The photos below are what we saw.
stopped for lunch in San Luis de Rio Colorado just south of
Yuma, AZ. From my seat in the restaurant I could see the
confused wiring used by the locals. Given the shoddy
nature of the setup, I could only assume that they were pirating
electricity from the electric company. Cost effective, but
Luis we headed south on the new toll road toward El Golfo.
The road was laser-straight across the featureless plains of the
Colorado River delta.
tidal areas are mirror-flat and stretch for tens of miles in
every direction. There is nary a tree to be seen.
Above, you can see all the way across the gulf to the mountains
on the Baja side of the Sea of Cortez.
reserved our hotel and it was basic in every way, but it met our
requirements. Roberto carried his motorcycle on a
"hitch-haul" which worked well, but caused us to scrape on every
little bump in the road.
country in the world has a group of "haves" and
"have-nots". Above is a "have-not" domicile made out of
cast-off materials. In case you are interested, this place
is for sale.
place was across the street from our hotel and the photo above
shows the view from our balcony. These folks are the
"haves". In the distance you can see the Sea of Cortez.
hotel was basic, but clean and in reasonable repair. It
had two pools and outdoor seating and BBQ areas for cooking.
street above is next to the hotel and is dirt. When it is
dry and windy, the area is very dusty.
walked from the hotel to the beach and we spotted this whale
vertebra so Kathleen posed next to it to provide a sense of
the beach, we spotted a fishing crew returning in their
panga. They will put ashore on the shallow beach and use
their pickup and trailer to recover the panga.
the Mar de Cortez is - Picacho del Diablo. At about 10,000
feet it is the tallest mountain in Baja and perhaps 50 miles
from El Golfo. The dark spot at the left-center of the
photo above is a person in the water. The muddy areas of
the tidal flats are clearly visible. These areas are
dangerous for vehicles of any kind.
We had a
nice dinner at a local restaurant called El Delfin and then
returned to the hotel for some alcohol therapy. Next
morning we were up at daybreak. From our balcony we could
see the fishermen heading out to sea.
headed to the VIP for ham and cheese burritos and
gasoline. Our Rzrs were packed with the essentials: gas,
water and beer.
has finished stuffing her face with her burrito and is ready to
roll. The sign in the window shows the day's exchange
rate: 17.85 pesos to one dollar.
trips to and from El Gulfo seem to go through the city
dump. The dump is in a canyon that goes from the tidal
flats to the mesa above. Once on the mesa, we could see
the high dunes of the Altar Desert to our north. We still
had quite a distance to go to get to the dunes, but unlike the
Unimogs, we were able to travel at high speed across the rough
our sights on the distant dunes and settled in for the ride.
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