Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Baja~Womens safety in Mexico

Baja~ The girls talk about how they feel in Mexico

Carilyn and Amanda speak on how safe they feel in Mexico!

Baja~ Getting the van unstuck in San Evaristo

As you know from our last post, we were stuck up to our axles in mud in the small fishing village of San Evaristo.

We had Lupe, one of the locals and restaurant owner, come help us out with his truck after having not very good luck the night before.

We broke a lot of ropes, tow straps and ratchet straps but with Lupe's truck, half of the village and some good thinking, we managed to get ole Joon out of that mud pit!!


Baja~ Leaving La Paz, Heading to San Evaristo

This post is much better summed up in our video that was made of our travels from La Paz to San Evaristo!

We left one of the biggest cities in Baja to visit a small fishing village, that most people only visit by boat, we were lucky enough to do it by land in the van and meet some of the most incredible people!

But of course it wouldn't be an adventure without some kind of problem!! 
Quote of the day...."If you're ever going to get stuck down to your axles, make it in the middle of a village instead of the middle of nowhere!"
We hope you enjoy!!


Friday, May 13, 2016

*Baja~ Getting ready to move on

It's March 1st, so we've been on El Mogote for about three and a half weeks now and are ready for some change. We have loved our time here and could definitely stay here the remainder of our trip but there is still so much we haven't seen or experienced that we have to get on with it or before you know it, our time will be up and we'll be back in Arizona (pouting).
The past couple of days I have been prepping the van for take-off since we have been living in soft sand for the last 24 days, there is sand everywhere. And when I say everywhere...I mean EVERYWHERE!!! It will take months to get all of the sand out of this van, actually it'll take longer than that, it just keeps reappearing.
Yesterday, I took everything I could out of the van and vacuumed every little nook & cranny...about 5 times. The van looks so beautiful but I knew it wouldn't last long and today it took Savannah about 3 minutes before that reality took place! Brat! 

The entire time we're here, she barely got out of the van but she got mad at me for cutting her nails, so she got wet and then rolled in the sand until she was covered nose to tail...so she got a nice dip in the ocean, then a rinse off under the shower, then patted down until she was as dry as I could get her...then got put in her room so she wouldn't roll again. She's seriously like having a toddler in her terrible two's...for 6 years now! 

A good reason why you must cut the plastic on these soda rings...if you're not careful you might just catch another one of those brats!!

I caught one!!

And since I have nothing else for you right now...here are some pictures of a cool Marlin, the seagulls were fighting over this morning.

I was interested to see the spine is a bluish-green.
A beautiful creature.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

*Baja~ A Day in La Paz Centro

February 25, 2016
Sitting on the beach for the past couple of weeks has been pretty nice and relaxing. When Jamie goes into town to do errands he usually goes alone due to it being easier for him on the sand; with the weight of groceries, water, propane, etc. he doesn't need another 100+ lbs. to deal with and with me staying back I can watch the van and be with the girls.
Today, though, I needed to get off the beach and be around activity. It was an overcast day not getting higher than about 70-72*, with the nice breeze coming off of the ocean and the clouds, it was a good day to put the girls in their room and go to town. We decided to first go put more data on our TelCel usb devices, then grab a few small things at the store and grab a "real" bite to eat downtown. 

The TelCel we went to seemed kind of like a headquarters, it's a pretty big store and reminded me of an Apple store of sorts, more with phones than computers but big and full of technology. This particular TelCel store is so easy to add more data to your device. We walk in, walk to the far left to the ladies behind the glass, ask for 300 pesos worth (which is 1 gig), they ask for your phone number associated with the device, charge it, ask you to sign the paper saying it's right and you're done. We tried doing this in Mulege and it was the most difficult process, it took a lot of time and we don't even think it was processed right. We were thankful to find this store, it's in town (La Paz) right next to a big Burger King and the same parking lot as the City Club & Sears. I believe it's the only Sears in La Paz, but it's pretty big, you can't miss it.

The parking lot

You can't miss it!

From TelCel we went to the strip (that's what I call it) to see what was happening, get some footage and find some local food to munch on. We drove the strip looking at all of the different restaurants and shops, seeing which one looked like the most fun. We took a couple of laps, easy to do on the bike and decided on a place that had the most people at it. We saw some really awesome places that we would have liked to have gone to, but they either looked like they hadn't opened yet or no one was there so we chose the one with the most atmosphere happening at that moment.

We pulled into a parking spot that was curbside to the table we sat at. A waiter motioned for us to sit down and he'd be right there, this place seemed to be slamming, a ton of activity & people (locals & tourists) along with tv's and music blaring, plus a nice breeze and view of the water.

As we were looking over the menus, we figured out that we had picked a Lobster House to eat at. Luckily, they have a Taco menu that is a bit cheaper than the regular menu and since that was what we were coming to town for anyway, it worked out well. 

Prices in Pesos

Our waiters name was Oscar and we asked him what he preferred and what he would order if he wanted Tacos. He pointed to a few items on the menu, so that's what we ordered; 6 Tacos~ 2 Pescado (fish), 2 Camaron (Shrimp) 2 Marlin (Marlin) along with a couple of Tecate Lights. Oscar brought us some homemade tortilla chips with a slightly spicy fish salsa, that was to die for and some salt & the juiciest limes...they bring limes with pretty much everything here. The food came out really fast and looked amazing, I think I could get used to this!

