Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Driving Inland

Although the bus was cheaper, we decided to rent a car to get John to the airport at San Jose del Cabo, a couple of hours away from La Paz. It turned out to be a great trip, as we stopped for breakfast to check out La Ventana and scope out where we might stay on our next trip here. We also passed over the Tropic of Cancer, and stopped at the beautiful beaches of Los Barriles.

Here are a few of my observations from this trip...
  • roadside shrines - from the very simple to the elaborate and decadent - serve as a continual reminder that it is probably a good idea to drive the speed limit (or close to it);
  • the numerous empty beer cans strewn along the road side, have a very similar effect;
  • in Mexico, it is unnecessary to mark upcoming speed bumps - (thankfully it's a rental);
  • learning the rules of the road by following the cars in front has not always proven to provide me with the best interpretation of the legal driving regulations;
  • stop signs are indicative that there may be traffic coming from an alternate direction - the actual stopping part is left up to the discretion of the driver;
  • cows, sheep, goats and dogs all roam freely along, and on, roadways; and
  • the ecosystem changes wildly within a relatively small amount of time/kms - ranging from flat, arid regions, where cacti seem to be the only vegetation for miles, to lush valley bottoms with a diversity of shrubbery and vegetation.
Apparently, it blew hard all day while we were away from the boat. Our neighbors, Eric and Mary, have been a blessing...they watched the boat while we were gone, and welcomed me back at the end of a long day with a drink and good conversation.


Jo said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the flood! Let me know if you need any help of a south island sort. It sounds like Naomi has the comfort of friends for Christmas company in La Paz. Merry merry and all that!

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