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[*] posted on 3-4-2018 at 09:36 PM
San Felipe


A really easy crossing in Mexicali East. Good road conditions. It's been a little cool down here and even some fog yesterday.
IMG_4501 by ssichler, on Flickr

Drove down South today to the shell beach I've seen mentioned in David K's reports. The road is still pretty bad.

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[*] posted on 3-4-2018 at 10:27 PM


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[*] posted on 3-4-2018 at 10:28 PM


GET OFF
OUR BEACH
DAVID K

Now THAT'S funny !!!!

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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 08:41 AM


The road signs must be new? I didn't see them last year, those are some dig dips if you aren't paying attention!!! David has his own welcome sign,LOL....
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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 09:03 AM


"Our Beach", now that is funny! Too bad there is so little sharing. Baja is for sharing! I began camping there in 1978, named it Shell Island, and have enjoyed it with family and friends since. The gringos who began living in the region after a paved road arrived have called it Shell Beach. There already is a Shell Beach in Baja and this one is a barrier island, plus Shell Island is a little more exotic sounding, right? A commercial fishing camp is seasonally occupied, otherwise nobody else is on the island. Enjoy!






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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 09:41 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
"Our Beach", now that is funny! Too bad there is so little sharing. Baja is for sharing! I began camping there in 1978, named it Shell Island, and have enjoyed it with family and friends since. The gringos who began living in the region after a paved road arrived have called it Shell Beach. There already is a Shell Beach in Baja and this one is a barrier island, plus Shell Island is a little more exotic sounding, right? A commercial fishing camp is seasonally occupied, otherwise nobody else is on the island. Enjoy!



Shell Island it is. I found it using your kilometer listings so thanks for sharing.




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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 09:46 AM


Cool! Did you spend much time there or drive the full 4 miles from tip to tip of the island? The north end is opposite Rancho Percebu and the south end is Bahía Santa María.

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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 10:05 AM


It wasn't the nicest of days so we didn't spend much time there. Looks like an interesting area.



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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 11:16 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Three2tango  
It wasn't the nicest of days so we didn't spend much time there. Looks like an interesting area.


It is a bit of heaven for us... the summer is best (for us).
We do often go on Memorial Weekend in the end of May, still a bit too cool, but it works out as other family members can get that weekend off and join us. Here is last Memorial Day, on Shell Island:


Tide going out.


Camp this time was on the lagoon side, here at high tide.


Looking south, on the island. The Gulf of California on the left, and Laguna Percebu on the right. High tide.




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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 11:23 AM


Prior to hurricane Katerina (1967) there was no island. People would camp at Percebu and walk around to shell beach or walk across at low tide. We started camping there pre-pavement in 1959. It was not always shell island or DavidKs beach (probably still is not on a formal map).
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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 12:04 PM


Correct, it was possible to drive the beach from Agua de Chale (Nuevo Mazatlan), north, around the lagoon (what we called Bahia Santa Maria before there was a campo by that name there) and on north to a point across from Percebu (where a lagoon was).

After the 1967 chubasco and the big back bay creation (see shrimp boat grounded photos) is when it became an 'island'...

I began parking on one side of the south lagoon entrance and walking across to the island at low tide (around 1977) to hunt for shells. One trip, I saw a VW camper van on the island and walked over to ask them how they got there... they showed me the track through the marsh grass and bushes that eluded me when I drove between Santa Maria and Percebu on the dune buggy/salt flat road in the 70's.

From then on I camped on the island instead of Nuevo Mazatlan (except when the tide was too high and it was a true island all around).




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[*] posted on 3-5-2018 at 08:18 PM


well at least the locals toned down the "R' rated ode to David......
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[*] posted on 3-6-2018 at 08:00 AM


Quote: Originally posted by willardguy  
well at least the locals toned down the "R' rated ode to David......


Saw that one too...it is gone now.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2018 at 01:33 PM


Was told last month, that a Gringo bought several hundred acres of land at the entrance and is in the process of subdividing lots. Said he owns the land from road to"shell beach." Anyone heard this yet?
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[*] posted on 3-7-2018 at 12:35 PM


Yes, some people who only visit think Baja is their private playground. Trespass to get to their beach. Camp right on the federal zone with their car. But times they are a changin.
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Quote: Originally posted by bajapedro  
Was told last month, that a Gringo bought several hundred acres of land at the entrance and is in the process of subdividing lots. Said he owns the land from road to"shell beach." Anyone heard this yet?


perhaps the graffiti artist?
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[*] posted on 4-23-2018 at 02:52 PM


We are wrapping up stay here in Baja and starting to head NOB. Thanks to David K and others on the board for advice on places to see. More pics and video on our blog -
http://www.awaywewinnebago.com/baja-adventuring/

Some highlights

Canon del Diablo

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Aqua Caliente

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Laguna del Diablo

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[*] posted on 4-23-2018 at 03:03 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Three2tango  
A really easy crossing in Mexicali East. Good road conditions. It's been a little cool down here and even some fog yesterday.
IMG_4501 by ssichler, on Flickr



looks like sea level rise was threatening that palm tree and they had to armor the shoreline to save it!




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[*] posted on 4-23-2018 at 08:40 PM


mtgoat666 - The sea wall at Victor's RV Park. We saw tides up to the wall. I guess it's even worse with a high tide and strong NW winds.



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