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USA and Baja

As usual, we zipped through the USA as fast as possible, then took our time through the Baja. There’s not a whole lot more cool than hanging out in the warm sun after leaving a dreary October in Vancouver!

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USA and Baja

Cabo del Sol Timeshare - October 19, 2003
We only had one full day in Cabo San Lucas, and we spent it doing the most interesting stuff. You’re really gonna shake your head at this! During our stroll downtown, we met Alex, who roped us into going to see a timeshare the following morning. Well, I’m not sure if that’s right way to […]

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Cabo San Lucas, Baja California - October 18, 2003
Although we were aware that Cabo San Lucas was a major tourist destination, we were still surprised by what awaited us in this city. A well paved divided highway with bridges (it was the first road we’ve seen that was actually engineered!) took us into town where bright parasailers, jetskiers, snorkellers, scuba divers, small cruise […]

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The Eastern Cape Region, Baja California - October 17, 2003
We’ve just been watching a very cute hermit crab for the last half hour or so. He was very shy and it took him forever to come out of his shell. Lucky for him, we returned him to the ocean .. unlike the other crabs that we caught yesterday afternoon – let’s just say we […]

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Bahia Conception (Conception Bay), Baja California - October 14, 2003
Bahia Conception. Well here we are on the east coast of the Baja, looking at the Sea of Cortez for the first time. We 4-wheeled onto a small peninsula that is only accessible when the tide is low (yes, the frame of the truck is getting a little red now from the salt…) but it […]

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San Ignacio, Baja California - October 13, 2003
San Ignacio is an oasis in the desert. A river runs through it, fed by the sierras. The settlers brought date palms to the area and now the town is nestled right in the middle of a huge grove of them. There was no where to camp for free in the town, so after eating […]

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The Desert of Miracles - October 12, 2003
In the morning, Marina told us to look around – and we did. The desert was green. Over the past few weeks, for some godly reason the skies chose to let loose – for the first time in 7 years. There are Mexican children who saw the rain for the first time. The hardy seeds […]

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Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California - October 11, 2003
At Guerroro Negro we met a nice lady serving us Fish Tacos. She practiced her english while we learned some more spanish words. We all had a good time, and decided to meet up again on our way North through the Baja. A big part of us wants to take the ferry from La Paz […]

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Playa Junk, Baja California - October 9, 2003
When we left Guerroro Negro we decided to take a side trip to a peninsula that is the largest ecological reserve in Mexico and Central America. It is home to the endangered Pronghorn deer, or “Berrendo” in Spanish – an antelope type creature. Our first stop was Playa Malarrimo, a beach that is home to […]

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Santa Rosalillita, Baja California - October 7, 2003
The Sonoran Desert is really cool. I’ve never really been to a desert, and it was amazing to see all the different types of cacti and plants that grow there. The Sonoran Cacti are huge…often as large as trees. It’s funny to see that there were signposts indicating ranches/farms in the area. Now, how people […]

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Update of Field Repair #1 - October 6, 2003
Well, welding the hole in the battery worked like a charm, and when we headed into the next town, we went to a mechanic’s shop and drilled a hole in the top of the battery and filled it with water. Everything was going great – but then as Robin was welding the hole in the […]

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Cabo San Quintin, Baja California - October 5, 2003
We’ve spent 3 glorious days here on a long sandy beach in an ecological reserve on a long thin peninsula. We’ve spent some time walking in the sand dunes to the other side of the peninsula, and have identified a number of animal tracks in the sand along the way. We reckon there’s lots of […]

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Field Repair – Hole in a Battery - October 4, 2003
What do you do when you are sitting by the truck, and you hear a sizzling sound. The truck has been off for a day at least. Hmm. Start by opening the hood and taking a look around. After a short inspection, you might see a surplus of white crystals around one of your battery […]

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Faces of the Baja - October 3, 2003
We spent the first part of the day exploring the back roads in the Baja. This it appears, is where the “real” Baja exists, as is noted on the town gate to Puerto Santo Tomas. Roads are all gravel, but in fairly good condition. There are no major potholes, but the washboards are quite bad. […]

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USA to Mexico Border Crossing - September 30, 2003
This crossing from USA to Tijuana was quite simple, though it caught us a bit by surprise. After all the messing about, the whole process took us about 2 hours. From San Diego on the I-5 South, you start seeing border signs about 2 miles prior. All of a sudden, the border appears. Expecting to […]

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Puerto Santo Tomas and Ej Erendira, BC Norte - September 29, 2003
We headed into Mexico in the late morning – see our next post to read about our border crossing experience. After messing around in the large border town, Tijuana, for a few hours (mostly trying to find a bank at which to cash traveller’s cheques – we were unsucessful by the way, since the foreign […]

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San Onofre State Beach, California - September 29, 2003
We headed off into California, through the Redwood Forest and the Napa Valley vineyard area watching large eagles circling overhead (oh where oh where is my bird book?). The sun has come out and it’s quite hot. Believe it or not, we’re having a hard time finding out about state parks in California – i.e. […]

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Harris Beach State Park, Oregon - September 27, 2003
Neither of us got much sleep last night as the wind came up and shook us and our tent all night long! Hmmmm … maybe there are some negative aspects to rooftop tents, such as – you’re a lot higher off the ground, therefore it gets more windy up there!! We headed off early travelling […]

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Nehalem Bay, Oregon - September 26, 2003
We planned to travel through the USA and hit Mexico fairly quickly so as not to spend too much money in the states ($1 US goes a lot further in Central America than in the US). We travelled through Washington, picking up groceries along the way (we have set ourselves a goal of spending only […]

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Seattle, Washington - September 22, 2003
We spent 2 nights with Rose and Pat Miller (Robin’s sister and brother-in-law) in Seattle and had a great time. Rose and Pat always make us feel very welcome in their home, and it was good to see their garden at a decent time of year (rather than the middle of winter when we visited […]

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