Farewell, Mexico Monday! Even though I suspect there still must be a few more slides somewhere around the house (including one of an 8-year-old me standing on a street corner holding onto a giant bunch of balloons), they have yet to turn up, so this will be my final week sharing my dad’s slide images of trips to Mexico.
First, two more image from El Cipres, continued from last week:
The last two church buildings he photographed were located in Colonet and Camalú, south of Ensenada in Baja California. Both of these places are small communities which are fairly isolated, even in 2016. But that could soon change.
Punta Colonet has recently become the proposed site of a massive new commercial seaport — the Los Angeles Times published a slide show about it in March 2008. If completed, the port would turn the small farming community with a population of 2,500 into a bustling metropolis with a population of 200,000. The project also means tremendous upgrades to the local infrastructure — for example, most roads have not yet been paved.
Camalú is located about 30 km south of Colonet on Federal Highway 1. The town is slightly larger than Colonet, but it’s also situated in rich farming country and would certainly feel the impact of great change if the port is eventually built.
I doubt my dad ever could have anticipated so much change coming to these small Mexican villages back in 1975 when he took these pictures! And only the future will show what’s in store for the the people of Punta Colonet and Camalú.
Well, that’s it for Mexico. Next week I’ll begin my new series, Memory Monday, with more of my dad’s slide collection — starting with a 1959 trip to South Dakota, the Grand Tetons, and Yosemite. 🙂