|Lighthouse themed house on Juno (or maybe Mercurio)|
So I decided to take a drive to eat lunch in the next beach town up the coast. The guidebook I am using had much more nice things to say about the eating options in La Pedrera (translation: the Quarry), even though it seemed to be a bohemian surfer town. It would only be a short drive. I got there in no time.
|The road into La Pedrera|
Only to find that the TOWN was closed for the season.
They're rebuilding the whole place for the in-season, so the main road into town was closed. There didn't seem to anyone anywhere else in the town parked elsewhere. So I went back from whence I came.
|Welcome to La Paloma|
|Plaza de Lucho|
|Ugliest mermaid ever, statuary or non-statuary|
You may be wondering why I did not do a beach day road trip to Cabo Polonio. It's the isolated, undeveloped beach town about an hour or so northeast of here. It is the beach of choice for ganja-fueled hippies whose VW microbus makes it to this corner of South America. Sound like my scene? Sounds like so not my scene.
The rich jet setters of Punta Del Este? Also so not my scene. So I picked the place pretty much equidistant from two things I can't abide: hippies and rich jet setters (who are many times the same people). That's why I'm in La Paloma. For one more night. Then it's a cross-country drive.
Since the country is Uruguay, the cross country drive is supposed to take eight to nine hours.
|Artigas (founder of modern day Uruguay) at the head of Avenida Solari|