On Any Sunday Part II

First a hike, then a mission visit and then lunch; and all before noon.  And in case you wish to visit here is a short recap:  The San Juan Capistrano mission was founded in 1776, by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order and the area (San Juan Capistrano) has the honor of being the oldest building in California still in use, a chapel built-in 1782.  And don’t forget the swallows who return every year.

The “Mission grape,” was first planted at San Juan Capistrano in 1779, and in 1783 the first wine produced in Alta California was from the Mission’s winery.

After 1850 U.S. statehood, numerous efforts were made over the latter 19th century to restore the Mission to its former state, but none achieved much success until 1910.  Over 500,000 visitors, including 80,000 school children, come to the Mission each year.  $9 per person to visit.

And while the ruins of “The Great Stone Church” (which was all but leveled by an 1812 earthquake) are a renowned architectural wonder, the Mission is perhaps best known for the annual “Return of the Swallows” which is traditionally observed every March 19 (Saint Joseph’s Day).

Mission San Juan Capistrano has served as a favorite subject for many notable artists, and has been immortalized in literature and on film numerous times, perhaps more than any other mission


This koi was begging to be fed!


A Filipino lemon tree.


Your table is now ready for lunch!  Adios!




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On Any Sunday


We’re sort of in limbo.  Our home is now sold and we don’t yet move into the new one.  So, why not take off on a little hike.  Today, I decide to take Patti to see and visit the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, just outside of Lake Forrest, CA.

Once there I easily recognize the canyon as a place once hiked with Rick and Shane.  Rick does his research of all California hikes and on any given Sunday he hikes the higher elevation when its hot and lower elevation hikes when it’s cool.  Years ago we hiked our way to Harding Falls; and if I recall correctly we encountered tons of poison oak.  The falls is hidden in the pristine depths of Harding Canyon.

“The canyon itself is a sylvan gem – a tranquil riparian wonderland that gets relatively few visitors, especially as you travel further back. Reaching the falls is not a trivial effort – dangers include lots of boulder hopping, some climbing over larger boulder sets, poison oak, and although there is a use trail for some of the hike, eventually there is no trail at all.”

Best on-line description above.  However, the wrong footwear led us from the trail head that begins at the Harding Truck Trail entrance to the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary close to the end of Modjeska Canyon Road.  To hike you need an adventure pass.


And of course the area is replete with history.  Look up Juan Flores and you can learn lots about the areas colorful history.


Take a nature trail hike through Tucker and you too may start to feel like setting up your own nature preserve.



I am always keeping an eye out for good old time natural ingredients and this is one good find.  Think I’ll send some to my son Michael.

We did not find the plant but, found some great looking bird houses.  This is what Tucker is known for, as a bird sanctuary.  Supposedly, also the place made famous by the hummingbird feeder.




And if you live near why not take in Bat Night or a Cowboy Country Fair.


And if you can readily name this tree then you get a pass at this station.


The Sycamore Tree





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More Colorado Motorcycle Ride Picture


On a training ride with Ed.  Note the RotoPax.  This is where I carry all my tools to fix a flat or other roadside emergency.


Since I enjoy hiking in the back country but, don’t necessarily enjoy getting lost.  Marking the trail.


Tacos and beer at the town of Durango.


Mother and calf got separated with calf on one side of the road and mother cow watching from the other side.


Ride to Mesa Verde National Park and visit to the Anasazi Heritage Center.  One of the best unplanned stops and riding.


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My Colorado Backcountry Motorcycle Trip – August 2016

My Colorado Backcountry Motorcycle Trip – August 2016

The Western Flyer is safely moored in La Paz so, upon returning home from La Paz, Baja California, to escape the summer heat I began researching adventure motorcycles.  To be honest, I was actually looking for a great used convertible sports car to purchase for under $10,000.00.  The Porsche Boxster S made the final cut but, common sense prevailed and I became the proud owner of a 2009 (BMW F650GS).  It did not take me long to get back up to speed with riding and soon I signed up for a road trip to do the Colorado Backcountry trails.


Photo above:  Ourphir Pass

And yes of course there are the details of searching for and acquiring the correct bike and bike brand the first time.  Then onto getting licensed again, the registration, all the associated riding and maintenance equipment and finally becoming one with bike.

