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CEDO.. A place for fun and to learn

CEDO Logo Rocky Point

Have you ever driven through Las Conchas here in Puerto Peñasco Mexico  and about half way through noticed a huge Fin Whale Skelton on a hill side?  Well welcome to CEDO, the  Intercutural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans.  CEDO is now over 35 years old and growing.  It was started as a non profit collaboration between the University of Arizona Tucson Ecology and Evolutionary Department and the University of Sonora in Hermosillo.  It was designed for research, education and adventure and it is the place to learn about where the desert t meets the Sea of Cortez eco system.

Rocky Point Bird Island

It offers Tide Pool walks, Kayak tours in the Estuary Morua, boat trips to Bird Island as well as El Pinacate Biosphere reserve tours.  One of the next big events will be the “Wet Feet Camp” for children July 2 – 6.  Please check the CEDO calendar to sign up.  CEDO also has adult programs as well.

Vaquita Marina in Rocky Point, Mexico
Vaquita Marina

In 2007 CEDO won Mexico’s National Conservation of Nature award for their 27 years of effort to protect the Gulf Of California as it is also referred to.  It has been instrumental in the “Saving the Vaquita” an endangered specie that now numbers way below 50. They have also been instrumental in helping the Sea Turtle survive when they come here to lay their eggs and to make certain they are not disturbed.  CEDO has many educational programs and exhibits and promotes sustainable and conservation use of our natural resources.  One of its goals is to  create thriving coastal communities that are self sustainable while maintaining a healthy eco system.  They have also have been instrumental in saving the Totoaba an endangered fish.

Totoaba in Rocky Point

This brings me back to the Fin Whale.  The Fin Whale is one of a couple that visit the Puerto Peñasco area.  They generally arrive in February and hang around for a few days.  The past few years they have arrived in January and have stayed for up to a month.  They seem to like the view as much as the residents do!  You can go out on Whale watching tours during those times and do remember to bring your camera.  Many times they can be seen just a few hundred yards off shore from the Sandy Beach resorts.  The Fin Whale at CEDO is about 55′ and was a youngster when it met its demise.  Adult Fins can grow up to 75′ long.  Sadly we have had over the time I have been coming here, seeing them washed up on shore south of town.  While in Cabo San Lucas years ago I asked our fishing captain why do we have them wash up beside the extreme high Tide changes that Rocky Point has?  His explanation was simply that if a Whale gets sick on it’s journey from Alaska, they think that if they get into warmer waters that they will get better!  Makes sense as the are very smart mammals.  But unfortunately they don’t make it.  If you should ever come up one that has just arrived, please notify CEDO.  Do not remove any part of the animal and DO NOT try taking it or any Turtle pieces back across the border with you.

Take the time and visit CEDO and tour the “Earthship”.  In 1992 Jeanette Clifton visited Taos, New Mexico and learned about the construction of these buildings out of old tires and cans.  In the Taos area you will see them dotting the hillsides.  It started with 240 tires.  It features an 18′ dome made out of aluminum cans and a cement type mixture that is like Adobe.  It is self sustaining.  She devoted her tireless efforts to see this project evolve.  There are 2 sections to this complex as well as a place where students stay on field trips.

Cedo at Las Conchas

The “Earthship” houses the gift shop and store.  Here you will find many books about the area and probably one of the best book stores in Rocky Point as well as CEDO Tide Calendars, shirts and other apparel , “Save The Vaquita” shirts and earrings. It is here where you can also purchase the famous Mata Ortiz Pottery as well as items including indigenous crafts and art from Oaxaca,  Chiapas and Chihuahua.  There also baskets from Tarahumara and pottery.  If you want you can also purchase a hand painted tile to donate to the CEDO walls with your names or children or grand children’s names.

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The Summer of 2015 in Mexico

June started out exceptionally warm and then got warmer and then hot! Not that we are not complaining as it beats shoveling snow.
There are more and more events happening every summer the way it seems here in Puerto Penasco. We had a large delegation of Rotarian’s from Utah for there annual conference along with many of the clubs from Sonora. Our local Rotary Club is extremely active and has donated a lot to the city and families. They are involved in getting the Dialysis Center center up and running as well as giving glasses to children who need them.
There have been golf tournaments at all the courses and for those of us that love to golf, we don’t care how hot it is. All of our 3 golf course are in great shape and the grass they all use love the sun and heat.
We have had concerts of all sizes which is a huge draw for tourism and the city.

view from La Choya
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Speaking of the city, if you are from out of town and only come here once a year, watch out for the road and highway construction. The road you may have been able to make a left turn off of last year may not be the same this year. This is all for the good of the city and tourism. Be aware that there are a lot of people renting and attempting to drive 4 wheeler’s and Rhino’s and you never know what they will do. I recently had the chance to go with a friend to Competition Hill out near Cholla and there was dad, wife and 4 kids in a golf cart trying to do what we were doing. That will be an adventure that those children will never forget!!!
La Choya Competition Hill
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Thanks to our friends Al and Gayle Creamer for giving me the opportunity to take me to the top of Competition Hill. Some day I may try it with my JEEP Wrangler. It is spectacular view to the backside as well as seen in the middle photo.
Sea of Cortes on Competition Hill
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Just remember Life is a Journey.. Not a Destination. Rocky Point is the journey and the destination. We did see a couple of markers of people who did not make it off the hill. So if you are riding, take care and don’t be stupid.
Rhino at Competition Hill
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

We spent 2 weeks in Wausau, Wisconsin my home town and Manistique, Michigan where Bill celebrated his 50th Class Reunion. It is amazing how small towns can be so much alike, no matter what country you are in. Like Puerto Penasco where I was made to feel so at home having coffee every morning with a group of guys, who took me in and became my surrogate family, while we were building our home here. In small town America, people still look you in the eye as they pass and say “good morning” and give you directions when you are lost. Bill and I had not seen many of these people for 30 years and yet I was made to feel so much a part of them. Those of you who know me, know I am never a Wall Flower, so I fit in very well. I guess the planners of the reunion decided to out smart the police, so we all took a shuttle out to the Indian Lake Country Club… no tickets that way. At the Arrowood Family reunion I had never met any of Bill’s cousins and he had not seen most of the for 50 years. Upon arrival, I was greeted with welcome to the family…. just like my coffee story.
Cross at Competition Hill
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

While in Michigan, the town had a “Folk Festival” and we got to talking with 2 couples outside of the coffee shop. We asked to pet their Rottie “HURK” as we were having puppy withdrawls. After listen to us talk about Rocky Point, the one couple said, give us your contact info, as we want to come see that place you call home. So now we have at least 2 couples coming to see our city. You never know who you will bump into.

I would be remiss, if I did not touch on the cruise ship departure port. It appears to be moving right along. Those man made block are gigantic and in some cases only 2 can be taken at a time. We are all awaiting the announcement of the cruise line who will come here. When you are in town, drive out to the REEF and take a look for yourself. I don’t do dates for completion, because when I see a ship out there , I know it is done, but I think a year away. COME DOWN and SEE US.

Home Port Blocks
Photo by Beverly Arrowood