At least every other week I ask Senor to go on a drive. Sometimes, I think we are really limited in places to go, because Alamos is somewhat on a dead end street. But going up to the Mirador always reminds me that there are dirt roads everywhere, especially on the east and north sides of town. Sure, some of them go to remote areas, but almost all of them are great for an hour or two of driving to an unknown destination.......or as I say, the drive to where ever. Usually these dirt roads are filled with light traffic coming and going to the market or to visit family, or say, to buy tecate, and we are guaranteed a lot of cows, horses, goats, snakes, roadrunners and jack rabbits.
A week ago, on Sunday, after leaving the Mirador, we drove about an hour toward the town of Masiaca, The road, which is partially paved, is edged by roaming goats, overgrown trees and vines of pink and purple flowers.
In these first three photos, taken from the Mirador, you can see some of the dirt roads that lead away from Alamos. You can also see the town's beautiful colonial Spanish and Moorish architecture, especially in the historic downtown, centro, district. You can see archways, several long portals, lush inner courtyards, and endless roof tops. There are narrow streets that connect, leading eventually to the caraterra, the highway, as it snakes off to the west, on its way toward the Sea of Cortez, and some of the mountains that surround us. In the second photo, looms the large Palacio, where the government offices are and the Mayor's balcony, directly beneath the tower, with the arched window. And, at the top of the first photo, the airport runway is in distance. You can also see, in another photos above, the single tower of the church, the two domes, and the lush, palm filled Plaza de Armas square in front of it.
Below we are looking toward the Panteon and a few of the dirt roads that we often take to somewhere, and the distant shadowy mountains that surround the western edges of the Copper Canyon.
Some of the beautiful pink vines, the San Miguelito, that are in bloom everywhere now in Alamos.
More of the shadowy western mountains of the Copper Canyon can be seen below.
Just a few days ago, on Sunday, when we were in the upstairs of the Palacio, I stepped out onto the balcony that is off the vestibule outside El Presidente's, the mayor's, office. This is what he sees from his balcony. Beautiful lush hill sides, the church steeple and domes, and the Mirador.
Well, there it is, a brief round trip around Alamos, seen from the Mirador and the balcony of the Presidente. Now, Senor and I are over due for a drive on the Ruta Sierra Mar which will take us to the beaches, or maybe it is time to head up to little Lake Tetajiosa, up in the hillsides or maybe to Rio Cuchujaqui, which should be filled with flowing water from our rainy season. I will have to think about where I want to go. The really nice thing is....Senor always says.....sure, let's go..........que tengas un buen dia! linda lou