Monthly Archives: November 2013

Baja South

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“Explosive?” Bec called out from the shade of the palapa.

“Nah, not quite. But I’m scared to fart.” She gave me a knowing nod as I walked from the outhouse back to our camping spot on the beach.

“What do you think it was?”

“Who knows… could have been the tacos or the clams from that restaurant yesterday, or maybe the clams and scallops we dug up on the beach here. Was bound to happen sooner or later.”

“Yeah, well. It was worth it.”

“Yep. What’s for lunch?”

We had been in Mexico for less than a week and already our stomachs were complaining. We got over it pretty quickly though, and aside from a day or two with this little bit of discomfort, life has been pretty sweet.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMoonrise and sunrise at Playa Escondida, Bahía Concepción.

We loved Bahía Concepción. There are lots of beaches perfect for camping. Most of them are lined with friendly retirees from North America who set up semi permanent camps for the winter. Playa Escondida was perfect for us. The road to the beach was rough, so it was practically deserted.  Although, we got occasional visits from the oldies who wanted to swim nude. Also, the fee collectors didn’t show up while we were there, so we camped for free.

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We reluctantly hit the road. It was time to try and find some surf. We had heard that San Juanico, also known as Scorpion Bay, is a good break for beginners. When we got there though, it was totally flat. We hung around for a few days anyway before moving on. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Next stop was El Conejo, which we had heard was the most consistent spot when there’s small swell. The road in was hectic, and we finally made it there with a few scares but no real problems. The surf looked good, but we chickened out on account of the exposed rocky bottom covered in urchins and barnacles.  We were content to watch and take photos of the others paddling out amongst the jumping fish.

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We’ll keep moving down the coast and pretty soon there’ll be a photo like this one, but of Bec.

Baja Mornings

We’ve spent the past week or so exploring the Baja coastline, driving down dirt roads until we find a nice camp spot on the beach.  This is what our morning ritual looks like from Playa Escandida overlooking Bahía Concepción.

The music is “Wakin on a Pretty Day” by Kurt Vile. We listen to his music a lot in the van.

Northern Baja

“Well that was the cutest border crossing I’ve ever had” said Mark at the Tijuana border, as the pretty Mexican guard quickly checked the van and sent us on our way. All of a sudden, we were driving on the streets of Tijuana, and no one had even looked at our passports.  The next few minutes went a little something like, “sh*t, sh*t, sh*t, sh*t, sh*t”, as we continued to head south. My palms were clammy as I tried to read the road signs to get us back to the border. With a bit of help, we eventually made it back to immigration and were able to sort out our tourist cards and vehicle permit.

Tijuana was hectic and overwhelming. We were both surprised by the extent of our culture shock. There was so much poverty and despite practicing our Spanish, we were way out of our depth.  After getting past the busy centres, I started to relax. The real Baja beckoned. Our first day was a mission. We followed some directions to try and find an RV park, across a dry and dusty riverbed and down a winding gravel road.  When we got there it was just a bunch of run down abandoned trailers, with no one else in sight.  In the end we decided to try and find somewhere else to stay, eventually arriving at an open campground just before dark.

Since our first day, we have been settling in and getting into the swing of things….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst Mexican Sunrise

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Road to Punta Baja from El Rosario

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA New Additions – Ursula and Ricky Bobby

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Christening

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Boondocking, Punta Baja Sunset

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Room with a view – the Gulf of California. Daggett’s Beach Camp. Bahia de los Angeles.

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