Archive for February, 2009

Mavrik on the Mexican Riviera Feb. 10

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Mavrik LOVED running on the beach, chasing anything that moved; bugs, trash and especially birds! He also learned to not drink sea water!

Mavrik at full speed!

Mavrik at full speed!

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A brown pelican in flight.

A brown pelican in flight.

We saw quite a few flocks of pelicans, but have heard of problems in the population of brown pelicans in California. We (or rather Mavrik) found several pelican carcasses as well as 2 dead dolphins on the beach. All is not pristine in the waters of the Gulf of California.

El Golfo, Mexico Feb. 8

Friday, February 27th, 2009

From Feb. 5 to 12 we camped at a small RV park / Cantina in El Golfo, Mexico. Here are some scenes from around the fishing village of about 5000 people.

Old fishing boats are still useful, in this case as a breakwater against the high tide!

Old fishing boats are still useful, in this case as a breakwater against the high tide!

El Golfo is a village in a virtually colorless desert. The most colorful place in town seems to be the cemetery, with all the flowers covering the graves and the brightly painted mausoleums. This sculpture of dolphins is decorating the tomb of a fisherman I would guess.

El Golfo is a village in a virtually colorless desert. The most colorful place in town seems to be the cemetery, with all the flowers covering the graves and the brightly painted mausoleums. This sculpture of dolphins is decorating the tomb of a fisherman I would guess.

Being a true fishing village, the launching and retrieving of the fishing boats was a daily event. The catch of the day seemed to be shrimp, but I would assume there are seasons for other fishes too.

Being a true fishing village, the launching and retrieving of the fishing boats was a daily event. The catch of the day seemed to be shrimp, but I would assume there are seasons for other fishes too.

Mexican Interlude Feb. 5

Friday, February 27th, 2009

On Feb. 5th we drove to El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico with our friends Glen and Barb (from British Columbia) to spend a week on the shore of the Sea of Cortez. Glen and Barb have been there many times and were indispensable as guides, amigos, and compaņeros de viaje (fellow travelers). They took us on many rides on the beach in their jeep to sightsee and collect shells and memories.

Where desert meets sea.

Where desert meets sea.

Some sections of beach were passable only at low tide. We were there during a full moon and tides could be up to 17 feet, rendering this section under water at high tide! Gulls and Pelicans rested on the beach.

Some sections of beach were passable only at low tide. We were there during a full moon and tides could be up to 17 feet, rendering this section under water at high tide! Gulls and Pelicans rested on the beach.