National Geographic : 1964 Apr
described the Pacific. And so, after picking up Roadrunner and giving it-and our selves-a cross-continent shakedown, we drove onto a beach near Guaymas, Sonora, set the hand brake, and our conveyance at once became our camp. Our college-age daughter Mary Ellen took steaks out of the refrigerator and began broiling them, while Will, 16, and Donna, 7, romped outside with Ginger, our dog. After dinner the children climbed into ready-made bunks in the rear, while Jean and I opened the sofa into a double bed. Safari Starts at a Sailfish Derby Down the beach next morning strolled Tommy Jamison, transplanted American who runs a fleet of sport-fishing boats. "You're here just in time for the sailfish derby," he said. "If you hurry you can see the harbor parade." I pressed the "Drive" button, and our home on wheels took us to the Plaza Cen tenario, where in the early-morning sun we watched the long-antennaed craft file ma jestically out of Guaymas harbor (left). Senior Enrique Murillo, intrigued by Roadrunner, introduced himself. "It was to me the honor of being father of the fish ing tournament," he said. "This is the fifteenth international contest. While we wait for the boats to return, permit me the showing of my city." Everyone-city leaders, shoeshine boys, Indian fishermen-made us welcome in Mexico. Their gentleness and patience re laxed our Anglo-Saxon pace and gave us a lesson that lasted the entire trip. That night we dined leisurely under orange trees and the stars on the terrace of the Hotel Playa de Cortes. A string quartet brought to our table the liquid, Latin sounds of "Cielito Lindo" and "In a Little Spanish Town." In the morning I rounded up wife, chil dren, and dog for a major population shift Boats parade out of Guaymas harbor to begin an annual fishing derby. Here the author started his 3,000-mile safari along U. S. 89 and connecting highways across both borders. Often called the national parks highway, "International 89" links six parks in the United States and three in Canada. The Gray family's south-to-north trip intersected their pre vious east-to-west route across North America along U. S. 40 ("From Sea to Shining Sea," June, 1961, GEOGRAPHIC). 544 ............. f ........ .. ....................