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[*] posted on 9-22-2020 at 03:28 PM


Sorry JZ, you are leaving out too many details, I don't understand what you posted... I don't mind using tags and editing the old fashion way:

1) Get the YouTube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z57zQNujPyY

2) Remove the 'watch?' and change the '=' to a '/': https://www.youtube.com/v/Z57zQNujPyY

3) Add the tags: [flash=640x480] in front and [/flash ] in back. Note: I added a space after flash so you can see the link without it changing to an image or video:

[flash=640x480]https://www.youtube.com/v/Z57zQNujPyY[/flash ]





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[*] posted on 9-22-2020 at 03:33 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Sorry JZ, you are leaving out too many details, I don't understand what you posted... I don't mind using tags and editing the old fashion way:

1) Get the YouTube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z57zQNujPyY

2) Remove the 'watch?' and change the '=' to a '/': https://www.youtube.com/v/Z57zQNujPyY

3) Add the tags: [flash=640x480] in front and [/flash ] in back. Note: I added a space after flash so you can see the link without it changing to an image or video:

[flash=640x480]https://www.youtube.com/v/Z57zQNujPyY[/flash ]



Quote one of the video's I posted and you'll see the code. I noticed it when Doug posted a video. It allows ppl watching to go to full screen w/o having to go to the actual YT site.

I had always posted like you are, until someone showed me a better way.




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[*] posted on 9-22-2020 at 03:45 PM


Doug explained it here: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=76602



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[*] posted on 9-22-2020 at 03:52 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Doug explained it here: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=76602


Yeah, I'm referring to the 2nd way he suggests, the newer way w/o Flash. You can see the difference in the two videos he posted. The first one has the full screen button in the bottom right corner disabled. It's enabled in the second video.

As a side now, browsers are ending support of Flash at the end of this year. Not sure if that impacts the first method or not, but I suspect it does.




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[*] posted on 9-22-2020 at 07:10 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaric  

I wouldn’t worry about pulling the trailer and it would definitely help you with your plans. I regularly drive down with a 45 ft. RV pulling a Jeep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z57zQNujPyY

classic movie with Lucille Ball - trailer brakes first!


Hilarious video! If that doesn’t scare the caca our of a first time Baja traveler I don’t know what will. Yes, going up is the easy part but going down is another story. Personally I would walk down rather than get into that rig. Very good video dubbing for a 1953 film.
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[*] posted on 9-23-2020 at 09:14 AM


About the dog.....I take mine every time, and although some of my options are limited by my 90 pound co-pilot, we both enjoy the ride! An official health certificate is no longer required (unless you are flying) but be prepared with proof of parasite prevention (for Mexico) and rabies for re entering the US.

I have never been asked by Mexico for the health records, and only once by the US, but you should have them.

If you need a veterinarian while south of the border, don't hesitate to use a local clinic. I have been pleased with the care, and cost, both times I needed a doctor for my dog!

About the trailer....If you love it, take it! A pop-up is probably about the same size as the small utility trailer I sometimes take down there. I went way oversize on the tires, and way under inflated compared to what I would run on my SUV. As long as the sidewalls aren't bulging or getting warm, the soft tires will serve you well with things like pot holes or topes!(speed bumps)

By the way, when you get the Mexican insurance for your car, the trailer must also be declared, and of course you will have proof of registration for it.




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[*] posted on 9-24-2020 at 08:18 AM


If you wish to camp in San Ignacio, there is a campground along the river just before you enter the town plaza and Mission. It is on the right just after you cross the lagoon/river bridge. From there you can walk into town.


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
The best places to see gray whales are guerrero negro, Laguna San Ignacio and Magdalena bay, in feb and March. You can’t kayak, you go out in pangas (each trip a couple hours long.
For good trailer camping at San Ignacio, check out kuyima. About 10 miles of washboard dirt road, but trailer can make it if you go slow.

The whale camps are going to be limited to 1/3 capacity for the whale season, due to the covid, so reserve space early, they will probably be booked?

You can see some whales on sea of Cortez (fins, humpys, sometimes grays), but kayak probably not be fast enough to catch up to whales in open ocean.

You can kayak out to see migrating gray whales pretty up close in San Diego. Launch at mission bay or La Jolla shores and go 2 miles out, in January or late March/early April, there are lots of migrating grays passing by and about 2 miles offshore is best spot to intercept and be failrly close in kayak as they pass by.




