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Dinner at 3 Dog Corner

Dan’s Year End 2017 Baja Blog

December 31, 2017 – Sitting here at the Baja Sunrise RV Park in Los Barriles, it still sinking in that we have no more tours to lead on Baja this season. Dave & Darlene, Larry & Janet and Lorne & Josie will be taking care of that for the remainder of the 2017/2018 Baja Season. Tonight, we are heading out to the Smoke House with Mike & Kelly, for some live music and good food to bring in the New Year, should be fun.

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Last goodbye for group at Campestre Maranatha

38 Day 2017 Fall Tour Complete

December 19, 2017 – Hard to believe we said goodbye to our guests at the Tecate/US border lineup 3 days ago as we arrived in Loreto, BCS at lunch today.  Wow the last few days have flown past for sure.  It seems ages ago now that we said goodbye to Oscar & Barbara and Guy & Glenda at Campestre Maranatha as we headed north to Puerto Escondido and the conclusion of the fall 38 Day tour with John & Ursula and Robin & Cicely in tow.

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Adolfo is a great beach vendor

Los Barriles at Last

November 28, 2017 – We arrived in Los Barriles yesterday after a short drive from Rancho Verde. It is apparent that the gang will enjoy their 4 days at Baja Sunrise, truly the only seaside campground in the region.  The RV Park is well laid out and always improving, Jorge the owner is keen to make improvements, next season he will have a pool.  Guy & Glenda and Oscar & Barbara have already made arrangements to stay here after they drop off.

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38 Day Baja Tour Underway

38 Day Baja Tour Underway

November 14, 2017 – Have to say this years 38 Day Tour really started with a bang, literally, as thunder, lighting and heavy rain engulfed our orientation 15 minutes after we started, it was quite a show. Oscar and Barbara were not in attendance as their exhaust manifold broke on Motorhome they arrived in, so they headed for repairs in San Diego. Robin and Cicely were late as tire pressure problems persisted after the installation of sensors, it seems installed incorrectly. The morning had gone much smoother, we completed the permit process in record time and were only delayed slightly when the US Customs agent wanted some extra facetime with Guy.
Day 1 was a much calmer start. Our eager group headed out from

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We went to visit Luis & Cindy when we were in Loreto

Our February Tours Begin

February 11, 2017 – Today is Day 1 on our 3rd February tour which Lisa and I are leading. Jim & Deb are two days ahead of us and Larry & Janet two days ahead of them. Baja Amigos has 3 groups with over 20 RVs on Baja this month. February is very busy for Baja RV Caravans, 9 operating this month with a total 5 different companies.

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Kirsty, Sophie & Jason

San Diego to Surrey to Santispac

January 9, 2017 – Happy New Year (Feliz Anos Neuvo) everyone this is my first Blog of 2017 following our fall 38 Day tour.

This year we flew home for Xmas on December 22 which we had not done for some time. Lisa is not a fan of flying but is amazing what can be accomplished with a couple of pills and glasses of wine. We had to leave Lulu behind in a kennel, this actually cost us more than our camping fees, not bad care for a rescued Baja dog. The flight was uneventful and quick, no stops and took us about 3 hours once we got in the air. Danny & Heather picked us up at the airport, unfortunately we drove straight into rush hour, oh well, it was good to be back.

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This was a WOW Sunrise on the day we left Bahia de Los Angeles

Back from Baja – Heading Home for Christmas

December 16, 2016 –  Mulege, 2nd day was about the visit to town, banking, shopping for stuff, good chat with Claudia and Miguel, groceries and water, a little breezy but warm, never saw Don, wanted to offer our condolences as Nancy passed away earlier in the year, we are sure they were married for more than 50 years. 

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Not many have this Hockey Jersey

Mulege Nortbound

December 8, 2016 -On our last day in Los Barriles we had dinner at El Gecko’s
  and Barry & Viv joined us as our guests, by all accounts everyone enjoyed the experience, we will be back. We did get 5 of the 8 RVs washed, lots of work and Jorge has a much better idea of what resources are needed on our return for the next group.  Overall the gang enjoyed their stay at Baja Sunrise and many wished we could have stayed another night. We were off the next day Pescadero bound heading to Los Cerritos.

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Gang at Rancho Verde

Los Barriles – A New Stop For Baja Amigos

November 28, 2016 – On our last day in Loreto we hosted our Baja Fiesta dinner at the Giggling Dolphin. Even though Sunday was a holiday Ubaldo opened just for us. As usual he was a wonderful host and our group had an evening to remember. The musicians performed many fan favourites, the food was tasty and the evening just perfect. After we took a drive up the main drag to the highway and check out the xmas light decorations on the cactus and shrubs, very festive indeed.

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Off to see the Whale Sharks

Viva Mexico! – Viva Revolution!

November 20, 2016 – We arrived in Loreto from Playa Santispac before lunch on November 18th, a beautiful, short and uneventful drive, the best kind. Everyone enjoyed our beach time at Playa Santipac as calm seas, warm water, sunny skies, hot temperatures and little wind made the experience as good as it gets. Interesting the […]

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Our fall 38 Day Tour

Welcome to the Baja 2016-2017 Season

November 14, 2016 – Well, our tour has started and we have great weather and a great gang. Our trip thru Tecate was smooth, maybe even record time. The road work seems to be finished in town however you are no longer able to drive to church as there is a walking plaza now on the roadway. All is clearly marked with good signage. The last old 11 km on Hwy 3 in under construction, about km 85 thru 74, another 6 months and this will be complete.

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Our Kansas freinds joined the Baja Amigos team this season

Baja Amigos 2016-2017 Season Begins

November 3, 2016 – Hard to believe we have been doing this for 7 years and counting, now starting season 8. 36 tours, almost 400 Rvers and approximately 150,000 km driving on Baja.

