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Ensenada Shopping Trip Part 2

Besides Rosarito and Ensenada we visited La Bufadora a natural blow hole that is quite the tourist attraction.

Here are a few photos;

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The Cove at Bufadora

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Julia and Deb

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Diane, Julia and Deb

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Another view of the cove

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Peg, Deb and fishermen at the fish mkt

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Bufadora view

I also got to do a little house hunting, I’m interested in renting or maybe buying a place for the summer on the other coast.

A sample of some of the houses for sale:

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House No. 1

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House No. 1

House No. 2

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House No. 3

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House 3

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House 3

I’m still looking and I have a few leads for rentals. I may visit the area for a few weeks and scout out the area on my own.

 

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Shopping Trip to Ensenada Baja Mexico Part 1

Myself and three friends took a shopping trip to Ensenada Mexico from San Felipe Mexico. We drove across the peninsula using the cross peninsula highway a winding road through some picturesque mountains that run north to south through the whole peninsula. We stayed at a hotel in the center of town and all four of us were in one room and shared two beds. We were within walking distance of restaurants and shops which made everything we would need convenient.

We shopped everyday till we dropped and enjoyed some fine meals together and lots of laughter! In the end we filled up the cargo section of a pickup truck 😀

Here are some photos of the trip ;

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Our Room

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Diane and Peggy moving in

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Peg and Deb settling in

Our first swap meet was just a few minutes from the hotel, there are swap meets in many neighborhoods on different days and you can get almost anything there.

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Need tools ?

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Entrance

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We took this photo at a Gas Station of pig going to market 🙂

From then on I was very busy checking out stores and bargaining with vendors to take photos, but here we are at the end of the day at the famous Rosearita Hotel for a little drinky-poo 😀

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We went on to The Splash Restaurant for our “Happy Hour and dinner” it was fabulous I had the lobster others had lobster bisque and oysters and we shared an appetizer while watching the waves splash and the Sun Set on the Pacific Ocean! What a day ! It was wonderful; great friends, great food, terrific shopping !

We had so many wonderful meals in so many wonderful restaurants it is hard to list them all.

 

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El Cid Hotel Breakfast

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My breakfast

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Julia, Diane and Deb at El Cid’s for breakfast

 

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Today was The Chili Cook-off

This was the fifteenth Chili Cook-off at Club de Pesca San Felipe Baja MX and it was a grand day for it. Wonderful temps a light breeze lots of sunshine and half the town was there. My favorite part was the hot dogs with cheese and chili; I had two 🙂 This is an annual event lots of folks look forward to this date and visit San Felipe to enjoy the event and visit with family and friends!

Here are some photos from today’s Chili Cook-off;

Of course if there is a boat around I have to take note of it

Here are some photos of Camp de Pesca San Felipe some very lovely people live there some full time others as time permits. The homes are so imaginative and cozy.

I had a lovely time and bought a few things like a T-shirt, two tops and an ankle bracelet, I love to shop 🙂

 

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The Guesthouse Project

Things are getting done; I’ve cleaned out the trailer, had the rugs pulled up and thrown away got the 12 volt lights to work, tested the plumbing and had the debris hauled off. Next is to make a Punch list of things to be done and a shopping list of materials and tools needed then go shopping for them. I have also talked with a contractor about leveling the trailer, hooking up the utilities and building a stem wall, steps and a patio.

Here are some photos of the progress so far;

 

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Rugs are gone

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This window I have hit with my head 2X

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This is where the utilities are

 

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She’s home the Airstream that is :-)

The other night my friend brought my airstream trailer to my house and parked it for me.  It was almost dark when the trailer arrived. Since then I have been able to give it a good look-over and there are a lot of things to fix and replace. As I go through the rig I notice more and more things that have to be done. I found that the power cord is missing so for now I can’t use electricity and of course the house battery is long dead. A lot of the plastic handles and latches are disintegrating when touched so they will have to be replace as will a vent cover that is missing. The curtains, of course, are rotten and will have to be replaced. Some of the cabinet doors need repair or replacement and the couch will need to be reupholstered.

So the project begins and it will be interesting to see what happens when work is started and what other things will have to be repaired or replaced. I am happy that the trailer is now in my yard and I can get the renovation underway.

Here are some photos;

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Looking aft towards the Head (bathroom)

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Looking towards the lounge

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the lounge area

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front of the trailer

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Curbside of the trailer

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Ladies Breakfast With the Naval Cmdrs Wife

The other morning I joined some friends and neighbors at a benefit breakfast hosted by the Naval Commander’s wife. Usually once a month she hosts a Ladies Breakfast to raise funds for a charity. I try to attend these events to lend my support to these worthy causes and to meet other ladies here in San Felipe. The breakfast is always good and we are served by the Mexican Sailors who are so polite and caring. There are door prizes to add to the festive occasion and we play Mexican Lottery, something like bingo but with pictures that have names.

