When I was in college I always wanted to go away for spring break. This weekend I’m finally getting my chance. Not surprisingly, San Carlos is a popular destination for spring break revelers. Several locals have explained to us what happens here every Easter weekend. They suggested that we prepare for it much like you would for a major weather event where you will be house bound for several days. Today through Sunday San Carlos will be home to thousands of young people here only to party. There is only one way in and out of San Carlos which is also the only road that goes through town. We have been told that it will be impassable for the next three days since it will be packed with partiers, on foot and cruising in cars, ATVs and RZRs on their way to the beach.
We are stocked up and ready to experience our first spring break in San Carlos. As it happens our rental house is on the road to the Mirador which was recently named one of the top ten ocean views in the world by National Geographic. Most days we are lucky to be able to walk to see this wondrous vista. This weekend it’s a curse. The traffic is 24/7, non-stop, and noisy since seven out of ten vehicles are blasting music, frequently from roof mounted speakers. Fortunately this house has good windows, and noisy air conditioners which block most outside noise. We think we will survive.
While I was snapping pictures of the beach Don pointed out Cerro Tetakawi. Here is some info about the mountain that I borrowed from another website.
The Teta Kawi Mountain is the most notable peak in San Carlos it is called the Tetakawi or Teta de Cabra, which appears to have two horns. This mountain is the symbol of San Carlos Sonora Mexico, it reaches 200 meters from sea level. The Guaymas/San Carlos area was the home to many Indian tribes. The Guaima Indians occupied the Guaymas area, per the name. The Seris Indians depended on the sea for their major sustenance, they were fisherman and hunters. They would make their camps on the shores, to hunt or obtain fresh water and travel great distances. The Seris Indians territory was from Guaymas Bay to about seventy-five miles north of Tiburón Island, and inland almost to Hermosillo. The Yaqui tribe held the land along the Yaqui River, with most of their villages located south of the Teta Mountain as far south as Obregon. It is well known that in the Indian culture it was common to name Landmarks, Mountains, Hills and Islands to what they resembled or some special meaning. Both the Yaqui and Seri Indians considered the tetas to be sacred. The Yaquis named it, “Tecalai,” meaning, Dragon’s tongue. The Seri Indians named the mountain “Stone Mountain.” The name was changed to “Tetas de Kawi” by the Spanish speaking settlers and is now called the Tetas de Cabre.” Meaning “goats teats” in Spanish, which it is supposed to resemble the tits of a goat. The Indians believed that the mountains held mystical powers for the spirits of warriors that so valiantly defended its shores.