Viva Mexico!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – One and Only Palmilla Resort

Wondering where I’ve been?  Don’t worry, I didn’t get kidnapped in Mexico!

You haven’t heard from me because I’ve been having too much fun.  Margaritas and fish tacos, mucho mas margaritas and tacos!

And don’t forgot the martinis at Nikki Beach in Cabo San Lucas. Yum!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

But what kept me really busy was driving a 1000 miles down the Baja in a RV Caravan.  It was perfect for the wary first timer though safety wise, it’s not necessary.

Not that I wouldn’t do it again, Becky and John Smith who own Baja Winters Travel Club were the bomb!  They offer various tours, we did the “Hammer-Down and South-Bound” where they escort you down the Baja, then drop you off for 2 months, then get you back safely.  It was perfect for us.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

 

The road is definitely a challenge.  It’s 10 foot width and lack of shoulders make it a white knuckle drive fosho.  And then there were the 18 wheelers, the buses on a schedule, and the livestock wondering around.  I had to pry my fingers off the steering wheel at the end of the day, but it was worth it.

There were a couple of breakdowns and some mirrors were lost.  But our Wagon Masters were able to deal with any unexpected surprises with calm and expert knowledge.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

The best part of going with a caravan was the great friends I met.  I want to give a big shout out to my besties Hurley and Jemma (and their humans too!).

I met so many other great friends, too many to name; Sarah, Chet, Bella, Briana, Mindi… but they all know who they are!

Here we all are boondocking at Santispec Beach near Mulege.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

But the very best thing about Mexico… I’m allowed to run free on the beach!  What a civilized country!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Los Cerritos, BCS

The water activities were endless; surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and kite surfing.  You never knew what you’d find in the water!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Isla Espiritu Santo, BCS

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Los Barriles, BCS

The other thing I loved about Mexico, the people!  They’re so resourceful and hard working, with a real “can do” attitude.  MexiCAN! The entire experience was a total pleasure.

And the whales!  They were everywhere, jumping right out of the water wherever we went. In Guerrero Negro I got to see where the Mama whales birth their babies.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

And boy were they yummy!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

Now before you have a fit you know I can’t resist grubbing for seafood!  Just kidding.  A big shout out to Carlos at Bahia Magdalena for rolling out the red carpet for us.

In Cabo San Lucas we stayed for a month at Vagabundoes Del Mar Trailer Park.  Muchas gracias to Doug and Kathy for their wonderful hospitality, and for helping us get in and out of our spot, twice.  We loved being under a palapa with our own outdoor kitchen, covered parking and great neighbors.  Another big thanks to Noel for the great golf at Costa Del Sol.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

The restaurant at Vagabundos also had the best margaritas in town.  And in case you had too many, here’s your ride home.

Cabo has lots to offer with it’s beautiful beaches, fun restaurants and great fishing.  Sunset Da Mona Lisa Restaurant was one of our favorites.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

And the El Farallon Restaurant at Capella Pedregal also.  This is how you order your dinner!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

And of course our all time favorite, the Esperanza resort.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

And my favorite beach, Santa Maria Bay.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

Once we left Cabo I had a couple of brushes with fame.  First I agreed to be in a Sears Mexico commercial.  Our incredibly resourceful production hombre, Aleph Alighieri, hinted the commercial was going to be all about me and my glamping.  But somehow only the Airstream made it into the final cut.  My nerves!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

We loved Los Cerritos with it’s laid back surfing vibe.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

A great place for sunset cocktails and whale watching was Hacienda Cerritos, a gorgeous boutique hotel on a cliff overlooking the Pacific.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Hacienda Cerritos, BCS

I was so excited to see Hotel California, in the wonderful town of Todos Santos, and was determined to get to the bottom of the urban legend that the Eagles had stayed in the hotel while writing their famous song of the same name.

After one minute of googling while using the wifi in their bar, I was able to ascertain that this myth is false!  But the drinks were great and it was… a lovely place.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Hotel California, Todos Santos, BCS

But I saved the best for last.  My favorite spot of the entire trip was Playa El Tecolote, near La Paz.

