Saturday, February 4, 2006
That’s what I call NonStick!
Yesterday we took a tour of Yuma and the surrounding area. We didn’t PLAN a tour; we normally visit the farmland area north of Yuma on the way into town but this time we were actually looking for a diesel mechanic. The ONLY one in the area, apparently. While this area swells to bursting with snowbirds driving diesel trucks in the winter, they apparently get no servicing done on them in Yuma as everyone we asked said they get servicing done before they head south. The only diesel mechanic we could find gave us such awful directions to his shop that I seriously wonder if he purposely intended to lead us astray. Still, we had a thorough tour of lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, and what we think might have been chard. Being a bleeding heart liberal, I took photos mainly of the farmworkers. It was 86 degrees yesterday; I can only imagine that the reason they are so bundled up is for protection.
It has slowly been getting warmer and warmer; I was not the least bit surprised to find the thermometer at 86 yesterday in Yuma. Jamie could stay here quite a bit longer, but I’ve got the itch for mango and guyaba and beaches on the Pacific and want to get rolling. We’ll probably head over the border tomorrow to pick up papers (vehicle permit and tourist cards) and head towards Nogales on Monday. We’ve got mail waiting for us along the way and will then make a run for Mazatlan. I think it will be easier for the kids to travel if they know that a week at the beach is waiting for them, so the current plan is to cross the border, take 3 days to get to Mazatlan, spend a week there (at Maravillas again) and then head south more slowly to Melaque and Ztown. Eventually I want to spend a good month at Oaxaca, but we might save it for May, as Oaxaca is in the highlands and May, from experience, is the hottest month in Mexico.
Pictures to come; server errors and I’ve become so dependent on the Flickr plugin that I don’t want to do it any other way.