Our one week (7 days) riding itinerary (gpskevin.com) took us from the town of Dolores to Ouray; Ouray to Buena Vista; Buena Vista to Leadville to Diamond J Ranch; to Steamboat Springs; to Meeker; then backdown Steamboat Springs to Meeker; Meeker to Crested Butte; Crested Bute to Dolores.

I trailered my adventure bike from Los Angeles to Flagstaff, AZ.  The very next day freed from the trailer I rode down to Sedona.


Photo Above:  If you fear heights then this ride is not for you.  Yes, I dropped the bike on two occasions on this very trail.  When I purchased the bike the guy also gave me the original front and rear sprocket.  The aftermarket parts provided a longer riding first gear.  Great for on the road but not so, for trail riding.


Photo above:  Looks easy but, for fear of going over the side, I opted to stay on the inside left where I was easily thrown by the loose and falling rock.


Photo above:  Beautiful and amazing country.  On our ride up we encountered about seven vehicles (Subaru, Jeep, Toyota).


Photo above:  Now this was more my type of riding.  Stopping to enjoy the scenery and take a few pictures.

On the surface that first paragraph you just read plus a few pictures may easily describe this seven day large adventure bike backcountry ride for those that don’t ride.  Here is my first attempt at making this report somewhat useful for anyone wanting to follow one of the best road trips around.


The state of Colorado has more varied high altitude backcountry rides than any other state in the USA.  Given a choice of hiking, bicycle, jeep or motorcycle which would you take to traverse the most country for the least cost?  If you chose motorcycle then you are correct.  And, if you chose an adventure bike then consider your trip through both high altitude passes and single track riding possible.  Yes, we got hailed, rained and snowed on.  The forest service roads changed constantly from loose gravel to no gravel to avoiding cattle, deer, water crossings.  Thanks to riding with good, well prepared friends we all came down the mountain.  Final tally, one went home with a broken ankle, another with hurt ribs, a few bumps, bruises and scrapes.  Lots of broken BMW parts on anything from a 650 to a 1200.  The larger bikes outnumbered the smaller bikes.

To be continued:



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Colorado Motorcycle Ride Pictures


Photo above:  On the trail.  Couldn’t help comparing what looked to me to be some of the largest bales I’ve ever seen.

Photo Above:  Note the gps.  The star of the show.  What we did is follow a prearranged track line.  No one got lost.


Just a short hike from the road and you can walk right up to this 1200 or 1300 era structure.



Small detour to the town of Durango.


My campsite for the night.


Elvis’ camp site.


The town of Marble.  Just up from this church is some of the best bbq you will ever enjoy!


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ULA Backpack Repurposed

Subject: Trawlercat Zero Days Update

There is this opening scene on a television travel show called Globe Trekker whereby this long-haired, tanned and barefoot guy, walking by the ocean surf finds a rather large stick. He then draws a large circle engulfing him into the travels and peoples of the world. I like that scene; it sort of reminds me of the adventures that now seem to be playing out for me.

Today, on my fourth of many zero days (i.e. no hiking days) my friend Ken and I rode our powerful personal watercrafts (PWC’s) twenty-six miles across the sea to Two Harbors, Catalina Island. It wasn’t much effort as the launch ramp is about a five minute drive away. Today also, not even thirty minutes after arriving to Two Harbors, Catalina Island I run across a 2010 PCT thru-hiker.

Talk about a small world.

In 1958, The Four Preps wrote a song “Twenty-six Miles Across the Sea, Santa Catalina is a-waiting for me,” which became a top hit of the fifties. In 2011, while waiting for an order of “biscuits and gravy” I spot a couple each carrying backpacks.

One of the packs is very much familiar to me, the U-L-A, in its traditional tablecloth checkerboard green. I could not spot that pack a mile away as they were selling like hotcakes at the Lake Morena kick off.

I instantly yell out – is that a U-L-A? Yes it is! Ken and his wife Kathy then join us and I quickly find out that in 2010 he hiked the PCT. He is still hiking, only this year he is what they call section hiking – doing a piece at a time.

Today, they both completed the 34 mile Catalina crest trail and are waiting for a bus to take them back to Avalon – the populated part of the island. An hour later we are still talking hiking, getting caught up on snow levels, current thru-hikers and the amazing country yet to come after Kennedy Meadows.

Twenty- six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waiting’ for me
Water all around it everywhere
Tropical trees and the salty air
But for me the thing that’s a-waiting’ there-romance

No romance on this island for Ken and I; but then of course the day is still early and the weekend young. Just kidding! What we did get is some great PWC ocean riding workout as we pounded our way across the open sea. A little rougher than we wanted but not cold.

