|Our first night right on the Pacific near Ensenada|
There are topes (pr. "toe-pays" - speed bumps) in some of the weirdest places, some of them are marked and some aren't. For instance, if you are coming upon a sharp curve there may be a series of topes approaching it to make you slow down and we mean really slow down! Some are quite tall and others are not, you never know. Most small towns that you pass through have several topes as you go along the main street, again some marked and some not. It's taken us a while to get used to them, be we haven't been caught out but once or twice early on. The tires and suspension are grateful to us for our caution.
|San Ignacio Mission|
|San Ignacio cafe|
|San Ignacio square|
At any rate, after the exposition it was dismantled and stored in a warehouse until the owner of a French copper mine in Santa Rosalia discovered it and had it shipped to Baja around Cape Horn. Also in town are some of the best examples of French colonial style architecture as well as many French-built wooden houses that are very quaint. We spent a morning wandering around the grid of narrow streets between the mesas, enjoying looking at all the different shops and houses. This was a copper town - the copper ore from the mine was shipped up to Washington state for smelting. Not wanting to come home empty, the ships brought back hardwood lumber on the return trip. It's very unusual to see so many wooden structures in this area. Our favourite shop was an old French bakery, we didn't just window shop there...Yum.
|Mark made our solar panels tilt so we could catch more of the winter sun|