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Playa Balandra

Posted on November 24, 2014 by 2 Comments

Life is good.

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Life is very good.

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Adios, amis! Bon voyage y suerte!

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Camping Tecolote

Posted on November 21, 2014 by 2 Comments

There is a well-known boondocking beach at the end of the road east of La Paz – Playa Tecolote. There are a few grubby restaurants to choose from, but otherwise it’s just a few miles of open beach where you can camp anywhere you like.

I managed to get stuck, so it’s a good thing we were with friends willing to push a bus. For some reason, every time I’ve ever been stuck it only my right rear wheel that spins. The left one doesn’t move at all. In mud. On ice. In sand. Every time. If the left one would even budge, then maybe I wouldn’t have been stuck. For all I know, I’m driving a 1WD.

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Bode decided he was going to swim from the restaurants to the camp site at the end of the beach. Little did he know we parked about a mile away. I’m proud of him – he did it – and collapsed at the bus and we didn’t see him the rest of the night.

Just before sunset, a Syncro pulled up to join us and further confirmed our ‘two buses attracts a third’ theory. Sort of.

Greg and Katie told us of their grand plan to drive to Chile in under 4 months. Probably possible, but not recommended.

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The next day involved lots of chilling out on the beach. Greg and Katie were gone before we even got out of bed.

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Whale Sharks

Posted on November 20, 2014 by 3 Comments

The Whale Shark. Rhincodon typus. Literally the biggest fish in the ocean.

This time of year, they’re enjoying the warm plankton-filled waters of the Bay of La Paz.

We were too.

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You can spot them by looking for the giant sucking open mouth at the top of the water. Easy enough.

We came across several. Estimates ranged from 8 to 10 meters. A three-story building, give or take.

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These things are so big that you can apparently go on a sightseeing tour to see them from an airplane.

Watching these guys feed isn’t scary at all – except maybe for the one lady in the next boat who actually got in the ocean, but refused to look underwater. Not sure about the logic on that one.

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The only “oh, shit” moment came when we were drifting along watching one feed and another swam up behind us. When you turn to see the largest fish in the ocean silently gliding past you out of the corner of your eye… it get’s your attention.

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Huge thanks to Sidonie for sharing her underwater shots!

 

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Vincent et Sido

Posted on November 19, 2014 by 7 Comments

If you read the comments, you may have noticed that we were contacted by some travelers a few weeks back about stopping in for a visit. Meet Vincent and Sidonie.

The crazy thing is that we’ve actually met their bus before – albeit with a different owner – way back in Colombia. Since then, the bus made it up to Montreal where it sat parked for 6 months. Then, these guys flew over from France to pick it up and drive it to Alaska. Now, they’re on their way to Argentina. It’s an Argentinean-made bus, so it just wants to go home, I guess.

Anyway, we know the deal. Karmic debt. We have a cozy casita with running water, actual beds, warm showers, a washing machine and a real kitchen. It makes all the difference in the world after living on the road for extended periods. They didn’t even mind the house scorpions. “We have those in France too.”

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Anyway, really cool folks with a great travel attitude. They’ll go far.

We gave them the BodesWell Tour Agency special and showed them around. They got to release some baby turtles. We got French cooking. Win-win.

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Of course, some bus work was mandatory. In all of Southern Baja, there’s really only one place to go: Geraldo VW in La Paz. Geraldo has a full shop, just about any part you would need and even speaks some English. VIP parking included.

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The BodesWell Tour Agency

Posted on November 13, 2014 by 3 Comments

Sign up before it’s too late! For zero pesos, you’ll get x days and (x-1) nights of occasionally fun-filled unforgettable memories in (insert town here)!

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Like Bob here, we just might pick you up from the airport late, and slow-drive you indirectly to your all-expenses not paid vacation in (insert town here)!

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But wait, there’s more!

An up-close tour of local flora is always part of the adventure at the BodesWell Tour Agency*. Some visitors even get to enjoy a night under the stars – even if they don’t want too!

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With most of our affordable packages, you’ll get plenty of beach time, so bring your sunscreen! You’ll also enjoy unlimited beverages, provided you pay for them and bring enough for the BodesWell staff! We have a solar-powered refrigerator, so you’ll have no excuses to avoid re-stocking it!

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There are lots of entertainment options, like beach-baby bocce, or anything else we can think of using the debris on hand.

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Hiking and wildlife viewing galore! Some of it voluntary!

So don’t delay and sign up today! Terms and availability subject to change.

 

*we are not in any way affiliated with BodesWell Dogs**

** this is just so bad for so many reasons.

Playa Chileno

Posted on November 11, 2014 by 1 Comment

After we picked up Bob in San Jose del Cabo, we headed straight to the beach. Cabo San Lucas has some nice beaches and Playa Chileno is one of the best.

Gentle turquoise water and a big reef for snorkeling. If you sign up for a snorkel boat trip in town, they just bring you here. We just drove and parked out front.

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There’s a massive construction project on the west side of the beach and it looks like yet another a mega-resort. This playa is currently one of the few remaining Cabo beaches with easy access for locals. Enjoy it while you can.

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Cannibalistic Pigs

Posted on November 6, 2014 by 2 Comments

Carnitas Uruapan.

The lighthearted cartoon depiction of savaging drew us in.

Some things are better left unexplained.

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