Aug 19, 2010, 5:38 PM
Actually, eons ago this lake stretched far beyond the mountains and through the valleys all the way to Guadalajara. It was vast.
If I am not mistaken, Georgia, what is now Lake Chapala once was one with the recently dried up Lake Sayula and was, as you suggested, a vast lake indeed.
I remember a few years ago when we first got here and there were local naysayers predicting the demise of Lake Chapala - an occurrence which these prognosticators had taking place before 2010, and, in turn, this was to presage the end of our pleasant valley as we know it which would then suffer from severely negative climatological changes that would bring about colder and hotter seasons and a parching of once fecund agricultural lands.
Those predictions reminded me of that locally famous book about Ajijic and Lake Chapala written under the nom de plume Dane Chandos in the 1940s when the author(s) owned a hotel on the lake. I think it was called A PLACE IN THE SUN or something like that. During the course of their tale, They had taken a motor trip from Lake Chapala past Lake Sayula in the early 1940s to some destination I can´t recall and, while passing Lake Sayula, reflected upon the fact that the lake was drying up and reputed to be on its way to becoming a dry lakebed in a few years which would result in the ruination of the hugely productive agricultural region surrounding the lake in those days. Well, Lake Sayula did, in fact, dry up and today is a vast salt bed strtching as far as the eye can see from the Guadalajara-Colima Autopista and, here, some 70 years later, the area surrounding the dry Sayula lakebed remains a vibrant and important agricultural region for Mexico despite the lake´s demise. So much for prescience as a tool for discerning future events.
Your comment, Georgia, about the disposition of copious amounts of untreated or partially treated human poop on major holidays after our newly constructed vacation villages fronting the lake just west of El Chante are completed and fully occupied with Tapatio weekenders and holiday makers, seems cogent to me. I have no idea what may come of the lake when these thousands of toilets are flushed during holiday merrymaking, but I am reminded of that old 1960s Steve McQueen movie, The Blob, where a radioactive blob of gump took over a whole town starting with the local movie theatre and proceeded to turn people into ,helpless dung beetles slithering about in agony and dying by the score and that´s what may be in store for us a few years down the line. Just so you´ll know, since you were kind enough to offer us a place to stay in El Chante if our Ajijic home should become one with the lake, I hereby extend an invitation to you and your family to stay in our guest bedroom at San Cristóbal safely residing some 1,500 kilometers southeast of the lake until a latter day Steve McQueen figures out a way to destroy this monster as it works its way up the lakefront intent on gobbling up Chapala after determining that there was nothing worth gobbling up in Jocotepec after it inadvertently slithered upon Roca Azul and quickly reversed course since everything there was already dead and provided no meaningul nutrition.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Aug 19, 2010, 5:42 PM)