We headed out in plenty of time to drive part way around Laguna del Cuitzeo which is the lake north of our campsite in Zinapecauro. See map here.
It’s helpful to have several different maps to choose from since each of them have some minor differences and don’t show the same towns. Mexican signs aren’t always the easiest to figure out what they are implying, so between them and our various maps we figured out how to travel the north-east side of the lake.
Everette thought one road might be a ‘short-cut’ (yeah, right!!) but turned out it delivered us near the edge of the lake where what appeared to be wild horses came running out of the bushes past us. We also saw hundreds of white pelicans standing at the edge, and clouds of darker birds rose in the distance and danced across our view.
Back on the road we stumbled upon Puerto Las Cabras where it’s San Francisco-hills drew us past a doorway with wafts of fresh bakery essence escaping. Everette’s weakness is bakery products, so we parked and climbed back to the unpretentious doorway, climbed its little stairs and poked into a productive one-room bakery/storefront.
Not sure if it was the town of Cuamio or something between there and Cuitzeo, but they obviously specialize in fabrics and clothing. It being winter it’s slow season but still there were dozens of vendors with mannequins clothed in new fashions, and room for hundreds of more vendors in busier times. We kept on driving.
Cuitzeo was a tidy town built around a convent. Tidy in that the buildings were all matching white with (mostly) closed doors leading to somebody’s house or store (or both) with possibly a sign posted overhead. Row upon row, block upon block, pretty much repetitious throughout the city centre.
We arrived hours after Layne’s flight was scheduled to land simply because we had been checking it’s actual flight progress, and had also discovered it only received 1.4 stars out of 5 for arriving on time from Houston.
First one out of the gate (a bonus for not having checked-in luggage) she was enveloped in her family again. Finally. It’s been eight months since she visited us on Baja.
GPS Waypoint for:
our campsite at Atzimba Aquatic Center @ Zinapecuaro: N 19.54688 W 101.60089
the Bakery at Puerto Las Cabras N 19.99134 W 100.98029