15 Days in Baja 2012 Part 2

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The palapa is open on the inland side, a bit backwards unless it was to block wind off the bay?

We have these floating chairs, which are perfect in the Sea of Cortez.

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We have these floating chairs, which are perfect in the Sea of Cortez.



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Is there any better way to enjoy a cold Tecate Light?

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At Mark and Olivia’s Playa Buenaventura Restaurant, just north of El Requeson.

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The cheeseburger in paradise, they are great!

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The next day, we saw some of the damage from the flash flood along Mulege’s river. This was a few years ago, and has still not been fixed.

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Our shrimp dinner at Pancho Villa’s on the north river road.

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Back at Playa La Perla for the evening.

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The next morning, we will head for La Paz!

 

DAY 5, Wednesday, VIVA LA PAZ!

Wednesday, July 18 (Day 5& Our 4th wedding anniversary): We have a morning swim and we pack up our campsite into the Tacoma. We drive out from La Perla at 9:40 am and I note that we were 28 miles south of Mulegé. 

There is another military inspection about 15 miles north of Loreto, and as at the others, it is brief and professional. 

Thanks to our friend Phil C, we learned that the great fruit stand that was also across from the mission in Loreto, in 2009 was now only along Highway #1, just north of the divided part of the highway, about Km. 2.5. It is on the west side and you will see the tropical plants and signs for Coconut drinks, etc. It is called EL CAÑAVERAL and run by ‘Charley’. We ordered two fruit salads, and they were as amazing as we had remembered them from 2009. We also have a coconut horchata which was a great refresher in the hot, humid climate. The live iguana that we photographed in 2009 is no longer alive, but on display along with some other stuffed and live critters. Charley has several banners touting the nutritional value of the many fruits he serves in various preparations and drinks.

We are on the road again at 11:30 am and climb over the Sierra Giganta then the long drop west to Ciudad Insurgetes, where the highway turns south and becomes a four lane road to Ciudad Constitución, a large agricultural center on the Magdalena Plain. It is 175 miles from our fill up at Mulegé, so we top the tank just so we don’t roll into La Paz on fumes, 126 more miles to the south. It is 1:18 pm when we leave the station in Constitución. There were many reports of local police ticketing tourists for not fully stopping at the many signals going through town, or for speeding, or for nothing. We never saw a cop both times passing through this city. However, if stopped and you are certain you did not violate the law, then hold you ground, ask to go to the station and see the judge. Traffic fines are low in Mexico, despite what a cop may say to scare you into paying him a bribe. Chances are pretty high he will not waste any more time on you and look for weaker prey. 

We arrive in La Paz at 3:54 pm and before heading to Steve (Bajatripper) and Zully’s home, we have a look at the Malecon in La Paz. A malecon is a wide sidewalk along the sea or harbor, often a social gathering area at sundown when it cools a bit. We arrive at Bajatripper’s to find a note saying they went to Tecolote Beach to drop their daughter off, and would be back about the time we got there, and sure enough, just as we finished reading the note, they pulled up!

Bajatripper (Steve) first lived in La Paz when his mother and step-father were doing archeological digs in southern Baja California, back in the early 1960’s. Look for scientific written works by William Massey and Lee de Massey. 

Today, Steve and Zully have a beautiful home with a guest house and swimming pool that had previously been built for a general, stationed in La Paz. They have been remodeling and landscaping it and their work is commendable. We would be spending five nights there, but the next four full days we were out seeing and doing so many great things! 

That evening, we all go out to the Malecon to see La Paz come alive as the sun sets! Viva La Paz!

Now some photos:

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Loreto’s EL CAÑAVERAL fruit salad paradise.

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Welcome to La Paz, Baja California Sur.

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‘Bajatripper’ (Steve) and Zully.

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On the Malecon in La Paz…

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Married 4 years this day…

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What a great place!

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Our first big tour day begins tomorrow, DAY 6,stay tuned!



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