Pete’s Camp

Two Projects at once

I wanted to upgrade the AC for the house and get a mini-split put in for the living/dinning  room and also get a mini-split put in the Airstream. I got the two ton unit for the house and the one ton for the RV. I could have gotten an RV AC for the Airstream but they aren’t as efficient as a mini-split. This RV isn’t going anywhere so the mini-split seemed like a good idea even if I almost cried when the installers cut into the skin of the Airstream. I’ll get over it and so will the Airstream. Later on there will be a roof built over the Airstream and a wall around the bottom with a patio and steps made of  brick and lots of plants to break up the austere look of metal and brick.

Still a long long ways to go on this project.

For those not familiar with the Mini Splits here is a link that tell all about it; https://learn.compactappliance.com/mini-splits/

Here are some photos of the work;

control head of the mini split inside the Airstream

Compressor on the tongue

The work still needs to be neatened up this is a work in progress photo.

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Race time in San Felipe

This is the week of the big Baja 250 race and the town is getting full of people to watch and to participate in the race. Lots of folks dashing about in various vehicles in racing gear. The crowds of folks will be downtown for the festivities and ceremonies along with lots of police and support personnel. The big rigs have arrived with more on the way, some folks are flying into our little airport in their planes and helicopters to join in the race. Soon the Police helicopters will be hovering over the town keeping an eye on the crowds. All great fun for many of the folks who live here and enjoy the Races.

I don’t like crowds, I think it is because of my suspicious nature or maybe because I’m getting old, tired and cranky. I visit town for very short periods of time to get errands done and then leave the whole scene to the younger set.

I did go into town today because I wanted to have lunch with my friend Irene at a restaurant on the Malacon (the street in front of the beach). We had a lovely lunch of shrimp tacos with cheese and guacamole with chips and for drinks we had non-alcoholic margaritas. We made  quick trip along the Malacon to see what the vendors had for sale. Then home again as my housekeeper was there hard at work while I was living the life, having lunch with a friend.

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Below are photos of Juana my housekeeper she cleans my house and teaches me Spanish too. She is a Doll!GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

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Beach Bonfire

Sunday evening I joined the neighbors for a beach bonfire to celebrate the full moon. This has become a tradition for the neighbors to gather on the full moon to have a fire and share food and beverages on our beach while connecting and sharing our stories. The evening was warm and the fire large thanks to the men folk who had gathered lots of wood to burn. Here are some photos of the occasion. Life is good here 🙂

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House Improvements 0.2

The latest house project has been improving the front wall of the house lot. This is still a work in progress. The metal work has been removed and block has been used to fill in the space then stucco has been applied. Local brick has been used to for decoration. The next step is painting the wall which may happen next week the cement needs to dry.

Ornamental Iron is removed ready for the block

Ornamental Iron is removed ready for the block

Form to make the Arch over the entrance

Form to make the Arch over the entrance

View from the outside with the block in place

View from the outside with the block in place

Gate from outside on the street

Gate from outside on the street

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What I do all Week

Monday; Watered some plants and filled the fountain in the early morning, later went to breakfast in town (Chumpos).

On the way home I paid for my TV $50, checked my mail bought fuel for my car came home played on the computer until lunch went to lunch at Road Runner Cafe, had a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. Returned home took a nap for an hour and half. Later checked the computer and thought about going out for dinner, but changed my mind and stayed home and had a bowl of cereal for dinner. Watched TV and played on the computer till bed time.

Tuesday; Filled the fountain checked the garden had an english muffin and coffee for breakfast got ready to drive the ladies to yoga meditation. Washed dishes sprayed the house for mosquitos as I saw two in the living room. Started this blog. Noted that the sun is coming up much later now.

I stopped by a friend’s house to confirm that we were going to breakfast tomorrow and then visiting an immigration facilitator later that morning. All is good I’m driving tomorrow.

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hamburger and fries with a soda I had the place to myself. This evening I stayed home and made dinner; mashed potatoes, peas and kielbasa with whole wheat bread. I am not fond of cooking for myself as I make a big a mess cooking for one as cooking for four.

Wednesday; I was wide awake at 4:30 am! There isn’t much to do at that hour. I made a pot of coffee took a shower got dressed made my bed, toasted an english muffin watched the news on TV and played on the computer. Oh, I hunted down the charging cord for my tablet, I hadn’t seen it in a few days since the housekeeper was here. I found it in with my other cables in a basket I think the housekeeper thought that was where it was supposed to be instead of plugged into the wall. After she has been cleaning I find things in different places than I expect, it is sort of a game-she has her places for things and I have mine.

I usually water my plants and trees on Wednesdays so I started that early this morning. I have a soaker hose around three sides of the lot and that saves a great deal of time however the rest of the garden needs to be watered by hose and I have to move the hoses ever 15 minutes to get all the trees bushes and flowers watered. The hoses are on timers so I don’t over water or waste any.

