Getting into the Mexican State of mind is what week six is all about!

Words taken from my daily journals, with some enhancements…..here or there.

Traveling through out the norther state of Baja California, headed south!

Traveling through out the norther state of Baja California, headed south!

Clam Beach Campsite, Baja California: My usual spot these days, on the beach. After the morning rituals, and an added one, running on the beach, I took to the journal.

Bienvendio a Mexico

A once quiet beach, with only a few people, has come to life as a small village of music, fun, and games.

A once quiet beach, with only a few people, has come to life as a small village of music, fun, and games.

We ended the evening, last night, with a bottle of Baja wine and a fire. The quiet empty beach that we first settled upon is now crazy packed with locals. It’s like its own village on the sand. I’ve never seen so many tents camping on the beach. More and more people are showing up at each moment with grills, suitcases, tents, coolers tied to their rooftops. It’s insane and awesome! Our neighbors are really nice. Everyone speaks just a bit of English but not much. I’m working on my Español but just haven’t spent enough time here to pick up the language, yet!

Fire on the beach with a glass of Mexican vino tinto, perfecto!

Fire on the beach with a glass of Mexican vino tinto, perfecto!

Feeding my beasty sweet tooth….I’ll take them all por favor!!!

Feeding my beasty sweet tooth….I’ll take them all por favor!!!

I bought gummy worms from a guy selling sweets on a palate with wheels, dirt bikes rode up and down the beach selling pizza’s, and we bought homemade tamales.

It’s all families, cooking fresh dug clams, drinking cervazes, and playing Mexican music on their large loud speakers til the break of dawn. There’s even a mariachi band playing on the beach! And we are in the middle of it all!

Flying lawn mower rides for all ages! Crashes are FREE!

Flying lawn mower rides for all ages! Crashes are FREE!

Do as the locals do

My dad sent me a great message “Do as the locals do.” When I told him that everyone here digs for clams and drinks at 9am. I think he was on to something. So the next day, Easter Sunday, we woke up and went clamming.

The water was super cold but I ignored it. I was on a mission, clams!!! I had watched the locals do a sort of twist dance digging their feet into the sand. I mimicked it. Alice did the same. She found one. I still did not. Then, my foot touched something hard in the sand. I reached down and pulled a clam out of the ocean!!! They were the biggest clams I’d ever seen. I got excited and became lost in the hunt. I was reminded of my passion for morel hunting and how I was going to miss this season. My sadness disappeared with another found clam. Wow this was WAY easier than hunting morels! (Watch my Morel Hunting Video to see a whole new kind of magic)

My first clam!!!

My first clam!!!

With an over flowing bag and popsicle toes we headed back to camp. We shucked our 30 clams in a team effort, while sipping tequila. An hour later, we were enjoying our Easter breakfast of sautéed fresh clams and another glass of tequila. Now that’s a way to spend Easter.

Finally figures out how to shuck a clam, now 30 more to go!

Finally figures out how to shuck a clam, now 30 more to go!


Rancho Meling Near Sierra National Forest : Enjoying the sunset after a cold shower and hot meal. We are surrounded by mountains and staying at this beautiful peaceful ranch with chickens, dogs, cats, goats, and sheep.

Meling Ranch at sunset. There is a pool, cabins, playground, and they even have their own church. Little bit of heaven.

Meling Ranch at sunset. There is a pool, cabins, playground, and they even have their own church. Little bit of heaven.

It was a long day of travel. I was sad saying goodbye to Clam Beach. We totally bonded. The driving has been okay here. I just have to be extra careful and take my time. The roads are so narrow and the RV so wide. This thing is a beast!!!

It’s so beautiful here, we are just outside the National Park. The mountains are green filled with boulders, it reminds me of New Zealand. The boulders remind me of Joshua Tree. The perfect mix.

Meling Ranch sheep saying good moooooooooorrrrrrrnnnning and/or buenos diiiiiiaaaaas!

Meling Ranch sheep saying good moooooooooorrrrrrrnnnning and/or buenos diiiiiiaaaaas!


Up close with one of the telescopes at Sierra San Pedro’s Martir Observatory.

Up close with one of the telescopes at Sierra San Pedro’s Martir Observatory.

View from the Top

We woke to a cool morning. I did yoga, meditated and chanted under a tree. Nearby was a nice sized tree stump that was calling to me. I sat, perched looking out at the landscape journaling. Great start to the day.

Getting into the van, we took off to the observatory in the National Park. The roads were winding, really narrow and steep. Once we reached about 8k feet or so we approached the National Forest entrance. Driving up past 10k feet we reached the observatory just in time for a tour.

Our tour guide taking a family photo of a group. What a view!

Our tour guide taking a family photo of a group. What a view!

There was a really nice woman in the group that translated the tour guides Spanish for us. We learned all about the telescopes and the area. We could see both sides of the Baja Peninsula. The view from the top was out of this world and I was glad I was wearing my new Mexican constellation shirt!!

Selfie with my new friend, Senorita Telescope, and my new kickass shirt!

Selfie with my new friend, Senorita Telescope, and my new kickass shirt!


Daggett’s Campsite (aka lil bit of paradise) : Sitting in the shade of a palapa, journaling the days thoughts that have become mush, thanks to the heat. I’m hiding out but it feels hotter in the shade, how is that possible!

The Heat is On!

Today was an INTENSE drive. The roads were so bad. My arms feel like I’ve been jackhammering for 6 hours. But the place we rolled into made up for it, totally! Bahia De Los Angeles is the most picturesque beach. White sands, clear blue waters, and islands placed just in the right spots. And finally I had my first hot shower in Mexico!

Hiding from the heat behind a Palapa but I’m totally unable to take my eyes off the water!

Hiding from the heat behind a Palapa but I’m totally unable to take my eyes off the water!

Our first night was nice and cool but then one evening, when the wind picked up it felt as if someone turned on the hair dryer. The wind was damn HOT! For the next few days, a beast hovered over us breathing hot evil air. The angels of the bay tried their might, fighting back to cool us off. It was a battle of good and evil, evil was winning.

That’s when we finally surrendered our white flag and drove into town to find cold margaritas on the beach. Buen hielo?

Working in the double shade of the palapa and my sombrero

Working in the double shade of the palapa and my sombrero

Found some good treasures on the beach!

Found some good treasures on the beach!

Hot Shower, YEAH and bike ride on the only cool morning.

Next Post included a new state of Baja, the eye of the jackrabbit, and an oasis. Stay tuned.


#heartshapedworld

Heart shaped sea glass

Heart shaped sea glass

Thanks again Barbara Luna, for the fantastic heart photo!!!! LOVE IT!

Thanks again Barbara Luna, for the fantastic heart photo!!!! LOVE IT!

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