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Desert Wanderings – Jul 31

Written by Raenelle on Friday, August 15, 2008

After running some errands in Hermosillo (which included figuring out how to make international phone calls from a payphone, and a few trips to hardware/electrical stores), we headed west with the aim of reaching the ocean (Sea of Cortez) and some cooler temperatures.

CactusWe soon found ourselves exploring the backroads of coastal Sonora in search of a deserted beach at which to camp. This exploration took us driving randomly in the desert, complete with cacti, old river beds, and hares that darted away from the vehicle at the first hint of our arrival. And when I say random … I DO mean random … no roads to follow, although we had the GPS to point us in the general direction of the ocean. At one point it would have been about a 20km walk out of there if the truck had broken down … in about 35 to 40 degree C conditions, it would not have been fun!

Unfortunately, we can’t say that our desert wanderings brought us to a wonderful deserted beach. About 5km from the ocean, our route was intersected by largescale shrimp farming operations (large pools of saltwater), and shrimp packing plants. The workers were not too friendly … and were somewhat bewildered to see us (a bunch of gringos) drive out of the desert from, seemingly, the middle of nowhere, where they knew the closest road was 30 to 40km away!

We decided to abandon our quest for a deserted beach, and went to Bahia Kino instead, where we discovered the beach was sandy, the water warm, the seafood amazing, and the people very friendly.

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Comment by Leseen (Raenelle's sister)
August 16, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

Thanks for the news guys !
Wonderful to hear what adventures you are experiencing !
Everything going O.K.here 🙂
Safe Travels.
xox Love Leseen xox

Comment by Dad
August 16, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

I bet they weren’t happy to see you. Mexican shrimp farming is disastrous for the ecology, the way they are doing it. Maybe you already know that. Isn’t it great that more and more of the planet is coming under the scrutiny of more and more of the planet. Maybe someday people will connect the dots and figure out what is acceptable and what isn’t…

Comment by Mónica Acevedo
August 17, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

hola chicos, soy Mony de Chihuahua, si pueden leer esto les mandamos muchos saludos Jaime y yo. les deseamos que les vaya muy bien en lo que les falta del viaje. Les escribo en español porque me dio verguenza hacerlo en ingles y hcerlo mal, pero asi practican español.
Bueno, que esten bien, sigan disfrutando de todos los lugares que van a conocer.
Hasta pronto, Mónica y Jaime

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