The Great Migration
26 September 2018
With the chill of the morning air becoming crisper and crisper as the days pass, the changing of the seasons is certainly now in full swing. I love this time of year.
The changing colours, donning my favourite jacket for the first time in months. Really appreciating the warmth of the afternoon sun. For the perennial sun seekers who chase this warmth all year round its time jet off to warmer climes. Now this could seem somewhat of an arduous task, but it pales in significance to one of the greatest migrations and one of nature’s true wonders.
Millions of monarch butterflies set of from the start of October on an epic 3000 mile journey from Canada and the north-western states of America down through northern and Southern California to the western Mexican province of Michoacan, to spend the winter months living in the oyamel fir trees.
The journey is no easy feat taking two months to complete. Taking advantage of the seasonal southerly winds, a sea of golden orange makes its way down the western sea board at a sultry 150 miles per day. This is great news for the keen nature enthusiast as the opportunity to see this marvellous scene can be easy to come by if you know the right places.
Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz is certainly one. Here thousands of majestic monarchs arrive daily to replenish themselves on the beaches eucalyptus trees. From here they glide their way across the border into Mexico and down through forested heartland until they reach their final stop of Michoacan.
If you feel inspired to follow the monarchs to the winter home then I’d suggest staying at the Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta. Where you can bask in the winter sun and enjoy the clear blue Pacific Ocean.
Not feeling as bold as the butterflies but are wanting to make a migration of your own, then please do get in touch as we’ll make getting there a reality.