1 - 31 October 2016 Los Barriles, BCS, Mexico

Saturday 1st October

Our last day on the road.

Continuing south from La Paz we soon came to the beautiful Sierra De La Laguna. Passing through the old mining town of El Triunfo.

The countryside was green with a profusion of summer flowers. There were dark clouds over the top of the mountains making for a dramatic looking scene. We passed over dry arroyos, and through the fruit growing valley where there are mangos for sale in the small town of San Bartelo.

Once through the mountains the Sea of Cortez appeared in the distance. After crossing two wide arroyos we entered the outskirts of Los Barriles.

Avoiding the centre of town and the many topes there, we turned off Mex 1 onto a sand track (locally known as the ‘by-pass’) ,

Slowly we made our way to the coast road, turned left and crossed the arroyo to the small hamlet of Buenos Aires, past the horses in their pens and the many cows that roam the area.

Turning into Playa Norte RV Park, Hutch, the Camp Host was there to greet us and we parked up on our beach front site with its beautiful view over the Bahia de las Palmas, home for the next five months.

Sunday 2nd October

We have been so looking forward to getting back to Playa Norte and Los Barriles and the beautiful mountain backdrop to the west and turquoise sea to the east. We never get tired of looking across the sea and the bay, seeing the sunrise from the bedroom window each morning and swimming in the sea each day.

Evenings under the lights of the palapa. Large moth with lovely markings came to visit.

Monday 3rd October

Once we had set up camp, put up the hammock and laid out the chairs under the palapa, it soon felt like home.

Wednesday 5th October

Weather has been hot, in the 30’s mostly but with a nice afternoon breeze. It has been good to sit in the sea and cool off in the crystal clear water.

Have been out in the kayak and managed to give our small Honda engine a good run along the coast heading north past pretty holiday developments towards Punta Pescadero.

Saturday 8th October

El Gecko's Beach Bar and Restaurant. Just a short walk along the beach.

Sunday 9th October

The mosquito proof tent.

Lazy Daze Beach Bar. Twenty minutes walk along the beach across the arroyo.

Back for dinner.

Monday 10th October

Eating Molcajete at El Gecko.

Tuesday 11th October

The local wildlife – Hummingbird and Chipmunk

Wednesday 12th October

Not sure what they were celebrating but they arrived on horseback escorted by friends for a romantic dinner for two on the beach,

Thursday 13th October

Poorly foot! Too much running after Gecko's and Chipmunks.

Saturday 15th October

Sunday 16th October

Sandy relaxing and resting her foot. Pete and Tony kayaking.

Monday 17th October

A trip to Cabo San Lucas and lunch in the marina at Baja Brew Pub.

Tuesday 18th October

Peter, with some delicious looking coconut prawns at La Casita Restaurant in Los Barriles.

Friday 21st October

Fiona and Peter arrive. Hurray !

Guacamole at El Gecko

El Pirata Restaurant in Los Barriles.

It's hot! That calls for humongous Margaritas.

Dinner is cooking.

Saturday 22nd October

This iguana lives in the branch of a tree at the RV Park. It is rare to see the whole of him, it is usually just the end of his tail or the top of his head sticking out of the branch.

Sunday 23rd October

We headed north on Mex 1 into the mountains to the old silver mining town of El Triunfo. The town was built in the 1870’s during the silver mining boom in the area. It was populated by thousands of workers brought in from Europe and China. By 1926 the mine was closed and the town almost abandoned. Mex 1 runs through the town and there are many 19th century Spanish style houses standing decaying along road with the ruins of the mine with its tall chimneystack standing at back of the town. In fact, it is often referred to as a ghost town but there is a busy small community working and living here. Some of the old colonial properties have been refurbished and there is a good bakery/café, restaurant, art, handicrafts and clothes shops.

Our first stop was for coffee at Café El Triunfo. A refurbished house, the building has lots of memorabilia and photographs of families that lived in the house or the town.

We walked around town looking at the old buildings and gardens.

For lunch, we went to Bar El Minero for paella.

Sitting out on the outside patio it was shaded and cool. In the centre of the courtyard are bronze statues of Juan Matute and his mule Sophia. He was the topographer that originally surveyed the area in the 18th century.