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Baja Amigos 2014 Tour Finishes

December 10, 2014 – Well we returned to the US today after a modified 38 Day Tour, the folks we had with us were not big fans of the beach. We still maintained a reasonable pace with some quality R & R time. We took only one couple back as 3 couples dropped off in La Paz returning next month, Ferne took the Ferry to Mazatlan as planned and two couples departed from La Paz early (3rd day). Andrea & Marianne were anxious to get in some skiing, Randy & Liz were keen to get repairs made on their Class “A” which had been plagued with a number of issues, both on the road to Baja and in Mexico.

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We just call him "TEX" now!

La Paz -We are here

December 1, 2014 – Well we arrived today in La Paz and have set up at Campestra Maranatha, a campground just north of La Paz in Centenario. Our visit to Todos Santos earlier today is always a favourite as many always look forward to the Hotel California experience. They have a wonderful Cultural Centre, Mission, Saints Alley and so many interesting shops.

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Odile damaged this bridge less than 3 months ago

Lands’ End in site-We have arrived at Cabo San Lucas

November 26, 2014 – Leaving Loreto we drove to Ciudad Constitucion and encountered road construction as you reach the summit and start the long decent into Ciudad Insuregentis, slow but necessary, only a small section of construction remains on the road west to town now. We stopped for fuel and our shop at Super Ley, always great produce and a great bargain on Wine (3 for 2).

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Loreto - Coat of Arms

Lovely Loreto, BCS

November 20, 2014 – Well it has been a few days since my last blog, a combination of busy and no access to internet. We promise Fun & Adventure and there has been plenty to go around. After leaving Guerrero Negro we headed south to San Ignacio, the section to Vizcaino is particularly narrow and we did a meet a Wide Load.

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We have arrived!

We Are On Mex 1 With The 47th Baja 1000 (Mil)!

November 13, 2014 – Our drive from Villarino’s to Fidel’s on Day 3 to the beach was uneventful other than lots of traffic and a few Motorcyclists testing the margins of safety. Shortly after climbing the hill southbound from the Santo Tomas Valley we encountered new widened road, almost complete in most sections all the way to Colonet (as I recall), certainly past the Military Checkpoint adjacent to the LA Cetto Vineyards. After a couple of body breaks we had our last stop for fuel just before we set up at our destination, Fidel’s.

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Presenting our 2014 38 day Tour

Back on Baja

November 9, 2014 – Day 2 is coming to a close here at Villarino’s Campground and RV Park in Punta Banda. Today we are to Ensenada, with our first stop at Art Gallery (Closed) and Cultural Centre (Open). The old casino was full of tourists, both those off the cruise ship and locals attending a fundraiser.

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Sylvia by the edge

Sylvia Says Goodbye In San Diego

November 2, 2014 – Lisa’s Mom Sylvia fly’s home from San Diego this morning after 19 days on the road with us and almost 7000 km. Yes Surrey to Kansas to Yuma and the San Diego, what a fun trip with folks to visit, sites to see and road to drive, some Interstate and lots of smaller highways. The last ten (10) were warm with the exception of San Diego, 95F (35C) was our max in Yuma, even locals were complaining.

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Toni & Shari's House in Leavenworth, WA

On The Road In Kansas

October 25, 2014 – Well we are back on the road heading to start our next Baja season, this year stopping across the US to see some folks and friends that have been on our past tours. A little wet for our departure but the weather did improve for sure. The border was a breeze at Peace Arch and we were on our way, with a stop at WalMart for groceries and COSTCO for gas.

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This is bad

Major Hurricane Odile Brings Life-Threatening Impacts to Baja California

September 15, 2014 – Only one story today, our Baja Amigos need your collective prayers and positive thoughts. Baja California Sur is in a dangerous situation as Odile will continue to bring life-threatening impacts, such as significant flooding and hurricane-force winds, through Tuesday. Odile made landfall near Cabo San Lucas at 9:45 p.m. PDT on Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, making it the strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in Baja California. Southern portions of Baja California will continue to experience hurricane-force winds and torrential rainfall on Monday as Odile tracks northward. Storm surge will become less of a concern moving forward as Odile weakens and tracks over Baja California.

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How much room is enough?

Baja RVers-Not all the same

August 16, 2014 – Here we are deep into summer and already thinking about heading back to Baja in a couple of months, we should be crossing into the US southbound on the 15th of October. This got me thinking about the number of RVers we see and interact with every season on Baja, mostly always a good experience sometimes not. We look forward to seeing so many familiar faces, people we have taken down in the past, folks we have known long before we started Baja amigos and other RVers we have met over the Caravan years and look forward to meeting up with again. All of which we consider to be our Baja friends!

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Guillermo is the Goalie to beat!

Mexico – World Cup Fever

June 22, 2014 – And goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is the World Cup’s new “football” darling as Brazil could not find a way past Mexico’s inspired goalkeeper when they met in Fortaleza, although curiously enough he is currently without a club. Ochoa kept a clean sheet in Mexico’s opening match, their 1-0 defeat of Cameroon last Friday, but he didn’t face a shot on target until the 90th minute.

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All smiles, fun and adventure delivered!

2013/2014 Best Baja Season Ever!

