So sorry for not providing regular updates, on what now seems like a very long time. My excuse – boat projects and enjoying life! Earlier, Patti and I returned from La Ventana, (East Cape – origins of the wind sports i.e. kiteboardinge etc.) following a long but pleasant day of real estate shopping, with good cruiser friends, (D & K) new proud owners of an amazingly beautiful La Ventana view home.
(Rest of the story) La Ventana is the area of this years “Lord of the Wind 2016” IKA North American Kite Foil Championship – competitors from 158 countries participated. Kite board competitors raced at speeds of over 30 mph.
The La Ventana area has a hippy, motorhome sort of feel to it when you first arrive; after exploring further it can easily start to feel like any California beach city.
If you also lived here you would play sports like say, kite boarding, wind surfing, mountain biking, snorkeling, beach anything, 4wheeling on the beach, beach camping, and more. And to be totally honest, I never heard of this place before. Just a mere 45 minute drive from La Paz.
La Paz, our current destination, in Baja California holds the title of Aquarium of the World. One can also easily add the great organic, exotic and affordable food, good people, endless adventures, and easy to visit local driving destinations (Todos Santos, Loreto, La Ventana etc.) good wines, baja 1000, missions, cave paintings, whale sharks and other easily enjoyable and affordable touristy things.
La Ventana is just up the hill and around the corner (45 minutes away) on the windy side of the Sea of Cortez. Todays destination. Most of the time the food we eat is amazing, today the pizza was good but the ceviche and chocolate clams at a separate location was awesome. The atmosphere – priceless!
Picture you in the middle of a road that runs for about a mile in each direction – loaded with nothing but wrecking yards. Yes, car wrecking yards and/or recycling facilities. The site of our famous ceviche maker. The last time (my first kite boarding lesson at La Ventana) this guy only owned a red and white cooler. Today, his operation has since expanded to an overhead pilapa and serving cart. The cost is the same.
Fresh homemade ceviche, chocolate clams, two beers, coke and mineral water for about 150 pesos or about $9 dollars.
(Rest of the story) No one I know in their right mind would stop here without local knowledge from someone who already did/has! The area is perfectly safe except for maybe the loose pitbull (Paco) behind the gate to the family home. The owners son will escort you to the b a t h r o o m, if you need to use it like we did. You don’t want to sit down and if you have a weak stomach, best to stay home and give up the adventurous life.
The above pirate is made with nothing but paper and glue. The artist now wants to start making aliens.
(Rest of the story) This artist used to work for a local paper as a cartoonist. He shared with me his story about how he just needed to get away and in no time at all found his new hobby. By crushing newspapers and what appeared to be wood glue he creates a sticky sort of mush. He then uses a wrapping sort of paper to start his project, building it up by adding the sticky much. Paint as desired and voila!
La Ventana kiteboarding place in the past housed large tanks of sea water to raise shrimps to processing size; then it went bust and sat for years.
This guy comes along, buys the place, turns it into a kiteboarding school with a hostel environment and so, so pizza. The daily almost predictable winds are what makes this area famous.
(Rest of the story) The guy is a visioneer. What better way to turn a business over to your kids than creating one that they also love. By March I am told that this place becomes totally empty – why? The wind. When it funnels through the offshore island and builds up to nearly 30 mph consistently from say noon to four p.m. everyone is here. When the wind packs it up for months on end – the non kite boarders people with way too much $$ back home settle in and build beautiful desert oasis among the saguaros. This cactus is import because it is one of the only definining trees that stands out over this entire desert region. They are thick, not just scattered about. I was told that it takes 100 years just to grow the trunk and about another 25 years to add an arm that tend to bend upwards and number upwards of 25 on one tree. Another good thing to know is that they are covered with protective spines and produce flowers in the late spring and red fruit in the summer. With the right growing conditions, the saguaros can live to be as much as 150-200 years old.
A 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall yet, it can grow to be between 40-60 feet tall. When rain is plentiful the saguaro can weigh between 3200 and 4800 pounds.
- The saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States.
- Most of the saguaros roots are only 4-6 inches deep and radiate out as far from the plant as it is tall. There is one deep root, or tap root that extends down into the ground more than 2 feet.
- After the saguaro dies its woody ribs can be used to build roofs, fences, and parts of furniture. The holes that birds nested in or “saguaro boots” can be found among the dead saguaros. Native Americans used these as water containers long before the canteen was available.
Our friends now own a home here. And yes, dare I say, we also real-estate shopped for a suitable second home. At one end of the spectrum, a 100% brand new completed two story home, never lived in for $92k at the other is a great desert ocean view home, almost new, 100% furnished for $299k. A fantastic ocean view lot for $22 to 42k with building costs of $60 per metre.
Of course they all enjoy ocean views, a desert environment, dusty dirt roads, and clear skies with miles and miles of sandy white beaches.
Yet to do! Every year one of the most anticipated events is the arrival of thousands of grey whales. All the way from the Arctic these grey whales travel to this area to give birth starting as early as December. (2) Swim with the whale sharks. (3) Visit the local islands
The guy above in the picture makes these amazing scultures with nothing more than paper and glue.
The homes above – anywhere from a low of $92k, never lived in two bedroom to a high of 299k with amazing ocean views. On or off the grid – no problem.
Imagine: Miles and miles of beaches to walk. No mortgage, cheap great food and drink. Good people but, can you entertain yourself daily without the daily dose of American television, processed foods and daily shopping? Some can and some can’t.
Rest of the Story: So how can we learn to be able to spend time alone and be happy? Unplug yourself from so much useless information all around. Why do we need to be tapped into so much useless information? Is it healthy? Needed? Unplugging from this constant stream of information is well – relieving.
“We are born alone and we die alone. What few come to realize is that the majority of our lives we actually spend alone. We spend a lot of our lives trying not to be alone, true, but in reality, we are alone the entire time. That’s okay. In fact, it’s wonderful.”
Rest of the Story: Something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to!