Here we spent 10 amazing days and felt like we were part of the community thanks to the wonderful Mexicans and Gringos that live and work nearby.

A big gracias to Manuel, Gary, Francoise, James and the whole gang at Palapa Azul!

I also met some new friends, Ruff (who has since sadly passed, RIP Ruff), and Inca from Santa Fe, NM and their wonderful humans who are fellow Airstreamers!

I followed my bliss at Tecolote Beach.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Playa Tecolote, BCS

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Playa Tecolote, BCS

At Playa Tecolote we booked a boat tour from my main hombre Manual at Marlin Adventures to the beautiful Isla Espiritu Santo, where we saw some incredible sights.

Including the famous Blue Footed Booby!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Isla Espiritu Santo, BCS

Nearby Balandra Bay is beautiful but please remember to shuffle your feet because of stingrays.  Manuel has his hands full taking care of tourists who don’t shuffle!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Balandra Bay, BCS

The famous mushroom rock at Balandra Bay.

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Balandra Bay, BCS

This was my favorite bar and hangout, Palapa Azul.  To all our buddies we met there, we miss you so much!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell – Playa Tecolote, BCS

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

Their margaritas were killer.  The secret ingredients; fresh lime juice, tequila, and Damiana.

Damiana is a herbal based liqueur grown in Baja.  It has an ancient reputation that goes back to the Mayans.  And I know why, it makes you crazy!  In a good way.

As you can see I wasn’t happy that we had to leave my favorite place or all of Baja for that matter!

© 2012 Richard Broadwell

I vow to return, by hook or by crook!

Coming up next: Florida, Here We Come!

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18 Responses to Viva Mexico!

  1. Marie Christine Frances says:

    I love it ! Best regards.

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  2. Miriam Sauls says:

    I want to be you, Ginger or Carol!

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  3. Jemma says:

    Baja or bust! Ginger! Your pictures and posts were worth the wait. You help to bring back some great memories, girl. My humans are often talking about the wild ride down the Baja and now their muttering in Spanish and poring over maps and guides for their upcoming Mexico Mainline adventure. Keep well, miss you and peace out.

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  4. Jackie Brien says:

    Jemma says hi Ginger and Jemma’s mom says- so nice to see all the pix. Reminds me of the warmth and blue waters ! Way to go!

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  5. Marie Turley says:

    Ahhhhh…if you can’t be there, next best thing is to read about it and see the pictures! Wow! So exciting to see you go out and LIVE in beautiful places! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Ginger says:

      Thanks Marie, we’re still planning on swinging through Nashville, just might be on the way back south in October. We will keep in touch! Love to all! xo

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  6. sarah powell says:

    Your stunning photographs and heartfelt words evoked some pretty sweet memories for me. Thankfully, my longing for the wonders of the Sea, the majestic beauty of Baja, and her friendly people gets replayed next sailing season. In the meantime, “Keep On Glamping!”
    Thanks for getting this posted, the accounts of all your travels inspire.
    Viva Mexico! Indeed!

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  7. John says:

    I’ve never had the pleasure of driving my RV as far south as Mexico but these pics sure make me want to go. I love the one where you are parked right by the water!

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  8. tnkbuzan says:

    Wow…so glad I stumbled upon your blog…beautiful photography and traveling in an Airstream! Two of my favorite things to do! I’ll be back to watch Ginger’s adventures 🙂
    -Kim

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    • Ginger says:

      Thanks Kim! There will be a new post soon about my adventures in Florida. We will be heading up the East Coast this summer all the way to Nova Scotia!

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  9. We thoroughly enjoyed traveling with you and your humans! Your blog is incredible. The photos are amazing and definitely tell the story!! Thank you for traveling with us!!
    We are getting ready for another season of guiding more of your compadres and their humans down to Cabo. We wish you were going with us again….oh well there will always be manana!

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    • Ginger says:

      Thank you, I loved Baja Winters’caravan!! We are at the opposite end of the continent, on our way to Nova Scotia! But we will make our way back to the SW in a few months, after the leaves fall off. Happy Trails!

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