice day for a walk, neither too hot nor too sunny.
Eventually we got close enough to the Pyramid of the Sun to see just how big it is. The little dots up the middle of the pyramid are people. We would be among them shortly.
I know I’ve already posted this photo of Kathryn and me at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, with Teotihuacan below us. You can also see the smaller Pyramid of the Moon over Kathryn’s left shoulder. Credit again to Ted Brennan for taking the photo.
For me personally, the vertigo kicks in when faced with a steep descent like this, but I managed well. Kathryn used her cane as a hiking stick the entire day at Teotihuacan, making me wish I’d had one. Without the back surgery, of course.
We reached the bottom and took one last look at the Pyramid of the Sun. To keep things orderly, visitors ascend on one side in descend on the other. The clouds were turning grayer, and we did receive a little light rain on the way back to the Teotihuacan parking lot.