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[*] posted on 9-24-2020 at 08:47 AM


Quote: Originally posted by LancairDriver  
Quote: Originally posted by bajaric  

I wouldn’t worry about pulling the trailer and it would definitely help you with your plans. I regularly drive down with a 45 ft. RV pulling a Jeep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z57zQNujPyY

classic movie with Lucille Ball - trailer brakes first!


Hilarious video! If that doesn’t scare the caca our of a first time Baja traveler I don’t know what will. Yes, going up is the easy part but going down is another story. Personally I would walk down rather than get into that rig. Very good video dubbing for a 1953 film.


Before they improved the Cuesta del Infierno, going northbound from Santa Rosalía, it was scary steep and narrow pulling a trailer!




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[*] posted on 9-24-2020 at 09:23 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  


Before they improved the Cuesta del Infierno, going northbound from Santa Rosalía, it was scary steep and narrow pulling a trailer!


As recently as late February, it can still be pretty scary depending on what is coming down the hill at you. Be prepared to share your side of the pavement!




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[*] posted on 9-24-2020 at 05:38 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  


Before they improved the Cuesta del Infierno, going northbound from Santa Rosalía, it was scary steep and narrow pulling a trailer!


As recently as late February, it can still be pretty scary depending on what is coming down the hill at you. Be prepared to share your side of the pavement!


the radius of a few of those curves require a doble semi remolque to use parts of the oncoming lane. not the truck drivers fault...just geometry.
i have found Monday on highway #1 to have less truck traffic.
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[*] posted on 9-27-2020 at 06:52 PM


First and foremost thanks to everyone for sharing your time and expertise. I still have questions but I know where to turn for answers. Lots of them.
It now looks like we would start our trip some time between Feb. 2 and 8. I will continue to plan for 4 sleeps but may stretch it to 5 (see below).
I have had one or more recommendations for Bahia de Los Angeles, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, Bahia Concepcion, and Laguna Ojo de Liebre as possible places to kayak, see whales and/or camp.
The towns of Tijuana, Ensenada, Catavina, San Felipe, Loreto, San Quintin, Mulege, Santa Rosalia and San Ignacio have all been mentioned as towns to at least stop in if not actually stay in. And I am sure I have missed some.
Some people have said bring the camper, it should be no problem. An equal number said leave it home, too much hassle.
So here are my thoughts so far. Being able to chat with someone to get local tips on where to eat or the best road to get to someplace would be a benefit. I assume I would have better luck at a small hotel than a campground, but maybe not. People in campgrounds can be friendly and helpful, usually are.
It seems like Bahia Asuncion and Laguna Ojo de Liebre are my top choices to get up close and personal with gray whales, so that is a definite. I see that Shari has both an Inn and camping so either would work. I haven't figured out what whale camp is but I will soon.
I think I would also like to make a second stop, to get a different, authentic experience. I figure the east coast where I might see a humpback or whale shark. Mulege, Santa Rosalia and Loreto seem to fit the bill.
Incidentally, I would also love to go fishing but charter boats seem to be out of my price range.
One concern is that I don't know if I can make it from the border to either Bahia Asuncion or Mulege before dark, and one thing everybody agrees on is don't drive after dark.If I got to the Mexicali crossing bright and early and drove for 8 hours, plus gas and pee breaks, would I be pushing my luck? How long should I figure it will take to get across, assuming they let me in? Or should we spend our first night a few hours south of the border so we only have a 4-6 hour drive the next day? San Felipe? That might help us orient ourselves to being in another country.
Apparently taking the dog will be fine but I still have the issue of finding a dog sitter while we are in the boat.
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[*] posted on 9-27-2020 at 07:34 PM


Hanging out with Shari in Bahia Asuncion would be a good introduction to Baja for you.

While theoretically doable, making it to Asuncion in one day is tough to do. Especially pulling a trailer.

I'd shoot for Guerrero Negro the first day. Cross the border at Mexicali just before day break. Get a cheap hotel in GN and enjoy a good meal of fish tacos and Pacificos. From there head down to BA in the AM.

You can see Mulege/Concepcion and / or San Ignacio in the general area if you extend your trip. Or just stroll down the central West coast of Baja (easier).

You really need 6 days at a minimum to do this trip. 8-10 days would be ideal.

