Down the Baja

We stashed our travel trailer at a little town in southern California and met up with the Schneider’s and spent the night in San Diego. On Friday morning, we crossed the US/Mexico border at Tecate. We were following the Schneiders on this trip since they had driven down a couple of times. Plans were to cross the border and then stop and do all our paperwork and visas…well, at the border the Schneiders got pulled over and we were motioned to go on…we could not find a parking space, so Rich just kept driving…after quite a few blocks and turns we finally found our way back to Vern and Joan 🙂 We were pretty nervous since we know hardly any Spanish and did not know what we were doing!!! Anyway, got our visas and paperwork done and then went to an ATM to get some Mexican money…was that ever fun…all the instructions were in Spanish…thank goodness Vern and Joan were with us and know some Spanish!!

Mexican roads are very narrow with no shoulder at all. You really could not travel much faster than 55 mph. Lots of different scenery…ocean views, mountains, cactus, lots of wine country, cactus farms and a lot of agriculture. Also a lot of poverty in all these small towns…it was really sad to see the living conditions in a lot of the areas.

Our first night was spent at a nice Spanish hotel in El Rosario. We ate dinner and breakfast the next morning at Mama Espinosa’s. The second night we stayed at a fun B&B in San Ignatico…first time ever sleeping in a yurt. They were very nice…almost like a suite with king size bed, couch, table, microwave and bathroom…but they are round, have a window at the top, and canvas like walls.

The next morning we headed west to Laguna San Ignatico for a whale watching excursion. Fun…we did see lots of gray whales and dolphins up pretty close. This was also an area where the gray whales would have their babies and we did see a mama and baby who was about 3 days old. The road out to the laguna was under a lot of construction and we did manage to not take a correct detour and ended up out in the desert a bit…but no worries, we did finally make it back to the road.

Our third night was spent in Mulege. This was a bar/restaurant/hotel right in town and it was a bit sketchy! It had a open air courtyard between the rooms and was pretty run down. In fact, Rich went to check on the truck and bike sometime in the middle of the night and they had the doors locked so you could not get out…fire code???

Rich did most of the driving…I don’t know if that is because about 1/2 hour after I began driving I look in the mirror and see lights flashing behind me. As I said the roads have no shoulders, so they motioned me to keep going forward until I could pull off. Once I found a spot and pulled over, they disappeared!! They followed me with lights on for a couple of miles and then they were gone…I do not know where they went! Anyway, I did continue to drive for a few more hours…let me tell you that truck is a big lug on those narrow roads especially with all the semi traffic!

Anyway, we did arrive in Los Barriles about 6 pm. It was nice to see Bud and Linda…sat on their roof top deck and had cocktails…very enjoyable temps!! Later on, we were relaxing on the patio and had a not-so=welcome rattlesnake show up. Rich and Bud were our heroes though. 🙂 This rattlesnake had 11 rattles + a button, so it was pretty good sized.

Bud and Linda have such a cute casa with lots of flowers, palm trees and plants around it. We have been enjoying our stay here with them.  We have taken walks, Rich went fishing, I did a ti chi class on the beach…living the dream!  We will get into the casa that we have rented tomorrow…it is just up the hill from Bud and Linda and has a great view. That will be another post…so stay tuned.

crossed the border at Tecate

crossed the border at Tecate

wall painting along roadway

wall painting along roadway

roadway - following that other MT car

roadway – following that other MT car

cactus

cactus

Baja Cactus Hotel in El Rosario

Baja Cactus Hotel in El Rosario

Our Baja traveling companions...Vern, Joan and dog Lucy

Our Baja traveling companions…Vern, Joan and dog Lucy

scenery

scenery

the road before us :)

the road before us 🙂

cactus scenery photo

cactus scenery photo

love the color on these cactus

love the color on these cactus

yurt at San Ignatico B & B

yurt at San Ignatico B & B

it was fun staying in a yurt!

it was fun staying in a yurt!

relaxing at the river behind the B&B

relaxing at the river behind the B&B

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

Heading out on our whale watching excusion

Heading out on our whale watching excusion

gray whale

gray whale

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mother and baby gray whale

mother and baby gray whale

scenery

scenery

Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez

courtyard at hotel in Mulege

courtyard at hotel in Mulege

still following that other MT car

still following that other MT car

scenery

scenery

another road photo

another road photo

Los Barriles

Los Barriles

Once a hunter...always a hunter!

Once a hunter…always a hunter!

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About Rich and Deb Hendrix

Rich and Deb have retired and are now living the dream. We are loving our time in Montana, spending winters in the Baja, checking out the sights and enjoying life.
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2 Responses to Down the Baja

  1. Bri says:

    Wow, you were really close to the whales! That is so awesome!!!

  2. John Newman says:

    Isn’t driving in Mexico great!!!! How many military check points have you had to go thru? Those are mostly on the way back but they stop you and check the vehicle for drugs. The easiest way to get money in Mexico is at any bank ATM.

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