We saw at least two separate pods of common dolphins that engulfed is and raced with us for as long as we wanted. We each took lots of video – the quality not that great but the narration is fair.

I posted my video on Face Book so you can either watch it there or ask me to Friend you (Ralph H. Perez) or you can watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjFCk3Z3k5Q on common dolphins on the way to Catalina.

PCT Kennedy Meadows 024Here is Trawlercat’s schedule until it again changes.
Next week I drive to Reno and take Ned’s four day snow course on the PCT.

On or about mid-July the snow should’ve cleaned itself up quite a bit and the raging rivers should’ve also somewhat subsided; that’s when I’ll get back on the trail. I’ll be reaching out to Structure to see if he wants to join me at Mile 702 – Kennedy Meadows that is a waiting for me!

See you on the trail!

Update: 07/2016 – Just a mere five years later:

Yesterday I packed my Adventure bike (BMW F650GS) panniers with the various life necessities that I now find necessary for a one week motorcycle trip.  With the velcroed waistband firmly removed from the ULA backpack; it is now more like repurposed luggage.

As I ride my adventure bike, the ULA backpack will lay right behind me; sort of like a one up motorcycle rider. It sort of reminds me of a Barbie doll figure, minus the legs once I removed the velcroed waist strap.

In the backpack is more safety and security for surviving a one week Colorado outback adventure.  The ULA pack can still take a whole lot more.

Two trips to West Marine allowed me to purchase a fresh set of red rubberized bungies.  I criss cross both from the top and also through the rear waist strap opening.  Now we’re ready.

The first trip to West Marine was to purchase additional stainless steel bolts to fasten through the panniers.  My way of ensuring they don’t come off in the event of a heavy spill.

I don’t yet have any emotional connection to my Beemer; maybe time will change things from an “it” to a trusty steed.

If “it” breaks down beyond repair in the outback or if the situation warrants, my plan is to strap the ULA on my back and make my way back out.  On the PCT I survived for weeks at a time carrying the ULA.  No, hiking now is not my first choice.

It is the thrill of the ride that keeps me going.


PCT Kennedy Meadows 027



© 2011 Ralph Perez

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California Delta – West Coast PWC Club Ride Report 06102016

West Coast PWC Club Ride Report – California Delta Adventure Day 1

Our West Coast PWC Club Delta River ride is now another one for the books.  The eighteen riders that showed should all be safe and home by now.  I for one feel totally spent and recharged at the same time – in a good sort of way.  To say we partook in two days of pure unadulterated joy of world-class PWC riding adventure is possibly an understatement.  Final tally for two days of river riding fun is well over 250 waterway miles; day one is 133 miles, followed by day two at just over 134 miles.

GROUP PHOTO HERE – Please forward to me!

So how does this ride compare to say any of my other PWC (personal watercraft adventures)?  Let’s just say that riding the California delta for hundreds of miles on one day and riding San Francisco Bay on the same trip up to Northern California qualifies as possibly the greatest PWC riding adventure around.  And not for bragging but, for comparison purposes let me add that I’ve jet skiied Alaska!



Yes, since 2009 my personal watercraft adventures include riding down the Kenai peninsula from the port of Anchorage, Alaska to Homer, across to Kodiak Island (with friends John Lang, Petr, Ron and Gina).  On the USA east coast I have also jet skiied my way from Key Biscayne, Florida down the Florida Keys to Key West (with thirteen friends who I never met till the start of the ride); and back to our west coast, from Los Angeles around Catalina Island and down the coast into San Diego bay (also with friends).  There seems to be a common theme here!



Group photo above – 2009 – Down the Kenai peninsula – Alaska

Once again YES, the best riding and racing waters hands down in my opinion is now the California delta!  And if you feel like exploring a little further to confirm if I know what I’m talking about then just google PWC and trawlercat or Wet Dog race and trawlercat or Bahamas PWC ride and trawlercat.   Those aforementioned rides were all thoroughly discussed before hand on PWC rider forums.  Someone on the forum may start the conversation with possibly their vision of a future PWC adventure ride.  Others contribute.  Soon it takes a life of it’s own.  People like John Lang conceived a 2,000 mile jet ski ride around Alaskan waters.  Another friend Brad Rice asked the question, is it possible to jet ski from the US mainland to the Bahamas?

