I arrived in Todos Santos on the Summer Solstice, June 20, 2013 after making arrangements to join the real estate team at Ricardo Amigo Real Estate where I still work today. I had driven down from Tucson, Arizona where it had been 110-113 degrees for a pretty good stretch of time. Upon my arrival, I walked directly down to the beach at La Cachora for the sunset. The photo above is the very first image I snapped here.
Just looking at it, I can remember how cold I was, standing there in a bathing suit, flip flops and a loose tank top. Ahhh yes ….. the famous Pacific “marine layer” had been lost in my memories from my earlier days living on the West Coast. But the ocean was alive with wind and salt. And I was here, goosebumps and all …. I was instantly home.
There are so many wonderful people who I have met here over the years who were here for a brief escape and fell in love with the area, dropped their guard for a few days, and envisioned themselves having a life here. One of the big challenges to that vision that often develops presents itself on your departure.
Sometimes it begins before you reach the airport. You begin to think about home, your job, your tasks that lie ahead for the week, for the month, for the year ……. Your head begins to fill your mental calendar with assignments and responsibilities. That is natural and important. But as a result, sometimes, the magic and shear beauty of this incredible piece of paradise begins to slip away from your memory. It did from mine for many years before I made a decision to move here.
So for those of you that are experiencing this as you read this blog on your way home, or for those of you that are not in Baja right now but are trying to recapture that feeling, those images, those experiences that you had, here are some images and to help refresh your memory. Enjoy …. and I hope to see you all back soon. Oh …. and next article will include an updated Baja book reading list.
Huerta Argentina, El Pescadero
Mango cluster, La Cachora road, Todos Santos
The beach at San Pedrito, El Pescadero
Baby Leatherback Sea Turtle named “Boris” getting ready to go to sea, Tortugueros Las Playitas Turtle Sanctuary, Las Tunas Beach
El Sargento, Gulf of California, Baja California Sur
The approach to Agua Blanca, North of Todos Santos
Teatro Cine, Colonia Centro, Todos SantosOn the trail to Playas Palmas, El Pescadero
Café Todos Santos, Colonia Centro, Todos Santos
Wild horses, Playas Palmas, El Pescadero
Young calf, El Triumfo, Baja California Sur
Vista between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Cabo, Baja California Sur
Las Tunas Beach, Todos Santos
La Esquina, Las Brisas, Todos Santos
Gavilan Beach, El Pescadero
Building detail, Colonia Centro, Todos Santos
Playas Pacificas, North of La Paz, Baja California Sur
Sunset, Las Playitas, Todos Santos