Monday, March 02, 2009

Mulege, Baja California Sur

Location: Mulege, BCS

We are now at Mulege (Moo-Luh-HAY), still geographically sub-tropical, but feeling very warm and lazy in a "latitude-attitude-adjustment" sort of way. It lies on the western shore of the Sea of Cortez, the body of water that separates Baja California from the rest of Mexico, just north of Loreto.

Mulege is the first place we've seen in a long time that has a river that flows year round instead of dry arroyos that only see water occasionally. There are date palms and tropical plants everywhere, and signs on doors ask that they be kept closed to keep the mosquitoes out. I haven't seen a mosquito yet, and that's okay with me!

The campground we are staying in has the largest bougainvillea plant that I have ever seen -- it is so big, it has taken over the roof of the laundry and begun to climb up a date palm. There are a lot of cacti also, although we have now passed south of the Boojums' habitat.

Mulege only has around 4,000 people, but lots of birds -- we have seen herons, gulls, egrets, pelicans and pipers, and that was on a single half-hour walk.

We had dinner last night in the Hotel Serenidad, a very upscale restaurant compared to most eateries. After dinner, the restaurant surprised us with a pinata, and all the "birthday boys and girls" -- 5 of those on the trip have birthday's during our Mexico stay -- took a swing at it (that was one tough pinata!) And, of course, the Margaritas are excellent!

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