Wednesday night I went to dinner with a group of friends at a local restaurant there were about twenty or more people there and it was quite a lively group. I had the Mexican combination plate; taco, chili rellano, burrito, with rice and beans every thing was good love chili rellenos, a big green chili stuffed with cheese rolled in seasoned flour and fried, a slice of haven. After dinner some of us moved on to the Pets’s Camp Palapa Bar for drinks and a chin wag. I finally just had to leave as I had been awake since 4:30am.

Thursday I got out of bed late and had to rush around and get ready to go to town for breakfast at Chumpo’s Restaurant where I met another group of friends for breakfast and more chin wagging. I had the breakfast special modified to my liking; two eggs over easy, Mexican beans, whole wheat toast and decaf coffee. Here is a photo of the gang lovingly referred to as the Lizards;
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After breakfast and feeding the local kitty her breakfast I went across the street to the Tattoo/Beauty Parlor1410814_690738617625818_333634678_o and made an appointment for a hair cut. Then I went to the local water office and put some money on my account 500 pesos or about $25, which with what is still in the account will last me for a couple of months. Then I went to the local plant nursery and checked out their new stock didn’t buy anything. From there I went to the local supermarket and bought groceries and some pastries. By the time I got home it was almost 12 noon. As I was getting out of the car I noticed a dog running in my neighbors yard and then I heard her owner calling for her so I alerted her where her dog was and she got the cute little bugger and all is well. I unloaded the car put groceries away and enjoyed a cup of coffee and a muffin I just bought.

Pete’s Camp Annual Poker Run, a race that isn’t is this weekend and people come from all over for this event. This is a description of a Poker Run;

Poker run – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker_run
A poker run is an organized event where participants, usually using motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, horses, on foot or other means of transportation must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.

San Felipe has several Poker Runs sponsored by various organizations throughout the year usually the route is off road and bumpy I don’t participate as my back wouldn’t allow it.

Last night, thursday, I went for dinner at Padrino’s Italian Restaurant in town. I had a desire for one of their pizzas the Padrino’s Special. I met lots of friends there were tables full of them as usual there was lots of chit chat and pizza was delicious. 14601024_10157633800515061_616202711905055005_nThat’s the bartender Steve making the horns in the back he’s good bartender and looks out for us. As usual I left early and was home getting ready for bed my nine O’clock. Because it is race week we had some folks shooting off fireworks tonight, no big deal I just worry about my friends pets who get scared when they hear them. That all came to a stop about ten O’clock.

This morning friday, I got up a little later than usual made coffee and putzed around I have a hair cut appointment at noon and I have to go to Sunrunner Mail to mail off a letter today so I have plenty of time to putz about my house and garden. I went into town for my haircut and had lunch at the Taco Factory Restaurant1233596_470612633046333_1584807933_n they have these tacos made with shrimp and cheese that are delicious so I had two. I went home only to discover my cell phone was out of money so later I went back into town and paid some money to have time on my cell phone. I was across the street from Padrino’s Restaurant so I went over met couple of friends14522943_10157638345505061_5259438712859476203_n

and I had steamed clams for dinner they were perfect after a few non-alcoholic drinks  I went home and watched the news on TV and caught up on Face Book.

Saturday; I took a trip to the “Old Country” as I had to have my vehicle inspected by Customs and Border Protection as it is a new vehicle to me and it took months to get added to my Sentri Pass. Turned out to be a non-event everything went smoothly the officer there was very nice and I was on my way in just a few minutes. NOTE TO SELF; Denny’s is extremely busy on sundays go early or find some quieter place. Shopping and the trip back to San Felipe was uneventful.

This past week was a very busy week compared to the hot months of July and August as the winter visitors are coming in and the Mexican and American holidays are just beginning, but give you an idea of how I spend my time.

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Thanksgiving Day 2015

Four years ago I arrived in this little town on the coast of the Sea of Cortez San Felipe, Baja, Mexico. I was driving an older RV and had my two pets a Lab named Shelby and a Siamese cat named Pia. We got a space at Kiki’s RV Park just a short walk from the iconic symbol of the town the lighthouse. I enjoyed walking the beach several times a day with my dog and the camaraderie of the RV park so much I decided to look for a place of my own to spend the winters.

I, with the help of Darrel the real estate agent of Baja Sun Realty, found and purchased a lot in Pete’s Camp. First I had the lot cleared and an RV pad put in. Before I knew it I was making plans for a little house and planting trees and bushes. I was lucky to have such kind and thoughtful neighbors that I didn’t want to leave. To make a long story shorter I haven’t left, which is rather odd for me as I am usually a rolling stone never in one place more than two or three years and now here I am four years later.

Not all has been joy, I lost my pets to infirmities of age and miss them terribly. They were my constant companions for many years and my attachment to them was emotional and profound. From time to time I get the urge to move on as the vagabond life still has its pull. Yet, I haven’t left-dare I say I have put down roots like my plants and trees?

