Loreto, Mexico: Loreto bus station.
March 26, 2003:
After spending the morning in Loreto I took the bus to Mulege. It only costs about $8 for the bus trip. Thre are 3 buses a day and it takes about 3 hours to get to Mulege. Once I get to Mulege I have to find a room. I wander around for a while looking for hotels and finally find one near the center of town called tha Hacienda Hotel. It is a basic cinderblock Hotel that has rooms for about $25 a night. There is a nice walled in courtyard in the middle of the hotel with a small pool and a bar which makes it homey.
I set to exploring town and find the relaxed central square where there are always a lot of old men playing dominoes.
Mulege, Mexico: The road along the river leading out to the ocean.
It is a good place to relax when it is hot like it is. Towards the evening I find a nice meal at a place where I get a plate of burritos. I go to bed early tonight as this town does not have a lot of partying going on and sinse I am on vacation it is nice to get some rest.
March 27, 2003:
I sleep in a little today and get up and find some basic breakfast food at the local Tienda. Not the greatest selection here in Mexico but it works for me. I get a chocolate puff pastry and some orange juice. I explore the road on the north side of the river. I hear it heads towards the beach and I start down it. I get a mile before I turn back around. I figure I can rent a bike and make it a lot easier on myself. Back in town I know it isn't too far to teh mission that is on the south side of the river.
Mulege, Mexico: Where the river meets the bay. A lighthouse.
I head up that way and check it out. It is a nice old stone church with a viewpoint of the river and the surrounding hills. A nice spot. For lunch I get something simple. I feel a case of Montezuma's revenge coming on. A simple Quesadilla sounds good to me. There is a place that rents bicycles in town so I rent one for $15 a day. The hot weather makes a bike a great way to get around. I head out the road to the beach again and this time make it. It is close to two miles out there from town. The beach is a small pocket beach near a lighthouse. The lighthouse is on the top of a hill and a great place to hike up to to explore and see the surrounding area. You can see Concepcion bay to the south, to the west you can see the river leading back to town along the valley and to the north some desert hills.
Mulege, Mexico: Inside the famous Mission in Mulege.
Back in town it is dinner time and I find a nice place (Las Casitas) to get some dinner. I get a bean soup with some fish in it. Not bad.
March 28, 2003:
Today I was hoping to go on a trip to the cave paintings at La Trinidad but neither of the guides I spoke to had enough people to go on the trip. I guess I have a day to relax and chill. It is hot today so chill is the key word. I walk off my breakfast with a trip to the jail. The jail is a museum up on the hill. It is not open yet but sinse it is going to be another hot day today I wanted to walk about in the cooler temperatures. I get back to the jail later and it is actually an intereting place. There area little tidbits of history about the town.
Mulege, Mexico: The view of the town from the hills.
A woman who works at the museum follows me around pointing things out along the way. She does not speak English and my Spanigh is pretty poor so she is really just pointing at posters on the walls that explain things in the museum. There area also fossilized shells from the ocean. The posters on the walls explain that the inner circle of cells was for people confined there for the worst things and that the outer circle of cells was for people who were allowed to go out and work during the day. There is a solitary confinement cell that is 4 feet by 5 feet and has no windows. After visiting the jail I spend the rest of the day relaxing around town. There is not much do do in this town but browse the stores and relax in the central plaza watching people. I play some rounds of dominos with the people who work in the hotel. It is the national game it seems. I get a good dinner at Taqueria Doneys and then head back to my room. It is Friday night but this town doesn't seem to be a partying town so I am off to bed.