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Antonio was happy to see Mama Sylvia again

Baja Amigos Completes Another Season

April 9, 2015 – We returned to the US yesterday crossing at Tecate Baja California our usual location. We arrived at the border at 9:16 am and entered the US in approximately 45 minutes, not bad at all. On the American side we all met at the pulloff stop, gathered the radios, evaluations, returned information to the gang and said our goodbyes. What a great time we had on Baja for our 24th tour (29th for Baja Amigos).

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Good time for the RVers to leave the beach

Last Day On Baja Sur

April 3, 2015 – We leave this morning on our northward journey with one more night in Baja Californian Sur. We will be heading for Guerrero Negro and Mario’s RV Park and the forecast is for cooler temperatures, we will see.

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Always Fun at Medano

Leaving Los Cabos – Heading North Slowly

March 27, 2015 – It has been a busy few days since my last blog and the weather has not changed on Baja Sur particularly in the southern loop. Hot, Sunny and Hot! Mid 30s C or low 90s F every day.

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Who is watching who?

Leaving Loreto Sunshine Abounds

March 19, 2015 –Only a few days ago we were in Guerrero Negro and the gang was setting off to see the whales and hopefully touch some. Well they had a show for sure, I believe everyone touched whale and many were spit on as well. The Grey whales were really putting on a show, […]

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"Gus" the Boulder Gopher

Baja Blast Furnace

March 15, 2015 – Hard to believe it is already Day 5 and this morning the gang goes out to watch the whales. Yesterday on arrival the wind was blowing and it was hot, mid 30’s C (over 90 F). It never did get that cool overnight in Catavina, perhaps 20 C or 70 F. The drive was uneventful, a little windy at times but we took it easy, not a lot of regular Mexican traffic, we speculate the higher price of fuel is keeping many off the road. After arrival and set up in Guerrero Negro at Malarrimos we headed for Tony’s Tacos, we have been looking forward to them since we our last tour.

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March 2015 Baja Amigos
"We are ready!"

March 2015 Baja Amigos Tour Starts

March 12, 2015 – Well here we are heading south on Baja one more time to finish our 2014-2015 Baja season. This is a very special tour for us as we have Lisa’s Mom, Sylvia and our friends from Surrey, Mark & Kathy with us. We met them at the Oak Creek RV Resort in El Cajon, as well as folks from Yakima, Washington who are also joining us. Our return north for this March tour has brought some terrific weather, reaching well into the 30’s C (80’s F).

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We said our goodbyes this morning

Day 29 – We have returned to the U.S.

March 8, 2015 – Well we crossed back into the U.S. on a busy Saturday this morning at Tecate with more adventure in store for us that include a police escort on the Mexican side and the Sherriff telling us to move along at our regular meeting spot on the American side. But we made it safe and sound with lots of driving excitement on our last day on Hwy 3.

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Diane & Elaine relaxing

Lazy Hazy Day In Mulege

March 1, 2015 – Well here we are in Mulege, our 2nd day, it has become overcast and cooled off (25C), the forecast is for showers tomorrow. Today some folks went to mass in town, I took others into town for a little shopping and banking, still others went for lunch. Lisa and I went for breakfast at the Hotel Serenidad with Ron & Andrea, it was tasty indeed and reasonably priced.

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Sunrise at Los Cerritos

Still in Baja Sur

February 27, 2015 – Only a few days ago we were at the Villa Serena RV Park having our Annual Baja Amigos Breakfast Meeting with Dom & Diane from Alberta and Mike & Kelly from Kansas. Dom & Diane had arrived the afternoon before and Mike and Kelly were going to meet us at the Los Cerritos Surf Colony RV Park later in the day. The day started out warm and was only going to get warmer, fortunately we would be a little cooler on the Pacific and have access to a descent pool.

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Sunset at Villa Serena

Leaving Los Cabos

February 22, 2015 – It has been a few days since I last blogged from Ciudad Constitucion. The weather has really cooperated for sure, no more rain only sunny skies, hot days and warm tropical breezes. Our time on Playa Tecolote was definitely memorable and busier than we had seen for some time. When we arrived there was already 20 RVs spread across the beachfront so it was a bit more challenging getting the group parked as we wanted to respect the view and space others had prior to our arrival.

