South Padre Island, Texas
May 4, 2001
We had seen the pictures of this amazing surrealist sculpture garden on the 'net and in a couple of magazine articles we had found, but there is just no way that mere photos can do this place justice. (Of course this did not stop us from clicking away at a fast and furious pace.) The concrete structures were designed to look organic and the encrouching jungle really makes it feel like the site of an ancient - if weird - civilzation.
To get the full experience you must be able to hear the insects buzzing and the birds calling and all the butterflies! They don't sit still long enough to pose for a picture. You must stumble up and down the stairways, linger over a picnic lunch in a cool grotto off the main pathway, stop to smell the flowers and basically just let yourself get lost. What you don't want to do is spend too much time wondering why someone would spend all this money and energy to create this place out in the middle of nowhere because there is simply no logical explanation for it.
From journal Una Gringa Estupida en Xilitla