I made it back from Mexico in one sunburnt piece. Puerta Lobos is a twelve-hour drive and about 900 miles from Cedar City, UT. It might be a bit faster if you’re not pulling a trailer or have to pee. The route we took included driving through Las Vegas, Boulder City, Kingman, Wickenburg, Ajo, Gila Bend and across the border past Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Onto Highway 2 in Mexico to Caborca and onward to Puerta Lobos.
This past week the tides were at their highest and lowest of the year. It was tricky to figure out what time to get out on the water. We went fishing the first day. Initially, we tried small shiny lures, but the fish showed no interest in them. We had to borrow fish for bait from another fisherman. Can you believe it! We got lots of bites and the fish ate all our bait. I think we ended up catching four small Cochee or trigger fish. Te last time I went in November we caught all sorts of fish. My friend caught a six-foot shark last month. Crazy!
On day two, we went out in the boat and I saw a Sea Lion. I was so excited thinking it was a dolphin and it turned out to be a Sea Lion. So Cool!
I was able to get out on my stand up paddle board for an hour or so. I only fell off once and decided that I shouldn’t take my phone out there for pics. Ha! The tides were really strong going in and out so I stayed close to the shore.
The wind started blowing on Wednesday so we couldn’t get on the water. We drove to Carborca and La Y Griegas and visited some historic sites and some of the small stores. The stores don’t look like much on the outside, but have an amazing amount of product on the inside. We laughed because all the stores are “Super” or “Gigantico”.
The truck broke down on the way to town one afternoon. I was not thrilled. My friend found that a bearing had gone out on the serpentine belt. No air conditioning, no power steering, no engine cooling. Bummer! You wouldn’t believe who stopped to help us. The beer truck! Oh ya! It was crazy. Every 10 minutes they were throwing beer cans out the window. So I guess you can drink your beer products in Mexico while driving. Amazing! We got the truck fixed pretty easily in La Y Griegas. My friend speaks fluent Spanish and the people were so willing to help us. It cost about thirty dollars for the part and the labor. Unbelievable.
The family that we visited are really great. They have some property in Lobos that they let us keep a camper parked on. My friend built a nice bath house. He has a 500-gallon water tank on the roof and gravity feeds water to the shower and toilet. Pretty cool. I made them dinner and dessert in the dutch ovens. Dutch oven cooking is really fun.
What trip to Mexico would be worth the time without getting gastroenteritis? Holy mackerel, I’ve been on the pot for 5 days! Went to the doctor today for tests. Bummer!