A month in La Paz to get to know it, explore it and figure out if I want to make it more permanent. And what better way than to have my mom and friend's approve it too. Lots of things to see and do in a well established Mexican city. Tonnes of beach options, a little volley ball, nice surrounding towns, sailboats everywhere and of course places to eat and drink with the occasional lovely sunset...
Let's get this month started! Have at it Mom!
The beginning of the month I had some time before visitors arrived to get my bearings.
|Found the boats!|
Golf course sunset up at Cardon restaurant.
|Not a bad steak at Rancho Viejo|
|Oh, there is Volley...at night|
|Jealous of the neighbour's roof|
|But hey the view from my roof is ok|
Some moments at my favourite beach Caimancito which is located about 10 minutes by car from the Malecon. For half the month or more I didn't even realise there was a reef to the left...yeah.
A few times at Balandra Beach which is about as touristic as it gets. The government only allows entry to the beach at 8am and 1pm to control the amount of people and to create a fun line up, yeah!
The touristy Balandra, nice to look at but not my beach.
|Shot with |
Monster action camera
|The Balandra Mushroom Rock|
Crab running away from me in the shallow water of Balandra
|See the crab|
Since Balandra doesn't allow people to stay past 5pm I decided to check out Tecolote for the afternoon wondering if I would find a good sunset out there.
|but again not a great swim beach|
Some choppy snorkeling at the left end of Tecolote
|Puffer fish reaction to death, thank god|
their reaction to life is nicer
|Blu enjoying the sand|
|RV parking at the far right of the beach|
|Brad! Come back!|
Some moments from another favourite beach, Pichilingue which is near the Baja Ferries terminal and about 15 minutes out of town.
|This is a interesting rock face on the way out of|
town before the beaches.
|My off road beast|
|Another's off road beast|
Finally I changed my rear tire after making a lot of extra kilometers. Probably 16,000 km on it and the last 8000km with a big hole in the middle. Jorge allowed me to take the tire off in order to half the price to $5 usd. No problem.
|weekend juniors volley ball tournament|
|McFisher fish of the day|
|Ready to play a little night Vball|
Bienvenidas Mama a La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. She had to fly from Calgary to San Jose del Cabo then take a very curvy 3 hour bus to arrive.
On the second occasion we used the "mom is with me and can't stay in this afternoon heat" to get to the front of the line. They let me drop her off and told me to come back. I returned once the line was done and they asked what I was doing...I said I came back like you told me. Government, hahaha.
|yes, the line to get in to Balandra|
|Pretty good passenger|
|Premium parking spot|
|Mom investigating the shallows for crabs|
|Up up for some views|
|Big boats can't get to close|
Balandra up high
|We made it!|
Stop at the lovely Cardon restaurant to catch a view with mom and her love of golf. El Cortes is beautifully designed by Gary Player and not so cheap as you would expect. A round $168 USD including cart.
Golf course with Mom pointing out the highlights.
A busy week. Got to make sure mom is having a good time and eating enough.
|Patio Marisquero off the path|
|Incredible vulcanised snake|
|This grocery store dresses up|
their cow monthly
A big display of dance from the Baja region and a special guest group from Colombia.
|The Colombian dance troop|
|Mom loved it, thanks for visiting|
Rocking my fav dive bar "El Parnazo" in my new red adidas.
|No cider, no problem|
Tequila and soda, $3usd
|Live music, yes!|
La Ventana. A home away from home for canadian expats who love the beach, RVs, volley ball and kite surfing. Hey, that's almost me...
|Nice long beach|
|I want a place set up like that|
|Parked beside Wendy and Al|
|Cecil and Randy with liveabroad in Vancouver.|
Quick video to capture a little of the live kite surfing action
|Earlier played vball with|
all these kite addicts
|End of the road|
|Electricity generating plant for BCS|
Near the end of the month the wild and crazy couple of Claudia and Eduardo paid me a visit to join the La Paz show... Hot days and Cold nights...
|Roof at Parnazo watching Mexico vs Argentina|
|a less than good steak this night at Rancho Viejo|
Espiritu Santo island tour with a stop at a Sea Lion Marina Reserve. Apparently the pups are safe, but stay back from the adults. $75 usd for a long boat ride out to the sea lions along the coast of the Espiritu Santo with a ceviche stop on the beach by Punta Baja Tours (excellent).
Sea Lion pup up close
|Parents looking on|
Sea Lion at the bottom down below us
Sea lion adult swim by
A lot of fish at the Sea Lions, don't they eat fish??? Not where I would hang if I was a fish.
Temporary Import Permit (TIP) - $51 USD, $400 USD (deposit to be returned in pesos...scam!)
|Shower buddy Hernan who unfortunately didn't|
survive the month. Am I that dirty?
|Ugliest Honda I have ever seen|
|My Air Canada complaint with|
CTA. Probably a few years...
|That's how I store my ATVs|
|Renewed Moccasins |