Add to the above West Coast Club President Lewis who with the last two California Delta rides just placed the California Delta and Golden Gate bridge ride on everyone’s PWC riding bucket list.  If you have yet to ride Catalina island then stay local.



To do what we just did this past weekend you and your friends need to trailer your personal watercrafts about 400 miles north on the five freeway to a friendly and historic town called Brentwood, California.  One of our members (West Coast PWC club) came from as far away as San Diego for this ride.  Him and I both truck pooled our way up to our meet up location at Orwood Resort where some of the club members camped while the rest stayed at the Hampton Inn,  Brentwood, California.  This hotel is a perfect home base from which to start your California delta riding adventure and Orwood Resort is the perfect launch, dine and camp location.  Their signature steak and lobster at $21.95 is their claim to fame.  Now that we’re done exploring the delta waterways I just may return soon to do a motorcycle adventure by also exploring the beautiful area by road.

Eighteen riders showed up for this ride, most from Southern California.  The best question posed to the club’s leadership?

We trailered our watercraft about 400 miles, is this ride really worth the drive?



West Coast Club President Lewis once again totally delivered.  No, not by personally guiding any part of the ride but, by setting the stage for us adventure thrill seekers of the water world.  The kind where half the fun, like in the mountain climbing world is summitting and in the snow skiing world is spotting that red diamond snow ski run and saying the hell with the risk of avalanches or moguls and going for it.


Most of what we got served up on this ride we honestly can’t find back home.  Several of us in the group are current and former racers.  We know and have possibly already ridden the best offshore and inshore waters around.


Hector, son and Jay





Lewis, Club President


Ninja Turtle


Riding towards the Mothballed Fleet – former site of the USS Iowa.

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Everyone in this group on this trip got to ride their own ride.  No compromises were made based on the wide range of watercraft riding experiences and abilities.

Either by design or fault, Lewis seems to find a key person or persons in the area willing and able to provide the resident expert guiding service that our riders are looking for when traveling to a new area.

Our day one guide on this trip is Chris on a flawless and fast Honda Turbo.  Chris starts his ride briefings the way any briefing should be started.  First by orienting riders to the area by actually using a boating chart of the area we intend to ride.  Chris then randomly shares local knowledge while underway to anyone willing to listen like for example, the town of Locke, California is just two blocks from where we are now enjoying our waffle cones.  This town was built at a time when Chinese people were not allowed to own land in America.

This town is a perfect example of a historic Chinese American rural community.  Only one person (Tony) chose to walk the two blocks to actually see the two block long town.  The rest of us stayed in an air-conditioned ice cream parlor munching down home-made waffle cones loaded with locally grown fruits like bing cherry.


If you think that waters back home (SoCal and Catalina) are great then you should ride the California delta and Golden Gate bridge to see what real river and bay riding is all about.  Possibly because of all the offshore riding some of us have done, we love the rough stuff.  The nastier the better.  We got that!  Some in our group did not but, after this ride you could see it in their proud smiling faces.  They came, they endured, they conquered.  Most are now better riders for it.

Also in our group of eighteen today are personal watercraft riders with not even a dozen hours; a father and son; boyfriend/girlfriend; amateur riders.  Our group can easily compare in range from a recreational runner to an Olympic marathoner.  Once again, everyone in the group got to ride their own ride.  No ones watercraft was sunk, blown up and no one was lost or hurt.

Well, let me quantify.  One person that shall remain nameless did strike a bridge with the bridge not sustaining any permanent damage.  No damage done to the bridge and yes, his brand new watercraft may now qualify for a salvage title.  Another rider somehow managed to snag a fishing line at 60+ mph and lure that nearly ripped off his spandex top starting from his left bicep.  And yet another was feeling so overcome with the adventure of riding the California delta that he simply rode out into the sunset almost never to return.  Thanks to google maps and a smart phone he was able to return to civilization.

So, once again to recap:  Why drive so far to ride those waters when we’ve got great water just down the street?  1)  To join our like-minded friends.  2)  Because NorCal does have possibly some of the best PWC riding waters in the world.  3)  No other place in the world can possibly compare to the California Delta.

Also, the waters inside and outside the Golden Gate Bridge offer up the best possible chance of possibly getting killed in a good sort of way; similar to climbing Mt. Everest.  Only more people have climbed Everest than done what we’ve just done in the past two days!!

