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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 12:38 AM
A trip back to BCS - finally !!!


With schedules finally aligning for the first time in a long time, Michelle, Ryland and I headed off to Baja for 8 days & nights on Saturday, Dec 27th.

It's the first opportunity we've had for a 7+ day trip in many years, and if we have that amount of time, we're goin' SOUTH. Baja California Sur to be exact.

Got my insurance through BajaBound.com's site online, stopped at San Ysidro to change some dollars into pesos (look for the highest peso value at the stores that say 'no comision' or 'no commision' on San Ysidro Blvd, EAST of I-805). I believe it was about 13.3 pesos per dollar that day.

We stopped at the SY border-crossing immigration office to get our Tourist Cards, and shortly thereafter we were on our way.... with one more quick stop - as FDT, along with daughters Sofia and Danielle graciously drove to meet us at the border as we headed south, and so we could drop off a few toys we had with us for the following weekend's event in Col. Lomas Taurinas for Dia de Reyes.

After visiting with FDT and family for a few minutes, we were again headed south - this time, first west along Av Internacional, then entirely along the toll-road to Ensenada.

Couldn't help but notice that new brand (of something) that's being advertised on almost all of the billboards along the way, especially in Rosarito.... maybe you've seen it? It says: "Disponible". It doesn' t look like business is good.

btw... I have not edited any of the pics in any way thus far other than to downsize them. I'm uploading somewhere around 140 pics out of 2000 taken between Michelle, Ryland and myself.... and most were taken by Michelle, with over 1500 off her memory cards. She kept snappin' away from the passenger's seat.
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Pic: The new brand, "Disponible"

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 12:42 AM


When we arrived in Ensenada, we were ready for some seafood... but first, I wanted a chance to see if I could take a picture or two from shore of the SS Catalina - and see in-person what's happening with the dismantling going on....

These pics are from late afternoon on Saturday, Dec 27th...

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 12:44 AM


Notice the stack is already gone... and also in this pic, while things were quiet in Ensenada, it looked like these were tour boats (???) following a course around the bay, including coming by the Catalina...

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:01 AM
SS Catalina, the Great White Steamer


I'm very saddened by the course of events that have led to the dismantling of the Catalina. To me, this outcome is an absolute shame.

There are some old pics on a site I put together about 11 years ago for David Engholm - without whom, the fight to save her would've never even lasted this long:
http://www.sscatalina.com

1935 footage, from the movie "Pirate Party":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgwJ6jd3r1g

And someone's else posted a new memorial collection of pics into a video on YouTube also:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHlvQQg81Ls




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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:13 AM


So, after taking a few pics, it was off to eat... and we ended up at Mariscos Playa Azul... right next to Mariscos Bahia Ensenada on Av. Riveroll just off the main tourist shopping street, Lopez Mateos.

We like both of these restaurants, but tend to find the former being a little less expensive, and the latter having a little more extensive menu and a little more atmosphere.

The grilled veggies served with an order of Filete a la Plancha are always really good here, and I asked for some extra - which they brought me a fairly large plate of, and didn't charge me anything extra for. I tried a Bohemia Obscura - and this is either different, or I simply enjoyed it more than in years past. It was an excellent dark beer.

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:14 AM


Michelle enjoying Mariscos Playa Azul...

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:29 AM


After the restaurant, we pushed on through down Highway 1 to El Rosario. It looked like things were slow - and places were pretty empty - from Rosarito all the way down through San Quintin, and I thought, 'sure, we'll be able to show up at the Baja Cactus and get a room tonight... no problema'....

...and boy, even though I thought it might be slow, I still wasn't surprised to see the parking lot packed at the Baja Cactus. Oh my!

"Um, you wouldn't happen to have a room available, would you?" I cringed, expecting no for an answer.....

"S Seor. One room left ! ...in the economy rooms"

I'lllllllllll take it! I said.

Plenty cold, but enough hot water to work out well-enough all things considered.

Michelle begged for warmer weather. "We're headin' that way right now baby.... we're headin' that way..." I told her.

Here is Ryland in the morning on Sunday, all bundled up and ready to go!

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:36 AM


I have to admit, but it's become a habit in El Rosario to head over in the morning to Baja's Best B&B for breakfast. Ryland likes the hotcakes, and frankly I look forward to the coffee.

