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Bode’s View

Posted on October 30, 2014 by 1 Comment

Bode’s been attending a local school down here. We pick him up after lunch and today we ran a few errands around town.

He picked up the camera and this is what he shot.

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Rammed Earth in Todos Santos

Posted on October 29, 2014 by 3 Comments

I was telling our neighbor about how I was interested in rammed earth architecture and had an itch to build something. Naturally, she knew several people with rammed earth homes and people with experience building them. I couldn’t pass up the offer to go for a ride and check out some local examples.

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The first place was an awesome little cabana that pretty much fit what I had in mind. A damp dirt/cement mix is packed into forms, then finished with locally fabricated steel doors and windows. Simple. Small. Cool.

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The next place was in progress and a more typical example. Rammed earth blocks are stacked, cemented and later covered in plaster. Basically, adobe.

Our tour was cut short by a flat tire, so we’ll pick this up later. In the mean time, maybe we’ll have to start  looking for a little plot of land and a big pile of dirt…

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The Dirt North of Here

Posted on October 28, 2014 by 2 Comments

We took a short drive north of Todos Santos to have a quick look around. When we were here almost 5 years ago, the pavement ended not far past La Esquina. About a year ago, the road north was paved another 5 km or so north. Now, that section is filled in with houses. So, you have to drive a few extra minutes before you’re ‘way out’ of town.

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Most everything is fenced off farmland except for some arroyos. We pulled down one and drove out to the beach.

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Blue water. Open skies. No people. That’s what’s out here.

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Box O’ Turtles

Posted on October 20, 2014 by 6 Comments

If this was one of those games where you have to guess the total number in the box, the correct answer would be…

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four hundred.

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Punta Lobos

Posted on October 15, 2014 by 5 Comments

Punta Lobos is a few kilometers south of town. It’s a big wide open beach where the local fisherman head out through the waves each morning. Some lobos are supposed to be on the other side of the rocks. We trust they’re there.

There’s really not much else to see here, except some very large construction equipment and a perfectly graded building site that looks about the size of a big resort hotel. I’m guessing those fisherman may not be here next year.

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Around All Saints

Posted on October 12, 2014 by 2 Comments

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Baja is mostly arid desert, so it doesn’t rain very much. But, it did our first few weeks here. So much that some ranas made an appearance. I’m not quite sure where they go the rest of the year.

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This is the stretch of beach is just over the sand dunes from our casita. About a 20 second walk from our front door. It was a random choice, but we’re feeling pretty lucky about where we landed.

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Our little accident on the drive down put a sizable ding on the window frame above the windshield. We hammered it into shape to fit the new windshield. It will need some major bodywork at some point in the distant future. A big hole lets the rain in. For now, blobs of RTV will have to suffice.

One of the hot issues around here is a mining operation that wants to come in. It’s been “approved” and the locals are furious – can’t blame ‘em – it sneaked in through some back door. The opposition movement is vocal and persistent – I have feeling they’re going to win this one. Eventually.

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Fish tacos. Shrimp tacos. Yes and yes. This little place on the highway in Pescadero has been our favorite so far.

We don’t have a pool, but the big house next door does!

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Tres Marias started a new Saturday special: beer and a haircut for 100 pesos. Genius.

They suffered significant damage from the hurricane and have been working to rebuild every day since. Tuesday marks the one month anniversary. They’re not ready, but they’re going to ‘open’ anyway just for the occasion. We’ll be there.

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Posted on October 7, 2014 by 2 Comments

Although we’ve only been in Loreto about a week, we feel like we know the place pretty well. It’s growing on us a little bit. I think we’d like it more if we were serious pescadores.

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We’ve semi-successfully made our own jamaica.

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Brent is letting us use his ATV. Bode is getting music lessons at the local gringo bar. We’re very quickly meeting everyone in town. We’ve got a few leads on rental houses, but Todos Santos is calling us back. They’ve got power now and other services will follow soon. Time to go back check on some baby turtles.

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