Where's my uncle's house?

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Can't start a fire without a source!

It was pitch black. Nothing but road and a distant moonlight gleam upon the coast. I turned off my headlights just to see how dark it was. Holy crap, we’re driving 80mph in total darkness - better turn them on!! Soon enough, we noticed a few houses on the roadside and a light glow in the sky a few miles away. We are now in El Golfo.

This was the end of the road as pavement becomes sand. We must now find my uncle’s summer home. I thought this would be easy, but there are no street lights. Forget streetlights, there are no street signs, no street names, nothing - just little houses, sand roads, and darkness. It was impossible to find his house at night, so we said screw it - let’s camp out on the beach. I remembered about the tides in El Golfo.

The tides change so drastically here, so it’s not a good idea to camp to close to the waves. We found a good spot on a sand dune with a killer view of ocean under the moon.

We dug a hole in the sand and started a fire. We didn’t have room in the Jeep for fire wood, so we used a Duraflame log instead (it worked just as good). Although, it was a bit breezy and difficult to light it up with matches or a lighter, hmm.  Good thing we brought our Coleman propane stove. We puffed on a couple cigars with plum wine and watched the reflection of the moon on the Sea of Cortez.

Our tent was small but comfortable enough to fit two, and we could see the stars through the mesh roof. A view of the stars with the sound of a light breeze and crashing waves was the highlight of the night. Now we can sleep. Little did we know that we were going to endure a rude awakening…

goofinoff says:
Nice job, sounds like fun. I'm going to check it out soon, should'nt be too far a drive from Tucson, I'm getting tired of Rocky Point crowds.
Posted on: Feb 21, 2008
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It was in my nose, eyes, and ears - sand was everywhere. The mesh roof was not stopping the sand from coming in, but we settled by putting our blanket over our heads. It then started to rain (as if the wind and sand wasn't enough). We jumped out of the tent and crumbled it into a giant ball to keep the inside from getting wet. We were trying to put it inside the Jeep, but I couldn’t find the key! I thought I dropped it in the sand, so here we were digging into the sand looking everywhere in the windy, sandy, dark and rainy night. I finally found my key deep in my pocket (sigh..), and we put everything in the Jeep. We had no choice but to sleep in the driver and passenger seat.
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