We woke up Monday morning to heavy winds and torrential rains. The skies were so dark we overslept to got our of Puerto Penasco later than planned by at least on hour. As we were pulling out of the RV Park we saw where the rain had washed out sand from under a trailer and it was on a very heavy tilt. A large tractor like thing was there to try to right the trailer so it could be moved to a better location.
The drive from Puerto Penasco was not difficult but it took about two hours longer than expected. For the most part the roads were fine but there was a section under repair and it reminded us of when we drove to Yellowknife in Canada one summer. If it was sunny you were in dust. If it rained you were in mud. We were in rain. There went our nice clean RV.
We passed through one immigration stop where we showed passports, visas and the registration for the RV. They checked the registration numbers to make sure it matched, came in and did a very brief look inside and said have a nice day.
When we got on Highway 2 and then later Highway 15 there were toll stops. The first one took U.S. Dollars reluctantly. The second one said it did not. After much discussion between the girl in the toll booth and another guy she collected U.S. Dollars and put them in her pocket and waved us through. Getting pesos went up high on our ‘to do’ list.
We navigated the very large city of Hermisillo without getting lost and not yelling at each other. That was a major thing because in Hermisillo we had to exit the main highway and find our way to Bahia de Kino with barely any decent maps. Somehow we did it. But because of our late start and longer drive time than expected it was 5:00 p.m when we got to the small town and had no idea where the RV parks were. The on-line info mentioned a couple but with no real location information. We drove to the far end of Nuevo Kino and found the Kino Bay RV Park. The office was closed but a nice guy from one of the spaces said to just pick a place and register in the morning. So that is what we did. The RV park was fine, but not what we were hoping for. Except for one lady everyone was very friendly but it is hard to say what was missing. Well, besides wifi. It just didn’t have any atmosphere of the quaint fishing town we had heard about. Nuevo Kino is mostly newer homes and condos on the water side of the one street. Few restaurants and only a couple mini marts dotted the other side. We decided to pay for the night we stayed and try to find something else. Worse case would be to come back to the same place again, which would have been fine.
Happily we found the Islandia RV Park down on the water in the old town. Following confusing dirt roads and using my iPhone we got close. There was a police car in the road ahead of us so Garry had me ask for directions. They just said to follow them and about 2 blocks later the escorted us in the park. Pretty cool!
We eventually found the office and three people (of which one spoke a tiny bit of English) walked us through the park and showed us the spots that were available. We paid for two nights but the way things are looking we will probably be staying longer. It is exactly what we were hoping for. It is a real blend of people from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico and who knows where else. Many have come here for years. Quite a few keep their rigs here permanently by paying an annual lease for the space. The guy in the space next to us has been here four years. He came with his wife then. She left him and took the truck so he can’t pull the 5th wheel….. So he just stayed.
Last night a group of our new friends invited us to watch sunset and then the next thing you know there was a bonfire. Many beverages were consumed, lots of laughter ensued. We learned a lot of the ins and outs of Kino. Most is good. Some is quirky. For example, there are few restaurants with a liquor license to you just take your own. On the downside there is nothing around like a sports bar or a place to watch the Seahawks on Sunday morning. Our satellite isn’t picking up enough satellites to get it. A couple people from the bonfire last night are going to try to figure something out because they want us to stay until then. If we don’t have a solution we will probably head to San Carlos on Saturday. There is a restaurant here that is going to see if their Mexican cable gets the game and if so will open up for a group here from the RV park. A few people here can get it on their satellite tv but their RVs are too small for a large group…. Plus we are pretty much strangers so we don’t want to intrude.
Today is a holiday/festival called The Day of The Kings. Many places are closed and there is gift giving to children. There is also the baby Jesus cake. Garry bought special holiday cake that has a baby Jesus in it somewhere and we are to take it to the bonfire Thursday night.
It is good to pick the brains of people here. I told Garry when we leave we should take the shortcut to San Carlos and avoid going back to Hermisillo. I was told by at least five people today to not follow that plan. The road is so bad it could do damage to our RV so it will be back to Hermisillo and then south toward Guaymas