On a Mission

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Mission San Javier

Flag of Mexico  , Baja California Sur,
Monday, April 9, 2012

I know you thought we would up anchor and ship out at the first opportunity, but we were invited to go up to a village called San Javier this morning by a couple of new found friends, Gary and Phyllis. They are a couple of gringo gypsies (not unlike the two of us) and we thought it would be fun to get out and see the local color. These two sailors were long haul truckers in their past lives and so we put out lives in their seemingly capable professional hands. 

Turns out our village was only 22 miles west of the Transpeninsular Highway at Loreto, and all but the last 5 miles are nicely paved. But between the spectacular vistas and steep grades there was one dizzying hairpin switchback after another and we managed the white knuckle ride in just under and hour. After saying a prayer of thanks (Gary kept us guessing at each turn) we found Baja's self proclaimed "Jewel of Missions" was truly a delightful diversion. What was so amazing about this incredible stone temple besides it's impossible location was the incredible shape it is in. It was built around 1750 and was abandoned around 1800 due to the harsh environment and now just just a few indian families scraping a living out of those mountains and taking care of that 250+ yr old stone relic with the help of a historic society make it look like it will be around for another 250 years.

We really had a great time.
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