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Old 03-01-2016, 10:28 AM   #41
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Great adventure, Ron. Glad ur having such a good trip
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Old 03-01-2016, 04:23 PM   #42
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someday i want to go there with my trailer for a month or so... when i retire!
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:38 PM   #43
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So many people down here who have retired and stay a lot longer than a month or two, some come down before Xmas and stay several months.

Up the interior today on the alto plano, if I remember the correct name for high plain. Sort of like the Top of the World highway. The road is the ridge and the land drops off on both sides. Quite spectacular if you can ignore the fact that there isn't an inch of shoulder on the road. Pavement ends, drop off begins. You sort of get used to it. Roads in Northern Baja aren't as good as those in the South. Potholes and broken sections but nothing that did any damage.

Caught up to a caravan of about 10 Managed to pass several but then resigned myself to the fact that I'd never get past all of them. Then they stopped for lunch.

Tomorrow its up through Ensenada and then inland towards Tecate. We''ll stop at the School for the Deaf and cross into the US first thing the next day.


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Old 03-02-2016, 09:28 AM   #44
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Ron, This is great fun following your wonderful adventure, and you may have mentioned it, but what are you doing for drinking water? I imagine ou are using your filter and maybe a purifier. Any issues?
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:30 AM   #45
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Water hasn't been an issue. Water has been good. Just put in the tank and used it to brush teeth with no problems. We use purified water, readily available, for drinking.

On the beach a guy drops off a 45 gallon plastic barrel and fills it for about $5 US.
Good water also.

OK, enough early morning fooling about, time to be on the road again.

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Good News! Have another good day.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:31 PM   #47
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OK, made it back home and escaped the horrible weather system in CA. The Baja trip was a huge success without any problems at all. The biggest, most unfortunate incident occurred at the US border and I'll do a separate post on that. It'll be titled something like "Food border crossing woes".

I'll post a small selection of photos in 4 separate posts.

On the way down, each of the first two nights, we met other Escapes also heading South. At this point we were still a bit unsure if we might be making a big mistake going to Baja so it was nice to meet others heading there and who had already been there previously.

Into Mexico, no issues and Mexican drivers are probably better, on average, than LA drivers. Central Baja was warm and sunny and has quite spectacular
scenery.

Further South you come to the border between North and South Baja. Not a biggie. In between there are random military check points, mostly stop and go for tourists, again, no biggie.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:41 PM   #48
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Near Guerrero Negro there are the lagoons where the whales raise there young. You can take tours there, and most do, or you can drive out, through giant salt flats, park on the beach overnight and buy your boat ticket there. No kayaks allowed, not that, after being up close and personal with the whales, I'd want to take a kayak anywhere near them.

I have to admit the whale experience was much more than I expected and M. was thrilled.
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:53 PM   #49
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Down the Sea of Cortez there are countless bays, some popular for wintering and some popular for wind surfing etc. There's lots of variety and experienced Baja visitors have their own favorites.

Most beaches operate on a commissionaire system. Someone "runs" the beach. There are outhouses and garbage collection provided and the cost is about $5 US a day. The water drum and 45 gallons of fresh water is provided for $5 US. So, once you're set-up there's no need to move until you're ready to depart.

Loved Coyote Beach and if we go back it'll probably be our #1 spot although there are a couple of other spots we'll also try out. Don't know if we'll go back, that's not our normal travelling style. We usually see a place and move on to something new, and it's a big world. Still, though, it's so fantastic we might just break our own rule.

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