Santa Rosalia has quite a history. As one historian summed it up; “…Santa Rosalía was a town different from all others in Baja California. Modestly structured, built for hard work and hard work only….”
The copper mines were the key and though the mining days are long over, all the old rusting relics from that day are scattered all over town. The buildings are so different from other towns, they’re made of wood in European designs. As we were out walking, on sidewalks next to 50 foot drops through rotting old mining buildings, we had to laugh that there were no signs telling us to be careful, and no fences to keep us safe! How we survived is simply amazing (sarcasm intended).
Santa Rosalia is still a hard-working town that doesn’t seek the tourist dollar. While the people are friendly and helpful, they’re not extremely outgoing to strangers and I am frustrated not to know the language better.
There is a large fleet of panga fishermen here, and at sunset they all leave the harbor going full-bore, headed out to the fishing grounds. They’ve rigged lights on poles in the bows of their boats and it’s amazing how they fly around without smashing into each other. Happy Dance rocks at her mooring all night from the wakes of the pangas zipping in and out of the harbor.
The heat is a whole other story. The past few days even the Mexican people have been saying that it’s “mucho calor!”. And we agree – it’s very HOT! When we walk through town we are always crossing the street to walk on the shady side, and restaurants are chosen by their selection of fans or a/c, not the menu! Thankfully the place with the air conditioning also has the best food! Their squid dip appetizer is yummy.
We’ll leave in the morning for the 80 mile run north to Bahia San Francisquito. The winds are forecast to be out of the south for the next few days, so hopefully they’ll just blow us up the coast for a nice smooth sail. When we drop anchor, it will be a race to see who hits the pool first!