Isla Carmen – Salty Yet Fun.
November 21, 2015
We did a quick 3 day trip out to Isla Carmen from Escondido. Carmen is spectacular with many cool anchorages, an abandoned salt mine, and a sunken shrimp boat in the middle of one bay. One particular anchorage afforded us our second best day of snorkeling with beautiful water clarity and abundant sea life.
The following photos are of Bahia Salinas and the salt mine operation. This place was in operation until the early 80’s. We were able to walk freely around the area after checking in with a caretaker who tends to a Big Horn Sheep Hunting Lodge that is also in the vicinity.
In one of the many dilapidated buildings, I entered into a musty, office-looking room with scattered folders and papers all over the floor. I picked up one of them and started perusing. In case you don’t know, Mexican’s love paperwork. This particular folder was for an employee, dated 1981. In one section was a vacation request. This poor guy had to go to SIX of his superiors to get signed approval for his annual vacation. No, it wasn’t one piece of paper with 6 lines and boxes, for each boss to sign. It was 6 SEPARATE pages. Yes, he had to write his name, employee number, job description, week requested, and each name of his other superiors on each page. Some of you might be thinking, well sure, this was before the age of computers and electronic databases. Rest assured, the last time I checked in with a Port Captain the following copies were made: 4 of my Passport, 5 of the USCG Vessel Documentation, and 3 copies of the required form I filled out. Anyone venture a guess where all this paper ends up? Maybe it’s back here at the old Salinas Salt Mine.