We’ve been on the road for 3 months now and have not updated the blog in a long time. So this is part 3 of a quick recap of our travels in January 2019.

Right after the New Year, we headed towards the border crossing at Calexico/Mexicali. Note: If you want to get your TIP (temporary import permit) for a vehicle, you need to go to the Banjercito office at the crossing 7 miles east of town. Lesson learned the hard way (after a couple more back-and-forth trips). We got our permit after a confusing morning and were on our way.

First stop. San Felipe.

San Felipe. Just about every Mexican town has one of these signs. But it was our first sighting.
San Felipe. Just about every town in Baja has one of these signs. But it was our first sighting.
Kids hanging in the palapa.
Kids hanging in the palapa.
Exploring the beach.
Exploring the beach.

After a few days in San Felipe, getting adjusted to the Baja lifestyle we decided to take the bumpy road south. Storms in recent years had made the eastern road (Highway 5) of northern Baja very rough in certain patches. It was too bad. There would be a nice stretch of newly paved road for 5 miles and then the bridge is washed out and you need to take a 2 mile detour of very rough road. Rinse and repeat 10 or more times. Then there’s the 20+ mile stretch of dirt road before it connects to Highway 1. So we took our time and explored before eventually getting to Guerrero Negro in Baja California Sur.

Puertocitos Hot Springs
Puertocitos Hot Springs
Washed out roads.
Washed out roads.
Campo Beluga
Campo Beluga

We found some good food and whales around Guerrero Negro and continued heading south, passing through desert and oasis towns like Mulege and Loreto. We also found some good beaches near Conception Bay (a lot of which are occupied by snow birds from the US and Canada).

Our first good taco place happened to be out of this truck.
Our first good taco place happened to be out of this truck. Tacos El Muelle in Guerrero Negro.
Fish tacos. Yum.
Fish tacos. Yum.
Whale bones near Laguna San Ignacio
Whale bones near Laguna San Ignacio
Fresh squeezed orange juice in Mulege.
Fresh squeezed orange juice in Mulege.
Playa Requeson
Playa Requeson
Tree lined streets in Loreto. You're not supposed to drive on the street, Oh well.
Tree lined streets in Loreto. You’re not supposed to drive on this street. Oh well.
Whale shark statue.
Whale shark statue.

We finally made it to southern Baja to see La Paz, Cabo San Lucas and some places in between. Unfortunately we seemed cursed to have winter follow us where ever we go. All the locals have never remembered it being this cold before. Truth be told, the weather has been quite comfortable with highs in the 70s (rarely 80s) and nights in the 50s and 60s. But for southern Baja, that is cold. Good thing I packed the kids’ wetsuits.

Cute Mexican girls helping get our van out of the sand.
These cute Mexican girls helping get our van out of the sand.
Baby sea turtles. So cute.
Baby sea turtles. So cute.
Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas.
Medano beach in Cabo San Lucas.
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