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The Pot Luck was great

Loreto-Thunder Downunder

February 16, 2015 – Today the sun is scheduled to reappear as we continue our southward journey to Ciudad Constitucion on our way to Cabo San Lucas. This is a very different start to our day yesterday, where the lightning and thunder, followed by lots of rain (buckets) awoke me at about 4am and continued for some time. It did clear up for our excursion to San Javier, the road was in ok shape except for dodging some rocks. We had a good look around and returned under mostly sunny and warm skies. Then after some errands in the early part of the afternoon the thunder and lightning started again and it poured. About an hour before our Baja Fiesta Dinner the precipitation stopped and before you knew it we were loading up the Van and Giggling Dolphin bound. We able to park at the gate to the restaurant, good thing the water was 6 inches deep on the street and went curb to curb, I had to exit thru the sliding side door myself. Dinner was good, Ubaldo always the gracious and attentive host and the musicians performed some new tunes thanks to Gus’s requests, yet another Baja experience to remember.

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Cave Painting Explorers

Ballenas Abound

February 10, 2015 – The couple of days have not been without adventure, even more than planned. We met Roland & Janice at the Calimax on Hwy 1 as planned on our way to Fidel’s the gang was happy to welcome them back into the Caravan. Our drive on Hwy 1 seemed to have less traffic although those on the road seemed to take more risks than usual which prove for more than enough excitement at the front.

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Dan & Lisa's February Tour

Adios Enero – Hola Febrero

February 7, 2015 – We met the group at Potrero County Park as they arrived on Thursday under blue sunny skies, no wind and warm temperatures. Usually warm weather has arrived in southern California and will be with us our next two (2) Baja Amigos tours collect up and depart south to Mexico. Yesterday we hit almost 30C or 85F for a high, we had a bit of wind off and on form the south west, nothing that lasted long, really just breezes. We headed off to the border to process the Pre-Paid Tourist Cards provided by Discover Baja at 10:00 am, everything went smoothly as expected.

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We say goodbye to the Quebec companions

Day 27 – Still on Baja

February 1, 2015 – Time flies when you are having fun, my last Blog was from La Paz and here we have just arrived at the Baja Fiesta Restaurant in San Vicente on Day 27. It was a long drive from Bahia de Los Angles but thankfully uneventful. The Gang is definitely looking forward to a good meal from Cecilia and we are confident her and the boys will deliver. As a bonus the Super Bowl is playing today.

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Daniel seems happy on his birthday!

La Paz-Northbound

January 24, 2015 – Lots going on over the past few days since my last posting, weather has been darn hot, very windy, overcast and then cool as we have made our way from Los Cabos, Pescadero, Todos Santos to La Paz where we are currently.

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Merlyn & Murray at San Javier

Blue Sky, Hot Days- Los Cabos

January 20, 2014 – Day 14 has ended in Cabo San Lucas so to recap the last few day we start on our 2nd day in Loreto. 9:00 AM we were off to San Javier, water still running across vados on many sections of road. Princess Line Cruise Ship arrived in port carrying 3000 passengers, […]

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Just havin a snooze

Loreto, BCS – Day 8

Just havin a snooze

January 13, 2015 – After leaving Playa Santispac on schedule and before you knew it we had arrived in Loreto without incident after one of my favourite drives from Bahia Concepcion to California’s original capital. After we got settled we went on a short excursion around town, the bank and picked up a few groceries. Later some folks went out to dinner, Orlando’s is one of our favourites. Tomorrow we are off for San Javier then our Fiesta Night Dinner at the Giggling Dolphin, this is always a hi-light if the tour.

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We are ready!

Day 1-The Heat Has Returned

January 7, 2015 – When we arrived in Potrero most of our group had already arrived, as had the warmer weather, always a good sign. We headed off to the border the next day at 10:00 am as we were not using pre-paid tourist visas and were not certain hw much time this would take. Happy to report this process only took us an additional 30 t0 40 minutes. Interesting enough the price has increased to 332 pesos or $29 USD, when you do the math you see that paying in US funds definately cost more, at 14 pesos per 1 USD (now 14.64) the fee should be under $24 USD, not $29 USD.

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Great dinner at Sanos

Prospero Ano Neuvo: 2015 Has Arrived – Heading Back To Baja

January 1, 2015 – Well on Sunday, December we returned to Baja as I enrolled in a 5 day Spanish immersion course, unfortunately the weather changed, colder with rain in the forecast. Our first was to return to Sordo Mudo and meet with Ed Everret again, we had purchased some powdered drink mixes to donate to the school and then we were off to lunch to Ed’s favourite local restaurant, Vinos Fuentes in the Valle de Guadalupe, just a short drive from Sordo Mudo. This place was a remarkable find, food was wonderful, prices reasonable, we will be returning!

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Very refreshing and oh so clean!

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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Gallery

Bahia De Los Angeles Cabo San Lucas - main beach Catavina boulder fields Loreto Street Market La Perla - Bahia Concepcion Bedtime-for-vultures-in-Juncalito CarArt-in-Bahia De Los Angeles Kids-Recycle-Art-Bahia-De-Los-Angeles Outside-San-Ignacio