The Cooking Tour
We decided to do something different and go to a restaurant and learn a bit about Mexican cooking! What fun!
Off We Go
We Ran Into The Baja 500 Preparations
Did you know? - Although motorcyclists participate and are often the overall winners, many competitors drive modified or stock 4-wheel vehicles such as cars, trucks, ATVs and dune buggies. Race teams consist of factory-supported groups that build custom fabricated vehicles and provide chase vehicles via helicopter, to the much smaller and less glamorized sportsman teams competing in an all-stock vehicle with no chase vehicle support at all. Stock Volkswagen Type One Beetles are modified for use in off-road terrain, known as Baja Bugs, have been a common sight throughout the event duration, but the factory-supported all-spaceframe Trophy Truck entries are the most visible.
Baja 500 Was Just Getting Started
Did you know? - The state has a population of 2,844,469 (2005 census), and estimated 3,165,776 (June 2009) much more than the sparsely populated Baja California Sur to the south, and similar to San Diego County on its north. Over 75% of the population lives in the capital city, Mexicali, Ensenada, or in Tijuana. Other important cities include San Felipe, Playas de Rosarito and Tecate. The population of the state is composed of Mestizos, mostly immigrants from other parts of Mexico, and, as with most northern Mexican states, a large population of Mexicans of European ancestry, and also a large minority group of East Asian, Middle Eastern and indigenous descent. Additionally, there is a large immigrant population from the United States due to its proximity to San Diego and the cheaper cost of living compared to San Diego. There is also a significant population from Central America. Many immigrants moved to Baja California for a better quality of life and the number of higher paying jobs in comparison to the rest of Mexico and Latin America.
Jon and Grandpa are ready to go
The Tour Scouted The Shopping Areas
We Visited Their New Park
Did you know? - El Malecon: The new boardwalk along the downtown waterfront from Azueta to Av. Castillo. Relax and enjoy the view at Parque Ventana al Mar (Window to the Sea Park) with its monumental Mexican flag. This plaza is within walking distance from the cruise port. The plaza has several plaques and memorials. The plaza is also known as Plaza de Las Tres Cabezas because of the three large busts - Benito Juarez, Miguel Hildago, and Venustiano Carranza. Special events are held at the plaza. It's a nice place to sit and relax after walking all over the little town!
The flag is about 400 feet in the air and is 100x300 feet
The ship was easily seen all over town
The Whale Man
Where the desert ends, in the center of the Baja California peninsula at the immense Vizcaino Bay, the conjuration of the winds that arrive in Eugenia Point, is where the green beings and the aquatic beings congregated; messengers of all the nations on the planet.
Their faces were saddened, perplexed by the aggressive attitude of the human beings with their relationship to nature. During long nights and complete days, many moons and suns, they listened to deliberations on the predatory acts of men. They decided unanimously to elect an ambassador, to go and meet with the representatives of humanity and give them a scroll of a written petition, a message of intense love and profound respect for our planet and all the living beings who inhabit it. The goal of this message would be the beginning of a new era where all the natural resources are to be protected in benefit of all living beings and for the planet itself.
By the influence and magic of those powerful wished, there arose an enormous creature, a being of humanoid stature, half whale and half tree, who immediately took up the desert path in search of the human representatives to comply with such a beautiful and transcendent mission.
The fins and branches of the giant ambassador knew not of the hot desert sands: the strong winds, the darkness. Under the weather inclemency’s, he perished, amongst the waves of sand, in the heart of the desert.
Sometime late, a group of young explorers found his remains. Marveled and confused by such a strange finding, they noticed that the grand skeleton held in the fossilized structures of his curious hands still protected though now petrified, a strange roll of bark. Upon contact of a curious hand of one of the explorers, it opened like a release from an ancient spell. Inside, still intact was a scroll. Unrolled and upon reading its words, there was the invitational poem from the green and marine beings, to united us all and conserve in all its beauty the planet earth; our home.
The young people, moved by this profound message of love, made a promise: they would take the poem and its message around the planet. In this way complying with the grand mission of The Whale Man.
Author: Alfonso Arambula
The Ship Is Never Too Far Away
Horse Drawn Carts are Still Available
A Drive Around Town And To The Top
Arrival At The Restaurant
Our restaurant was across the street from this.... Wait until later