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Estado de Baja California

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  • Day1

    Wieder am Start

    February 23, 2017 in Mexico

    Am Freitag, den 17. Februar sind wir abends um 18 Uhr Ortszeit (MEZ Samstag 3 Uhr früh) nach vier Monaten zu Hause am Campingplatz in Punta Banda, Baja California, Mexiko angekommen – nach 45 Stunden unterwegs. Unser Auto hatten wir hier geparkt und während unserer Abwesenheit neu lackieren lassen. War wegen Rost dringend nötig – sieht jetzt fast aus wie neu 😃 13 Grad und Regen – ganz ungewöhnlich für hier – bei der Ankunft. Aber es wird schon besser, wenn auch noch kühl ...

    Liebe Grüße aus Mexiko

    Kim & Tanja
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  • Day5

    Regen in der Stadt

    February 27, 2017 in Mexico

    Bei Dauerregen werden die Straßen zu Flüssen und das Wasser quillt springbrunnenmäßig aus den Schächten ... Man sieht die Schlaglöcher nicht mehr ... und das mitten in der 250tausend-Einwohner-Stadt Ensenada...

  • Day10

    San Felipe

    March 4, 2017 in Mexico

    Was für ein Unterschied zu einer US amerikanischen Kleinstadt: Begegnet man dort kaum je einem Menschen im Freien, spielt sich das Leben hier auf der Straße ab. Mit lauter Musik, allerlei Leckereien in den offenen Restaurants und an den mobilen Essensständen und viel Tequila und Bier ...
    Wir stehen auf einem schönen Stellplatz direkt am Meer und genießen die Zeit .,,

  • Day3

    Los vinos de Mexico

    February 25, 2017 in Mexico

    Weinbau gibt es in Mexiko bereits seit der Ankunft der Spanier im 16. Jahrhundert – Weine von internationalem Rang werden allerdings erst seit den 1990er Jahren an- und ausgebaut. Und das vor allem im Valle de Guadelupe unweit von Ensenada. Da kann man heute wirklich köstliche Tropfen verkosten und danach auch noch kostenlos auf dem auf dem Firmengelände übernachten ... 🍷

  • Day16

    Entlegene Strände

    March 10, 2017 in Mexico

    Die Baja California ist größer als Italien. Es leben aber nur etwa eine Million Menschen auf der Halbinsel, die meisten in Städten. Bleiben Tausende von Kilometern Küste mit einsamen Stränden – ganz für uns allein ...

  • Day3

    Fuentes Termales de Valle Ruso

    February 25, 2017 in Mexico

    Unser erster Ausflug führt uns ins Valle Ruso, so benannt nach einer alten russischen Siedlung. Dort steht man schön in der freien Natur und erreicht in etwa einer Stunde zu Fuß über Stock und Stein zwei heiße Quellen; bei einer muss man allerdings noch etwas buddeln, bevor man im warmen Wasser entspannen kann ...

  • Day182

    Saint Diego

    November 14, 2016 in Mexico

    After months of taking the slow winding roads we eventually had no choice but to hit the Interstate down to San Diego. We splurged on a posh hotel for the Thursday night (ok, only as our loyalty points were about to expire) so we could get to our first aid course, needed for our volunteering in Guatemala, easily in the morning. Being in the middle of a city was a strange change but we made the most of it with a few jars at the local brewery and then a tasty meal at the Chinese around the corner, before falling asleep in front of James Bond! The next day we completed our Red Cross first aid course, which was pretty simple as they don't let you do too much now a days, and hopefully we won't have to ever use it (Jo says 'touch wood' as some of you will remember she was involved in a mountain rescue last year!)

    There's not a lot of camping available but we were booked in for a couple of nights at Mission Trails, which bizarrely only lets you camp at the weekends. We drove into town and parked up on the sea front and took our bikes on the ferry over to the Coronado Peninsula. It's a beautiful long sand spit but unfortunately most of it had been claimed by the navy for a massive base, but it was a nice flat ride (for a change!). The next morning we went for a long run around the grasslands in the park then spent the rest of the day lazing around on Ocean Beach, rounded off with an amazing burger at the famous Hodads. We moved camp down to Sweetwater Park just south-east of the city centre, and spent the day doing chores prepping for the next phase of our trip. In the morning I went for another run (it's nice to have showers again) and more last minute jobs before we drove into Kensington for meet our friends from Colorado who are heading off on a 3 month cycle tour of NZ. We had a delicious meal with their friends Dennis and Shou, with brownie to die for, before we both headed off on our respective trips to other ends of the earth.
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  • Day183

    Adios USA

    November 15, 2016 in Mexico

    I thought I'd do a quick write up of our amazing tour of the US of A. It's hard to believe it's been 6 months since we left NJ, but at the same time it feels like we've been on the road for ages as we've seen so much.

    We often get asked our favourite state, but that's almost an impossible question as we've had so many incredible experiences. The most surprising (to us, and to those who ask) is Texas. We weren't expecting much of the largest lower 48 state, but we found it had the biggest variation in scenery, from coast, to swamp, to dessert, to mountains. It had a great state park system (as do many southern states who have to work harder to attract visitors). We were almost stuck without somewhere to stay for the 4th of July weekend and were forced to drive miles through the desert to a SP right on the Mexican border (we even went through border security check points to get there), but found it an amazing place where you could imagine ancient people living and it had fantastic rock art.

