Day 22 Miles: 99
We left restful Puerto Escondido and continued north on the Trans-Peninsular Highway, Mexico 1, which delivered beautiful scenery on the Sea of Cortez side as we passed again through the Bahia Concepcion – Conception Bay.
We arrived in the small town of Mulege and Hotel Serinidad – gems in the desert.
Hotel Serinidad is located on the Mulege River and has a pool and a restaurant. It even has its own airstrip. On our first morning we watched a small plane take off for parts unknown.
Our tour of the town on the second day included the Santa Rosalia Mission founded in 1705:
the former territorial prison which is now a museum:
and the small town square, complete with huge Bougainvillea trees:
Mulege played an important role in the Mexican-American War (1846 to 1848). According to our tour guide, the area that is now the state of California in the United States had already been taken. Captain Manuel Pinada defended Mulege with a small group of men, telling the Americans that he and his soldiers would “defend their country until the last drop of blood was shed.” This word of this brave stand spread, resulting in a wave of patriotic recruitment of troops which helped preserve the rest of Mexico. Now, the town is known as “Heroica Mulege.”