Sunday, March 26, 2017

Arriving in the States from Mexico |

A few days ago, I made my way to the Nogales border crossing from San Carlos, Mexico.  It was a typical trip, border crossing went OK and then I drove about another hour to my first stop in the States in over four months.  As I did on the way south, I stopped at the Desert Diamond Casino, just a few miles north of Green Valley, Arizona.  

This casino has been very helpful for RVers who are headed south for Mexico as well as the ones coming north in the Spring.  As you can see in the first photo above, there were quite a few RVs in the parking lot, and this was only a portion of them.  Tractor trailers also stop here for lunch, or for overnight.

They have multiple restaurants inside, and the little cafĂ© has food that is quite good.  And, of course, there are always the slot machines or tables.  The grounds are well maintained and everyone is welcoming.

The foliage is typical Sonoran desert - I find the cactus above very interesting.  The spines are curved at the end, the popular name for this one is Fish Hook.

I know everyone appreciate the fact that we are allowed to stay for a few days to rest up, eat, and have a little fun after a long trip.  Thank you, Desert Diamond Casino, for being a great host.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

San Carlos | Mexico | Winter season coming to a close.

I had a good season down here in San Carlos.  One of the things I enjoyed again was ceramics, and it's a good social time.  I made the tile above and plan to get a wooden plaque to mount it so I can display it at my camp.  I'm not crazy about a few of the colors, but you don't know exactly what shade it will be until it comes out of the kiln.

One of the great things about this area is that there are people who care about animals and help with fostering and adoption.  Through San Carlos Pet Adoption, I was lucky this year and fostered a little kitten that I named Chico.  He was a fun little guy and he was with me about 7 weeks.  A very nice local man adopted him and I could tell by the way he acted with the kitty that he would give Chico a good home.  I sure do miss that little guy, but I've decided to travel without an animal.  Of course, if he had not been adopted, I most likely would be leaving town with him.

This little guy was adopted by my neighbors, also through the Pet Adoption - a real cutie.

For a few days, I was able to dog-sit for one of the dogs I took care of last season.  He's a sweet dog and easy to take care of, and he has really pretty flowers in the garden.

The scenery here is great, no matter what time of day.

There is all sorts of music here, most of the larger restaurants have live music and I was able to see quite a few groups.

I'm leaving this weekend and have been doing all my chores to get ready.  My tires are all aired up, fluids checked and my truck even got a wash and wax.  Adios, San Carlos!  Hasta la vista!

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Estuary | San Carlos | Mexico

This sunset photo is on the other side of town from the estuary in San Carlos so it really has nothing to do with this post, but it sure is pretty. 

This vulture was at the estuary and he just sat there watching me approach.  Not very pretty birds, but they do clean up the area.

Small boats like this have lots of history in the area, this one has probably been used by fishermen for many years.  The photo below shows what I think is a homemade anchor made of rebar.

The old boat ramp to make it easier to get boats into the water, and possibly to get the day's catch onto land.

There were piles of these plastic crates in the area.  Some had not been in the water, but others were covered in seaweed and other aquatic plant life and then set in the sun to dry out, as shown in the second photo below.  They could have held shellfish kept in the water so they would be fresh for sale in the area.

A cute little building held some old supplies.

The entire area is protected and we are warned not to leave trash here and not to harm plants or trees in the area.  The shore is lined with mangroves, which are also protected in the states.
This next photo has nothing to do with the estuary, but a friend of mine moved her RV into a new area and the next lot had this cotton tree growing quite well.  It's the only cotton I've seen growing in Mexico.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

La Manga | San Carlos | Sonora | Mexico

La Manga is a small fishing village just outside of San Carlos, Mexico. They fish from small boats, no huge fishing vessels in this neighborhood. 
There are quite a few restaurants in the village,  and of course, they have mostly seafood. 


Numerous piles of fishing nets were on the beach.


Of course, the sea birds were swarming all over, hoping to catch a stray fish.

There is nothing fancy about this area, there are about 3 of these windmills used to pump water.

Laundry day starts early in the morning.  This batch was on the fence before 10 AM. 

They have their own branch of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it looks like it just had a paint job.

I met this man outside a little store.  He posed for a picture and then indicated that I could have a ride on the horse if I wanted.  I declined, but thanked him and shook his hand, then he took off down the road. 

These shark jaws, complete with teeth are hanging outside the little store in the photo above.

Old RVs and trailers of all types come here as homes for some of the residents.

I'm not sure why this is here, although someone may have lived in it at one time.  It has been parked here for a while, judging by the look of the tires on the trailer.

This is one of the more interesting homes in the area, I think I'm intrigued by the license plates.

As I was leaving the area, I passed this gate.  I know they are building either condos or homes down that road.  The entire road to La Manga is lined on the sea side with condos and fancy homes.   I'm wondering how long before the residents of this little community are displaced by "progress".