While attention is drawn to other places, right about now, Hurricane Katia has come ashore in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is the second hurricane to hit Veracruz, this season. The previous was the first Hurricane of the season, Franklin, which formed on August 3rd, crossed the Yucatan and then plowed into Veracruz on Aug 10th. I recently took a weekend tour of the western part of Veracruz. It’s beauty lives up to the hype I had heard. We first went east to Puebla, which involved a gradual climb Tepoztlan, at about a mile in altitude, to another 2000 feet. Then we went down to 4,000 feet to the city of Xalapa. This “City of Flowers” has the backdrop of an extinct volcano, Pico de Orizaba, that is crowned with snow. Xalapa receives rain during what would be the dry season, in Tepoztlan, so it is very lush. I was struck by a spectacle. The trees reminded me of a mix of New England, Charleston and Tropics. Here were huge Sycamores and other types of deciduous trees I recognized from New England. But there was Spanish Moss on the Sycamores and Palm Trees. Stands of Bamboo looked to be far more robust than I had seen in Tepoztlan. Coffee grows robustly, sheltered by banana trees in plantations. Veracruz Coffee is my favorite, but NAFTA has limited its marketing in the U.S. Otherwise, it would contribute far more formidably to the Veracruz economy. As it is, my son-in-law, Carlos, hires construction workers to come from Veracruz, because it pays better than coffee cultivation. Carlos’ foreman owns an entire mountain, in Veracruz that would be ideal for growing coffee if the market were better.