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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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Isla Coronado

Posted on October 6, 2014 by No Comments

We finally figured out Loreto: the best part is out on the water.

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We took a day trip out to Isla Coronado for some snorkeling – with los lobos del mar (literally: sea wolves). These guys are impressive to watch underwater. It’s actually amazing how they can be such oafish beasts on land, but so graceful and dextrous in the water. And, they’re really curious. Even if you keep your distance, they will come over for an up-close-up visit check you out. Sometimes, swimming right up to your mask for an eye-to-eye encounter. Cool stuff, but they’re so big it’s just a little bit unsettling to be face to face.

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Afterwards, we took it a little easier with a cooler full of cold ones and a sandy beach on the other side of the island. Lot’s of shallow-water snorkeling and plenty of fish to keep everybody entertained between breaks under the palapa. This is more like it. Loreto gets better every day.

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Backtracking to Loreto

Posted on October 3, 2014 by 1 Comment

After the hurricane, we decided to head north to find some basic services. We’ve been through Loreto a few times now and it never particularly impressed us. But, everything south of Ciudad Constitución was wrecked by the hurricane.

Constitución really doesn’t have much going for it, but we stopped and camped for a night. While running errands around town I managed to get stopped by a crooked local cop for a fake infraction (he claimed I stopped after the sign instead of in front of it – preposterous if you’ve witnessed the way alto signs are generally ignored by locals). I talked my way out of it – something I’ve got a bit of practice at. I later heard that this town’s cops were known for preying on gringos, but this was our first encounter in all of Baja.

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Anyway, roughly 6 or 7 hour’s drive from Todos Santos, we hit water again just south of Loreto. The hurricane damage here was minimal except for some sunken boats at Puerto Escondido and lots of arroyo washouts.

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I couldn’t pass up an opportunity for a quick wash when I saw the mustache guys on the outskirts of town. The bus was pretty filthy and they were nice guys – all mustachioed. One of them lived in California for 10 years before getting deported during a raid while working at a body shop. “Easy money,” he said in English. The body shop later went out of business, since they couldn’t find anyone else to work for easy money.

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We planted ourselves at a local RV park and started looking for a more semi-permanent place to stay. In the meantime, we quickly got caught up on the local street taco scene.

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Cuba vs. Panama

Posted on October 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

After an afternoon of digging up turtle nests, Dario asked us if we were going to the baseball game. Wha? Baseball in Todos Santos? I didn’t realize there was a baseball stadium here – they are pretty uncommon south of the U.S. border. I’m not even sure the town has a futbol field.

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Sure, enough we got ourselves a game.It was some sort of Pan-American junior games and tonight’s action was Panama vs. Cuba. Awesome!

Béisbol has been berry berry good to me.

-Minnie Minoso

This was the real deal. Like Wrigley, the best seats in the house were in the outfield on top of somebody’s house. We decided to go in for a closer look. 40 peso entrance fee (kids free, of course) and 15 peso cold beer.

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The quality of play was good and the crowd made it fun. Cuba won 2-0 and the only press was a guy giving live radio interviews over a cell-phone.

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Note: the hurricane has since destroyed much of the stadium. Hopefully, it will be rebuilt soon.

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