You want to risk the chance of icy crevasses, or killer moguls, or risks of avalanches coming down on you, in a water world sort of way?  For some of our riders, this is now half the fun.  Sort of like riding off into the sunset and not knowing where the next fuel stop is.  We really don’t get that feeling back home unless we’re on say, the 405 freeway during rush hour.

Yes, there really is something magical about riding out the Golden Gate bridge and coming back on ay an ebbing tide and running on fumes; and conquering the ride.  Yeah, we done that.  So, what is all the fuss about going out as a club?

To non personal watercraft owners or just plain boaters the idea of hauling butt across some wild and crazy windy wavy waters at warp speed may not be what some people have coursing through their veins.  For some of us riding today, it’s sort of why we ride.  If someone today placed a buoy out on the water with a black diamond gnarly looking sign on it, you can bet your television remote control that Tam, Tony, Darrell or Fadi will fight to be the first to round it.  You want locally scary?  How about the backside of Catalina on a not too pleasant of a day.

How about getting a late run back from San Diego bay to your launch ramp at either Los Angeles or Long Beach.  Yes, all in one riding day, of course.  More scary?  How about waiting for your jet ski buddies just outside the Oceanside breakwater while they finish fueling up and having a big old whale come up and take a good hard look at you.  Been there, done that!  Or how about flying off your ski just past Dana Point, in the area known for it’s great white sharks.  Wait!  You haven’t yet experienced any of these PWC riding adventures?  Then maybe you really are better suited to staying within eye sight of that television remote or tablet.

That personal watercraft of yours is more than capable of taking you places that you didn’t think possible?  Once again, this is why we ride.  These little boats can go the distance and now we’re also finding out that so can we.

No, we don’t have avalanches to worry about. And unlike other sports that take their crafts to other countries to race, we don’t really do that sort of thing.  I’m now thinking more like the Iron Dog, Baja 1000 or Dakar Rally done on specialty machines like snowmobiles, trucks or motorcycles.  Besides us getting lost or maybe running out of fuel before our next fuel stop it’s really not that bad for some of us weekend warriors.  Also, no avalanche gear or any of the other required equipment needed.  Just don’t forget to put a whistle on it.

Riding our personal watercraft also ranks up there with family time.  Besides the cost of the fuel, lodging, food and other unforeseen events like say a blown engine; it’s actually cheaper than going to Disneyland or taking a cruise.  And you also get way more exercise and lose weight at the same time.  Just ask some of those on this ride.  Your back may not enjoy it as much on the ocean as on the delta but, if that is what is being served up then, just take it and ride.  Tomorrow is another PWC day and there are plenty of pain pills around the group to keep you going.


Delta PWC Adventure Day 2 – The sign said, “Eat at Joe’s” and so we did!  But first we had to ride there.  Hector on a 310 Kawasaki Ultra and his 11-year-old son became our Day 2 ride leaders.  With local knowledge available and most of our group from SoCal; we had no clue as to what direction Sacramento lay but, like they say, it is always easier to follow than lead.

And so Hector takes off like a rocket.  Pretty soon the group keeps spreading further and further out for miles and miles and miles.  One, two, or three riders soon caught up to Hector and quickly told him to slow it down!  I on the other hand witnessed the small admonishment; rode over to Hector and further informed him that we were behind schedule and to speed it up.  We both laughed it up a bit and continued counting up the rest of the miles to downtown Sacramento.  The rest of the miles were pleasant and enjoyable as we snaked our way up the California river delta for miles and miles; until finally reaching the rather large open part of the delta where the wind whips up the water consistently to a froth, developing four to five foot waves that totally drench everyone.  Some of our watercraft now became near submersibles.  Bet you didn’t know this hidden feature?


Our start point for day 2 was also the Orwood Resort.  A mere 134 river miles down from downtown Sacramento, California.  Along the way we experienced periods of calm flat water intermixed with grand canyon type rapids, tidal inflow, outflow, ocean type five footers, fast and slow flowing river water and some amazing scenery.  Off in the distance we could see beautiful golden brown wheat fields, groups of happy cows and white picket fenced windmills atop hilltops.

