So, what is Rocky Point like, these days?

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 June 2010 07:27 Written by Chris Marzonie Wednesday, 9 June 2010 03:17

I’ll be traveling to Rocky Point soon and I’m really curious to see what the place is like these days. Also known as Puerto Penasco, the town was once a sleepy, little fishing village by the Sea of Cortez (I’m thinking back to my first visits as a child). I’ve been around the fringes of the city several times in the last decade, but I haven’t had much desire to return to the town itself since the late 90’s when I used to frequent the area. Back then, I would stay at a friend’s place in Las Conchas (a condo community on the beach just south of town) or boondock on the beach further to the south. I brought my wife here on our first date (no, dinner and movie just wouldn’t do). I really enjoyed the solitude of the area and being able to run into town for cold cervezas or a good meal. As the years went by, I kept having to camp further and further south if I wanted to experience the solitude part of the equation. When the high-rises started going in, and the place became more “Cabo-esque” and “Spring-Breaky,” I kind of lost interest.

On a few of the more recent forays into the area, I really enjoyed the old route between Puerto Penasco and El Golfo de Santa Clara to the west, just below Yuma, AZ. That was a spectacular overland route, roughly eighty miles on an old dirt track that followed the railroad for part of the journey, and part of it along the coast, right on the beach. No one was out there. It was one of the last frontiers of La Frontera. Sadly, that route is now a paved highway, completed less than a couple years ago. I’m so glad I was able to experience it before the asphalt began to ooze over the sand.

Rocky Point was in the news last month when the State Department issued a travel warning intended for its wardens and volunteers working in Sonora, about phony road blocks set up at night to impede travel. The warning mentioned people being shot and killed for not stopping at roadblocks, but apparently this was in reference to past incidents in Mexico, not Hwy 8 to Rocky Point. The town has been up in arms about the warning and claims there is no basis for the reports, that it is only rumor and there are no documented cases. Of course my knowledge is limited, but I suspect the townspeople are right. In any event, I’ll be interested to see how the trip goes (we won’t be traveling at night). This will be my third trip to Mexico this year so far, and none of them have been hampered by thugs or violence. I’ll be sure to report my perceptions of Rocky Point after the trip.

In the meantime, here’s a few images from past trips to the surrounding areas:

Roseann and Mindy admiring Crater Elegante

Cholla cactus

Chris atop El Sierra Blanca looking out towards the Altar dunes

Songbird in the morning

Camping on the beach

Crossing the Altar dunes on foot

Two very different views of El Tribol, the triple crater in the Sierra Pinacate.

Viva Mexico!

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New art at Adventure Trailers

Last Updated on Monday, 7 June 2010 06:31 Written by Chris Marzonie Sunday, 6 June 2010 11:07

If you attended the open house for Adventure Trailers and Overland Journal last weekend, you might have noticed three big pieces of overland art up on the wall in the new Adventure Trailers office. AT wanted some images of their products being used in real-world scenarios, and scenes that would evoke a sense of adventure and the great outdoors. The prints are 24×36 on Art Rag archival canvas and vacuum-mounted “float” style on foam-core board with sub-frame and hangers. From left to right:  James Langan’s Toyota 4Runner with AT Chaser trailer on the Broken Arrow trail in Sedona, AZ (see the “Distance Runner” article in the 2010 Overland Journal Gear Guide for a full article on this truck),  Dave Bennett’s Toyota Tacoma with AT FlipPac camper in Joshua Tree, CA (coming this summer to a premium publication near you!) and Scott Brady’s (former) Toyota Tacoma with AT Chaser #1 (the first Chaser production trailer ever built). This last one I shot on the surface of the Arctic Ocean during our winter expedition there. It was cold!

Overland art prints

Overland art on canvas

A couple more images from the open house:

Nemo Equipment's Tacoma

Cam Brensinger’s Tacoma (Nemo Equipment), The Skunkworks Overland JK, and an Adventure Trailers Chaser with Eezi-Awn tent.

Overland Teardrop Trailer

A peek inside a comfy Overland Teardrop trailer from Adventure Trailers.

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