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Santa Rosalía

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Sunrise on the approach to Santa Rosalía

Sunrise on the approach to Santa Rosalía

We sailed all night long on our way to Santa Rosalía. A few hours before sunrise our boat speed dropped to about two knots and I turned on the motor after we passed Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island). We docked at the Fonatur Marina inside the safe manmade harbor.

When we arrived Cliff and MaryAnn from S/V Carola were the only other cruisers in the harbor.

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Santa Rosalía is different than all the other towns in Baja because of it’s foreign influence. It’s main industry was copper mining with the minerals being exported to Europe. Wooden timber was brought in from the Pacific Northwest and machinery imported from Europe. The architecture is different, the streets are paved and there are sidewalks with wheelchair ramps on every corner.

The main church downtown. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the same guy who designed the Eiffel Tower.

The main church downtown. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the same guy who designed the Eiffel Tower.

It was just after Dia de Muertos and art was on display made by the local schoolkids

It was just after Dia de los Muertos and art was on display made by the local schoolkids

Paved streets and houses with air conditioning

Paved streets and houses with air conditioning

OK, not every street was wheelchair accessible

OK, not every street was wheelchair accessible

The wooden buildings in town are painted bright colors.

The wooden buildings in town are painted bright colors.

Tree lined streets

Tree lined streets

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The local fire department and ambulance

The local fire department and ambulance

A large library

A large library

We made a stop for ice cream to celebrate our successful crossing of the Sea of Cortez

We made a stop for ice cream to celebrate our successful crossing of the Sea of Cortez

The hospital. Painted outside the building is an encouragement to wash your hands with soap and water. When I took Sully inside the use the bathroom there wasn't any soap to be found.

The hospital. Painted outside the building is an encouragement to wash your hands with soap and water. When I took Sully inside the use the public bathroom there wasn’t any soap to be found.

We hiked up the hill overlooking the town and looked down at the marina

We hiked up the hill overlooking the town and looked down at the marina

The old mining equipment, a major part of the town's history, has been preserved in static displays throughout the town

The old mining equipment, a major part of the town’s history, has been preserved in static displays throughout the town

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We walked through the old copper refinery. All kinds of equipment is still there

We walked through the old copper refinery. All kinds of equipment is still there

More of the refinery

More of the refinery

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The area by the old refinery is a museum

The area by the old refinery is now a museum

There is a large panga fishing fleet based here

There is a large panga fishing fleet based here

The aftermath of Hurricane Odile is still evident in the harbor

The aftermath of Hurricane Odile is still evident in the harbor

We walked out on the long breakwater around the marina. The breakwater was made from leftover slag from the copper foundry.

We walked out on the long breakwater around the marina. The breakwater was made from leftover slag from the copper foundry.

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Panorama of the harbor area

This is a close up of the slag from the copper refinery that makes up the breakwater

This is a close up of the slag from the copper refinery that makes up the breakwater. It looks like obsidian or glass.

We had awesome hotdogs with everything downtown across from the church

We had awesome hotdogs with everything for dinner downtown across from the church

Sully took this selfie, probably his first

Sully took this selfie, probably his first

Cute puppies in the abandoned buildings near the harbor

Cute puppies in the abandoned buildings near the harbor

Sully thought they were cute

Sully thought the pups were cute

We took a hike up the hill on the south side of town

We took a hike up the hill on the south side of town

View from the top of the hike

View from the top of the hike

The cross says, "I am the bread of life"

The cross says, “I am the bread of life”

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Then we walked back down toward the main road

Then we walked back down toward the main road

It was still very windy when we walked all the way down the malecon

It was still very windy when we walked all the way down the malecon. Even on a sailboat there can be too much wind, so we decided to stay in port instead of sailing south.

The black beach south of the marina

The black beach south of the marina

The Navy has five boats stationed here. Two are marine rescue boats

The Navy has five boats stationed here. Two are marine rescue boats

I got to trade shirts with Francisco, a Mexican Navy sailor

I got to trade Navy shirts with Francisco, a Mexican Navy sailor

We keep track of sully's growth on the inside of the door jam. He's grown a lot since last year!

We keep track of Sully’s growth on the inside of the door jam. He’s grown a lot since last year!

We had a great five day stay in Santa Rosalía and were happy to get back out of the marina and head south. We sailed south bound for Punta Chivato on our way to Bahía Concepción on November 14th.

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