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Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico
14 - 17 February 2010

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I've come down to apartment hunt. And meet with a new ex-pat American from Iowa who has some business ideas for both of us. And also to have the VW serviced (new tires & brakes) and get a crown put in at Dr. Avila's office. Found both a nice casita in El Pescador and a roommate situation in downtown Rosarito right on the beach. I'm going to test the roommate option out on the 28th by staying a few nights before committing to monthly rental. Where to store much of my stuff if Michael moves to Las Vegas? I don't need much in Baja.
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aaa_baja.jpg (6222791 bytes)Ever wonder why Loreto, San Felipé, Los Cabos and other select Mexican destinations come into being and grow like crazy? It's not luck or coincidence. It's all very well-planned. Thanks to Fonatur, the "institution responsible for the planning and development of sustainable tourism projects." And with respect to the Baja Peninsula specifically, there is the vision of the Escalera Nautica, the Nautical Ladder --- a mega project. As of August 2009, this project was HALTED by the Mexican federal government. Yippie! The new Baja Almanac is out!  After being out of print for 4 years and losing both my copies, I ordered 4 to make sure I have a backup and give two away as gifts.


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The new "Road 2000" from Popotla, south of Rosarito Beach to east of Tijuana and points eastward like Tecate & Mexicali.


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You take a turnoff and double back a few miles to use the "garita" Otay Mesa truck crossing. Sometimes faster the the Tijuana port of entry. Certainly much more relaxed American border officials.



Sunday, February 14

Dinner, Winter Olympics & overnight with Lionel & Judy in Pacific Beach (San Diego) in their "smallish" new condominium.

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Yet another Rosarito earthquake. This one (left image) was inland while I was in San Diego. feb14_earthquake.jpg (154514 bytes) san_andreas_fault_on_the_move_20100218.jpg (143978 bytes) The right image is of quakes during this past week. You can see that the San Andreas fault is clearly active from the Sea of Cortez thru the San Francisco Bay area and into the Pacific Ocean up to the Juan de Fuca fault zone near Puget Sound.
Monday, February 15

feb15_114.jpg (630118 bytes)Met Scott Weier in San Antonio del Mar at his $500 per month cliff-side apartment.

Once again, margaritas & dinner at the Bahía Cantiles bar with a generous tip for myy amigo Alfredo. Again, overnight at Roberts K-38 Surf Motel for $10.

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See little red book for trip details. 

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Tuesday, February 16
Found a nice casita in El Pescador for $500 per month excluding utilities with Gus & Bobbie Varela. feb15_el_pescador.jpg (650072 bytes)
Found a roommate situation in downtown Rosarito right on the beach for $250 per month including utilities with Ediveirto. feb15_122.jpg (629590 bytes) feb15_123.jpg (647238 bytes) feb15_125.jpg (627317 bytes) feb15_124.jpg (641849 bytes)

The usual stops for Kaluha & pharmaceuticals.


The new "Road 2000" from Popotla, south of Rosarito Beach to east of Tijuana and points eastward like Tecate & Mexicali.

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The Otay Mesa border crossing was exactly one hour today. Then 4 cars ahead of me, an incident with guns drawn, the next car cleared of occupants and all lanes shut down for about 10 minutes while several people were arrested. feb16_118.jpg (630556 bytes) feb16_119.jpg (578313 bytes) feb16_120.jpg (582130 bytes) feb16_121.jpg (559262 bytes) feb16_122.jpg (540525 bytes)
The secondary check was the fastest yet, and polite --- 10 minutes, no questions, no search and released ahead of everyone else. Yippie. I got the hang of this now. Unlike Tijuana main crossing where your passport and this piece of paper are on your windshield, I was handed this secondary slip and during a short delay before being released out the gate managed to take to snapshots to see exactly what ICE/BPS is doing. feb16_124.jpg (624077 bytes) feb16_125.jpg (617490 bytes)


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Yet another dinner, Winter Olympics & overnight with Lionel & Judy in Pacific Beach. You guys are spoiling me really badly. But I'm so grateful and really enjoy hanging out with you two. Thanks!



Wednesday, February 17
Rise & shine in Pacific Beach and a fast drive home. At least until Orange County.