San Felipe & the Road South

I backtracked to San Felipe for a lunch of fish tacos! That, and gasoline and some fresh shrimp to cook for dinner.

San Felipe - People Selling Shrimp San Felipe - Lunch San Felipe - Lunch San Felipe - Lunch - Fish Tacos San Felipe - Selling Shrimp

The road south of San Felipe can be driven at high speeds, except for the "vados" (dips) — which are used instead of bridges at (usually dry) waterways. This particular dip was especially nasty:

South of San Felipe - Oh Shit Dip - Vado

Puertecitos. As usual, the Pemex gas station was closed.

Puertecitos - Pemex Closed Puertecitos - Beach

The unpaved road south of Puertecitos is under construction! Crews were busy building a new paved road through the mountainous country, but had only gone a few more miles before I had to return to the old dirt road. See in Google Maps  See in Google Earth   30.3040, -114.6510  The old road was in terrible shape — I'm guessing because all maintenance funding is going towards the new road.

Construction - South of Puertecitos Construction - South of Puertecitos Rough Road -  South of Puertecitos - Sportsmobile Rough Road -  South of Puertecitos

It was getting dark, so I camped for the night at this abandoned house, high above the rocky shore, that seems to be a stopping point for other Baja travelers. See in Google Maps  See in Google Earth   30.1468, -114.6404 

Abandoned House - Camping Abandoned House - Camping Abandoned House - Camping - Rock - Writing Abandoned House - Camping - Rock - Writing Abandoned House - Camping Shrimp for Dinner - Sportsmobile Abandoned House - Camping Isla el Huerfanito - Birds

Continuing south... An abandoned building I have in my notes as "El Almacen". See in Google Maps  See in Google Earth   30.0499, -114.5834 

Road El Almacen Ruins El Almacen Ruins

40 miles from pavement was this gas station near Alfonsina's, and one pump was open! See in Google Maps  See in Google Earth   29.7923, -114.4141 

Pemex - at - Villas de Cortez - Alfonsina's Turnoff

Alfonsina's — a hotel and community of beach houses. Houses had their own airplane, boat, or both. I especially liked an old weathered 6-wheel truck marked "La Cucaracha". See in Google Maps  See in Google Earth   29.8074, -114.3958 

Alfonsina's Alfonsina's Alfonsina's - Motorcycle Repair Alfonsina's Alfonsina's - La Cucaracha Alfonsina's - La Cucaracha

A detour to an old turquoise mine. Hiking around revealed some running water, elephant trees, and some blue-green rocks in the mine area. See in Google Maps  See in Google Earth   29.5587, -114.4059 

Turquoise Mine Site - Water Turquoise Mine Site - Water Turquoise Mine Site Turquoise Mine Site Turquoise Mine Site - Mine Turquoise Mine Site - Green Rocks Turquoise Mine Site Turquoise Mine Site - Green Rocks Turquoise Mine Site - Bones Turquoise Mine Site - Water Turquoise Mine Site - Water Turquoise Mine Site - Elephant Tree