Dan’s Blog

Follow our intrepid Wagonmaster as he travels through the Baja.

Ready to head off to Los Barriles

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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Lisa in Tombstone, AZ

Baja Amigos bound for San Antonio, Tejas

December 27, 2015 – We spent 3 nights at the Oak Creek RV Park after completing our 38 Day Tour, lots of errands, shopping and some down time, we do like that pool and hot tub. Fortunately it did warm up again, at least in the daytime. Then we started our journey east to meet […]

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Ken & Kathi walked from Santa Ines into Catavina

Tour #25 in the books – Texas Bound

December 17, 2015 – Well today we crossed the US border with our group yesterday and have returned to the Oak Creek RV Park. We have a few things to take care of around the San Diego area then we start heading east for our Texas rendezvous with our mainland Mexico group. Yesterday morning we left […]

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Juanita is such a talented artist

Return To Requeson

December 8, 2015 – Well we just spent a couple of very pleasurable days on Playa Requeson, Bahia Concepcion on our return northbound. It has been a while since we spent time here, as I recall our 2010 45 Day tour. When we pulled in we parked right next to Bob & Linda, our BC friends we first met on Playa Tecolote years ago. A couple of hours later Steve & Dale should up, they were headed to Mark & Olivia’s place to watch NFL Football.

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Always happy to be back at Ibarra's Pottery

Sitting Out Sandra

November 27, 2015 – Season 7, 30 Tours for Baja Amigos, 25 for Dan & Lisa and here we sit in La Paz off schedule waiting out Hurricane (now Tropical Storm Sandra) to make landfall at the near the south end of the Baja peninsula. I will talk more about that later.  Our time in […]

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Wow, what a camping spot

Loreto and more

November 19, 2015 – We arrived in Loreto yesterday, still some wind but under sunny skies. Dropped by to see Ubaldo and Marv & Shel, make preparations for next season and the Fiesta Night Dinner tonight. The tour has gone smoothly, only Alan had a brush on his driver’s side mirror although as always leading the group we witness other drivers conduct on the road that questions their sanity, both Mexican and mostly tourists. Why do they seem so keen to get to the next life?

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Small group but big on adventure!

Back on Baja-Season Seven Starts

November 10, 2015 –Starting our 7th season and leading our 25th Baja tour how many new experiences could we have? Well Day 0 and Day 1 answered those questions. Our first stop is as always the Mexican Immigration Office to process the Tourist Cards, usually a 3 step process; (1) complete the application, (2) pay at the bank, (3) return to the immigration officer to have the permit registered and stamped.

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Over 1000 sites

Happy Halloween in Hemet

October 31, 2015 – Today we leave our fancy digs at the Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, CA and head off down the road to the Springs at Borrego RV Resort located in Borrego Springs, CA. Our week in Hemet was everything we were looking for and more, lots of pool & hot tub time, hot days, warm evenings and friendly staff.

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This is a close as I got for a selfie

Baja Amigos 2015/2016 – Season 7

October 22, 2015 – Well we had no problem getting away on schedule heading out after the Thanksgiving weekend, the weather was great, sunny skies and no wind. We arrived in Woodburn, Oregon right on schedule, about 4:15 pm at our usual spot WalMart, lots of other RVs were already there, many arriving later. Day 2 on the road and we were off south bound once again on the I-5, next stop Weed, CA and the Friendly RV Park. We were shocked at the lack of Snow Pack on Mount Shasta, very different then just 2 years before at the same time of year. Even when we passed by in April heading north the Snow Pack seemed extensive.

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