Today is Day 8 of our Baja adventure, and although I have taken tons of pictures and want to share absolutely everything we are doing, it has become frustrating due to lack of internet…trouble downloading pictures, service shutting down before the post is completed – you get the picture. I will, however, continue to attempt to share!
So, what’s so special about Day 8 you ask? In addition to being Super Bowl Sunday, today is the first day of our 16 days of free time. The wagonmasters have set us loose! While many in their RV’s are returning to Mulege, about an hour and a half north, we have made arrangements to stay for half of that time in the coastal city of Loreto. Located on the Sea of Cortez, Loreto is home to approximately 18,500 people, is a traditional fishing village, and is filled with history, including the Mission Nuestra Senora.
From our hotel, Bugambillas Suites, we have walked to the town square, canopied by magnificent ficus trees, visited the mission, and then cruised the “malecon,” what we from the East coast might refer to as a boardwalk or promenade along the beach.
Upon check-in, we were met by Lupita, who oriented us to the area and shared “muchos” recommendations for dining! After a taste of Third World Mexico during our voyage thus far, our hotel is delightful and, yes, we feel spoiled and will take full advantage of that feeling! For over a week now I have experienced “banos” like you’d never imagine and we even stayed overnight in a village where they neglected to tell us they turn the electricity off each day from 10 pm until 10 am. It’s all part of the adventure!
Another excellent margarita (two, actually) was imbibed last evening at Orlando’s with our fellow voyagers, along with a delicious shrimp dinner! This morning we traveled way, way up into the mountains to visit the Mission San Javier – who would think that there would be a small settlement (no electricity until two years ago) that is home to an absolutely magnificent mission founded in 1699, Mission San Francisco Javier. I can’t even fathom how the materials were transported to this village – even now, let alone in the 17th century! We had breakfast at Palapas Restaurant where Bill discovered Mexico’s “sausage” – funny, we call it a hot dog!
And for all of you who were worrying about Bill not being able to watch the Super Bowl, no worries – we found three places here in Loreto who will be broadcasting. Not sure where we’ll end up; we just hope it will be in English!