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March 20 - May 2, 2003

We drove down Highway 395. with a visit to the California Poppy Preserve.  Then we spent 5 days in Colonia Vicente Guerrero, BC, Mexico, about 200 miles below the border on the Pacific Coast.  We returned to the US to pick up Chris and Liz for five more days in Mexico at San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez.

Driving down Highway 395 you pass through Lone Pine.  From there you can see Mount Whitney the highest point in the contiguous United States at elevation 14,505 feet (4,421 meters).


Mt. Whitney in the clouds

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve features over 1,700 acres of California's official flower - the golden poppy - on display in season each spring. The reserve also features other wildflowers in bloom..


Just south of Vicente Guerrero is San Quintin on the Bay de San Quintin.  In the late 19th century an English land company was authorized to colonize the eastern shore of the bay.  Because of a prolonged drought the colony failed.  A poignant reminder of the colony's struggle is a collection of wooden English crosses in this lonely, windswept cemetery.

This cemetery continues active today, being used by the current local residents.  We found the diversity of the grave markings most interesting and such a contrast to cemeteries in the U.S.


Posada Don Diego RV Park, Colonia Vicente Guerrero


One of many strawberry fields


Miles and miles of shoreline


These two pictures were taken just a few yards from the shoreline pictures above


About 70 miles south of Vicente Guerrero, where Highway 1 leaves the coast and turns inland is El Rosario.  Mama Espinosa's Restaurant serves up her famous lobster burritos, fine local seafood and traditional Mexican fare. Born in 1908, Mama Espinosa has spent a great portion of her life helping less fortunate people around her enjoy a better life.


San Felipe - On the Sea of Cortez - Looking North


San Felipe - On the Sea of Cortez - Looking South

Fresh sea food out of the Sea of Cortez is plentiful and wonderful.

Below: The giant cardon cactus dominates many of the deserts of Baja California.  It is closely related to the saguaro of Arizona and Sonora. Cardon is the larger of these two cacti. In fact it is the largest cactus in the world - specimens sometimes might reach 200 years of age, with a height of up to 20 meters.



Not cardon cactus, but found in the same area


Coming home we took Highway 3 that cuts across Baja from just north of San Felipe to Ensenada.  We saw some very barren, desolate country side.  In the early 1970's my cousin Mike and I drove this route the other direction.  At that time it was a dirt road that had to be navigated with compass and map. It took us over 8 hours to go less that 150 miles.


If you lived here now, you would be home.


Chris and Liz negotiating a cold soda...


...from this man.


"To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man."

---Alan Paton


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