Yeah, I know. I had planned to backpack in the Copper Canyon but finally gave up the idea. A good friend is married to a woman who is a Mexican national. Very intelligent well educated woman. She has family who live somewhat near where I was planning my entry. She was adamant I should not go, especially alone. At first I poo-poo'ed the idea, and then I did a bit of research. I generally don't steer away from places simply because they pose a bit of risk, but I became convinced it simply wasn't worth it...and where I was planning to go is generally recognized as safe. Too many other options. Hopefully some day that will change.