Day 13 Miles: 65

Today’s drive from La Paz was a means to an end – getting us that much closer to Cabo San Lucas. Still, it was an interesting day, touring an old mining town and spending the night on a peaceful desert ranch.

We started the day in El Triunfo, a town that went bust in the 1920s but is going through a revitalization, with a great café, a museum, and some shops. In its heyday the town had 10,000 inhabitants. In the 2010 census, there were less than 400.

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We started with brunch at the cafe:

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El Triunfo boomed with gold and silver in the 1860’s, and Gustave Eiffel designed the mine’s main smoke stack. “Ramona” and “Julia” dominate the skyline of the town and can be seen from almost every vantage point.

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As we were leaving town I spotted women selling vegetables by the roadside. For 60 pesos, less than four dollars, I bought this huge bag of produce. When we camped for the night I made a big batch of salsa. I’m planning to roast the poblano peppers and corn and bake them with chicken and cheese. Yummy!

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Rancho Verde is a 3,100-acre ranch in the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains.

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The RV park had decent Wi-Fi and a beautiful place to sit in the shade to surf the Internet.

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The sunset was gorgeous.

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I am conserving my fresh water tank by taking showers at RV parks, and I was happy to find a good shower after several days on the beach. A family lives on the ranch, and it felt like we were using their personal bathrooms, but they didn’t seem to mind.

Cabo mañana!