The plan Saturday was to drive to Bahia Kino, rest and relax next to the ocean, then head on. Alas, 6 km from town we were stopped, as was everyone. We only heard there was a problem and it could take a day or an hour to get through.
But wait, all these people are headed out into the desert as though they know where they are going! Let's follow!
Melody's not so sure...
A stop as everyone got out to scout ahead, and...
Nope, no go, let's head back. So we went to Hermosillo instead.
Where early on Sunday morning, we went to the zoo, or Centro Ecologico de Sonora. Here are some pictures from there, it was quite delightful. We're the only gringos in town, I think, and everyone's been very friendly.
And in no particular order:
This is a cool tree called a Benjamina
Carl found a friend at the petting zoo.
Cimarron, big-horned sheep of the desert. Native to here.
This coyote wanted that little boy. The coyotes were very active and growly.
Grey fox. This is very fun for us, because like our friend Osvaldo's son, we're just learning the words for animals in Spanish. Zorro Gris.
I liked the monkey enclosure.
The ocelot was looking away, but so beautiful.
There was an aviary to walk into, where parakeets flew madly around over your heads. These two sat still for a moment.
This is a purple nopales. I thought it was pretty. Same as the regular nopales, or prickly pear, but purple.
Carl like the ugly frog and fish:
If I have this right, these are Jabali, pigs indigenous to this desert, and hunted here and in AZ.
|Alpacas. I wanted a sweater made of them a few weeks ago.|
After the zoo we went to the central square and hung out for a while.There was a large cathedral there and lots of families playing around. This is the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion.
|Palacio de Gobierno|
Then a spot of lunch and we carried on to the Archaeological museum, which is housed in a former prison that they've fixed up. There are a few cells left the way they were, and...brr. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, but it was quite interesting.
There was a suit of armor from the 16th century, pots and other ceramics, and lots of historical notes in Spanish that we tried to translate qith some success. Or so we think.