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Old 03-13-2016, 06:48 AM   #71
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Out on old Cape Cod they let you drive on the sands, all the way to Race Point, but not before they make you reduce the air in all 4 tires, to I forget what, and, if you don't bring along a shovel and a tow rope you don't get permission until you got them. It is a fun drive for a 4WD, a big mistake for anything else.

Left the Burro at the campground. Great fun grinding to Race Point with my old '92 Explorer. A couple-three months later my transmission died. R.I.P.
Now it sets you back $150 for the pass.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:55 PM   #72
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. we made it as far as Mulege. the landscapes I saw down there are seared in my mind, like going back in time . Jurasac Park stuff. expecting a Teradactal flying. 20 foot tall cactus.
Getting to Mulege is the price of admission to the really good stuff. From there South is the really fantastic area, loaded with bays and beaches perfect for setting up an RV and lingering.

Yup, the interior is a stark and varied landscape. Don't know about the 20' cactus, I suspect this one was a bit taller. Never seen any that tall before.

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Old 03-13-2016, 01:04 PM   #73
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The cactus is a Saguaro, only can be seen in Mexico and Arizona. It takes 70 years to get their first arm and they can be 2-300+ years old. The oldest one known is not far from our house and we live in the middle of quite a few of these beauties.
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Don't know about the 20' cactus, I suspect this one was a bit taller. Never seen any that tall before.
That is one tall Saguaro Ron. For those of you who've never had the jam made from the Saguaro fruit, it's wonderful.
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Was looking at the map and see Mulege is 630 miles from San Diego going down the Pacific coast on Rt. 1 to Guerrero Negro then across to the gulf. Wow, that's 12 hours of serious driving.
Here I was thinking if I were to do this it would be no farther than Ensenada and be sure to keep close to the ocean at all times. Would I be right to think going inland to the Gulf of California means finding a less commercially distorted/exploited, i.e. more enjoyable, Mexico?
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:51 PM   #76
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Was looking at the map and see Mulege is 630 miles from San Diego going down the Pacific coast on Rt. 1 to Guerrero Negro then across to the gulf. Wow, that's 12 hours of serious driving.
Here I was thinking if I were to do this it would be no farther than Ensenada and be sure to keep close to the ocean at all times. Would I be right to think going inland to the Gulf of California means finding a less commercially distorted/exploited, i.e. more enjoyable, Mexico?
We took 3 days to drive to Mulege. There's interesting things to see and decent places to stay along the way so it doesn't have to be a marathon drive.

Our only goal was to get past Ensenada as quickly as possible.

"less commercially distorted/ exploited Mexico" Couldn't have said it better myself. Towns like Mulege are the "real" Mexico. Wander the streets, no big stores selling tourist crap, just Mexicans living their lives. Pretty much the same in Loreto. Places like Cabo San Lucas are tourist traps for sure but the other areas are pretty unaffected by tourism.

At any rate, coming from your area it's likely that you could avoid 3/4 of the road from the border to Guerrero Negro because there's only 22 km. left to pave on Hwy. 5. It runs from El Centro most of the way to G.N. We considered taking it home and talked to folks who had recently driven it. They said, vehicle OK, but maybe too much washboard for a trailer. So we're hoping paving will be completed by the time we're going back.

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Old 03-13-2016, 10:26 PM   #77
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Thanks for your post and pics, Ron. Next year for me. I would love to kayak off the beach right in front of your campsite like your pics of coyote beach. Did you do any kayak fishing?
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Old 03-14-2016, 01:54 PM   #78
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Yah, nothing like being able to step out of the trailer, push the kayak into the water in seconds. I've always wanted places like that but they're rare.

I'm not a fisherman but others were fishing from an assortment of small craft.

I'd rather spend my time kayak sailing. In one photo the sail's reefed because of that dark patch of water offshore. The wind usually filled in during the day, made for exciting sailing in the late afternoon sometimes.

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I'm a fisherman which got me into kayaking and sailing my adventure island and hobie revolution.

I'm curious-- did you have a 4 by 4 vehicle to be able to park out on the beach like that? I'm debating whether to get one for a Baja trip next year.
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There was someone at Coyote Beach with the Hobie rig. Never managed to get out on the water at the same time. Too bad, not that I'd want to race him.

Is a 4 x 4 really required for Baja? Oh boy, that would really open up a debate. Short answer is no. Most of the beach areas have a road of some sorts in to them. Only a couple we checked out had ones that I wouldn't do without a 4 x 4. But this raises another issue, just because a 4 x 4 can get over some minefield of rocks and steep grades, do you want to drag a trailer over them?

So most beaches have a solid road in to them and firm areas for the RV. Some judgement is required how close to the water you can safely park. In my case in the photo I was fine but another few feet closer to the water would have been dicey.

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