Most of all the meeting of other ladies in the community both foreign  and Mexican is for me a real treat. This time there was a theme and that was Spring and we were to wear our Spring hats and there was a contest for the prettiest hat in the group. I so enjoyed this breakfast and all the events there. Here is a group photo of our table and a larger one of my self displaying my hat 🙂

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Sunday morning

Sunday morning has been beautiful in so many ways; I made coffee and took it up to the roof garden to see the Sun. The camp was quiet there was a very light breeze one could call it a whisper of a breeze. I looked out to the Sea of Cortez and it was Azure Blue with pinpoints of sunlight glistening off a mere ripple of waves. My plants are recovering from the winter showing new leaves on the bougainvillieas which I had fretted about when they lost their leaves a few months ago. The mesquite trees are leafing out now so that is a good sign of spring.

I didn’t hear the usual tinkling sounds from my fountain so I went down to the garden to check it out and found a little debris blocking the intake to the pump. I watered a few potted plants and the hanging baskets of plants too, hanging basket plants need constant attention. I realized I had to get ready for an important occasion and hurried through my morning routine.

This morning was a benefit breakfast to raise money for Cancer treatment of a daughter of one of our beloved doctors. This community pulls together for such things and there have been several benefits to raise enough money to send her to a special clinic in Cuba to help her fight this terrible disease.

I and my friend Irene support many charitable fund raisers in town she usually hears about these things first and sells the tickets to others and I’m a sure bet to buy them. I’m not into big crowds but in this case I made an exception because of the cause and that my friend Irene would be there. Here are some photos of the breakfast.

 

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Chulita is the young lady’s name and she got to talk to us over the internet

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Irene and I enjoying our people watching at the event, it is so much nicer to share with a friend17202973_10158471849560061_5543931568239007572_n

I think the most emotional time was when the young lady spoke to us over the internet she is very ill and yet so loving it brought tears to my eyes.

Now for the rest of the day after this emotional event that I’ll think about for a long time.

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New Project

I have given up on the  house from a previous post just didn’t feel right, so I move on. Now I have another project to occupy my efforts. I published this on another blog I have about my RV adventures this is to keep my readers of this blog informed about what I’m doing.

I just bought an Airstream a 1969, 29′, Ambassador, a friend told me about it a few weeks ago and I went and looked at it. The poor thing has been sitting in the desert alone for a few years and needs lots of TLC. I don’t have any photos I can share yet, as soon as I do I’ll post them.

I plan to use this trailer as a Guest House so she won’t be hitting the road after she gets to my house. I’ll clean her up and paint her inside and wash it outside then remove the shag carpet put down some laminate flooring, repair and replace where needed and I’ll build a roof over it to protected the trailer from the desert Sun. I’ll also skirt the trailer and replace some appliances. I want my guests to be happy in my Guest House.

I’m excited to have a new project to work on. Here are photos of someone else’s Airstream of a similar era and model.

🙂I am eager to get started on this project as it may require a lot work to make into a nice guesthouse. I am looking forward to the challenge .

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Looking for a summer place

During the summers San Felipe can get very hot and humid so I am looking for somewhere to spend the summer months of June, July, August and September. Just by happenstance I found out about a house in a small community in the mountains about an hour and a half from San Felipe. This community is called San Matias and it is at an elevation of about 3000′ and surrounded by mountains there is a school a church some small stores and restaurants. Nearby is a small town with grocery stores, hardware stores, a pharmacy, gas station, restaurants, hotel and other shops.

Today I went there to visit friends who have lived there for two years and look over the house. I have visited there before and there was nothing for sale I was interested in. This time I liked the house and the gardens. The house is in good shape well laid out and totally furnished. Buying the house has complications as the sons are selling for their mother and the documentation for the property may be lacking in some legal aspects so next week we get to talk to a lawyer about how this transaction could take place. I took some photos and here they are.

The house comes with an RV trailer that sleeps 2 or three, raised bed gardens with automatic watering system a workshop, storage shed, and a wood stove. There are AC units in each room. There is enough parking space for several vehicles and the road to the property is in good condition. Water is provided by a community well. Telephone and Electric service is installed. There is a newer septic system. The garden has many producing fruit trees and I’m told the location is very good for growing fruits and vegetables. The neighbors are a kindergarten on one side and a health clinic on the other side, to the rear are neighbors who have lived there for years. The lot is fenced with chain link fencing in decent shape. We’ll see if this deal goes through I would like to spend my summers there gardening in the cooler mountain air.

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New Project

When I had the living dinning room added I had the ceiling painted blue. I thought of various ways to add decoration to it to make it more interesting; I thought of stars that glowed in the night that seemed too child like. I thought of clouds fine, but boring. My final choice was to have clouds and birds so I contracted with a local artist to paint the ceiling with both clouds, wispy ones and sea gulls flying away. Here are some photos of the process and results I think it came out well.

 

 

 

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