During our travels we have found some of our best times have come in the least likely of places, far from the popular attractions. We had such a time the other day while walking along the dirt road by the river in Mulegé. Heading to a large open space by the airfield to play baseball, we ran out of steam and stopped to rest by an empty lot named Shangri-La (or Shangi-La depending on which sign you read).
We soon realized this stretch of dirt from the road to the gates of the yet-to-be-built development would make for a pretty good field. So we made four bases out of straw and got down to the business of baseball.
While all the Fives took their turns at batting and playing the field, High Five really found his calling when the ball went through the tall iron gate leading into Shangri-La. While we couldn’t go over it, around it, or through it, we quickly found out that High Five could go under it. Every time the ball flew out of reach, he flung off his hat and eagerly squirmed under the gate to retrieve it. A finer ball boy we’ve never seen!
However, the baseball was not the only thing to disappear over the iron fence. While retrieving an outfield fly, Five of Hearts’ bracelet got snagged on the top of the fence and soared onto the other side. Not to be outdone by her brother, she scrambled over the fence and after 10 minutes of determined searching, found the bracelet and jumped back into the game like a pro.
We really couldn’t have asked for a better field. It was just the right size for us and had wonderful views of the pelicans fishing in the river across the road. Since it seems like the development at Shangri-La has not taken off yet, and in exchange for turning a blind eye to several counts of unintentional trespassing, we wanted to do our part draw attention to this lovely real estate opportunity. So, whether you are looking for a little piece of paradise or your own Field of Dreams, Shangri-La might just be the place for you!