Photograph by Jesús López
WHEN WE ASKED freelancer Michael Parfit to write an overview of
Mexico, he took it literally. With his own Cessna 210, his wife, Suzanne,
and their golden retrievers, Max and Maple, Parfit overflew the entire
nation for his research.
I focused on what people were doing on the land, he
said, and I really got a sense that this country is built on top of
mountains; it is a tumultuous country. And in seeing that, I could
tell how communities could become isolated, because people couldnt easily
get from one place to the otherand they still cant.
To locate position, Parfit depended mostly on his
hand-held global-positioning satellite navigation system: I would fly
out of Mexico City, and about 40 miles out the controller would
say Adiós, and I wouldnt talk to anybody else for 300 miles.
Join Parfit and his entourage on their flight across
Mexico, to any of four destinations. Click on a location above and hang on.