Thursday, September 4, 2008

Puerto Penasco, Mexico

Over Labor Day weekend we drove 4 hours to Puerto Penasco or "Rocky Point", Mexico. This tourist town is located on the upper curve of the Sea of Cortez. We were anticipating a very relaxing weekend; but came out with much the opposite. A friend of mine told me she was excited to hear what story we would have as it seems like we always come out of a trip with a good laugh..well we got one!
We camped on the beach the first night. Beautiful warm ocean water and waves crashing to soothe us to sleep....yep...not quite. First we didn't realize how deep the sand was and had to get towed out from the guy next to us. Turns out we were the first of 5 people to get stuck that night!
We had to move our tent back because our "next door neighbors" had a large speaker with our favorite music: TEJANO!! For any of our friends that spent some time with us in Del know what I'm talking about :) With high humidity on the water it was pretty difficult to fall asleep easily. Thankfully we had help!
It was 10pm and a rather large truck decided to drive close to the tide that was rolling in. Andy walked over to tell him the sand gets deeper and that he would get stuck. He didn't listen. After an hour of 8 people pushing and his engine nearly overheating...he finally got out. We turned the AC on in the car to cool off and went to sleep. An hour later we had a new neighbor with a trailer who decided to take their 4 ATV's out for a spin at midnight. During this time, another vehicle got stuck which added to the quiet soothing noise of the ATV's for a sleep-filled evening :) After waking up I couldn't fall back I slept in the backseat of the car while Andy had the tent. Shortly after a Hummer pulled up next to us maybe 20ft away with his buddy on the other side....both blaring TEJANO from the cars....we were thrilled!!! With everyone screaming in a drunken stooper, they didn't quite realize that their Tahoe was nearly swept up by the tide as it was stuck with it's back bumper 5ft from the waves and the front facing an uphill climb out of the sand. Being the good Christians we are; we simply grabbed a bag of MnM's, sat on our chairs, and watched in amusement as their giggling quickly turned to crying. Oh...I can't forget that we turned up our radio playing good ol' country boy Alan Jackson music as if to send the message that we weren't digging the "Mexican Polka" style music. Thankfully for them and their Tahoe, an F450 got them out before water rose to the tires. By this time the sun was rising....
So we went in the water :)

Looking back during low tide at the beach we camped on.
The mountain range that gives Puerto Penasco the name: Rocky Point

The second night was spent at a beautiful hotel. What we didn't know is that MTV spring break was there taping on location (not really; but it seemed like it). We spent the afternoon by the pool with many high schoolers and college students on break. The same 20 rap songs repeated from 11am to 10:30pm at night. We were hoping to get to bed early as we only had 2 hours total the night before but the base was too we got some early dinner, Thrifty ice cream, and kept the TV volume on high until the walls stopped shaking.

The same view of high tide (above) and low tide (below) from our balcony just in a matter of hours.

Andy had a great ride with an ATV on the sand dunes the day before. I couldn't go so the next day we rented this instead. I think we'll trade in our Honda :)
Well, needless to say we headed for home a bit early. All in all it was a great weekend; we were just awake for too much of it! For anyone in the Tucson area; I would definately recommend visiting Rocky Point. The water is increadibly warm; beaches are nice, and hotels are beautiful. Just avoid camping on the beach during a party weekend...that is...unless you love TEJANO :)