Every year I look forward to the month of May, not only because it’s my birthday month, and I get two Mother’s Day Celebration; The USA celebrates always on a Sun day, this year being May 8, and Mexico Mother’s Day is always on May 10th no matter on which day of the week it falls. This year, several restaurants are offering Mother Day Specials; Mariachis & Tequila, Pane e Vino, Fish, Sky Bar, Sushi Sun and Candy Cake are some that we know of.
So, besides that, there’s the perfect weather, the sea is warming up, temps in the 80’s with blue skies and slight breeze with perfect sunsets. Sign up for a cruise and get out there on the water.
The first day of May is Mexico Labor Day, which is a national holiday. This year May 1st falls on a Sunday so no banks or official offices will be involved. May 1st is also the final day to see the sky divers at the beach, and the Hobie Cat Piñata Regatta in front of Playa Bonita. Check out our events page for all the happenings this month, including JJ’S Cantina Chili Cook-off and Garage Sale on Saturday the 7th. Thursday, May 12, kicks off the CBSC 61st Annual Fishing Derby, with the awards and Fish Fry on Sunday 29th.
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In April we made another trek to Hermosillo for “research” purposes. (and a huge aged prime steak at Sonora Steak House). We timed both the highway route and the Coastal Highway route (which ends at Bahia de Kino). On the way south we headed out from Puerto Peñasco at 9am on the Coastal Hwy 37 (#3) which was in worse shape than our last trip with numerous pot-holes. We turned toward and went thru Caborca, then south. Noon we were in Santa Ana having tacos at El Cuñado and by 2:20 (5 hours from start) we were in Hermosillo, checking into our hotel, Hotel Bugambilia, in the Hotel Zone, a little Costco fix and off to dinner at Sonora Steak House, which was also in the Hotel Zone.
After some Walmart therapy the next day, we headed home to Puerto Peñasco on the Coastal Highway at 11:20am. One hour later we were almost to Kino Bay and turning North on Calle 36. Lots of pot holes. At 1pm we were at the dual bridges just recently rebuilt from a bad storm a couple years ago. We then had good road with just a few potholes. We pulled in to Puerto Libertad at 2:05pm for gas. On the road again 15 minutes later, 30 minutes to the Puerto Lobos turn-off, 20 minutes to the Desemboque turn-off. Santo Tomas was 25 minutes north and on towards Rocky Point. About 15 minutes later we were at the entrance to “Fresnillo” or “La Herradura” which is the largest gold mine in all of Mexico. You can see the mine off to your right in the mountains. Ten minutes farther at 3:50 pm we were at La Cinita Restaurant where, on a prior “trek” we had fresh oysters and shrimp ceviche. You will see the aduana check point up ahead, where you will slow down to drive through then comes a terrible section of potholes. Mayan Palace resort is off to your left (airport to the right) and the road is decent.
After Mayan is Playa Miramar then the road splits, left to downtown Peñasco and right to North Peñasco and Hwy 8 to the USA. The Coastal Hwy back from Hermosillo took us about 5 hours. So one way or the other, figure 5 hours. When the Coastal Hwy is completed, it will save time, but until then it’s bout the same.
Our 40th Bi-Annual El Golfo 4X4 Run will be in June this year, not in May. My available time and the tides do not mesh until June 3, 4,5, with our “Survivor’s dinner on Sunday, 5pm at South Side Jillz. The other change this year is, after you call or email me at the RPTimes, you will have to make your reservation at Hotel Mar de Cortez by calling them and paying for the first night with your credit card (from USA dial 011-52-653-515-7432 or from Mexico dial 01-653-515-7432).
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Enjoy your perfect May weather and hopefully Lannette will be back from her and Wayne’s Argentina Honeymoon and she will be ready to write the June editorial.