© 2010 by Jack D. Wilson
The Prescott – Caborca Sister City Committee was established in 1972, 38 years and nearing four decades ago. There has been a strong relationship between Caborca, Sonora, Mexico and Prescott, Arizona over that period.
On the road
We began our trip with most of the travelers meeting the bus from Prescott Executive Transportation at the old K-Mart parking lot on Willow Creek Rd. We then picked up a couple more in Prescott Valley and finally the last three at the Westgate Mall in Phoenix.
Here we are at Westgate Mall in Phoenix to pick up three passengers. Don Prince, the City of Prescott Tourism Director missed the connection in Prescott Valley, but caught up with us here. We then proceeded to what Sam Pool calls the “jewel of the Sonoran dessert” Gila Bend for a rest stop.
At Gila Bend we stopped for a quick lunch (Subway, Thrifty Ice Cream, Pizza and Mexican Grill) and then we headed for the Mexican border. You can enter Mexico without a passport, but you need one to reenter the United States.
We arrived in Caborca at the El Camino Motel where most of us stayed. We had a couple of hour to unpack and freshen up before the welcome party.
Our hosts (plus Pat Pool and Ed Birtic) as we arrived for the Welcome Party. Let the party begin!
Our bus driver Vicky, Don Prince, Tourism Director, Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and his wife Tana at the Welcome Party.
Saturday was a very busy day for all of us. In the morning each of us was picked up at the motel by our local host who took us out for breakfast. It is customary (but not mandatory) to give your host a small gift. My wife Liz who is half Swedish picked up a tin of Swedish gingersnap cookies for our hosts Rafael and Lorena de La Rosa.
At 10:00AM a charter bus from the Pueblo Viejo Church picked us up for a Bicentour (a guided visit to some historical places in Caborca).
Our first stop was the Cultural Center.
Above is a four-panel wall mural located in a sky lighted atrium of the Cultural Center (Casa de la Cultura). The mural depicts important symbols, events and people for Caborca and Mexico. The Tour then went on to the petroglyphs and then to the historic mission.
That afternoon we had a barbeque lunch at Professor Guillermo’s house. Excellent Carne Asada (steak) tacos, drinks, conversation and dancing!
Above left – preparing the Carne Asada (steak), above right – getting the food table setup.
That evening we returned to the Cultural Center for Noche Bohemia (cheese, bread, wine, poetry and music).
Scene at Courts of Casa de la Cultura with great band in the background.
There were a number of pieces by local artists on display and for sale at the Cultural Center. Peggy Martinez is taking a close look at one.
On Sunday the Prescott travelers again had breakfast with their hosts. Then we had the rest of the day (until dinner) free to relax around the pool, go into town, etc.
Dinner and Dance hosted by the Mayor of Caborca
The mayor of Caborca hosted a dinner and dance at the ballroom of S.N.T.E. (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Education Seccion #4). Since Mayor Kuykendall had already left Caborca I represented him and the City of Prescott.
Above left, obligatory speeches at the banquet, above right – dancing.
Helping the Mexican Economy
Shopping is one of the activities we all seem to enjoy and this trip was no different. A number of us loaded up at the shop in Sonoyta Mexico. One of the most popular purchases was liquor, especially Tequila including some brands not imported to the United States.
Here is Ed Birtic with one of his purchases, a Piñata for Halloween (Ed lives on Mt. Vernon).
Jack Wilson bought this sculpture by Rafael Urias for his art collection.
All photographs by Jack D. Wilson. Unauthorized use prohibited without prior permission.
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Jack D. Wilson first visited Prescott in 1995 and has been a resident since 2000. He took a sojourn into politics and was the mayor of Prescott Arizona from Nov. 2007 – Nov. 2009. He now writes a couple of blogs and is President of the Prescott Frontier Days Community Service Foundation.