January 31st, 2019
A large group of us left the resort and headed south to Valle de los Gigantos (Valley of the Giants) where there are many very large cardon cactuses (cacti? seems both are correct). These things are huuuuge! They can grow to 60ft or more and live for hundreds of years. Smaller organ pipe cactuses are also in the valley.
There were a variety of wildflowers in bloom there as well. These included Dune Evening Primrose and Sand Verbena.
Dinner was at Smokin’ Jo’s BBQ. We had stopped by on the way back from the cactuses to talk to the owner. He’s from Indiana and spends the winters here running the restaurant and cooking BBQ on his large smoker. We asked him about the many unfinished hotels, resorts and other buildings. He told us that many of them had failed during the recession of ’07-’08 and had never been restarted or recovered.
The restaurant has a small sitdown area and we brought our beer as he doesn’t sell alcohol. The pulled pork and the brisket were both awesome. I was back there again on Superbowl Sunday just before they closed to grab some more BBQ to use on a large plate of nachos.