Sunday, March 16, 2008

THE BAJA EXPERIENCE in Loreto, Mexico

When I arrived at Del Borracho Restaurant early one morning to get fresh baked muffins for my staff, it was a surprise to see five of these trucks parked out front waiting for their guides. What a better place than the ambience of an Ole Western Saloon to have an orientation for the race of a lifetime?! This is why I love coming to Del Borracho … I never know who or what I will see. It is truly a watering hole for all from the local characters to the visiting VIPs, who come on horses or state-of-the-art race trucks. Quien Sabe!

Baja BOSS’s most exciting client is THE BAJA EXPERIENCE which is an off road racing tour company located in Loreto. We met this small tour group and they were walking on air in anticipation of getting behind the wheel of these 4000 pound, 250 horsepower racing machines. They flew in from California for a 4 day tour of the back roads of Baja desert and were ready for real action.

At the end of tour, I talked to Jay Vice of Sacramento (in the red shirt). Both Jay and John were ecstatic about the tour and said “It was worth every penny and more. A full “10” all the way with the trucks and staff.” They covered over 600 miles and the night driving was “out of this world”. They will tell all their friends and come back “time and time again” and are even considering renting these trucks to participate in the Baja 1000 this year. Loreto is attracting a lot of people who have acquired wealth and love to have fun! Check it out at www.TheBajaExp.com

By sharp contrast to the excitement and fast pace of Off-Road Racing, REEL TROUBLE toured many people past the islands of Danzante and Carmen which are south of Pt. Escondido in the hopes of spotting some blue whales and dolphins. Jim and Erica from Nashville were visiting Loreto for the first time with their daughters, Marissa and Christina. They booked the Island Tour through the INN at Loreto Bay and told me they had a fantastic time! For more information visit www.VeleroDelMar.com

Doug and Bonnie, Dan and Shelley are from British Columbia and were happy just to enjoy the warm beautiful day as we soaked up the beauty of the La Giganta Mountains and drank cold cervezas that were plentiful. As we continued cruising south the water was flat and calm and there was not another boat or movement on the horizon. Suddenly, Chino spotted something jump several miles ahead and picked up speed towards what he knew would be whales. Everyone on board was mighty impressed how Chino could see them so far away and sure enough as we got close, there were at least 10 to 12 large Blue Whales and we were in the middle of them. We cruised with them for what seemed like an hour and they came as close as 20 feet from the boat. Many were larger than our 34’ Luhrs and some must have been over 50 feet in length.

We came across a large pod of dolphins and hung out for about an hour, cruising with them while they played and entertained us. There must have been hundreds spread across miles of ocean as far as we could see. None of us could believe how large they were in comparison to the porpoises that we are accustomed to seeing in the Pacific Northwest. It was VERY cool and we were content even if we did not see any whales.

The giant Blue Whale is an animal that defies all superlatives. It is the biggest, heaviest, loudest and fastest growing animal on the planet. In fact, it is the largest animal that has ever lived on the face of the earth... by a long shot. Attaining lengths of 80-90 ft., weighing 150 to 200 tons, they dwarf any other animal that has ever lived. They grow so fast as calves that they can put on 200-300 lbs per day just feeding on its mother’s milk. By the time they are weaned, at 9mos to a year, they are already over 50 ft. long - larger than most other whales.

One of our new neighbors from last weekend, Steve and his wife from Southern California, took REEL TROUBLE and some new friends out for a Island Tour of Coronado, which is north of Loreto. They had a wonderful day seeing the sea lions and beautiful white sand beaches, as well as black slate and rock, all on one island. There were no whales or dolphins in this area on this day, but they had a great time enjoying the crystal clear waters of Coronado and the scenic view of the town of Loreto from the water.

The Governor of Baja California Sur was in Loreto last week at the new Hospital which is scheduled to open in the next month or so. The Governor was particularly complimentary and flattering about Loreto Bay and thanked them for their generous contribution. Michael Coyle of RePlay Inc. was introduced as the Loreto Bay representative and seen on national Mexican Television. The Governor’s half term speech was March 15, 2008, and having this new medical facility in Loreto is very important to his administration.

It was great to have dinner with Dan and Jeanne O’Shaugnessy of FN217 and Mike Bartlett of FN450. We had a terrific meal at Pachamamas Argentinean Restaurant, with spinach and beef empanada appetizers, caprices and roquefort salads, three of us had New York Steaks and Jeanne had pasta, 2 bottles of nice red wine, and the total bill was $40 per person, including generous tip!

Mike told me about a new ice cream store that I have not been to located on Calle Davis y Benito Juarez s/n, down the street from the Bancomer Bank, and across from the nursery school. Newcomers to Loreto are always amazed that there are no street addresses except cross streets and S/N (sin numero). Banamex was telling me that Mexico City head office has a very difficult time to approve applications as they can not believe people live at a residence without number.

We strolled into the immaculately clean ice cream store with a row of freezers and well lit with florescent lighting. They had a large assortment of flavoured fruit bars and a variety of different ice creams and sorbets. Waffle cones, sugar cones, or cups with different topping were available. It was all too much for me to comprehend where this all came from and how this delectable little store had managed to go under my radar? There were so many choices, but when I saw my absolute favourite Rocky Road … there were no other options! Wonderfully delicious! The friendly staff spoke good English, were very helpful and patient. Look for the Michocana sign above the storefront and visit soon!

Jose Luis and Beatrice really understand what the new Loreto community wants! They are in the third year of operating Dali Deli and it is wonderful to watch their expansion and success, poco y poco (little by little). Many of us make regular visits to shop for speciality cheeses, quality cuts of meat, and an assortment of spices and sauces unavailable anywhere else within 200 miles. I literally squealed with excitement when I saw Foie Gras (goose liver pate) resting innocuously on the shelf. I do not even think I can buy this easily in the USA … and here it is available in the Wild Wild West of Loreto. Visit Dali Deli for all your entertaining needs, and note that they will be closed March 21st and 22nd for Semana Santa. Their regular hours are Monday to Thursday 8 am to 5 pm.

Loreto appears to be growing up! What a wonderful life!

1 comment:

JOYDANCER said...

My brother and his wife live in Loreto right around the corner from the old church. His boat is called the Alleycat. An old troller which he motored to Loreto from San Francisco.

Last Easter I was there visiting. Love Loreto - thanks for the post.

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