boarded a bus at 9:00am with our guide, Larissa, and our bus driver, Martine,
for our trip to La Bufadora and a city tour of Ensenada. Larissa explained that
Ensenada means “bay surrounded by mountains” and that fishing, farming, and
tourism are the three largest industries. We saw round fishing nets in the
lagoon that looked small but are actually about 500 feet. One of the main
catches is tuna, which is mainly sold to Japan for sushi.
Our first stop was La Bufadora. After
disembarking the bus, we walked down through several streets of shops and
restaurants which were closed.
As we got closer, we heard a loud bellowing
sound, and then saw the water blasting high up the cliff before receding and
leaving a momentary rainbow. This phenomenon only occurs in two other places,
Hawaii and Australia. It is caused by
air being forced into a cave by waves and then it is released when the water
recedes. The height and sound is based on the level of the tide, sometimes
blasting 80 feet high. We watched this happen over and over again.
On our way
back to the bus, some of the shops had opened. Several people stopped to enjoy
pina coladas served in pineapples, churros (crispy cinnamon treats), and
grilled clams. There was a lot of shopping to be done, but very little time.
The vendors were very willing to negotiate since we had a bus to catch and
couldn’t haggle for long.
Our next stop was at the Riviera del
Pacifico Cultural and Convention Center. This was a huge opulent casino and
hotel for the rich and famous in the 1930’s. It was managed by Jack Dempsey,
the boxer. The list of stars who visited
included Lucille Ball and Rita Hayworth, Myrna Loy, and Lana Turner. The
building has had many ups and down, including becoming a Mexican military base
in the 1940’s, a beachfront hotel in the 1950’s and a haven for vandals in the
1960’s. It has been beautifully restored and is now used for community events,
Our next stop was the shopping,
restaurant and cruise port district. On the way there, we saw a line of
soldiers unfolding the huge 500 pound flag of Mexico that can be seen from
almost all parts of Ensenada. Larissa pointed out Hussongs’ Cantina, where the
first margarita was made, and several other restaurants, shops and the fish
market. After that we were free to explore on our own for a while. Some of us
had lunch, some went to the fish market for the last chance to get shrimp at
incredibly low prices, some shopped, and some managed to do all
the campground, we ended our day with a delicious potluck dinner. Since we will
be departing Mexico in two days, we all needed to use up our chicken, potatoes,
eggs, hot dogs, and other assorted items that will not be allowed into the U.S.
After the potluck, we ended the evening playing our last rounds of Mexican
Bingo for this trip.
|Steve and Pat|