This morning we took off northbound on Mex 1 from Paya Ligui (leaving the Fox behond at our campsite) and turned off just shy of Loreto, about 18 miles later, to head up into the mountains. We'd heard on the weather report that it would be very windy today, so thought a day in the mountains was called for. Our destination was San Javier Mission, one of the early mission's built in the early 1700s. We'd been told to expect a 20+ mile rough drive on a dirt road, and were pleased to find it was paved halfway up recently.
The "town" of San Javier is quite small, but neat and tidy, with cobblestone paved roads, white-washed buildings, a gorgeous Mission church, and surrounded by date palm groves, olive trees (including the 300-year-old spectacular olive tree shown below) and lots of water because of the springs flowing from the mountains. We wandered around the town, spoke to a couple of folks, took lots of photos, and headed back down the mountain. After a quick stop at the grocery store in Loreto we're now at the "internet cafe" at Puerto Escondido where we joined the yacht club last Fall. It's a beautiful spot and nice to be back. We remain happy and well.