    Most of all we've loved the mountains, and the Rockies in particular blew us away. The big peaks in Colorado were hugely impressive but it was really jagged and scary looking mountains of Wyoming and Montana that we most enjoyed. The National Parks of Glacier and Tetons were definitely top of the list (followed closely by Yosemite), but the shear scale of everything out there is hard to describe. There are bucket loads of public lands and things are so well set up to enjoy it that sometimes the areas outside the parks were more enjoyable.

    The Oregon coast was incredible - all public with great camping - although we were both ill and it was a bit foggy which took the shine off it a little, but we've both realised we are really mountain people as there's so much more to explore when up high, and the views can be just breathtaking.

    Over the past couple of months we've stayed with lots of friends and relatives (thanks again to those reading this) and that was a really nice change of lifestyle for a few days that kept our batteries fully recharged, not to mention the TV that we downloaded on their WiFi :)

    I think we are leaving at just the right time, with Trumpton just getting into full swing and before the wall goes up! I'm already planning where we shall go when we inevitably return stateside, but bring on Central America!
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  • Day184

    Bienvenidos a Méjico

    November 16, 2016 in Mexico

    We cruised the 15 miles or so down to the border at Tijuana. It was surprisingly easy going south, but luckily we knew we had to stop to get our tourist cards and temporary vehicle import licence, which would have easily been forgotten and caused much grief later on. It was a pretty dramatic change with the roads in much worse state and people seemingly doubling the speed limit as well as ignoring the fact it's in kmph! We picked up an 8 year old camping book just before we headed over the border and aimed for a little place on the beach which was reportedly $4 per night, but the posh new RV park wanted up to $65 for a prime spot! At least they let us stay on the primitive beach next door for 'only' $20. We are definitely too near the border still!

    The next day started with another jog down the beach, before we drove another couple of hundred kms to a little peninsula, where we stayed at La Jolla Beach Park. We drove to the end of the peninsula to see the fairly spectacular blow hole, but you did have to run the mile long gaunlet of tack shops to get there. The following day was so beautiful we had to spend the day on the beach, and cycled to a little burger joint in town for a decent feed.

    We were planning on heading up into the hills to the national park, but the main road was so bad we decided to keep heading south and we ended up in San Quentin. As we pulled into the supermarket we spotted some English number plates and met 4 big lads squashed into a land-rover on a Alaska to Terra Del Fiego trip, who had much less of an idea about what they were doing than we did, which made us feel a bit better! We found an utterly glorious place to camp nestled behind some sand dunes for a much more reasonable five quid, and are very glad to have got away from the border region.
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  • Day190

    Bahia de Los Angeles

    November 22, 2016 in Mexico

    To be perfectly honest we haven't been blown away with the Baja so far - there's only one road (and a pretty shabby one at that, sometimes with only a few inches to spare when passing large lorries at crazy speeds), going through mostly scrubby desert with some pretty uninspiring towns, not to mention we woke up to rain! In any case we decided to take a side trip over to Bahia de Los Angeles which gave us a glimpse of why people love the Baja. Once there the sun put his hat on and came out to play.

    The drive to town wound its way over hills which were covered in wierd cirios & cardon catci and elephant trees which reminded us of a cross between Dr Zeuss and Day of the Triffids. At the end of the road was a sleepy little fishing village, who are lucky enough to have whale sharks come right into the bay in town, however there didn't seem to be any sign of them... We seem to have continued our luck from Australia 10 years ago where we were a few weeks to early for them, which is gutting as diving with them is top of our bucket list. We had a glorious site at Campo Daggett, right on the beach with a little palapa (palm shelter) to provide some respite from both sun and wind coming off the hills behind. We started the following morning with a short 5k run, as it was too hot to do any more, and cycled into town for a fresh fish lunch, but for the rest of the 3 days there we just lazed around on the beach - bliss!

    It was a little too sleepy to hang around for too long so we continued our drive south, through several more military checks points. They aren't as scary as they sound and are more of a deterrent for people using this as a drugs route, and most of the time the soldiers are very polite and a quick nose around someone's RV is probably the highlight of their day! We crossed the border into Baja Sur and stopped off in Guerrero Negro to stock up on dinero, gasolina, agua and tacos before heading on to San Ignacio - a little oasis of lakes and palm trees which made a nice change from the deserts to the north. We camped in a little eco campsite, which you know means it's lacking in anything resembling basic creature comforts but it was fine for resting our heads.

    In the morning we explored the town, which took all of 20 minutes, but there was nice old colonial square and a cathedral built in the 1700s (sorry America, but it's nice to see some proper history for a change!). The next town down was Santa Rosalia, which was even nicer. It was built in a small valley which meant it had a proper town feel to it, rather than being stretched along the highway as is the. norm here. It had an iron church designed by Gustav Eiffel, built in Paris before being shipped here and an incredible french panderia (bakery). We spent an hour or so moesing around before a short final drive to Bahia Conception.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Estado de Baja California, BCN, Baja California, Basse-Californie du Nord

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