Around Laguna del Cuitzeo and She Arrives

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.

Didn't notice the bakery doorway until we smelled the aromas.

Didn’t notice the bakery doorway until we smelled the aromas.

That's the whole 'work station' besides the oven.  The rest is food displayed.

That’s the whole ‘work station’ besides the oven. The rest is food displayed.

The oven

The oven

DSCF1088Not 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.

Plaza del Convento de Santa Maria Magdalena del Cuitzeo

Plaza del Convento de Santa Maria Magdalena del Cuitzeo

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.

Layne insists on carrying Laars, her youngest brother, out of the airport each time she comes to visit, knowing that one of these times she won't be able to do it.

Layne insists on carrying Laars, her youngest brother, out of the airport each time she comes to visit, knowing that one of these times she won’t be able to do it.

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

3 thoughts on “Around Laguna del Cuitzeo and She Arrives

  1. Always interesting to hear your stories. We begin heading North tomorrow,partly for doc’s,dentist,taxes,car registrations,but mostly to get back to work on our house. Many more people here this year,esp. Canadians,but also an alarming number of rental cars,from Los Cabos,apparently being sent here by some hotel brochures or travel guides. The annual off-road race is this coming Sunday,we will go to the pre race display of cars,and watch them start,always a mad thrill.The course will pass Los Frailles,and finish in Todos Santos. Yes, it is a ridiculous waste of gas and even lives,as people actually are killed and injured,not to mention the odd cow,but since we can’t stop it,we will watch it.Ski racing,football,rugby,etc. all have their detractors,but I can assure you,for practiced athletes,they are doable and very rewarding,not to mention fun. We drove over the two mountain ranges toward Todos Santos,in our Jeep,and can’t believe the race course will go over the western range,pure madness.

    Best of luck with your adventures, Tim Cortez, Colorado 81321

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    • Glad to hear from you Tim, and sounds like you’ve been enjoying that Jeep. Trust you are feeling much better this year than last winter. Biting at the bit to get back to work on that house of yours.

      Some of the kids ask if we can go back to Cortez, they miss your place. Though they are enjoying it here at Chapala, too. Each place has its benefits.

      Love you guys, and safe travels north. Don’t eat too much dirt at the races.

      Karen

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