Feb 8, 2009
|Loreto Shores RV Park –Loreto – February 6 & 7, 2009
Almost sorry to leave Conception Bay, it was so beautiful, but Loreto is one step closer to Cabo.
We had a couple of disappointments – minor ones – when we could not connect to the internet. Tried several different things with my computer, and nothing seemed to work. I had/have a strong signal, but just no dice. I have been blaming my wifi card, but realized that others are having the same problem, so maybe it’s just some sort of incompatibility (my computer doesn’t speak Spanish?) Also tried to fire up my dish, and see what’s going on in the rest of the world. No luck there either, though I didn’t try too hard. Manana, she is good enough for me!
The campground has full hookups, good potable water, and a hot shower. We had a great steak dinner at a local restaurant – filet mignon, with all the trappings! The weather is staying beautiful, so what’s to complain?
The tour directors offered us a pancake breakfast this morning, and a local resident came in to tell us about the settlement. It began about 1797, with the Jesuits establishing a mission. Because it was the first mission on the Baja, it de facto became the capital of the whole peninsula, as well as what later became California USA.
We paid a visit to the mission, the rebuilt one, and the museum next door. The original was destroyed by an earthquake in 1828, and then rebuilt in 1947/52. A hurricane also came through, and finished the job, and a good portion of the town. Hard to realize that the #1 highway we have been traveling was not completed till 1973! Before that, the area was available only by boat or plane. About that time, Baja California was divided into Norte and Sur. La Paz is now the capital of the south.
On the way in to town, we saw a cemetary like none I have ever seen before, though I guess I have read a little about the respect Mexicans have for their ancestors. Many of the graves were covered by little srtuctures in which were flowers, trinkets, and other things that must have had memories of the deceased. Very dusty, and as always, the graves of children were the toughest to note. Little short graves, covered with concrete, flowers, statuary and so on.
We’ll pack up and hook on tonight for a 220 mile day to La Paz tomorrow.
Chuck & Jan