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Baja Road Trip: La Paz to California

In December we hit the dusty trail all the way up the Baja Peninsula for what we thought would be a two week road trip. Little did we know, this trip would lead to a long term change of scenery. (More on that later).

We rented a car and did our best to (over)insure ourselves as we knew we would be taking it into the States. We were honest about our intentions to take the car across the border, and we found Alamo in La Paz to be the most helpful and affordable under those circumstances.

A small portion of the drive was unpaved. Hurricane Odile damaged the highway and repairs were underway.

Only a small portion of the drive was unpaved. Hurricane Odile damaged the main highway and repairs were underway.

Leg One: La Paz to Loreto

Our first leg was a little over a four hour drive to Loreto. Loreto might be the most charming Baja town. Our digs for the night were at La Damiana Inn (for less than $40 USD). La Damiana is a small property of colorful, roomy casitas. The host (I wish I could remember his name!) offered us jamaica tea and cervesa when we arrived, showed us around, and gave us a great dinner recommendation. With that, we made our way to Orlando’s and filled up on margaritas, tortilla soup, and chile rellenos.


La Damiana courtyard

La Damiana courtyard

Leg Two: Loreto to El Rosario

We knew the drive from Loreto to El Rosario would be a long one, so we left at sunrise. The rule of thumb when driving the Baja Peninsula is to only drive during daylight hours. Cows are a hazard as they wander onto the roads at night.

Our dock neighbor in La Paz recommended the stop in El Rosario to make the final leg with the border crossing shorter. He also recommended we stay at the Baja Cactus Motel, (again less than $40 USD). Both suggestions turned out to be good ones. The hotel is also right next to the popular Mama Espinoza restaurant where Baja 1000 memorabilia covers the walls. We had a quick and tasty Mexican diner style dinner there.

Final Stretch: El Rosario to Tijuana

From El Rosario, we had a about a four hour drive to Tijuana. We arrived at the border around noon, rolled down the window to purchase short-term car insurance from one of the street vendors ($25), and were visiting with family in Southern California by 2:30 PM. Not too shabby.

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Hellooo Cabooo


We have been in Cabo for 5 days. I think. In that time we have busied ourselves with the remaining Ha-Ha festivities, laundry, immigration, reprovisioning, and dinners with new friends. In our typical haphazard blogging style, we will post on the entire Ha-Ha experience leg by leg, but we wanted to take a second to share some photos now, and let everyone know that we survived. It was an awesome experience, and it feels great to have some miles under our keel.

Latitude 38 did a fun little summary of the more interesting aspects of this year’s Baja Ha-Ha

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Liebster Award

We were Liebster-ed many moons ago, and it’s shameful to the Liebster name that I am just getting around to sharing our answers. Because the circulation has long past, we won’t be Liebster-ing others.

I watched the Liebster Award float around the cruising community with no intention of receiving a nomination, but how awesome is SV Terrapin for including us in the chain letter fun? They are a super cute family who plans on homeschooling their girls while they cruise (how lucky are those kiddos?!). Plus, self-professing “shameless deadheads”. So, obviously.

-What was the defining moment when you knew that you had to set sail?

When we put our house up for rent. Just kidding. When we realized that cruising was suited our values and the kind of lifestyle we wanted, we just started going for it. We gathered information, took ASA 101 on a lake in Arizona, and we were hooked.

-What’s the one comfort you wish you had while cruising?

Is it wrong that a million things are coming to mind right now? But for me, the one thing I want the most is frivolously long showers!

-How long to you plan to be out?  Is it until the money runs out or are your plans finite?

The truth is, we have no idea.That’s one of the things we love most about this. We plan to cruise the Sea of Cortez, or maybe farther south a for the next 6 months. After that, who knows? If we like it, we can keep going. Maybe it will suck, and we’ll do something else.

-What is the most awesome place you have visited so far?

This feels like kind of a lame answer because it’s right in our backyard, but SO cool nonetheless. Also, we haven’t been to very many places yet. Santa Cruz Island is rad. It’s secluded, wild, and stunning. Just you and the elements. We have literally seen hundreds and hundreds of dolphins on our way there. It’s downright magical.

-What is the least awesome place you have visited so far?

Cruising Southern California is pretty fun, so this is relative. The most disappointing stop we’ve made so far was probably Avalon. We dig Two Harbors, but Avalon was less awesome for us.

– What advice would you give our family as we’re about to set out?

Have the girls journal everything!

-What is one the one place that you can’t wait to visit?

We’re headed to the Sea of Cortez, so we’re stoked about that. Margaritas, street tacos, and warmer waters are calling our names. We daydream about even more exotic locations, but for now, Mexico.

-Wine? Beer? Margaritas? Feel free say all of the above

Jeff loves sake, but will probably have to settle for Pacifico. We both enjoy wine and fresh margaritas – like fresh squeezed lime, agave, and tequila.

-Do you ever get sick of your crew?  What do you do for personal space on a boat?

All of us get annoyed with each other sometimes. I’m pretty sure even Umphrey gets sick of us. He sits in the sun on the bow. I like to go for a walk first thing in the morning or journal. Jeff can slip in his headphones and be on another planet. Personal space is in your head.

-What is the one non-essential item on you boat that you would not want to live without?

For Jeff it’s the windlass. Technically, we lived without this handy item for quite some time. Resetting anchor by hauling it up hand over hand is not for the faint of heart (or bicep). For me it’s the fridge. Again, we lived without this for an entire year, but was it really living? I’m not sure. Cold beverages are so nice, so is saving leftovers, not rotating your eggs every day, chilled chardonnay, iced coffee, umm…