Road-trip along Highway 1 through Baja
Description: So often when I go on vacation I, like many people, look for the fastest way to get to a destination. With the measly two week average of vacation time, it's important to make the most of every second. A while back, the boy and I decided to make the "getting there" the entire trip. We drove down from San Francisco, in our "new" '78 Mercedes SL, to Mexico. We camped, ate as many fish tacos as we could find and generally had an amazing time being as spontaneous as possible along the way...
This was before the gas crisis and though not the cheapest way to see the sights, the vintage Mercedes was a huge hit as we made our way through towns. We left the day after Christmas, stopped in Ensenada to get our visas (required when you travel further south) and had lunch at the fish market. Touristy, but damn if the fish tacos weren't to die for....
It was pouring down sheets of rain as we drove and the streets were flooded. We barely made it through some of the areas on the road but managed to make it to Santa Rosalita, a stop along the famous Baja 500 off-road race, where we ate fantastic lobster and crashed in the restaurant's small hotel.
Continuing on, we drove south to sample the famous dates in San Ignacio, marveled at the French colonial buildings in Santa Rosalia, spent a few days in Muleje (eating more fish tacos!) and then made it to Loreto in time for New Year's. In Loreto we asked around until we were sent to the town's New Year's party, complete with a live band, loads of cowboy hats and non-stop dancing.
On the way back we camped on the beach along the Sea of Cortes, dug for chocolate clams, met some local medical students camping with a group of nurses and I managed to get a nasty nasty sting from one pissed off scorpion. Despite my swollen and numb hand, it still tops my list of best vacations ever. Never have I met nicer people, felt more relaxed or enjoyed sitting in a car for several hours at a time. We got to see a side of Mexico that wouldn't have been possible had we flown in and out and I can't wait to go back (and eat more fish tacos)!
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