Down South Of The Border

By JOHN M. DERBY
Times Founding Publisher
March 7, 2019

Nothing much changed, it appeared to us one year, when the wheels of our Dodge truck rolled into the entrance of Posada Conception, a beach community on the edge of the Sea of Cortez — 1,100 miles from our front door in Merced.

The houses had gone through another hurricane, and some had been damaged including ours, but not bad enough to be a problem. Our workers had already made the repairs to our ceiling which caved in.

The person who built the house, (us) did not have enough sense to use some other material than sheet rock, and so we paid every time there was a hurricane which went over our house.

We own the house and built most of it with our bare hands and local help. We do not own the land, and in fact despite what some people say, no foreigner can actually own land in Mexico. They have a bank trust which handles the legal arrangements annually and pays the fees.

Our house started out as nothing more than a 32-foot trailer on a 50x50 lot with a palm roof over it and some rock walls to help block the wind. It did have a modern bathroom with a shower which seemed essential.

We paid very little for it; only $10,000 for a half share in the ownership plus the annual lease fees which amounted to just over $2,000 a year. This paid for fresh water, electricity from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., sewer, garbage and some security.

We fell in love with Posada Conception the first time we sailed into Bahia Conception where the whales once gave birth. It was our kind of place, not touristy, very cheap, laid back and some place we could take or leave, if the case occurred.

A lot of people fear the Mexican government, and what they might do to the people who live down here. We have never had a problem. We don’t need to own everything we use, and in fact, we don’t care for

the American need to own everything.

We can actually sell our house which is now worth 15 times what we paid for it. But why would we want to do that? We live in a two-story house which looks out at sea and in the morning we watch as the sea birds dive and dophins play.

Even whale sharks have decided that Bahia Conception is worth returning to. These gentle giants are over 30 feet long and do not harm humans.

Each night on the beach the locals have a happy hour and talk about what is new.

Our first evening upon arriving is always like a welcome home party. In the 20 or so years we have been coming down here, we have adopted this wonderful community and they have adopted us.


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