3/23/04 - Last Day in Mulege|
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We feel very lucky to have as guest editor today, a very lovely lady, Dorothy Ter Horst. Dorothy and her husband, Herm, hail from Zeiland, Michigan. They have three children, Pam, who with husband Mark have two children, Steven, 18 and Katie, 16. Son Rod has two children, Nicole, 11 and Blaine who is 9. Daughter Patti and her husband Kevin have Rachael, 14 and Mittchel, 11. All the children and grandchildren live in the Zeiland area, (within a nine-mile area) so it’s a good thing Dorothy and Herm have a large yard for all the fun times they have with the family.
Herm and Dorothy have been married 46 years, and although they enjoy experiencing Caravan adventures, they spend most of their time in Zeiland with family and friends.
Today was a “free” day, and Dorothy gives a bird’s eye view of what was going on in Muelege and environs….
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
We are in Mulege and it is a “free day”. Some of the Caraveners went to Santa Rosalia. They went to visit a unique church designed by Gustave Eiffel (designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.)
Connie Sykes has offered to give a little report on the trip to Rosalia:
Some of us decided that the trip to historic Santa Rosalia would be an interesting option for today. Four toads and a big white diesel ‘duelie’ left, each, with extra passengers inside. We so very much appreciate the people with cars who include those of us who do not. Santa Rosalia was a very prosperous copper mining town between the 1880’s and 1953.
We found train engines and many kinds of ore cars and equipment in town squares and tucked into small gardens.
The old foundry is still an impressive monument to the mining industry. Unfortunately, it received some damage during the hurricane.
We have become accustomed to seeing old Mexican towns of adobe buildings with stucco walls and tile roofs.
What a surprise we had today, when we found wooden buildings of pastel colors. Some with elegant clock towers on the roofs. The early French influence is very evident upon this small historic city.
We have visited many, many mission churches along our travels. Large buildings of adobe or stone with elaborate interiors. Here, we found a church, designed by Gustave Eiffel, made of prefabricated galvanized iron. It was designed and built in Paris in 1884, and was originally designed for a humid African country where resistance to termites was needed. Instead, it was transported to Santa Rosalia and reconstructed in 1895. Simple in design, unique in construction.
By now, after all this walking, we’re hungry. We meet other parts of our group and find out that they have spotted a restaurant on the water. Ready or not, here we come, 21 of us. That cute young waitress was pretty overwhelmed. She did her best to accommodate us and some of us had to wait awhile to be served. Wouldn’t you think that adults could wait with a little patience?
Before you could bat an eye, Sharon was outside entertaining a young couple from England.
Well, Kathleen couldn’t let that pass, so out she went. Now, I don’t know exactly what went on out there. But I did see Diane, our leader, go out and extract Kathleen from the young couple and bring her back into the restaurant.
After lunch, each vehicle scattered in different directions once more. Ours went to the French Mesa where we found the restored Frances Hotel and the El Bolero Mining Co. office building now turned Museum. The center of this area is lined with more mining cars and equipment. The buildings are large with wraparound porches and amazed us with the affluence of the time. We enjoyed a relaxed visit to the museum, and we studied each and every mining picture.
It was a fun day and a pleasant surprise when we returned to the park to hear about the fishermen’s luck and generosity.
Bob says that we should tell people that we staying in ‘moo-leh-HEH’ not ‘Mu-lege’ or ‘Mule-ge’.
Dorothy continues her narrative of what happened back “on the home front” …..
Some of us stayed behind to relax, catch up on the laundry, play Mexican Train or wash cars.
Jim Compton, Pat Goddard, and Jim Hinricks went fishing.
That's two of the three fishermen with their catch!
They got quite a few fish, so it was decided upon to have a fish fry.
Larry and Bruce prepared the fish, which were excellent.
The rest of us brought some good things to share – salads, pastas, and desserts.
And a good time was had by all!.......
Dorothy Ter Horst