Today is a beautiful day sunny and calm there are workers building my neighbors a new house the same ones who built mine. The fountain in my garden is gurgling and splashing, now and then a bird drops by for a little nourishment and flies off. I watch the sunlight patterns slowly move over the veranda and I am content, for now.

This little town, San Felipe Baja, Mexico has a pull that none other has had for me. I enjoy its celebrations and contribute what I can to improve life here. I celebrate the Mexican holidays and the American holidays taking the best of both as my own. I have become an Expatriate and wear the label with pride. I have friends and acquaintances who also are Expatriates and those who are sometimes temporary visitors. There a few things I miss about the “Old Country” and there are things I don’t miss about it. I view the country of my birth with more skeptical eye these days.

Today I will share a meal with neighbors and friends we’ll talk and laugh and enjoy each other’s company just like in the USA. Tomorrow I’ll have breakfast with other expats in town and enjoy the Mexican menu there. My life has this regular calm enjoyable pace to it I’ve only dreamed of in my mind before. Sometime I become a tempest in teapot over some issue or other happening in the “Old Country”, but sooner more than later I calm down and gaze at the water and enjoy the peace here. The calms are getting longer and longer.

Here are few photos of San Felipe for your enjoyment;

 

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The Patio Project

I am having a patio put in the garden because when I sit in my chairs on the gravel the chairs keep settling down and it is hard for me to get out of the chairs and walking on gravel is not pleasant with flip-flops. My contractor and I have had discussions about how big and where it will be and now how high the bricks will be sticking out of the ground. So far the top-level of gravel has been removed and more sand has been added to make the ground level.  Today three men have worked on this project, seems there is more to laying bricks on the ground than meets the eye.

The plan includes space for a fire pit, I have one I have never used it uses real wood. I’m not fond of using real wood because of the smoke I may buy a portable camp fire from Camper’s World to use and avoid the whole smoke in the eyes thing.

Here are photos of the work so far;

Where the new patio is going in

Where the new patio is going in

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My next post will be when the work is done and I have put some furniture on the Patio.

 

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Deb’s Party at Pete’s Camp

Friend’s and neighbors gathered at Deb’s house which is across the street from my house for a house party friday night. There was a lot of food, good food too! The bar was tended by our local barman Juan. Everyone had a good time a few had even better of a time after some tequila was passed around 🙂

Guess who got rabbit eared.

Guess who got rabbit eared.

Beautiful Bar !

Beautiful Bar !

Deb our lovely Hostess all smiles as it was a great party

Deb our lovely Hostess all smiles as it was a great party

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The fire pit got going a little later as there was a chill

The fire pit got going a little later as there was a chill

More neighbors enjoying a cigar and the party

More neighbors enjoying a cigar and the party

A little chit chat

A little chit chat

Craft beer being enjoyed

Craft beer being enjoyed

Juan the bartender for the evening took very good care of us.

Juan the bartender for the evening took very good care of us.

Lydia and Mario lovely neighbors

Lydia and Mario lovely neighbors

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The Ladies :-)

The Ladies 🙂

Great Group of friends

Great Group of friends

Besides the lovely people at the bar notice the margarita machine :-)

Besides the lovely people at the bar notice the margarita machine 🙂

Cindy

Cindy

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May Garden photos

 

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I thought that I would post some photos of my garden this spring. My Tabashine tree is in full bloom, very dramatic.

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CCCCold In San Felipe

The weather here has been cold for us (40’s F), we aren’t used to very cold weather and now and then we get a cold snap in winter and it is uncomfortable. To add to my discomfort my portable gas heater is not working and the new fireplace smokes when the doors and windows are closed. When I open one then the smoke goes up the chimney okay, but that kind of defeats the purpose of keeping the room warm.

I have another portable gas heat a Mister Heater that is supposed to be used for camping. I used it as supplemental heat in my RV. The drawback with it is that it uses 1 lb. canisters and they don’t last long and I don’t have many. I have sent for a hose to attach the Mr. Heater to a 20 lb. tank. It may be here next week. I also bought some gas logs for the fireplace. The reason I’m switching to gas logs is two-fold, the first is they won’t smoke and the second is they won’t stink. The wood I am burning has a bad smell to it as it burns and even the ashes have a bad smell. When I burn this wood in the fire pit there is no problem with the smell because it is outside of the house. When burned inside the house it has an annoying odor and I have to clean up the ashes. It will take a while to get the gas line from my LP tank to the fireplace by then it maybe a lot warmer and I won’t need it. We still could get another cold snap, one just never knows about these things. I got a deal on the gas logs some folks were moving back to the states and wanted to sell theirs and the price was right.

I went to dinner at our Cantina tonight here in Pete’s camp and the Cantina was doing a very good business, seems lots of folks wanted to eat out tonight. Very pleasant company too. I am home now and I have my electric heater buzzing away keeping my feet warm 🙂 I won’t be smiling when I get the electric bill I bet!

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