A few weeks in Mexico–

In May, 2016 we packed up the van and headed to Kino Bay for a few weeks. packing for mexico-.jpg   Bahia de Kino is located about 5 hours South of the US border crossing in Nogales, Arizona. It is one hour from the capital of the state of Sonora, Mexico- Hermosillo. We lived in this community back in 2000, and still have many friends there. It was great to visit with them and see the changes in the town. Here is a friend, posing inside the van friend fernanda in van-.JPG

Kino is known for its fishing, and apparently the Mexican Navy uses the bay as a refueling stop. juxtaposed fishermen and navy kino-.jpg  The bay forms a semi-circle around Alcatraz Island alcatraz island kino-.jpg  and offers miles and miles of beautiful beach. Zeb mango beach walk-.JPG


As a small fishing village, Kino has limited services. However, there are several small grocery stores, restaurants and basic emergency services including police, fire, Red Cross and pharmacies. But it is considered the beach for the huge metropolis of Hermosillo. Near our camp we watched a family from Hermosillo hold a memorial service in the surf complete with ashes and flowers and music.local family holding memorial-.jpg  We also saw a bicycle race from Hermosillo to Kino bike race from hermosillo to kino-.JPG

Our camp location was inside a small, family-run park named Islandia Marina. It is NOT a marina. It is a collection of small, concrete rental cabins and a handful of decaying RVs. There are limited beachfront camping spaces available to rent, but at $4 per day- one can overlook the neighborhood. basic beach camp-.JPG The bathrooms offered hot showers and the toilets boast the usual notice mexico bathroom rules-.jpg

We enjoyed our favorite Sonoran specialty- Pappas Rellenos. This is a large potato, stuffed with butter, cheese and carne asada. Then it is wrapped in foil and placed on the grill. When it is baked tender, it is opened and topped with cabbage, green chili, guacamole and sprinkled with fresh squeezed lime. Here is a photo of the dining room AND cooking area as well as the finished product. pappas rellenos kino-.jpgpappas rellenos kitchen-.jpg

The view from our hammock was pretty good view from hammock-.jpg and our camp set up was comfortable Typical campsite set up-.JPG We were able to launch and land the paddleboard just a few steps away from camp geneva and seri paddleboard-.JPG Walking the dogs along the beach twice a day offered some additional fun dog walk kino-.jpg When necessary, Mike would load up the bicycle and make a water run to refill the van holding tanks and washing water water run kino-.JPG

Through our friends in town we learned that the Padre of the Catholic Church is now operating a loaves and fishes “soup kitchen” to feed the locals. Mike spent many days volunteering his service there. This gave Mike an opportunity to practice his Spanish. He learned to make tamarind tea and tortillas. Here is a photo of the head tortilla maker in the kitchen tortilla maker-.jpg The kitchen also feeds many local schoolchildren. Mike played Jenga with one of the kids. jenga challenge at soup kitchen-.jpgjenga champ at soup kitchen-.jpgThis was a rewarding way to pass the time while in Kino and the women really enjoyed working with Mike in the kitchen. volunteering at soup kitchen-.jpg

Over the weekend Kino hosted a Veterans (this means Seniors, as in- old guys!) baseball tournament. This tourneo included teams 4 from Mexico and Arizona. The opening ceremony was quite elaborate with flag ceremonies and songs baseball tourney kino-.JPG The winners would receive beautiful carved ironwood sculptures which the nearby Seri Indians are known for. It was fun to sit in the stands with the locals and visitors and cheer for the baseball players. Since it was a Veterans tournament, all players were over 50. They did NOT run to the bases and the punctuated their innings with beer and cigarettes before returning to the field. flag ceremony.JPGflag ceremony baseball.JPG


A two day high-heat wave hit while we were there so we rented an air-conditioned cabin for a break from the heat. The Islandia cabinas rent for about $75 per night and include three beds, bathroom and a full kitchen. After a roll in dead fish Mango got a bath in the kitchen sink. washing dog in cabina 1-.JPGwashing dog in cabina 2-.jpgwashing dog in cabina-.JPGThe cabin we rented was right next to our parking spot. So after the temps broke we returned to our campsite.basic beach camp-.JPG Here is a nod to the Oregon state vanagon owners oregon state vanagon flag-.JPG

When it was time to leave Kino Bay Kino sunset-.jpg we drove the back roads through the desert to get to Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point.long desert highway.JPG We stopped at a cute coffee shop in Puerto Libertad where the proprietress spoke English. puerto libertad coffee shop.JPG  A few days of dog walking, shopping and relaxing and then we returned to the USA through the Sonoyta/Lukeville crossing. Zeb rocky point-.JPG And our next trip will be NORTH— for cooler weather!

5 thoughts on “A few weeks in Mexico–

  1. I love this revisit to kino bay. I am passing this on to my kids. Now they will know what they are missing. Your photo skills are stupendous. Anne

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  2. Boy that looks just like the place I want to retire. Funny how you found it. I envy you guys being there. It looks just wonderful. Your little doggie must have had a ball rolling in the dead fish. I know Sadie would have loved it

  3. You folks are great! Thanks for the fun post. Be Well, Yurt Grrl

  4. Oh, I loved seeing the photos of Kino Viejo and Islandia! Sorry I didn’t make it down while you’re were there.
    Heat wave here, too. No A/C! No fun!

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