Baja Day 5
Guerrero Negro to "Ray's Hacienda Inn & RV
As per normal we departed at 8am and the scenery is
spectacular. Check out the cactus varieties we encountered along the way.
An "oasis" in the desert
The "Volcan de tres Virgenes" ("Three
Virgins") volcanos on the left side of the photo. They last erupted
sometime in the eighteen hundreds.
Quoted from an internet source. "This is one of many cholla cacti also known as "jumping
cactus" it is notorious for very loose joint attachment, then the joints
attach to hapless by-passers with the slightest brush. Some specimens may have a
more greenish (rather than golden) coloration. The joints readily break off and
will often root to form a new plant. The ground about mature plants are usually
littered with many dead or sprouted joints. Five inches long and up to four
inches in diameter. It is said to "jump" on you if you get close to
it. It really does not jump but it is very easily attached to you if you lightly
brush against it. It is best stayed away from. The thorns swell in your wet skin
and they become very difficult to remove.
When a piece of this cholla sticks to an unsuspecting person, a
good method to remove the cactus is with a hair comb, which is standard
equipment for many who hike in the cholla's biome. The pieces should not be
handled, as the spines are barbed and can cause painful, very slow-healing
wounds if the barbs become embedded in the skin. If the barbs pass through
clothing before entering the skin, it may be possible to pull the clothing away
from the skin, pulling most of the barbs out of the skin. This reduces the
problem to the less-painful task of removing the piece from the clothing. After
doing so, the article of clothing may be removed to expose any remaining barbs
still embedded in the skin. Another technique for removing barbs from the skin
is by applying hot water (by the use of a bathtub or shower) to the affected
This cactus is also one to avoid, although I do not know its
special characteristics, it has sharp needles.
We are now about to descend the " Cuesta del Infierno"
or hill from hell.
Santa Rosalia is a historic town worth exploring
We have ended our day and are at the entrance to our campground
for the next two nights
Our wonderful neighbors who are on the caravan with us decided
to make John and I their famous home-made burritos ; Deliilah & Jack
A few of us relaxing after a days drive on Highway 1. We had
full hookups. Rays RV resort has a pool, orchards, restaurant, organic vegetables
for sale down the road. He welcomed us each with a Margarita and a smile. He had
fresh squeezed orange juice for sale at $3/gal
Time to try out the famous "Ray's Restaurant"
Christie and myself
Our salad to begin our meal ( the whole meal was $12/ea)
We all ordered the same meal at our table; Blackened Yellow Tail
Tuna" caught that afternoon. We must have each gotten one pound or more of fish on our plates. It was
delicious and more then we could eat. That is probably a good thing as they had
rice pudding with "Kahlua" on top for dessert
Time for bed and tomorrows adventures in the quaint town of
Mulege ( just a few miles down the road)
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