The Tacos come with what you ordered (fish, shrimp, etc) and the tortilla, another plate is brought out with fixin's; coleslaw, a light green sauce almost cucumberish to taste, spicy salsa, pico de galo, and juicy limes for you to dress the taco up however you want. We put everything on them, well sans the spicy salsa for this gal but everything else...even the coleslaw (I've never eaten coleslaw in my life, but this was not like "American slaw"). We ate like we had never seen food in our lives, I'm sure it was quite a sight...it was just so good though, everywhere we turned there was food!! 

After eating, we sat back and digested our awesome meal a bit, had another beer and looked over the other menu. The prices didn't seem too bad for the upscale feel and it being a Lobster House. The name of the restaurant is Bismark-cito.

The pictures below will show you the different menus and prices along with our bill (in pesos). The food was great with good service from Oscar and an all around pleasant atmosphere, we would definitely come back here!

That is about $15 U.S. Dollars

 On our way home, we stopped by the Walmart and grabbed a few things and spent some time walking around. The Walmart here is so interesting. It has things for sale, inside the store, that you just don't see in the States. As we walked in, I saw a salesman showing a full-sized refrigerator to a family! I'm totally in love with their clothing and shoe options too, everything is colorful and beautiful, it's almost like the items are made better, too. I'm so on board with Mexican Walmart! haha

ATV's & Scooters for sale inside Walmart

Come get your motorcycle at Wally World!

One of many aisles of Mexican beer

Oh and the Bakery (Panaderia)....Oh.My.Goodness!! I could spend all day here trying all the different cakes, breads, muffins, rolls, things I've never seen or heard of. I'd probably gain a good 60 lbs. if I lived here due to the Panaderia, everything is made fresh daily and it smells sooooo good. The Bakery works a little differently as well. You walk into the Bakery area and pick up a big circular silver tray and a pair of tongs, go pick out what you want setting it on the tray. When you are done, you bring the tray over to the counter where one of the Baker's takes your tray and puts your items one by one in a brown paper sack, they punch the items into a computer and put a sticker on the bag. I didn't know what everything was so the first time around I got a couple of croissants (yum), a couple of jalapeno cheesy breads and a couple of pieces of bread that look like garlic bread slices (but aren't) with butter and sugar (I learned later) on-top. Everything was delicious, we made sandwiches out of the croissants and cheesy jalapeno bread and I cooked up the sugar, butter bread on the stove later and had them for dessert...mighty tasty!

The Bakery is about 5 of these deep!

On our way back to the van, we saw a couple of guys stuck in the sand, so Jamie dropped me off at the van, strapped the shovel to the bike and went to go help dig them out. Once he got back, about 15 minutes later, the guys drove by honking and giving a thumbs up.

It was nice to get out of camp today and do something different.  The Sunset was a beautiful way to end a great day.
Here's to being able to live this way for now. It may end at any moment but at least we have today!


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Friday, May 6, 2016

*Baja~ All washed up!

 *(These posts were supposed to be sent out once a week but it seems something is not working right and they haven't been going out. I apologize for the lull and will try to get the rest of these babies out for y'all.)*

 February 22-24, 2016
I'm finding it hard to write out a post because it seems like every day is kind of the same but with different things washing ashore.
This post will be mostly pictures of things I see while on my daily walks with Chili Moon.

Chili and I are getting about 3-5 miles under our belts every day, walking the beach. We see all kinds of crazy things I've never seen before on shore, there's always something new the sea churns up.
Little green worm

These green worms were only on a small part of the beach but in that one area, were everywhere!
I almost stepped on this thing...it was still alive and churning under the water. So beautiful but I'm sure super painful!!

The best and biggest sand dollar I found!

This crab was beautiful....I guess a bird thought so too bc they had him for lunch!

Chili Moon loves chasing the birds, this has become her new thing. I don't think she really likes the birds so in her mind she's telling them to leave. It's really funny to watch her run down the beach at full speed, barking at them as they fly over her. When they fly from the sand into the water, she is actually chasing them into the water...something I thought I would never see during her lifetime. 

Chili chasing birds, running thru water by Ayevangabond  

She is getting bold and I couldn't be more proud of her for being so brave!! The other night she went in up to her neck and then as she went further and couldn't touch she started popping around like popcorn to get out...it was pretty funny to watch. 

At first I was a little nervous and scared because she's so little, I thought the tide might wash her out if she ran in too deep, but she's getting the hang of it and not going in past her comfort level! I love watching her learn what everything is; the waves coming in and going out, the coral, the dead fish, the other dead things. With all of this dead stuff around I'm glad she's not a roller like Savannah, she just smells it and jumps away like, EW!!

All of the shells I've collected

The Vultures waiting their turn at the HUGE dead fish that washed up

Dead Blow Fish WITH eyes still in tact

A little creepy but interesting!

Very small but lethal Man 'o'war

This is why you always have to be looking down...don't want to step on one of these!! Ouch!

There is one bird, a very large Egret, that I have named Marge...because she's large and in charge. She sits in the same place between the shore and a sand bar every day, when we get close I ask Chili, "Do you want to say hello to Marge?" Chili will start walking low and slow next to my legs, like she's hunting. I'll say, Go see Marge and she'll take off like a bullet toward Marge, sometimes she barks, sometimes she just runs to her. 

Large Marge

Marge will sit for a while until Chili gets right up on her, then she'll fly further into the water...Chili will chase her as far as she can touch the sand, then she runs out of the water, running back and forth on the sand barking at her. What can I say, it's free entertainment and my Moonie is getting some great exercise out of it!

Luckily, when it was time for the full moon, the skies were so clear and watching the moon rise was pretty close to perfect!!


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