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Streets of Loreto

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humming an old childhood song..."As I walked out in the streets of Laredo..."

Okay, this is Loreto, Baha California Sur in Mexico not Laredo in Texas, but that song kept running through my mind as we spent our final hours in Mexico meandering the charming streets of Loreto before we boarded our plane for home.

 

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But let me back up a bit first...

Just as the sun was rising, the Sea Bird docked back at the port of San Carlos. 

 


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We had arrived here in the dark 5 days before, so this was our first glimpse of the busy harbor.

 

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I could spend all day just photographing around this harbor!  Rustic and charming and fun!

 

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We boarded our bus and bid farewell to our Nat Hab friends...

 


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...and began the 3-hour drive across the Baja peninsula, through the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains.  You can see our lead bus just ahead of us on the winding mountain road.

 


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I can see the Gulf of California!  Now, can we get there from here?



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Glimpses of the gulf when we finally got out of the mountains....

 

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...and a pretty scenic golf course!

 


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The Gulf of California was originally named the Sea of Cortez, and even though this gorgeous body of water is still referred to by that name, the Mexicans much prefer to call it the Gulf of California because of the brutal nature of Cortez and his conquistadors when they first invaded Mexico.  I don't blame them...Gulf of California it is!

 

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We were dropped off at the elegant La Mision Hotel, where a wonderful buffet lunch awaited us.

 


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After lunch we had a couple of hours to enjoy Loreto.  We were basking in this warm sunshine, peeling off the sweatshirt layers we'd been wearing most of the week.  

 

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Kim is heading under the arch that leads down stone streets into the charming downtown square.

 


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Such fun strolling through the tree canopies down the streets!

 


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I love the bright colors of Mexico!


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Mision Nuestra, built by Jesuit missionaries in the early 1700s...

 


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Lots of souvenir shops, but we had no room in our luggage to bring anything back but 4 bottles of Mexican vanilla.  I wouldn't have minded having one of those colorful woven blankets...

 


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After we'd walked awhile, we decided to spend our last minutes in Mexico soaking up some of those delicious sun rays.  

 

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We were told there were sea lion colonies in the area, but we never saw them.  The only sea lions we saw (not counting a head that popped up ever-so-briefly while we were whale-watching) were of the bronze variety on this sculpture next to the gulf in Loreto.

 

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A few more critters captured by my camera...

 

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I know I'm a bit odd, but I'm intrigued by interesting license plates!

 


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A beautiful town in a gorgeous location....

 

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...the streets of Loreto.

 

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