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Baja California Sur - Where Winter is Like Colorado Summer


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In other words, it's beautiful. Winter has definitely arrived but in a Mexican way. The evenings are cool, it can get down into the low 60's, and the days are in the high 70's or low 80's. In the sun, it's definitely warm enough for the beach and bikinis but in the shade, especially if the North wind is blowing, you might want a light jacket. Last night, knowing we would be in an open air bar for Monday Night Football, we both were wearing long pants and a fleece jacket. I suspect we, like Mexicans, feel it's colder than it actually is...Mexicans are in sweaters and down vests! We laughed when we saw them in the stores last month but now we understand!

LIVING LA VIDA

Time is slipping by and we are in our last month in La Paz. Thanksgiving is gone and we here in Mexico, like you back home, are preparing for Christmas. Mexicans do it just like us - Christmas trees, lights, etc. We even put some lights up at our rental house.
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It is a bit hard for us to get in the spirit when we're still hanging at the beach, though. We continue to enjoy La Paz, our walks on the Malecon, the food both local and fancy, the farmers market, the coffee shops, our trips out to the beaches and surrounding points of interest, and now that we have a lovely home, just relaxing on the porch with a good book or the newspaper. We have lovely views to the water and the mountains from the deck and it's often dark enough to see stars.
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We've done day trips back to La Ventana and Todos Santos and are planning to hit the East Cape again. We have both fallen in love with the desert and never tire of watching it change with the seasons.

CELEBRATIONS

We've had a few things to celebrate and of course we celebrate with good food and good drink! Scott has been smoke-free for six months! We went to The Mesquite Grille for dinner with our friend James and had an amazing dinner. They do Chateaubriand on the grill and serve it with amazing sides. It was awesome!
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Of course we had Thanksgiving but we ate out so it was with a Mexican twist! Very good and no dishes!
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We had our anniversary this month and started the day with an amazing hike up by our favorite beach, Tecolote. The path led us up onto the ridge and out to a point.
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We did have plans for the rest of the day but Orange Crushes and sunshine led to a day at home making our own party. Our favorite kind!
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It was a wonderful day to mark our six years together.

FESTIVAL GASTRINOMÍCA EL TRIUNFO

As promised, we made it back to El Triunfo, for their annual gourmet food fest! We stayed at a place owned by a local man who has developed a compound with homes and casitas to rent and a nice pool and gardens. It was wonderful.
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Our casita.
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Even with the donkey that woke us up the next morning! We have awoken to many strange noises in our travels but a donkey braying has to be a first! Here's the culprit and some of his friends!
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Anyway, restaurants from La Paz and Cabo San Lucas come to the festival, as well as wineries, and share their food. Much of it was gourmet riffs on local food like empanadas, tamales, and tacos but the oysters were a special treat!
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And then there was the spit roasted pig and BBQ!
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We also treated ourselves to a horseback ride the following day to some of the sights of El Truinfo and up to a viewpoint over the whole town.
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So we've been having fun. I realize there has been a lot of time between posts while we've been here. It's a bit of a hiatus for us all! Don't worry, when we start up our 2019 travels the blog will be along for the ride.

Hope you all are happy and have a wonderful holiday season! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @arrradventures. Our updates there are much more frequent.

Posted by mrb430 08:34 Archived in USA

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Very nicely done. Pictures are great and writing as well. Hope you guys are having a ball.

by Jim McNally

Thanks for the feedback Jim! We are. Hope you are too. Say hi to Kathy.

by mrb430

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