Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Streets of "Loreto"

Location: Loreto, BCS

We got into Loreto, Baja California Sur yesterday. The directions to the campground were a bit confusing, and our entire caravan wound up threading our way through the busy, narrowish, cobblestoned streets of the town. A policeman on an ATV, probably alerted to our plight by the honking of the helpful drivers of Loreto, kindly gave us an escort and we all made it to the campground unscathed.

The area surrounding the campground is run-down and dusty, with roosters crowing at all hours and stray dogs yapping. But it is reasonably nice inside, and the Sea of Cortez is only a few steps away:

We got up this morning just before dawn. At that hour and this latitude, the constellation Scorpius, the Scorpion was fully above the horizon and looked lovely. We got to the sea while Venus was still bright in the sky, and we could even see her reflection in the water. The dawn was full of oranges, reds, and yellows, and soon the seabirds and the fishermen began their day. It was beautiful, but I need a nap!

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