April 8, 2014Here we sit at the Oak Creek RV Resort in El Cajun reflecting on another successful season for Baja Amigos RV Caravan Tours although our new Wagonmasters, Dom & Diane, will not be across the US border with their group until April 10th.  To date we have operated 23 tours in five (5) short years, wow where did all that time go?  This season we brought over 40 RVs down to Baja.

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These kids are keeners to recycle

La Paz, Playa Santispac & LA Bay

April 6, 2014We have covered a lot of ground since our arrival in La Paz a few days ago, as we sit here at the Baja Fiesta Restaurant in Vicente Guerrero on Day 27.  Before you know it we will be heading across the US border on or way home to Surrey, BC.

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Lily from DC was on Spring Break

Old Guys Rule In Cabo

March 30, 2014Tour continues as we have now made the turn northward arriving yesterday in La Paz at our final destination, Campestra Maranatha (actually in El Centenario).  Our drive from the parking lot behind the Los Cerritos Surf Colony (thinly disguised as an RV Park) was uneventful with our first stop in Todos Santos for a 3 hour walking tour of this magical Mexican town that includes the Hotel California made popular by the legendary band, The Eagles. 

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Even Dan got into this photo

Day 15 in Los Cabos

March 25, 2014 We arrived yesterday after a short uneventful drive from Rancho Verde at km 142 on Hwy 1.  It was cool when we awoke, about 14C (57F) then we started but heated up quickly, still a far cry from when we arrived; our thermometers indicated 99F (37C), really darn hot.

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Bring on those whales

St. Patrick’s Day in Mulege, BCS

March 17, 2014 We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Mulege, we had been scheduled to stay on Santispac however a fierce El Norte blew up and pounded Baja, a good time to be off the beach for sure.  We have heard Hwy 1 from Vizcaino to Guerrero Negro was closed due to extremely high winds and poor visibility because of blowing sand.

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You Are In Mexico Now!

You Are In Mexico Now!

March 14, 2014 That is what the Municipal Policeman said as he had me over the hood of his truck and was putting the handcuffs on.  Clearly my strategy of intervening with in his attempt to get one of our RVers to pay up $100 US for alleging running a red light in the community of Maneadero had some flaws. 

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Ready for fun & adventure

Dan & Lisa’s 20th Baja Tour

March 11, 2014 – Hard to believe we are sitting here tonight at Villarino’s Campground on our 20th Baja tour with another avid group of RVers excited about the road that lies ahead, keenly looking forward to new adventure and lots of fun.  It seems just the other day we had our daughter Heather with us and we were scoping out campgrounds, beaches and RV parks across Baja drafting up the basics of what would become our 28 & 45 Day tours.  Wow has time passed quickly!

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Wonderful dinner as always

No Rain On February Baja Tour

March 7, 2014 - We are sitting tonight at the Oak Creek RV Resort unwinding from our latest 28 day tour which ended today, we crossed the border around 10 am as our wait was relatively short.  Our drive from the Sordo Mudo Campground at km 75 on Hwy 3 was very busy as lots of traffic has shifted from Toll 1 since that highway fell into the sea.

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Don't want to miss this!

Mulege in March

March 1, 2014Lots has happened since our full day in La Paz before continuing our journey north.  Dom & Diane arrived with their group, they had decided the Cerritos Surf colony was overpriced and weather was crappy.  Plus that they could spend more quality time at Carnaval which started the day we left for Puerto Escondido.  Everyone really enjoyed their time in La Paz, a good look at the old town, the many shops, the Madero Mercado, the Malecon.

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Many have found this a great place to eat in Todos Santos

La Paz – The Peace

February 26, 2014 Well we arrived in La Paz yesterday after a couple of days on the Pacific at the Los Cerritos Surf Colony RV Park.  This would be a parking lot thinly disguised as some kind of campground.  The bonus is access to the pool, WiFi, flush toilets, bar and restaurant. 

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Lots of room for RVs here

Baja is cooking

February 21, 2014We arrived yesterday in Cabo San Lucas and the heat that started at the beginning of the tour continues.  We hit 30c or 86f yesterday, a far cry from when we arrived in Rancho Verde, located south of La Paz on Hwy 1 at 1800’, where it was 38c or 100f!

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What a place!

Leaving Loreto heading south

February 16, 2014It has been a very memorable last few days for the group on Baja with temperatures unseasonably high and winds surprisingly light.  It appears that the winter, such as it is on Baja, is officially over, and for the record is the warmest and driest on record across both states (Baja California & Baja California Sur).

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The gang is eager to see the whales

Baja California Sur

February 11, 2014We have arrived in Baja Sur having booked into the Malarrimo Hotel & RV Park yesterday and the sun continues to shine. A look at the long term 10 day forecast show a marvelous weather pattern emerging, warm to hot without much wind, perfect for our beach stays for sure. 

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Everyone is ready for Baja!

Always expect the unexpected on Baja!

February 7, 2014So today we are at the end of Day 1 of our February 2014 28 Day Tour.  This our 19th tour since we started this company in 2009, Baja Amigos 20th tour since Dom & Diane now have a tour under their respective belts.  By all accounts we chose wisely as the evaluations were outstanding from those on their January 2014 28 day Tour.

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