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Trip Start Oct 28, 2009
Trip End May 13, 2010

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Puertecitos RV park

Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We came out of back country and crossed to the west side. went out to see the wahles B ut none were ther lol.  Happy New Year everyone i AM GOING TO POST A LOT OF PIC FROM THE RIDE FROM sAN fELIPE TO HERE
Puertecitos – Sunday, December 27, 2009

To our surprise, we arrived at Puertecitos much earlier than we had expected. About 2 miles north of town we found "Cowpatties" a cute little bar with cold beer and hot dogs. There were about a dozen people there, which was about 75% full. This has not been the case down here in Mexico this year. Everything seems 75% empty. They were mostly Americano. We had a couple of beers and talked to a few people, they were very friendly.

At Puertecitos we were charged $250 pesos for one night stay. That was supposed to include water and electricity from 4:30 pm until 10 pm. Neither of which materialized. The water truck came by to fill our container at 10 am the next morning, while we were packing up to leave. Bonnie talked to the owner and asked for our money back or some of it and was told no, that is not the way we do business. She explained that there was something wrong with the generator last night and that the man who owned the well had died. {Mexico} Bill hooked up the generator and turned on the electric heater around 6 pm. It was a cold and windy night. The gas ran out at 4 a.m., Bill got up and refilled the generator around 6 am. It was not a good night.

The tide was down when we arrived, we walked over what used to be the sea, to the other side of the bay where the hot springs were. The springs were a series of small pools at different temperatures from warm to very very hot. They were on the side of what looked like a lava slide, very rugged and porous rocks. The owner had poured cement in paths to each of the pools, which made them much easier to get to. We had walked over similar rocks in the sea, although that was easy for Bill, it was a bit harder for Bonnie and she appreciated the cement paths.

Puertecitos is home to the smallest library in the world. We don't understand the Post Office, but there actually were post boxes in there for mail. They have showers here too, but the lady said you have to bring your own water, we didn’t try that one, although we saw people going in there when we arrived.

When we awoke, the tide had come in and there was water covering all the places that we had walked the day before.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Pemex station is open only one hour per day. We lucked out and he was opening as we were leaving town. We topped off the tank and filled the gas can for the generator.

We headed south looking for warmer weather. The new road was great, much better than we normally se in Mexico. It lasted for 15 miles, just like all the information that we had read about it. They were building a very large bridge over a canyon at the end of the pavement. We exited the road and took the old road down into the canyon and back up. Then to our surprise the road was paved again for another mile. Then it truly ran out and we were on a dirt road. A dirt road that is not maintained, it is washboard with rocks in it. You can see it in the pictures. There was a time when we drove off on the side of the road, just because it was smoother. Thankfully we have 4 wheel drive. Bill locked in the hubs and we are now 4-wheeling until we arrive at pavement again. The road really bothers Bonnie, she feels like she has shaking baby syndrome, with a severe headache all day.

This is the first place in Mexico where we have driven for any length of time and there is very little trash on the side of the road. Most of the vehicles that have passed us were dirt bikes, 4 wheelers,  Land Rovers, and trucks, no campers at all. There are many trailers, 5th wheels and truck campers tucked in with all the houses all along the beaches. There are many places on the water where people have built their homes. Mostly they look empty, but there is a truck there, and it is too cold yet for people to be outside a lot.

Around lunch time we came upon a sign that read, “Mexican Food, Cold Beer, Burritos” We stopped. But they were not serving food. The woman said they were waiting for beef from San Felipe. She asked where we were going. We answered Cabo San Lucas. She wanted to hitch a ride with us.

We started looking for a place to camp around 4 pm. We drove down a rode to the beach and found a few houses but no one around to ask if camping was permissible. It was probably ok, but we didn’t want to infringe on others. We drove another hour and came upon what looked like an abandon restaurant with a pink stove and a pink sink. It had a nice cement pad that we could back right up to, and gave us a nice back porch. Right out of our window, we could see the Isle of San Luis. We figure we are about half way to Gonzaga. We could see the Sea of Cortez on our right, most of the way with views that were awesome. The mountains were on our left. The sky looked like it was on fire when the sun set behind the mountains

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