Usually we're spoiled at the Baja Cactus, as the newer rooms have coffee makers, along with some quality stuff to brew in them... but we were absent that luxury in the economy room, and therefore the desire for coffee was fairly high.

I made sure to make a reservation (for a newer room) for our return date of the following Saturday, the night before the Dia de Reyes event in Tijuana.

At Baja's Best, Ed had a stove heating the place, which Ryland parked himself at when Ed got up to make breakfast.....

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:37 AM


And catching our last glimpses of TV news for a few days I suppose....



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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:37 AM


Breakfast before we head further south for the day....

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:39 AM


And then, onward south !!!

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:41 AM


Somehow, somewhere along the way, Ryland decided that his taking pictures.... and seeing Missions... were of importance to him, and so we obliged those interests a number of times. Here, a shot of Michelle off her camera from Ryland in the back seat...

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:43 AM


Followed these guys only briefly... but there was a moment that I considered the (possible?) safety factor of hangin' out behind them for longer....

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:52 AM


After passing the eagle on the 28th Par, we arrived at the immigration and agricultural stop. The gentleman manning the stop only asked us about produce, and waved us on. No questions about - or check of - our Tourist Cards, etc.

Now this one is one I'd like more information on. When we got to the military stop just north of San Ignacio, there was this signed stop just before. The sign says: "PUESTO DE REGISTRO VEHICULAR POLICIA MINISTERIAL DEL EDO DE B.C.S."

While it looked like he was collecting $$$ from Mexican nationals, he waved us - and the truck ahead of us - both through (and both having plates from the USA).

What are they doing and how long have they been doing this?

It was so cold/windy here on this day that he's not under the awning, but instead sitting in his truck and making people get out of their vehicles to come talk to (and/or pay) him.

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:54 AM


Ryland and myself in front of Mission San Ignacio.

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:55 AM


Michelle and Ryland inside the Mission...

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 01:59 AM


And outside afterwards...

I really didn't allude to it, but not only is this trip about getting back south for Michelle and myself, it's getting Ryland exposure to those areas he hasn't been before and seeing how he takes to it, and what his interest level turns out to be.

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 02:04 AM


Now, this is where we divert the norm.... and Hwy 1.

Wasn't sure if there were whales in La Laguna, but it didn't matter, as we were headin' out there anyway to see some folks (hopefully) that we hadn't seen for years. Then south through San Juanico, Cd. Constitucion, and on to La Paz (eventually).

...so, off we went to San Ignacio Lagoon. We went past Rene's (a restaurant), straight, then turned the right and left up the small hill that leads down the road to La Laguna... and it was there I was met with an incredible surprise....

...a paved highway. For how far, I had no idea, but we followed it as far as it went - which ended up being exactly 10 km. Then it was graded road the rest of the way. About as good as it's ever been - but still not that great.

The paved highway to Laguna San Ignacio:

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 02:09 AM


A nice shot that Michelle took along the way to the lagoon... not sure how well it'll come out after formatting it to attach here.. but here goes...

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[*] posted on 1-12-2009 at 02:26 AM


I spent time many years back going out to see the whales with Cuco, from the home of Romualdo "Maldo" Fischer, and the last time I was out they were trying to make the most of their new camp farther down the lagoon. So, I wasn't sure what I'd find.

When we arrived out at Maldo's place, we were advised that he and wife Catalina had attended a funeral up in the Bahia Tortugas area (family member), but would be back later that same evening. I spoke with his son Roberto (?), and he said we could go down and camp next to the old palapa they'd put up before they built their newer, "Campo Cortez" further down the lagoon. I communicated that I hoped to have a chance to see Maldo and Catalina if possible before we - or he - left in the morning... and inquired further about Cuco (who is Maldo's brother). Roberto told me that Cuco was working most of the year at one of the fish camps that was about 40 km south of the lagoon. He even called him on what seemed to be some sort of radio-telephone (help here anyone on what they're using?) - and I let Cuco know we were coming through the following morning to find out if he was working or would be around.

We agreed to call Cuco back right before we left Maldo & Catalina's place the following morning.

..and then we drove down to the old palapa hut and setup for the night.

Pic: Ryland getting out of the truck upon arrival at Laguna San Ignacio

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