I get asked almost weekly, what do you do there in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico to not get bored? There is a lot to do and in every area where you maybe looking. As I have said before you can golf, fish, hike, beach comb, go clamming, whale watching, visit the Pinacate Biosphere Visitor Center or go to the craters themselves.
One particular thing to do on a week day is go 4 wheeling. We recently met up with Jose Flores, owner of the BooBar and he talked us into going on the 2nd Annual Poker Run. So Monday Feb. 9th we all met with Jose at the BooBar to get our shirts, Poker cards and map of where we were going. From there we went out to the El Golfo Highway junction and fueled up the 4 wheelers as well ourselves. At this point we have 70 people of all ages and about 26 vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Lots of JEEP’s, sand rails, Razors and 4 wheel pick-ups. Off we went in a CLOUD OF DUST (literally). Crossed the railroad tracks and ran along side the tracks for several miles to our 1st stop. Jose called it an arch, well it was but it was where 2 trees had grown together to form an arch. Everyone got their cards stamped and spent some time getting to know each other better. We had our 2 German Shepherds Tucker and Frida bouncing around in the back of the JEEP, so we had to let everyone see them.
Off to the 2nd stop and it is a huge salt pit mine on the edge of the Pinacate Reserve. By this time, most of the drivers had settled into the routine as to who went first when and where. Cold beer, sandwiches and snacks and good friends on a beautiful February day… it doesn’t get much better than that. Thirty minutes later we were back along side the tracks and then had to cross over them or in this case it was JUMP the tracks. My biggest fear was getting stuck on the tracks and hearing the horn of the train! Fortunately, we all made it over. Cross the highway and head to the beach was out next mission. Half of the group followed Jose and the rest made a right turn at the highway and were headed north. It looked like a herd of cattle until they realized they were going the wrong way!
Next stop to get our cards punched was on the beach at the Ejido Aceves. By now we were about 25 miles north of town. More beer and snacks. I think Bill and I were the only ones with wine and wine glasses. Not being a really good camper, I am off in search of the bano (bathroom) and sure enough I found one where they were making a restaurant. All the comforts of home, I am a happy camper. Then one by one we started up the beach in some very deep wet sand to our next stop. Finally we are at the beach and the pups and I were so excited.
When one runs the beach, you normally take the air out of the tires before you get stuck or bogged down! Not our group! It was a hoot with vehicles going everywhere trying not to get stuck and have to be pulled out. Finally we all rallied on a high dry spot after watching the tide come in closer and closer. When you looked off in the distance the condos on Sandy Beach were barely visible.
Our last and final stop before heading back to Puerto Peñasco and the BooBar was on the back side of Black Mountain. Every “hot dog” tried to go up the hill.. some made it and some not so much. One of our local realtors actually went up the mountain backwards. Thinking maybe he has to much time on his hands! Got our cards stamped and had Jello shots and some other form of alcoholic Jello shots called Apple Pie with a kick.
Finally we were headed back to town and couldn’t stop talking about maybe doing it in fall. Although we didn’t win the Poker Card .. we had the best day ever. If you Google in Puerto Peñasco you will be able to take our trip without leaving your computer, but you won’t have near as much fun.
Thanks to Jose and “Packman” Macias from Capone’s for thinking this fun trip and those that went along.
Life is a Journey… Not a Destination and the Journey begins in Puerto Peñasco
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