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Marking One Year in Baja


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After a year in Baja, I find myself reflecting on both the unexpected anxieties and the unforeseen benefits of being in one place this long. It's been a truly amazing year in so many ways. Baja has given us a safe home to stay out of harm's way - just as we anticipated it would - and for that we are incredibly thankful. While not universal, Mexicans in Baja (if not all gringos) have taken the risks seriously. Safety and sanitation requirements and compliance with mask wearing is very high. And of course the less dense population means it's easy to social distance. While the danger has not yet passed, we can foresee the return to more normal times. And, honestly, it can't be soon enough. We are ready to get moving again!

But it will be hard to leave Baja this time. It feels like starting our retirement all over again. Saying goodbye to good fiends, leaving the comforts of a well stocked house behind, and hitting the road is never an easy transition. We have been so fortunate to have had such a wonderful place and wonderful friends to see us though this year of forced rest; we will surely miss the beauty of Baja and all of the good times.
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Here are a few (well maybe more than a few) highlights since I wrote last.

WINTER FUN

Last I wrote, we had just moved and we really love living in our house on the hill. The views are beautiful! Sunrises over the water and sunsets over the desert. But! We didn't anticipate how much colder it would be outside of the city over the winter and it tested our mettle for sure! Now I know, for those of you that get real winter, the low 60's don't seem cold but for us it required down jackets, slippers, and fires in the evening.
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Scott has started to MASTER THE "LONG SMOKE" on our grill and has made some amazing pork shoulder for pulled pork as well as various other fowl and fish.
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As a result, we had a great, if lonely, THANKSGIVING DINNER of smoked turkey breast and traditional sides.
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And of course, football!
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We took a beautiful road trip with our friends Sue and Bill out to the waterfall and mission church near SAN BLAS.
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OUR ANNIVERSARY found us missing the Scottish Parade and our "parade friends" but we had single malt and treated ourselves to a fabulous dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Posada de las Flores and Oliva al Mare.
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I kept myself busy during the holidays VOLUNTEERING our truck and driving it to less fortunate pueblos to deliver food and goods with a local aid organization.
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MR HAPPY joined us in December. He and our other foster dog, Ruby, hit it off immediately and he and Scott formed a special bond.
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CHRISTMAS brought the news that Ruby had been adopted as a Cristmas present...
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...it brought our Christmas present of Guinness to the grocery store...
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...and we finally got to celebrate a holiday with friends! Thanks to Linda and Thierry who made the traditional seven fishes Italian dinner for us and Rebecca and Jim.
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We celebrated New Year's Eve quietly but made up for it with mimosas on the beach on NEW YEAR'S DAY.
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January brought THE "KIDS" TO BAJA and we took them to the East Cape on the Gulf of California for sun and fun...
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...and then to the Pacific side, to Pescadero. As luck would have it, the only two days it has rained in our year in Baja happened at this time. Ugh!
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But we managed and enjoyed our visit to Todos Santos.
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When they left, we kept the amazing house we rented for one more weekend and our friends from La Paz joined us for some "SERIOUS" FUN.
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By February, we were all sick of winter and tried a BEACH DAY. It was met with mixed success! Bikinis and down jackets - that's February in Baja!
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We did start heating the pool again for those rare windless days.
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We took a road trip up to SAN EVERISTO. Quite an adventure!
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And we went WHALE-WATCHING at Adolfo López Mateos. It was cold and foggy on the water...
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... but a beautiful day back on land. Such a beautiful area of Baja.
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And Thierry cooked local scallops he harvested himself!
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And the best part was we brought oysters home!
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In early March, we said GOODBYE TO RUBY.
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It was heartbreaking but she is with an amazing family in Westport, Washington where she runs on the beach, goes hiking, and is loved. We couldn't be happier for her or for her forever family.

We celebrated Linda's birthday with them at their lovely condo in Las Tunas with the Frigate birds bathing in the estuary below and then gliding over our porch.
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We also made a trip back to SPA BUENA VISTA for Scott's birthday. One of our favorite places. We had a great house and great times with friends who joined us for the celebration.
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And that about catches us up.

SUMMER IS COMING BACK TO BAJA

You may wonder, what happened to Spring? While there is a period in March and now April where the nights are still cool, the days are back in the 80's and 90's and it feels like summer. We are really happy that it's warming up again! We're looking forward to a few more months enjoying it and the beaches before we leave at the end of May.
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We're planning our last six weeks here and hope to have a few more adventures to share before we leave. In the meantime, we spend hours on the beach walking Mr Happy. Scott takes him almost everyday and I often join in. For your amusement and viewing pleasure, check out his video.

AND NOW WHAT YOU'VE ALL (OR AT LEAST WE) HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR

We're planning out our travels after we leave and have made some plans we're really excited about. Fingers crossed we're able to carry them out!

In June, we plan to drive up the Baja again and be at my parent's in Fort Collins to visit and get vaccinated. July will take us to Grenada for a month in the Caribbean sun. In August, after a brief stop through DC and Alexandria for Morgan's Catholic Wedding, we'll be off to Aruba, Bonaire, and Cauraçao for five weeks. Since we have to be back on the East Coast for Morgan's Beach Wedding in September, we decided to stay close and go back to the Caribbean. After two weeks on the beach in Dewey, Delaware, we'll head back to Fort Collins for another visit and to sell our beloved truck, Libby. And then...hopefully back to Asia to pick up where we left off over a year ago.

The map looks a little crazy but at least we'll be back on Arrradventure!
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Stay safe and healthy!

Posted by mrb430 18:55 Archived in Mexico

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What a great adventure. Glad you were both safe. I envy your trips. I will be heading back to Vietnam in November, maybe we can rendezvous.

by randy lawrence

Glad you are both well and gearing back up for the next chapter.
Hope we can connect when you’re in DC.
Nothing but love ❤️ ❤️
Slangevar 🥃🥃

by Kathleen and Scott

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