Sea of Cortez, Baja California travel blog

El Dia de las Madres

A hardware store that serves beer - free!

Eiffel's steel prefabricated church

The well-protected harbor of Santa Rosalia is the site of the most Northerly of the Fonatur built dock systems that make up the Escalera Nautica (Nautical Ladder). These ports can be recognized by their large infrastructure of steel buildings and offices (unused for the moment), extensive slip systems, large boat haul-outs and storage facilities. For the most part, these docks are under-utilized but they are being built with the future in mind so that cruisers will have all the facilities that they need when sailing up and down the Sea of Cortez. The dock manager, Carlos Cota, was very accommodating and the security guards used their own car to facilitate a fuel pickup at the Pemex station across the street. The getting of gas is a little industry for the security people that may go away when the dockside fueling facility, that is nearly completed, opens.

Most visitors find Santa Rosalia to be one of the most charming towns on the peninsula; It grew around a French-operated copper mine that is now producing again and the wooden houses and town buildings are more typical of the Bahamas than Baja. La Iglesia Santa Barbara, a church constructed of pre-fabricated steel plates and designed by Gustav Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) in the late 1800s, is probably one of a kind; It was built and displayed at an exposition in Paris and somehow ended up at Santa Rosalia!

May 10 was a good day to arrive as it was "Dia de las Madres" (Mother's Day) in Mexico and is publicly celebrated with gusto (no mandatory Sunday Brunch here). The town center was packed with Mothers wearing yellow roses, children running everywhere, and an amazing groups of folk dancers putting on shows in the most colorful costumes.

A pleasant hour was spent in the hardware store at the edge of the town square (Terease has special fondness for hardware stores but says she doesn't do Nordstroms) where the owner, Lionel, kept a continuous supply of cold Tecates coming. Dinner and a short walk ended one of the easiest days of the trip; Terease was feeling better but still not firing on all cylinders.

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