Remember to expect the unexpected. Flat tires, break downs, etc.


[Edited on 9-28-2020 by JZ]




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[*] posted on 9-27-2020 at 08:00 PM


I thought that you were going to spend a few days driving until you found a place to camp for four days or so, then a couple of days driving north again.

If all you have is four or five days total, I don't think you would miss the trailer much, and would gain mobility.

You should contact Shari well ahead of your travel dates and learn more about her tours, and what ever else she can share. She is active on this forum, here is a recent post with her contact info;

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=95126&got...

By the way, the whale camp operates near Guererro Negro, and that is about 120 miles north of her campground and hotel in Bahia Asuncion.




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[*] posted on 9-28-2020 at 07:35 AM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Hanging out with Shari in Bahia Asuncion would be a good introduction to Baja for you.

While theoretically doable, making it to Asuncion in one day is tough to do. Especially pulling a trailer.

I'd shoot for Guerrero Negro the first day. Cross the border at Mexicali just before day break. Get a cheap hotel in GN and enjoy a good meal of fish taco and Pacifico's. From there head down to BA in the AM.

You can see Mulege/Concepcion and / or San Ignacio in the general area if you extend your trip. Or just stroll down the central West coast of Baja (easier).

You really need 6 days at a minimum to do this trip. 8-10 days would be ideal.

Remember to expect the unexpected. Flat tires, break downs, etc.




[Edited on 9-28-2020 by JZ]


This taco truck on the main street through Guerrero Negro is where you should eat...









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[*] posted on 9-29-2020 at 11:46 AM
A bit more about Mulege!


Mulege is a taste of an older Mexican way of life (except for cell phones and internet) and has changed less than other parts of Baja over the years.

If you ditch the trailer and hotel your way through your trip, I recommend the Hotel Hacienda in the center of town. It is a charming old establishment, very reasonable, dog friendly (on leash in the courtyard) and is central to many shops and restaurants.

Even if you take the trailer, there is gated off street parking available. There is also a fairly short path down to the river that was a great place for me to walk my dog!

I don't know about kayak rentals in the area, but you may be able to leave your dog in the room for a few hours, but I did not try that.

Here is a link; http://www.hotelhaciendamulege.com/




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Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
Mulege is a taste of an older Mexican way of life (except for cell phones and internet) and has changed less than other parts of Baja over the years.

If you ditch the trailer and hotel your way through your trip, I recommend the Hotel Hacienda in the center of town. It is a charming old establishment, very reasonable, dog friendly (on leash in the courtyard) and is central to many shops and restaurants.

Even if you take the trailer, there is gated off street parking available. There is also a fairly short path down to the river that was a great place for me to walk my dog!

I don't know about kayak rentals in the area, but you may be able to leave your dog in the room for a few hours, but I did not try that.

Here is a link; http://www.hotelhaciendamulege.com/


Mulege is very nice, quaint. And world-class kayaking is 20-30 mins away at Concepcion Bay.





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I haven't posted in a while. :We decided not to go to Baja this time. The Covid situation is too serious to be going to another country for the first time.
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[*] posted on 12-8-2020 at 07:48 AM


Quote: Originally posted by travelfar  
I haven't posted in a while. :We decided not to go to Baja this time. The Covid situation is too serious to be going to another country for the first time.


Wise choice.
Community spread will not be controlled until people begin following guidance to stay put for a few weeks. Alas, people are selfish and stupid, they continue to go to large social gatherings, bars, restaurants, churches, etc.

Will be a long time before vaccine rolls out. Just yesterday we learned that in late summer Trump declined an offer from Pfizer to buy additional vaccine. Someone must not have gotten their kickback. Trump said it was his operation warp speed, he owns this, he declined the offered vaccine, the real art of the deal, eh?




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if you come to camp at Bahia Asuncion in our campground Campo Sirena, I have a couple good kayaks for paddling out to the Island to play with the sealions...really cool paddle and you may even see migrating whales too! Sirena can dogsit for you.



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[*] posted on 12-8-2020 at 11:43 AM
stay safe!


Given the long distance you have to travel thru the US to get here- smart choice.

The beautiful places and critters in Baja will still be here when it is safe to travel.

Stay healthy this winter- hope you will visit in the future.

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I haven't posted in a while. :We decided not to go to Baja this time. The Covid situation is too serious to be going to another country for the first time.




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