February 26, 2013 – Well it certainly has been a busy past few days with lots of fun! We said adios to Los Cabos and hola to Pescadero and Bobby & Wendy’s campground well off the beaten path. Along the way we stopped at the Blanket Factory at KM 69 along Hwy 19. Everyone was very impressed with Efren’s selection and quality of blankets and other goods and more then a few purchases were made. Our drive into our home for 2 nights was adventurous, weaving our way though farmers fields to a secluded and peaceful RV destination. The road in has been getting better and we are confident as time goes bye the improvements will continue.
We all enjoyed some serious beach time including some long walks, swimming and boogey boarding, some more successful then others. Our day in Todos Santos was very enjoyable particularly our visit to Casa Bentley, Robert and Beatrice were very gracious in letting us do a tour of their Boutique hotel. Lunch at George’s Taco stand did not disappoint, the fish tacos were delicious. Later we hosted a dinner at Jose’s La Pasadita, a home patio restaurant in Pescadero. This was also a real hit with the gang and we celebrated Sven’s birthday, I am sure the locals are still talking about the guy with the horns!
We left early the next day to get ahead of the Vags & Adventure Caravans also arriving at Campestra Maranatha in La Paz. Once we got settled we left for an initial look around town that included a drive on the Malecon and a unique view of the local Panteon and overview of La Paz. Later that evening we dined out at Los Tamarindos which was lots of fun, the group especially enjoyed the folkloric dancers! However Darrell is still waiting for his beef ribs! Today we hit the streets and a good look at downtown on the ground!
Did you know?
It has been reported Mexico was visited by Northern Europeans over 1000 years ago, and that there exists documentation and vestiges of these voyages, both in the old world and in the Americas? There are current accounts of Viking longboat hulls being found in Northern Baja California. A terracotta figurine in the Museo de las Culturas del Occidente in Colima has a viking helmet with two horns, similar to those worn by the great leaders in the Medieval times. It is a coincidence that two cultures should have the same deity in the 10th century: the Mayas and Toltecs worshipped Quetzalcoatl/Votan while the Vikings venerated Wotan. “Quetzalcoatl” means “feathered serpent”, and it is interesting that the visitors referred to their ships as “flying serpents”. Medieval Scandinavia was referred to as “Thule” by the Vikings, and Greenland was “Ultima Thule”. In Mexico, the Toltec capital was called “Tula”, wherein the god Votan was worshipped. According to one version of the Quetzalcoatl legend, he was red-haired, cross-eyed, and remained cloistered in Tula. Based on the Viking sagas compiled in the 14th century, Ari Marson, who was red-headed and cross-eyed, was lost at sea on his way to Greenland around 980 A.D. and was captured and worshipped as a god in a land six days’ sail from Vinland–the Viking colony near the modern city of Boston, U.S.A. As we all know Christopher Columbus did not discover America!
The conquest of Mexico was accomplished thanks to a legend, since Moctezuma II mistook the arrival of the Spaniards with the return of the God Votan, giving the order not to slay the one who, by right, was master of the Aztec Empire.