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Nov 23, 2008 - La Paz - Marina Palmira

We have taken well over 500 pictures since our last post two weeks ago. It has been difficult to pick out our favorites to post for you to view. The majority of those were taken underwater and our skills have increased only slightly. We hope that you enjoy them. When last we spoke, we were leaving Los Muertos for Puerto Ballandra which we did. It was a beautiful passage around Punta Arena and through the Cerralvo Channel with Isla Cerralvo off our starboard beam (east of us as we were heading north). We had very light wind and it was on our...

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Apr 14, 2008 - fly to La Paz

La Paz is an up and coming town that is only on the radar of the experienced Mexican traveler. Perhaps this was why our flight was 3/4 full and we could overhear passengers around us muttering about how happy they were to be going to La Paz rather than nearby Cabo San Lucas. Cruise ships stop in Cabo and it has been a favorite of ours for many years. We’ve only been to La Paz once before and we spent the day wandering around wondering what there was to do. It will be interesting to see how much has changed in the last three years. Our...

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Mar 2, 2008 - Generation Gap & Goodbye To Los Cerritos

Most of the campers at this spot (Los Cerritos) have been coming to this area for years. Accustomed to camping in places with no services, they've all generally worked out what they need to get by. Electrical power generation is typically one of those needs. Almost everyone who does this sort of camping in the South and Mexico relies on solar panels to collect energy to charge their batteries. We are not so equipped, nor did we have a generator which is the next best thing. So if we were to stay at a free beach, then we needed to get...

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Our Adventure

Feb 28, 2008 - Santa Rosalia to Laz Paz and back

After leaving Santa Rosalia, we crossed into Baja California South and finally… hot weather! Again, beautiful twisty highway and many scenic views of the ocean, contrary to the road maps which only show straight highway. We arrived in La Paz and checked into another Lonely Planet recommended motel,again a good choice. Although one of our most expensive motel stays at $65, it was well worth the price. We went for a city ride the next day and walked up and down the Malecon (boardwalk).We had wanted to have one more day to ride down to Cabo...

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Canadian BMW rider

Feb 16, 2008 - Return to La Paz

We had heard that La Paz was celebrating its annual Carnavale and wondered if it was a good idea to stay at the beach near the ferry where we had originally planned. Carnavale means the end of carne (meat) for the period of Lent (a bit of trivia for those of you who enjoy that). Since we had been hearing about such carnavales for years, we thought it might be fun to check it out. Our rethinking of where to stay was fortuitous. When we pulled into Campestre Marantha where we had stayed on our first stop in La Paz, who did we discover at the...

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Feb 9, 2008 - “Capitolizing” on La Paz

With our RV patched and somewhat happy we found our way down dusty dirt packed roads (we now knew San Carlos) to the highway, on our way to La Paz, the capitol of Baja Sur. This was to be our first big city since leaving Ensenada. Our plan was to spend a few days in La Paz, getting our ferry tickets and related paperwork, enjoying the city and then to move on. The road to La Paz was slightly better. That means a little wider with some shoulders, but these were shared with burros and cattle. Many kestrels have been visible along the roads,...

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Feb 3, 2008 - La Paz

We pulled out of the East Cape RV Park at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. We drove the See Ya past El Viejo, Tia Pablo’s, Las Palmas de Cortez, and Chapito’s up to the highway and headed north. For the second time we maneuvered our rigs through the seventeen kilometer stretch (“camino sinuoso”) that winds through San Antonio and Triunfo. Then it was due north into La Paz for our three night stay at Campestre Marantha. La Paz has a population of about a half million and is the largest city on the Baja. Hal, Charlene, Sue and I spent much of the day on...

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Jan 28, 2008 - La Paz

After departing Cabo four days prior, we finally arrived in La Paz. First order of business was immigration and the second was a new water pump. The first was easily solved by acquiring an agent. Step 1 was a Health and Boat inspection, which consisted entirely of one question, "are you healthy"? Answering yes, and giving him the obligatory tip, the Inspector signed the official papers. Next was a quick trip to the Immigration Office, where our agent was warmly greeted by all the officials, and we were in and out within an hour. A couple...

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Jan 17, 2008 - Ciudad Constitucion to La Paz

Our trip to La Paz was uneventful. We arrived at Casa Blanca RV around 1pm. We got settled and then headed to La Ventana, which is about 45 mins south of La Paz to see Rob and Sandy, our windsurfing friends. We figured out where we were going to park and then headed back to La Paz. We decided to do some last minute grocery shopping and hit a Soriana. It is a store similar to Walmart with everything you can think of. It took an hour...besides the store being huge we had to figure out the spanish labels to make sure we were buying the right...

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Mexico Bound!

Nov 18, 2007 - Into the Sea of Cortez

November 18, 2007 in the Sea of Cortez After 2 nights at Los Frailes, we push north to Bajia de los Muertos (that's' right... Bay of the Dead)... where we have a quick overnight stop before pushing on to La Paz. We are surprised that Los Muertos has a recently opened "Giggling Marlin Beach Club" (of the same ownership as the famed Cabo Giggling Marlin, but with a much more subdued, family oriented feeling)... it's more of a very nice, open-air, palapa-style restaurant/sports bar. We arrive on Sunday and dink to shore to grab a beer and...

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May 12, 2007 - Day 7 - Punta Evaristo and La Paz

While waiting for the fuel dock to open for a little top-off, we enjoyed watching the enormous variety of fish under the dock; a veritable aquarium! Once underway, the exit from the harbor on dead calm waters close by the towering walls of the Sierra Gigante was breathtaking. There are many small anchorages along this beautiful stretch of coastline, each usually with one sailboat in it, and one more beautiful than the next. This leg of the trip was the longest with no commercially available fuel; completion was dependent on being able to...

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Apr 2, 2007 - We're Back!!

We're Back!! Well, here it is, Wednesday, April 11, 2007 and I'm sitting on the boat which is tied up to a slip in Puerta Vallarta. But let us go back a few days and start at the beginning of the return trip.... April 1 - Marcel and I met at the United Airlines counter around 1100 hours in the morning to check-in for our trip to Mexico City. I got there a little ahead of Marcel and checked in first. My suit case was a little too heavy, so I had to pay an extra $50.00. I also upgraded my ticket for $44.00 to business economy class...

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