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Today was one of those days. Having posted a few shots of the cave paintings, I've been nostalgic for the Green Tortoise trip of 2001. I worked on several images, but none of them seemed to be quite good enough to merit your attention and to convey my yearning for these memories.

But I came back to them later and this one reminded me of some advice that is often given to travelers heading into Baja: "Set your clocks back sixty years." In many ways, that sums up the culture, the infrastructure, and the economy of this wondrous, beautiful, difficult, but friendly peninsula. The bus is a 1954 model -- not quite 50 years old at the time of this foto, but close to 60 now! My nostalgia and the ancient bus naturally suggested that I present a sepia monochrome version of this scene.

This is the 40-mile road from San Ignacio to the Laguna San Ignacio. I understand it has now been paved, but in 2001, it took the bus 4 hours -- an average of 10 miles an hour. On our return trip, I saw the road being dragged (to smooth it out and scatter the rocks) with a heavy old truck chassis frame.

Here, we have stopped just after passing through an arroyo, to gather wood for the night's campfire on the laguna. The rains come rarely but often very heavy, so arroyos are good places to find deadwood that has been washed downstream.

Although it was mid-winter, the sun was hot; you can see folks huddled in the shade of the bus and the trees.

Originally shot on Fuji Velvia.

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