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We enjoyed Roca Azul

Mexican Adventure is over, almost back to BC

April 10, 2016 – We are now sitting in Pendleton, Oregon at the Walmart on the last leg of our journey home. We will arrive in West Kelowna late this afternoon to see our granddaughter Sofie Grace for the first time, wow this has taken a long time.

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Half our gang heads home early from Queretaro

Spending Easter With Mexicans

March 26, 2016 – Ok I think I am back on track with my blog, yesterday we arrived at the Roca Azul RV Park on the shore of Lake Chapala approximately 40 m south of Guadalajara on Thursday, March 24. Roland & Janice lead the way and did a great job, flawless in fact, we left from Guanajuato at 8am and sailed across great roads and wonderful scenery until our arrival at about 2pm. We are here for 4 nights in total and collectively decided to take a pass on Guadalajara, honestly we are all tired.

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We have not seen each other for 30 years

Baja Amigos in Mexico City

March 19, 2016 – Still catching up on the Blog, we in a campground just outside San Miguel Allende arrived on the 16th of March (Hotel San Ramon & RV Park). This Blog will be about our Mexico City visit from March 10th until our departure March 15th.

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Baja Amigos-Welcome to Mexico City

Baja Amigos-Welcome to Mexico City

March 13, 2015 – We arrived in Mexico City on schedule on March 10 and I will talk about our fabulous experience and meeting old and new friends on the next Blog. A strong internet signal remains elusive at these RV Parks so I find myself catching up on our travels. Oaxaca Our journey from […]

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Roland caught onto the Boogey Board

Oaxaca at last!

March 1, 2016 – We have arrived in Oaxaco under sunny skies and warm temperatures yesterday lead bye Grant & Anita, quite a change since the hot steamy weather on the Pacific Coast we experienced. I have to say what a drive it was leaving before 8:00 am, arriving about 5:30 pm, a distance of only 260 km or just over 150 miles, unfortunately Bruce & Marian picked up a bolt just before our lunch break before Miahuatlan, with Grant’s help and impact gun they had it changed in no time. We climbed over 2500 meters (8500′) starting as soon as we left from Puerto Angel until we dropped into the valley at Miahuatlan. Beautiful vistas but endless switchbacks’, chalk it up to another memorable experience.

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What a site!

Baja Amigos Heading Upwards & West

February 21, 2016 – It has been over a week since I blogged about our journey, unfortunately we have not had access to the internet at the campgrounds we have been staying at. Communication issues are remedied somewhat now that we have arrived in San Cristobal, also located in Chiapas, led again by Rafael & […]

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Very scenic ruins in Tulum

Chetumal Caribbean Camping

February 11, 2016 – Our four days in Cancun were interesting, with some shopping, site seeing, eating out and more. On our arrival it was hot and humid, not so good for sleeping, better for drinking cold beverages. That did not last long and before you knew it we had clouds, rain and highs in […]

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Camping on the Caribbean in Cancun

Camping on the Caribbean in Cancun

February 4, 2016 – After a 4 hour drive from the Cenote Cabana Suytun that included stops at PEMEX, Propane and Groceries we arrived at our destination, RV Park Mecoloco just north of town. Not surprisingly there is even a few RVs here, one from BC. At $200 pesos per night, across from the beach […]

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Uxmal was fabulous

Campeche Camping and more

January 28, 2016 – We had a truly wonderful visit to Campeche and our stay in the campground equally superb. Our walk on the Malecon was windy but warm as was our walk in the historic downtown core. Shortly after arriving in the Zocalo we jumped on an open trolley bus to see the sights, well worth the $100 pesos per person. They have done such a terrific job over the past 300 years preserving and enhancing the core of the original city surrounded by portions of the old Spanish fortress wall.

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Echo Villa Campground in Campeche

We made it to the Yucatan

January 21, 2016 – On our second day in Catemaco we walked into town, the gang went a boat tour on the lake that included monkeys and crocodiles. Lisa and I stayed back and walked up to the Church and the main square which was very ornate inside. Later we headed back to the RV Park for a siesta and later a dip in the pool. The rest of the group returned later, they had a fun time on the tour and spread out for lunch. We decided to wait for the laundry which arrived at 8:30 pm, vacuum packed it seemed, then most walked into town for the re-opening of Malecon celebration that included a band and dancers from Mexico City. There were literally thousands of people, shoulder to shoulder and yes the entertainment was loud. On the way back to the RV Park we stopped for a drink at a bar on the lake that included a singer who clearly had been performing for many years, yes this was entertaining and we had fun.

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Gals are happy the men found the laundry

Southward Bound Continues To Catemaco, Veracruz

January 15, 2016 – Our 1st attempt driving to Veracruz, lead by Bruce & Marian, was unsuccessful as shortly after our departure we came to halt and a 5 hour lineup because of protest blockade. The locals were protesting the state of the road, Highway 180 north to Tampico, we are definitely in solidarity with them […]

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Xrays completed, wed are in Mexico now!

We are back in Mexico

January 10, 2016 – We crossed as planned on the morning of January 7th at Pharr, Texas into the state of Tamaulipas, one of Mike & Terri Church’s recommended crossings. The Mexican border officials put all our RVs thru an Xray and parked us for the results. We decided use this time to do all […]

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Tree of Life at Art Exhibit in San Antonio

Viva Mexico! Welcome Sophie!

January 6, 2016 – Well tomorrow we start our mainland Mexico adventure, something Lisa and I have been longing for some time. We are crossing at Pharr, Texas and heading due south past Tampico. We know the sketchiest of our travels will be the next 2 days however I would trade some anxiety for what wondrous sites and experiences anytime.

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