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Bahia Conception (Conception Bay), Baja California

Tuesday, October 14, 2003
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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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Bahia Kino : Jul 31-Aug 2

Monday, August 18, 2008
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Our aim was to spend a couple of days on the beach relaxing because we have many long days of driving through Mexico (and beyond) ahead of us. We happened across a wonderful little hotel across the road from the beach. Our room was like a small bachelor apartment – with kitchen complete with fridge, […]
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Cabo del Sol Timeshare

Sunday, October 19, 2003
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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

Saturday, October 18, 2003
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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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Cabo San Quintin, Baja California

Sunday, October 5, 2003
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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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Cancun, Yucatan, Mexico

Tuesday, November 4, 2003
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We spent our first few hours in Cancun getting our laundry done, and un-fun stuff like that, but headed off to the beach in the afternoon. What a gorgeous beach! As much as we both disliked the glitz and glamour and Americanism of Cancun, we have to admit that the beaches really are superb. White […]
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Celestun, Yucatan, Mexico

Saturday, November 1, 2003
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Our drive to the western coast of the Yucatan Peninsula took us on some interesting back roads and through some very small rural villages. Most of the homes were round huts made from wooden sticks and mud. There were very few vehicles, and everyone used bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. Most of the […]
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Chetumal, Yucatan, Mexico

Thursday, November 6, 2003
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We spent most of the day travelling south towards the Belize border. We stopped at a great property overlooking a freshwater lagoon near Chetumal and camped for the night. The family had lots of dogs (more than seven) who nosed around our truck looking for scraps at dinnertime. In the morning, we swam in the […]
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Chitchen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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We spent a wonderful day walking around the ruins at Chitchen Itza. Among the many restored buildings on site was a large stadium-type structure called the ‘ballcourt’ where a complex game was played by the Mayans with a rubber ball and seven players on each team. The object was to keep the ball from hitting […]
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Desert Wanderings – Jul 31

Friday, August 15, 2008
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After running some errands in Hermosillo (which included figuring out how to make international phone calls from a payphone, and a few trips to hardware/electrical stores), we headed west with the aim of reaching the ocean (Sea of Cortez) and some cooler temperatures.
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El Aguacatal, Yucatan, Mexico

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
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In the morning, we said goodbye and gave the kids a ride into San Cristobal to school. We went to an internet/phone place and organized with Noreen (Raenelle’s mom) for her to come down and meet us in Mexico. She is flying into Cancun and we will drive up there to meet her in a […]
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Faces of the Baja

Friday, October 3, 2003
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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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Ferry: La Paz to Mazatlan, Mexico

Monday, October 20, 2003
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Choosing to take the Baja ferry across the Sea of Cortez can be a big decision. First of all you don’t know quite what to expect. Here is how it worked for us: We purchased our tickets a few days in advance since we were leaving La Paz for a few days in the interim, […]
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Field Repair – Hole in a Battery

Saturday, October 4, 2003
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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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Mazatlan to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Wednesday, October 22, 2003
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The ferry across the Sea of Cortez took about 18 hours and it was the most amazing trip. We met Charlie and Lucy from California who were spending one year in Mexico; John and Leslie and their six-year-old twins, Victoria and Brooklyn, from Texas who were spending a year in Mexico and Central America; Andrew […]
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Mexico at last … – Jul 30

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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We have finally made it to Mexico! After a final morning coffee with Mirea and Josh, we headed south in pursuit of some cooler weather (haha – wishful thinking), and the ocean!
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Near Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara – Aug 5

Friday, August 22, 2008
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We awoke to a thunder, lightening, rain and wind outside our window. The ocean was fairly rough, but there was a group of boys boogie-boarding, so we thought we would join them for a dip in the ocean.
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Northern Yucatan, Mexico

