We got home from Mexico last night. What a wonderful trip. I'm busy unpacking, doing laundry and getting back in the grove of things. While it is still fresh in my mind I am going to finish the journal of the trip.
Day 19 - January 14 - Culiacan to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico - Today 264 miles - Total 4048 miles
Today we drove from Culiacan to Alamos. Lonely Planet Mexico lists Alamos as one of the top five places to visit in northwest Mexico. The town was founded in 1683 when silver was discovered in the nearby mountains. It is a beautiful old town with colonial architecture. According to the Alamos town web site188 structures in the Colonial City of Alamos have been declared National Historic Monuments.
We drove into town and started checking out hotels. La Puerta Roja Inn where we ended up was definitely the nicest place we stayed on this trip, it included a full breakfast and was very reasonably priced. Our room had high ceiling a beautifully tiled bathroom, pink adobe walls and a fireplace! The fireplace was especially nice because the cold streak that has hit the U.S. also hit Mexico. It was so luxurious to snuggle under the comforter next to the fire and read. We got up the next morning and enjoyed a gourmet breakfast next to another fire on the patio.
After checking in we wandered around the town, checked out the sights, and explored the museum. We also had some fresh hot corn on the cob with butter and cheese from a street vendor in front of the church. Later we had a great dinner at Papillon Restaurant. In the morning before we left we drove up to El Mirador - the lookout an a hill southeast of town.
Apparently something like 250 internationals live in Alamos. We saw some of them and the beautifully restored houses they live in (from the outside). I loved Alamos. It was one of the highlights of the trip.
Day 20 - January 15 - Alamos to Bahia Kino, Sonora, Mexico - Today 275 miles - Total 4323 miles
Bahia Kino is a fishing village on the Sea of Cortez. The part of town we were in cnsisted of one street with a long line of vacation houses on the beach. I thinkthe only peopel in town were Americans or Canadians. We didn't see many people because the wind was blowing and boy was it cold! When I say cold I mean in the high 40s and low 50s. The cold is all part of the cold weather that hit the whole continentthis last week. After checking in to our hotel we bundled up and went for a walk on the beach. We didn't see another person but did see thousands of shells. Our hotel La Playa RV & Hotel was beautiful, right on the beach. It has rooms with stone floors and balconies that open right on to the beach and they have heaters (Thank God!).
Day 21 - January 16 - Bahia Kino to Phoenix, Arizona, USA - Today 358 miles - total 4681 miles
Back to the U.S. today. It was an uneventful day except for the 2 hour wait to cross the border. When we finally go to the checkpoint they looked at our passports and waved us through. I really felt sorry for the truckers. Their line was enormously long and I can't imaging how long they had to wait.
Day 22 - January 17 - Phoenix to Union City, California, USA - Today 807 miles - total 5488 miles
We had planned to drive from Phoenix to Barstow today but once we got on the road we decided to just head on home so we got to Union City at 1 am this morning.
It was a wonderful trip. I enjoyed Mexico much more than I thought I would. It is hard to characterize Mexico and why I liked it so much. I think I'll try to do a summary tomorrow but it will be hard because although I have learned a lot about Mexico on this trip I know now how little I really know or understand.