Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Beauty of the Desert

Such diversity
I just wanted to take a moment to say how  beautiful the desert of Baja really is. At first glance, it may look very barren. A waste land.  That couldn't be farther from the truth. Sure it would be a very difficult place to try to survive, and you wouldn't want to be marooned out here, but that does not detract from the beauty of the place.

Close up on an individual cactus. Can anyone tell me what it is?

And a little closer. Don't want to be brushing up against these!

And something completely different.

Close up

How about these fellows?

And these?

If anyone can help identify these magnificent plants, please comment and let me know.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Driving the Baja/El Rosario

We spent our first night in El Rosario, a little over 300 miles into Mexico.
 A senior moment, perhaps
First we needed somewhere to stay. I would recommend the Baja Cactus anytime to anyone. Great rooms, beds, rates.

Mama Espinosas is not only a great place to eat but  is also the official home of the Baja 1000 when it comes into town.  
Great for breakfast.
Great for dinner.

A couple of my new best friends

The next morning and back on the road.
No reason to rush. Still a thousand miles to go.

I should point out that the roads were very well maintained throughout the whole trip. Lots if widening, paving,  bridge building going on. That being said, there are different rules of the road here. Just pay attention and heed the saying "if you can see the road ahead of you, go slow. If you can't, go slower." There are lots of curves, loose livestock, and big trucks.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

On The Road

If you recall, we had our last meal in the States at .  For something completely different, I'd like to invite you to have a fine meal at Restaurant Carmelita ( no web site), a little place just a couple of miles South of Mulege, Mexico.  We had spent the previous night at the Hotel El Moro in Santa Rosalia, an old copper mining town.  I'm not sure what the major industry is there now. But, I digress. Back to Restaurant  Carmelita. Since we were having our first meal of the day we each had juevos rancheros, a long standing favorite of mine. Wherever I am in Mexico, I judge the quality of the dining fare being offered using juevos rancheros as the benchmark. I must say, those served up by Mom and Carmelita were great by any standards.
Carmelita filling our to go (para llevar) coffee cups.
The only way we could get these lovely ladies to allow us to take their pictures was if we promised to bring them copies on our way back North. I assure you, it will be our very great pleasure to do so.  
Mom and Carmelita are representative of the many wonderful people you can meet on a trip to Mexico. Kind, hard working and with a great sense of humor. You won't read about them in the headlines of the major media because those are always filled with crime, drugs and the other horror stories which unfortunately far too many people associate with Mexico. Don't believe them. Driving is safe (Jay has done it 26 times) and Mexico
 is a vital, robust and beautiful country populated with wonderful people.

Mom reading the news.
     Hotel El Moro
If you ever get the opportunity to go South of the border, I can only encourage you in the strongest terms to do so.  Those of you who are like me and have been coming down here for years know exactly "what I'm talkin' about". 
Of course, not everyone has the time or inclination to drive all the way down   theBaja.  Fortunately for those folks, there are airlines. Many of which fly directly into the Los Cabos airport with more than 30 flights per day. Making the "crown jewel of  Baja" close to everyone. Come down and visit. You might like it so much you'll want to invest in a second or vacation home or condo. If you have any questions regarding purchasing or ownership of real estate in Mexico, please visit us at:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Buena Vista, East Cape at last

We pulled up to Casa Latimer about 2pm this afternoon. Jay and I left Longview, Wa. Sunday, July 19th, and have been on the road since. We have come 2365 miles and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one  of them.  I feel blessed and am extremely grateful that I am here. The last stop before the house was in San Bartolo, where we  bought a kilo of fresh mangoes and a kilo of fresh picked grapefruit.
After unloading the car, airing out the house, and getting set up on the internet, it was time for a well deserved siesta. Then down to the beach for a romp in the Sea of Cortez for an hour or so. It has been too long since I have had that pleasure.
For dinner we pulled out all the stops. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Bimbo bread, jalapeƱo potato chips, and for dessert, Oreos and milk. Life is good!
Tomorrow, I'll be able to publish a more extensive post with more photos of the trip.
Please feel free to comment and/or ask questions about the East Cape, Buena Vista, Los Cabos or Baja.
The photo to the left was taken from the back deck just before I went down to the water this afternoon.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Last Supper at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

We crossed the I-8 at Hotel Circle for the sole purpose of downing a couple of micro brewed root beers, a highly recommended teriyaki flat iron steak with garlic mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus and a large platter of garlic fries, topped off by the awesome warm apple bread pudding with pecans, vanilla ice cream and whiskey sauce. Out of the world send off to South of the Border!  You do not want to miss this experience.

Tuesday morning, day 3 San Diego

My assignment today is cover the poolside action while Jay attends a very important business meeting. He gets to do all the fun stuff.
Here comes the sun. I better get busy.
Distance traveled approximately 1,350 miles

Major event of the day.

Want to let you all know I had my very first Double Double Cheese Burger and world famous In n Out Burgers Monday afternoon. A day that will go down in the annals of ..... . I'm just sayin'....

Chips and Fry's

Sunday, July 18th @ 11am
Didn't get very far before the first stop. Had to stop in at everyone's favorite electronics store, Fry's, to get a chip for the camera.
Distance traveled, about 65 miles.

Let's get this show on the road! Anyone got any coffee?
Distance traveled approximately 60 miles and 75 feet. This could be a long trip.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Road Trip

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jay for inviting me to contribute to this blog.
As you may or may not know, Jay and I are driving from Longview, Wa to Cabo San Lucas BCS, in a week or so. A distance of about 2,200 miles. We will do our best to inform you regarding our progress by posting videos, pictures and blogs whenever we get the opportunity. To all our friend in Los Cabos, see you soon! 
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