If you are reading this story and  do not yet fully comprehend what riding 100 miles on a watercraft is then I can’t help you.  For the rest of us our arms probably still ache.  The good, the bad and the ugly of the group are all better riders for the experience.  No whiners!  Not much in the way of time separated the racers in the group to the recreational newbie riders.  I would say about the time it takes to eat an ice cream scoop or possibly two.

Once fueled up after eating at Joe’s Crab Shack the faster of the two riding groups parted ways.  We headed downstream for about 25 miles for dessert.  Of course it was for some home-made ice cream.  The way it’s done on the river is you tie up to the floating dock, walk up several floors of steps, cross the country road just up from Locke, California and enter historic Mel’s Ice Cream parlor.  Original and old-fashioned.  Hurry before it all changes.


“I’m into the law of attraction and quantum physics.  Like cosmic ordering.  It’s all about thinking lovely things that you would like in life, and feeling good about them before they manifest, so that by the time they do, you don’t want them because by then, you’re onto your next desire.”

– Julia Sawalha

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Baja Road Trip Pictures

2004 Toyota 4Runner, looking good with a brand new paint job, new carpet, custom front push bar and led light bar.  Looks and runs better than new.

The early bird catches the worm.  For those like me that miss details like (time change) an early start is justifiable.  The desert in the early hours can be awe-inspiring.

Once cannot say all of Baja is this way or that way.  The condition of the road is constantly changing as is the various forms of desert ecosystem.

Trees!  The further north on Baja one goes the less topes.  Topes are speed bumps that can dramatically alter your vehicles suspension system if they catch you by surprise.  On this particular day, all of the towns passed must’ve coordinated a fund-raising for the local fire department.  Fire fighters and their supporters were standing by for any loose coins.

109 degrees outside and it is not yet noon.  The truck in the picture broke down on the way up the hill.  The area, usually on the outskirts of many town seem to be the chosen spot for wrecking yards.  Llanteras (tire repairs) are usually designated by one tire balanced atop another tire.  Mexicans do not seem to easily discard a tire that has achieved its manufacturers life expectancy.  A good portion of Mexican drivers seem to not carry a spare, jack or repair kits.  But, get in trouble on the road and a road angel will almost magically appear to help.


View towards Ensenada, vicinity or Marina Coral.  Roundabouts are common as are four-way stops, known as Altos. Mexican city drivers do appear to be more vigilant than US drivers.


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Baja Road Trip – Trip Report 6202016

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan led the first round-the-world expedition, setting off from Seville, Spain, in 1519. Today, you and your buddies can almost do the same thing – except be the first to do it.  All one needs today are two things; major credit card/cash and a smart phone.  What I figured out by personally seeing/experiencing it:  Hardest way to travel is on foot (can you say PCT hiking); next hardest is bicycle (saw a guy with a death wish pedaling through the Viscaina dessert); next is motorcycle (met up with one intrepid rider from Las Vegas on a Kawasaki); next car/truck towing something.  Towing anything, unless it’s a Seadoo/Kawasaki/Yamaha is not fun! Without A/C?  Don’t try it this time of year (June/July) unless in a climate controlled anything.

My preference for a baja road trip is a well-built and dependable truck. Do yourself a favor by also purchasing the high-octane fuel (known as Mega red) for all the hill work involved.

By contrast my 2016 exploration road from Los Angeles to La Paz, Baja California and back, required minimal planning and is hardly worth recording except for possibly old age re-reading or your perusal.  Purchase a Garmin Mexico chip for your Nuvi.  Well worth the $60.00.  It now feels like a week-long trip, but, realistically it was closer to three.  Basic drive details:  First day work for an afternoon border crossing; spend the night in Ensenada and enjoy the wine country; second day, early morning drive from Ensenada to Guerrero Negro; arriving around late afternoon, plan on spending the night.  Always think taking care of your vehicle before taking care of your needs.  Top off the fuel tank – always!  Next morning early morning travel due to the one hour time change, arrive La Paz, at about late afternoon.  The most expensive cost before crossing the border is a month long Mexico car insurance rider for about $130.00   To make it easy exchange your dollars for pesos at the same location.  About $400 US should put a good wad of pesos in your wallet or glove compartment.  I don’t yet think metrics so the temperature and exchange rate is what it is.  Both always sound like a good deal to me.  This breakfast meal was 75 pesos and it was great.  The breakfast burrito at the Pemex gas station, purchased from a guy carrying a cooler for 10 pesos was a great deal; should’ve bought two. Now you have your basis for comparison.  It either gets better or worse, you can’t have it both ways!  

