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[*] posted on 9-8-2017 at 07:10 PM
La Bocana/Punta Banda


The family and I snuck off for a quick two night trip to relax on the beach. Our goal was La Bocana because we had never been out that way so shortly after 10 on Wednesday we shoved off. The drive down was rather uneventful and the only delay was the x-ray machine at the border and the five thousand signal lights in Ensenada. (Side note: it seems that I have just enough time between drives through Ensenada to forget how long it can take to get through there.) The La Bocana road was, in my opinion, better than highway 1 which could be, in large part, due to the motor grader that we passed on the way home. La Bocana greeted us with a howling wind but otherwise beautiful day. We set up camp but unfortunately the wind was blowing so bad that our daughter couldn't even play on the beach because she was getting sand blasted. We made the most of the afternoon by taking a long walk and enjoying the sunset. After a restless night due to the howling wind we decided that we had come and we had seen and chose to head back towards Punta Banda and the warm sand of La Jolla Beach Club where my wife grew up going with her parents. The drive out was just as easy as the drive in and La Jolla welcomed us with an empty campground and a light breeze which made for a very pleasant day. We set up camp and took a drive over to La Bufadora to check out the blow hole doing its thing before getting back to La Jolla for some swimming and a big hole in the sand which quickly turned into our own personal hot tub until almost sun down. Our alarm clock (my daughter) likes to be up around 5:45 so we packed up and headed north hoping to beat the Friday rush at the San Ysidro border. We normally cross with SENTRI but because we were towing our trailer we had to wait in the normal line. After an hour and ten minutes which felt like ten hours and ten minutes because we couldn't use SENTRI we were through and home free.



Quick diaper change on the way in to La Bocana:

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La Bocana sunset:

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Nothing beats a bath on the beach:

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[*] posted on 9-8-2017 at 07:35 PM


Nice!

Next time through the Punta Banda area, send me a U2U.




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[*] posted on 9-8-2017 at 07:42 PM


Nice, it's been a long time since I've been to La Jolla camp. We use to dive across the hills at Kennedy's camp in the late 70s and 80s. The Kennedy family were lobster fishermen. Old man Kennedy drown while tending to his lobster traps. Got washed over the boat wearing heavy rain gear. His sons may still run the operation.
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[*] posted on 9-8-2017 at 08:02 PM


my buddy and I camped at la bocana tuesday night, we stayed up on the bluff just before the artichoke (I think they're artichokes anyway?) fields. perfect weather but was getting blustery as we left. sure appreciated the bladed road! :yes:
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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 02:57 PM


Thanks for the reports, good to hear the road's been bladed. And yes, the farm south of the river mouth is cultivating delicious artichokes. Not that I would know from personal experience, of course.;)



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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 03:19 PM


Nice report and photos!

Does anyone dig a hole at low tide on the beach near La Joya (Agua Caliente/ Punta Banda) and enjoy the hot springs that are below the sand?




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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 03:32 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Nice report and photos!

Does anyone dig a hole at low tide on the beach near La Joya (Agua Caliente/ Punta Banda) and enjoy the hot springs that are below the sand?


From a distance, you can see steam coming to the surface in the sand, even without digging a hole.
On the west side of Campo La Joya, the have a maintenance room with a well sunk down, maybe fifteen feet, and a bucket on a rope. Drop it in, and pull up a can of steaming hot water.
Can't understand why this feature hasn't been exploited, but Don Alejandro is getting up in years, and his sons may have more creative ideas......soon.




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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 09:43 PM


DK, we did, that's the primary reason why we chose to stay at La Joya. There was one other older lady that had also dug a hole, she appeared to live in one of the houses in camp. DENNIS, my wife and I were saying the same thing. An industrious Mexican with a backhoe could make some good money on any given weekend when the campground is full.

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[*] posted on 9-9-2017 at 09:48 PM


Thanks for the report. Precious alarm clock you have there!!!



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[*] posted on 9-10-2017 at 07:00 AM


Thank you for the hot sand springs confirmation!

Lots of hot springs around Ensenada...





#1 San Carlos*
#2 Agua Caliente* (Ramírez)
#3 Marconi
#4 Uruapan*
#5 Punta Banda (low tide in sand)
#6 Cantu
#7 Rancho Gilberto
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Not included, just north of the map is the 'Russian Hot Springs' east of Guadalupe Valley.

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[*] posted on 9-10-2017 at 07:13 AM


That is a wonderful report on a part of Baja I have never been to. The photo of your daughter is just precious.



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