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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 01:52 PM
things we bring back from baja


Curious some of the things people have brought back from Baja to remind us how great a place it is...Anything from bought souvenirs, fish, shells,memories, stray dogs, etc..etc..(hopefully most of the items were legal) Some items that I have returned home with back in the day are now illegal to bring home.

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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 03:05 PM


Most of us know some items are on the prohibited list,
shells, probably rocks, etc. One would have to dig deep
into Mex regs to uncover them, not sure any Mex Authority
would know them. Have a bottle opener from a deposito
in Mulege, '82, came with the carton, still works.
I mostly have memories of quirky events.
Wonder if there is a curse like the Hawaiian Pele,
take the piece of volcano rock home, then have
the bad luck associated with it, until it is returned


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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 04:28 PM


Pieces of untreated wood are likely on the prohibited list of the US customs as well.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 04:35 PM


I don't know how to spell it but penicillin took care of it.

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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 04:40 PM


:lol: :lol: :lol: *claps*




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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 04:52 PM


Rocks are okay as long as you wash off the dirt. We frequently get onyx at El Marmol.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 05:08 PM


I had a nice big chunk of onyx and placed outside of my front door, as a decoration... somebody took it! Elizabeth was bummed... I said, let's just go get another! I have several smaller pieces here.

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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 05:28 PM


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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 05:46 PM


Ash trays from hotels Sernidad and La Mission even if I don't smoke
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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 05:52 PM


red wood slab from Mallirimo and iron wood stump base them suckers are heavy told customs the redwood came from Kalifornia and the stump was a carving --he laughed and said go ahead.:bounce:
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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 06:09 PM


A couple of hitch hiking scorpions.
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[*] posted on 7-5-2018 at 08:17 PM


Bunch of fish, kitten, arrowhead, whale bone, body, meds, just the normal stuff.



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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 08:22 AM


I always bring back two bottles of Controy, the "Licor de Naranj" in the green bottle used to make Margaritas. Can't find it in the US any more and there is not a really good substitute.



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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 08:34 AM


Quote: Originally posted by BornFisher  
Bunch of fish, kitten, arrowhead, whale bone, body, meds, just the normal stuff.


:lol::lol::lol:



Elizabeth insisted this come home with us...



I put it in the back of my truck in plain view of customs and it is now by our fireplace, along with another from the same trip. June 2007.




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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 11:05 AM


Back in 1985, when it was legal, I bought a large turtle shell at the store in San Tomas, next to the gas station, and still have it now in Oregon. There were piles of shells back then. I don't think I paid more than $5-$10. To make them look really nice they need to be polished. A future project.
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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 11:07 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  


Elizabeth insisted this come home with us...





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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 11:09 AM


One solo trip to Magdalena Bay I returned with several whale vertebra and a couple of turtle shells strapped to the back of my kayak. The local fishermen greeted me as I pulled into shore near my truck. Lots of discussion took place until one said to get the "esposas". I knew I was in a legal dark area. I became concerned about whose wives I was going to meet and what that meant.
They were all laughing and obviously I was the butt of the joke. Finally one held out his hands like they had handcuffs on and repeated "esposas". Everybody laughed including me. They then helped me load the kayak on the truck, put the vertebra and turtle shells in it too. I waved good by, appreciating Mexican humor, and learned a new word. Going back through the border, I was waved through.

These bones and turtle carapaces were used in my classroom (biology) for years and currently used by my daughter in her biology class.
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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 11:26 AM


Interesting that men invented such a word for "handcuffs"! Don't tell our esposas that! Is that a Mexican term, or more universal in Spanish?



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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 11:31 AM


I have a triangle shaped ashtray about 8 inches long from the onyx digs at San Telmo. I also have a baseball size rock made from white volcanic ash from south of El Datil near where you cross the arroyo. I've brought back lots of rocks and shells but I usually give them away to family and friends.
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[*] posted on 7-6-2018 at 08:42 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ncampion  
I always bring back two bottles of Controy, the "Licor de Naranj" in the green bottle used to make Margaritas. Can't find it in the US any more and there is not a really good substitute.


Controy is the inexpensive imposter of Cointreau but is sweeter.
Triple Sec is another orange liqueur....:light:




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