|We arrived in La Paz around two yesterday, set up, had a siesta (a tradition worth copying), were fed a great hamburger dinner with all the trimmings, had the "official" group photo taken, and then found the internet. Nice to get up to date with the blog.
WE spent the morning in old La Paz just browsing in the little shops and stores. Bought a couple of things, but nothing serious. There was a shop that specialized in hand made things, but most of them were tourist trinkets. Interesting to look at, but not really anything I wanted, or wanted to bring back for anybody else. Jan found a nice pair of sandals, but not quite a fit, so didn't buy.
Most of the streets in the old town are quite narrow, so many are one ways, and then short streets, and not quite on a grid, so went around the block a couple of times trying to get either in to a parking lot, or back on the road to the RV park. Quite a bit of traffic, and many four way "Altos". Drivers seem to be considerate, and polite, and willing to let you in, or out. Probably wary of touristas who really aren't sure where or why they are going.
The trip down here from Santispac (bay Concepcion) was interesting. We started off going up a very winding, steep canyon to get on top of a huge plateau. Sort of like many of the mountain roads were like before all the straightening, and reworking.
Up on top of the plateaus, we had the first rain of the trip - about 6 spits, almost not worth using the wipers, though the roads were wet, so there must have been some rain the night before. The area is irrigated, so crops are looking good. We were told that it is an area of experimental agriculture, so it could be that the irrigation is part of the government experiments. Apparently the population are middle class - whatever that means- so I guess it will eventually be good agricultural country.
On to Cabo tomorrow for four days. It's the biggest city we will visit. I think about 175,000 people.
Chuck & Jan