Not bad for grafitti

We are putting things away and preparing to hitch up. We have to be off this lot by the 1st, but still need to be in the area until at least mid-January, so we have rented a different lot which we will move to. The best part is, we'll be driving to Phoenix on the 1st so I'll get to see Amanda! I guess we're buying a couple new tires for the truck and having it aligned.

A road trip!! I love the traveling!


Some Parting Shots of Baja

another gorgeous sunset

A house in Tecate-viewed from the highway
at the border

Palm in lights-Guerrero Negro
from Maramino's

Sand Crane at Cocos Beach -Bahia Concepcion

Saul's in Mulege (the grocery store) -This is an
english speaking store that caters specifically
to americans and canadians

San Felipe-Bird sitting on statue's head

San Ignacio
view from the corner

A kitten in the window in Guerrero Negro

Day 15, Guerrero Negro

Excellent restaurant, Marramio's in

Guerrero Negro

Headed home. We've got over 700 miles to drive back to Arizona, and Christmas is close. So, we decided to head back.

It took us only 3 days to get to the border at Tecate and this is what we found.

The traffic was backed up for over 2 miles at the border. We could not believe it! We waited 3 hours in line, and wouldn't you know, we would be the vehicle they decide to search. 25 minutes later, we were AT LAST, back in the U.S.!

It's good to be home.

Day 13, Loreto

It's BlackJack! Resting his arm on the steering wheel.
Pelican...just bathing in the sun.

A day trip south 50 miles to Loreto was fun. Loreto, we found to be a much more americanized city. Condos are being built, property being developed all targeting american and canadian tourists. I guess we didn't take any pictures of the city itself, so thought I'd show you one of Jack.


Mark & French

French's Quad

When Mark and French, and 'Mimi' (their puppy), pulled into Las Cocos on Dec. 9th, we thought 'what in the world!'. They were traveling with two Quads. One pulled a small trailer which housed their pop up tent. Her quad carried all their food, kitchen supplies and water.

They are from Quebec, but began their one year journey out of British Columbia, this past July. They traveled south through Montana, Idao, Utah, Arizona and then into Mexico. They plan to continue all the way to Cabo San Lucas, then return north along Mex 1 back in to the United States. Fascinating couple with a true sense of adventure. We enjoyed visiting with them and plan to follow their trip on their website at www.quadtrek.net


Baja, Days 7-14, Bahia Concepcion

Playa Los Cocos

Beach camping

When we arrived at Bahia Concepcion we felt like we had finally arrived! The bay in the Sea of Cortez is beautiful and the beach was nice. There were about 15 other rigs on the beach, so we decided to stay awhile. We paid for 7 days and were able to setup the trailer about 8 feet from the water. $6.00 a night, but no hookups.
We were invited to go for dinner at El Burro, Bertha's, a restaurant up the highway. A seafood platter of scallops, shrimp and yellowtail; add two marguritas and $17.00 later, we had dinner. (This was probably the best deal in all of Baja that we found).
Another plus about Los Cocos is that vendors come right to the beach with fresh shrimp, scallops, tamales, and even blankets.
Relaxing in the sun at the beach is what we primarily did for the next 7 days.


Baja, Day 6....San Ignacio

Baja, Day 5....Catavina

Mama's, a popular restaurant and stop for
the Baja 1000 participants, in El Rosario

We tried the burritos and they were excellent!

Catavina, an overnight drycamping spot in the
middle of nowhere for $6.00 a night.

Three couples we had met in San Quintin had told us about the overnight spot in Catavina, so
all three of us traveled the same day and spent the night here. A short 100 mile drive, some interesting rock fields along the way. I will have to post a couple pictures of them.


Days 3 & 4, Baja...San Quintin

Now....that's a beach!

And....a Sunset.

Lucky us!

El Pabellon Campground, the 'Whale'

Miles of sand dunes

Our beach chairs at sunset

A short drive today, only 100 miles. But what a stop! The El Pabellon (means 'butterfly') Campground. The ocean is at our doorstep, and the sand dunes are amazing! We let Jack loose, took our sandals off and walked along the beach. Hot sand between the toes! Is there anything better? It is incredible that there is so much beautiful beach with NO people!
SO NICE - we decided to stay a second day! We were able to sit in the sun at the beach for an entire day. It doesn't get any better than that. This would be a definite 'must return to' place in our book.

Baja, Day 2, Santo Tomas

Our breakfast consisted of some chicken tamales purchased from a street vendor. We had our coffee outside and let BlackJack off his leash to run the beach. What fun watching him! We left San Felipe around 11:00 a.m. and made our way through the mountains and Ensenada, a city of about half a million people and incredibly filthy. We passed right through the city and stopped for the night in a small town called Santo Tomas. We were the only campers at the campground, which is a big 'no-no', but there we were. We had no problems and nobody bothered us.
P.S. Another offer from someone to buy BlackJack.

Baja, Day 1...San Felipe

Fishermen boats and the lighthouse

On our way!

Our Beachside camping spot in San Felipe

We headed from Yuma to San Luis, Arizona to cross the border. As we approached, we got the green light, which meant two things. No need to stop, but the second we did, we had no clue where to go. We know we needed to locate the immigration office for our tourist cards, but didn't know where to find it. After three rounds, we finally found it! Henry was able to obtain both his and mine while I waited in the Jeep with Blackjack.
We arrived in San Felipe around 3:00 p.m. and found a campground with an oceanfront site.
Nice little town as we discovered the next morning.
P.S. The guy at the Pemex (gas station) offered to buy Blackjack.