Sunday, November 2, 2003
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We camped overnight north of Merida on a beach near the area where it is believed that the huge meteor hit Mexico causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. Since we still had one day to kill before picking up Noreen in Cancun, we headed to another bird sanctuary for the night, but we didn’t see […]
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Oaxaca : Aug 7-9

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
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On our way out of the small town, Tlaxcala, we were driving along the highway and did not see a large unmarked speed bump located in the middle of nowhere! We nailed it at about 70km per hour … did a minor nose-dive, and bottomed out in the rear. Oops.
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Palma Sola, Mexico

Friday, January 9, 2004
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We reached Mexico early in the morning, and travelled through a slow, windy road through southern Chiapas towards a tollroad. Welcome back to Mexico! The roads here are terribly slow and there are speed bumps ‘topes’ in every small town that the highway passes through … which drives us absolutely crazy! We’ve decided to travel […]
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Past Mexico City en route to Oaxaca – Aug 6

Sunday, August 24, 2008
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We awoke to the sound of church bells at the plaza, and we managed to get an early start after a somewhat restless night. Another interesting/strange dream left me feeling on-edge, and without a relaxed sleep.
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Photos of the Pacific Coast of Mexico, 2003

Sunday, March 9, 2008
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Photos of the Yucatan, Mexico 2003

Sunday, March 9, 2008
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Photos of USA and Baja, 2003

Sunday, March 9, 2008
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Playa Junk, Baja California

Thursday, October 9, 2003
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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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Puerto Santo Tomas and Ej Erendira, BC Norte

Monday, September 29, 2003
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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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Puerto Vallarta to Coyuquilla, Mexico

Friday, October 24, 2003
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In the morning, Andrew headed off into town (Puerto Vallarta was his final destination), and Chris came along for a ride with us for a few hours before jumping ship at a lovely bay. We continued our journey south and discovered that the roads were only getting more and more windy along the way! After […]
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Roca Blanca, Mexico

Sunday, October 26, 2003
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We spent 2 nights in Playa Roca Blanca, and what a treat it was! Roca Blanca is a small little village on the ocean that has large rocks off one point of the beach, and HUGE waves that crash along the entire beach that circles the bay. We camped on the beach the first night […]
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San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
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Yesterday was our last day travelling along the Pacific coast of Mexico before heading inland for a while. Just before reaching the Chiapas border (for those of you unfamiliar with Southern Mexico, Chiapas is the southernmost state in Mexico that borders Guatamala) we were stopped for about an hour due to a ‘protest’. Actually, it […]
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San Ignacio, Baja California

Monday, October 13, 2003
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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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Santa Rosalillita, Baja California

Tuesday, October 7, 2003
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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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Seybaplaya, Yucatan, Mexico

Thursday, October 30, 2003
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We met a nice guy who owned an internet cafe in a small town, Escarcega. Since he was running the internet business out of his home, he let us use his shower, which was a relief after a few days of driving in stinking hot weather with no way to cool off! We continued north […]
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Southern Mexico Turtles

Friday, August 29, 2008
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After a full day of driving along beautiful windy mountain roads down to the coast from Oaxaca, we pulled into the small beach town of Puerta Arista, about 3 hours north of the Guatemala border. We headed straight to the turtle ‘camp’ that I had read about before they closed for the evening.
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Stuck in Mazatlan : Aug 3–4

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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We spent the whole day driving and made good progress (just less than 1,000km) making it to Mazatlan at nightfall.
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The Desert of Miracles

Sunday, October 12, 2003
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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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The Eastern Cape Region, Baja California

Friday, October 17, 2003
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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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Update of Field Repair #1

Monday, October 6, 2003
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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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USA to Mexico Border Crossing

Tuesday, September 30, 2003
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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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Video: Driving Through Mexico

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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We thought we’d put together a little clip for our younger friends and family. Since we filmed it our video camera has gone “missing” so this might be the last of the videos for the trip. Hope you enjoy it!
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Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, Baja California

Saturday, October 11, 2003
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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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