March 14, 2013 – Here we are on Day 4 in Guerrero Negro and everyone is off to watch whales in the morning. March is always an excellent time to see the whales, this year there is over 1100 whales in the lagoon. We are sure to have a great dinner at Malarrimo’s, a real feast for seafood lovers and we all sampled some great tacos at Tony’s, one of the best roadside stands in Mexico. Our drive this morning from Catavina was uneventful, other than a little to start with, many stunning vistas, beautiful scenery and a little rough road. It was very warm to start our day, almost 30c (85f) at our 10 am LA Bay Junction body break.
The first couple of days on tour had lots of sunshine but were a little cool, however that ended quickly after we left Fidel’s and headed south. Our pull off stop at km 85 was already over 80f (25c) at 9:45am, yes things have warmed up considerably! We are happy to report the road both into and out of Fidel’s was dry and actually quite flat, although they had some serious rain just a few short days ago. We certainly saw lots of evidence of that on our way thru many of the smaller communities and towns such as Camalu and San Quintin. We had another great fire at Fidel’s, his daughter and grandson also joined us for hot dogs, Fidel now has 6 grandkids and he is only 43.
Day 0 went off without a hitch, we made great time at the border with the Tourist visas, a short stop at the Potrero General Store and back to the campground. Mike and Wilmina are coming along with the bar and grill, it is shaping up to be a great spot, we are confident it will be a real hit with locals and tourists alike. Lisa did an awesome job with the grub for the Rendezvous Reception, good variety and as very tasty, thank you dear!
On Day 1 the gang was keen to get going, this year we crossed on Daylight savings so everyone had to be up an hour earlier, they were undeterred and ready to go. We made record time thru Tecate encountering no trouble whatsoever, always a pleasant way to start for sure. A couple of body breaks and we at COSTCO, had lunch, bought a few groceries and hit the ATMs for some cash. Next stop our fuel up, then off to Villarino’s and our excursion to La Bufadora. Lots of folks made it down to the hot springs since the tide was out, by all reports they are still very hot!
I would be remiss not to mention that between tours w had quite a downpour in San Diego and we experienced no leaks! Thank you George, you did a great job on Tecolote sealing the two (2) front corners of our trailer.
Did you know?
In Spanish Mal means “Bad” and Arrimar means “To Pull In”, hence the aptly named Malarrimo Beach just south west of Guerrero Negro. The 9,000 mile pacific equatorial current makes a clockwise loop west then north past Japan eastward to Alaska the down the coast of North America. This is the same current that assisted the Spanish Galleons return from the Philippines laden with treasure. The Vizcaino peninsula of Central Baja California juts out into the Pacific and catches much of the floatsam, jetsam and other floating debris on its northern shoreline, the famed Malarrimo Beach. Whatever you can imagine which does not sink will often wash up on this beach, better then ending up in Antarctica. Graham MacIntosh, who walked the entire Baja, (Into A Desert Place) came across a case of scotch intact on Malarrimo.