A road trip that is going to be fun and is not a time to bother with car/truck mechanical issues such as well used tires, old coolant, not too recent oil change, A/C needing recharge etc. Details such as trying to pinch pesos or the exchange rate should be left at home.  

Everything south of the border is always going to be cheaper, more wholesome for you to eat and tastes better too.  Weak stomachs or picky eaters stay home, this is not a trip for your liking.  Yes, everyone including animals like the roads.  Possibly why you might want to leave that tin can Prius at home and drive something quick and agile.  

At great effort I took this picture.  First, stop 4runner on road.  Next chase down small cow.  Position small cow next to diamond yellow bull crossing sign.  Get small cow to stand still. Take picture. Now if you believe this story then I’ve also got some baja real estate for sale.

Accomplished:  4runner:  Fresh paint job on the 4runner; inside carpet cleaning and detail; front LED light bar; ME:  teeth cleaning; WESTERN FLYER; prepped for hurricane season; FRIENDS: Farewell to Jim and Amy; Jeff and Deanne; David & Kenyon; and Sean too!         

Magellan’s Armada de Molucca was made up of five ships and 270 men — but only 18 men and one vessel, the Victoria, made it back to Spain three years later.

Magellan himself died on the Philippine island of Mactan in 1521.  And as for me, it’s harder to hit a moving target so, only time will tell.



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Boredom Explored and the Cruising Life

Boredom Explored and the Cruising Life

Someone I know recently told me they were bored.  At first I thought, what?  Why?  Then I looked internally, then externally, and without judging this one person tried to wrap my head around the boredom issue.  Does daydreaming qualify?  I came to the conclusion that it did not however, daydreaming does tend to be a way of relieving boredom.  Sort of like fooling the mind into thinking that it is occupied.  A quick internet search revealed that bored people also tend to overeat.

Earlier it was hot, I got up, walked to the nearby hotel infinity pool, swam for some exercise, got out of the water, dried off and now here I am writing.  If that wandering waiter would’ve just come a little closer, then the hardest part about my decision would be to either have a margarita or beer.  An appetizer?  Si Senor!

So, what I just figured out is that if my energy level is such that I need to get up and move, then I move.    This energy then needs to go someplace.  Were you ever bored as a kid?  Toys.  Yes, those wood, plastic or things with lots of pieces.  Do you have toys now?  Ahhhhhahhhh!  Maybe lack of toys is your problem.  Or, maybe the wrong toys or missing pieces to those toys or ?

If you are reading and enjoying a book you keep reading till you get bored.  If you are like me and on Kindle, you are probably reading more than one book at a time.  If one book gets boring then you can easily switch to another book.  The problem I see is when you have internet problems.  Boredom happens when you are unable to change the situation.  You want to open, purchase, or even open that new book but, you can’t get it to upload.  Am I now bored or frustrated?

What ever happened to shopping to relieve boredom?  Say what; you’ve got no money to spend.  Then go waste some gas.  Take a car ride anywhere?  Or be like Ethel and drop in on Lucy.  Or visit or call a friend.  Or join a group.  Or going outside and look for something out-of-place in the yard or boat?

Change your environment and you change your boredom situation.  Are you now less or more bored?  If less bored, then repeat the process.  Those that served time in the military can easily relate to the statement “hurry up and wait”.  Today, we just reach down, grab that smart phone and quickly zone out.  Back then?  Maybe tell a joke or two, push, shove, play grab ass with one another or just engage in conversation about cars, girls, beer, or most anything mechanical.

Be productive.  Be in the zone!  If all else fails then take a nap.  Nothing around you is happening so, go, get moving and make it happen.

Bored.  Go for a walk or a run.  Don’t think about it.  Move.  Now that everyone has got a dog; dog is either taking a nap so he or she is not bored or looking for an excuse to go out on a walk.

The question that still remains is, shall I make that margarita or open up a cold Indio beer?  Hey, I don’t get bored.  What gives?  So, if you do, then I think you can also make yourself not bored.

Too many toys and not enough time to play with them, may not be a bad thing.

Finally, here is how I seem to be doing it right.  Planning ahead.  By planning ahead I mean try to keep looking to the future as to what new and exciting things you are going to do next.  Strive to be adventurous and develop a let’s try something new sort of attitude.  Just don’t buy a boat, you’ll really never be bored.






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