Saturday March 16th 2019
We have arrived back into the United States after a 6 week trip into Baja Mexico. Thankfully our southern neighbors made us very welcome. As you can see there is plenty of wall at the border of Calexico and Mexicali.
A little barbed wire for extra decoration.
Our campsite was very spacious and the views were smashing.
El Dorado Ranch covered a huge area. The swimming pools were spotless.
There were many different type of sites. Some people bought a lot and just attached a cover for their RV.
And some started to build a house and never finished it.
And others built pretty big spreads.
The Ranch almost went belly up in the recession. Many condos are just empty shells. These have windows but no walls.
The closest town of San Felipe was also was hit hard by the recession in the USA. Several hotels and condos that were being built for the visiting Americans and Canadians never got finished.
The desert was blooming nicely in our area when we first arrived
We tried some churros from a vendor at the local market. They were not as good as the ones in my memory from my time in Spain in 1974.
These cactus are sporting a nice hairy topknot.
We took a car trip down the Baja coast. There were many collapsed bridges and washed out roads from a hurricane a couple of years ago.
Sometimes we thought we had lost our way. This is definitely not roadworthy for the beast.
Finally after nearly 800 miles and three long days we arrived in Los Barriles. It was cocktail time several times over.
We had a couple of days pickle balling at the local resort.
We have never played on purple courts before.
Sharing the road is always interesting.
The highlight of the trip was a whale watching tour in Guerro Negro. These grey whales have travelled 7,000 miles from the Arctic down to Baja. The warm waters are home to mothers and babies during the winter.
The adults can reach lengths of 50 feet.
We were so happy that some of the mothers brought their babies up to the boat for us to pet.
Surprisingly their skin was rubbery soft, except for the barnacles that had attached themselves all over.
These huge mammals could have easily toppled the boat as they swam all around us. At one time we had a couple next to us and one under us. When you look over the side of the boat all you see is a whale body. Their massive size is awe inspiring, and their gentle nature which allowed us to stroke and scratch them was amazing. Thank you Grey Whales.
There has been a lot of Spring rain in southern California so we are hoping to check some good wildflower hikes.