Monday, January 31, 2005

8AM - Javier takes George for a last tour of San Carlos!
For some reason, Javier wanted to show George around San Carlos before The Team continued their journey north. We visited the sardine factory, where Javier arranged to buy sardines that are used in his fishing boats for bait.

After we left the sardine factory, we drove all over the town. Javier showed George the estuary, and mentioned all of the kinds of fish that are caught there. Clams and lobsters are found in the estuary. The estuary leads to the Bay of Magdalena, which in turn leads to the Sea of Cortez.

Javier stopped several people and seemed to be shopping for shrimp. Actually, he was shopping for shrimp for George, as a going away present. Isn't that the greatest thing? Hmmmm? Javier also gave George several fillets of pierna, the fish that his boats catch. Also, a bunch of fish called, "Callo de Hacha" which we do not know how to translate into English. Callo de Hacha are eaten raw, with picante sauce and lime juice on top. Delicious.

10AM - The Team leaves San Carlos.
We drove north looking for a propane place to fill our tank, because we were very low, and found GasPasa north of Ciudad Constitucion. There are many places to fill propane in Baja California. When you come here, you will have no problem if you keep your eyes open or ask somebody when you need propane.

Noon - Ciudad Insurgentes and time for lunch!
We pulled into a side street that was quiet, and prepared lunch. Of course we wanted to try the Callo de Hacha and our fillets of pierna. The fillets of pierna are a white fish, and we cut them into pieces about 3" long, breaded them with the same flour mixture that we use to bread chicken. Wow! The fried pierna is soooooo delicious, you would not believe! George ate five pieces of the fried pierna fish, and four of the Callo de Hacha. Yummmmm!

4PM - We have reached the Town of Loreto.
We plan to spend the nite in Loreto. This is a good sized town, and we want to walk around here and see what is to be seen. First thing, we filled up with purified water at one of the water stores. It is best to buy drinking water at the water stores because the water sold at these stores is very inexpensive compared to buying bottled water in the grocery.

George dropped off a load of laundry at a lavandora. We prefer to do our own laundry at a lavamatica (self service laundry), but there are only lavandoras in Loreto. We have found a nice camping spot, around the corner from the lavandora. BTW, the lavandora is owned by a grandmother. Her grandchildren help her wash, dry and fold the clothes. We like family owned and operated businesses!

Schools in Mexico!
It may be that people in the United States think that because Mexico is a relatively poor country, that schools in Mexico would be poor as well. This is not true, from what we on The Team have seen. Parents of school children in Mexico appear to take a very great interest in their children's schools. We have seen in many, many towns and cities, parents walking or driving their children to schools, same as in the USA. Fathers seem to be highly interested in their children's schools also.

In our walk around Loreto, we came to a primary school, and were attracted to the decorations on the buildings. Mr. Mavica took the pic below of one of the school building's walls.

Primary school wall decoration in the City of Loreto.

What a fantastic month, January, 2005 has been! Wow!
After a wonderful supper, most of which was provided by our friend Javier of San Carlos, we were thinking what a fantastic month January has been. Does it get any better than this??!!

We have received tons of emails from readers telling us that the past several weeks have been the very best of all of our adventures! What has been the difference, between the past month, and before?

We believe that we have been very fortunate, to make personal contact with special people. We met Michel the photographer who introduced us to Gumaro the ranchero and his wife Lucretia and much of their family. With Gumaro we went milking cows and then went on a cattle hunt in the mountains behind Rancho Boca del Salado. We listened to Gumaro's stories! Wow!

In the Town of San Carlos, we were befriended by Javier, the owner of a fleet of fishing boats. Javier introduced us to the life of a fisherman. We were immersed into Javier's family, and met his wife Carolina, and grandchildren Inri and Hugo. We were invited to a fabulous fiesta and shared Modelo beer, lobster and shrimp. And don't forget the stories, the wonderful stories after supper!

It has been the intimate contact with people that we have met along the way, that allowed us to increase the depth of our adventure and share all of this with you. We on The Team want more of this kind of adventure. Meeting people along our path, seems to be our destiny from now on. Golly, this is soooooo great!


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