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My Three weeks in Baja

With winter blasting away across so many parts of the US right now, I thought I would share some photos from a recent trip to Mexico and it’s warmer climate. It was my first time going to Baja. November seemed like a great time to go and things along the border were nothing unusual with respect to entry and return. After a brief drive through the Petrified Forest on the drive to Cali as a warm up of things to come, I was excited to cross into MX. About 30 minutes to get the visa to enter and about 3 minutes (after an hour in line) to get through US customs on the return. There’s been a lot already written about the beauty of Baja. So I thought I would just share some of my photos without a narrative from this trip. Although there was the good, there was also the recurrent MX issue with litter. Nonetheless I am jonesing to return..... pix were predominantly taken on my Iphone 6S plus...

Here are a few of the memories beginning with a clean truck just prior to departure from Fort Worth, TX. The round trip was right around 4800 miles. That allowed me to explore the northern half of the peninsula. I am looking forward to seeing more of that area and also going as far soutnas LaPaz next trip. Cabo is out for me. From everything I’ve read and people I’ve spoken to, it has become too commercialized for my personal tastes. Can anyone say Miami, MX? BTW, I entered through Tiujana and returned through Mexicali.

I hope you enjoy them.
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Fantastic pictures!! Great timing, we're about to get up to 13 inches of snow here this weekend.
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Great pics - could smell the salt air........oh, maybe it’s because the advancing blizzard is pushing ocean air up here?? Anyhow it’s good to hear that border crossing was NBD and you experienced no crime or harassment. Baja beaches are among Mexico’s most beautiful and it was really nice to see again....makes me want to return. BTW how did the shop owner “acquire” all those bras??
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Great pics - could smell the salt air........oh, maybe it’s because the advancing blizzard is pushing ocean air up here?? Anyhow it’s good to hear that border crossing was NBD and you experienced no crime or harassment. Baja beaches are among Mexico’s most beautiful and it was really nice to see again....makes me want to return. BTW how did the shop owner “acquire” all those bras??
“Coco’s corner” was an interesting place. The gentleman who owned it was confined to a wheelchair due to losing both legs at his knees, There were several stories as to how it happened. Suffice to say he was a very pleasant fella who has lived out in the desert for over twenty years (I forget the exact number.). Many of those years had the Baja 1000 running across his property. His cabin offered a respite from the day’s driving, a cold beer and souvenir tee short to purchase (all reasonably priced I might add).

I suspect there may be many others on the Forum who have far greater knowledge about Coco than I. If so, chime in. When I was there he was sharing a story about some drunks (with a child along) stealing his handicapped-enabled truck. They totaled it in an accident. The driver was killed and the little girl had something permanently damaged on her arm or hand (Coco’s English and my Spanish were working overtime at this point in the visit.). The other guy was sentenced to jail for many years (Coco was speaking numbers in Spanish at this point and I couln’t Keep up with my slow translation in my head!). Anyway, a real shame. It was a truck donated by many of the drivers/teams from the Baja race as I understood him and it obviously was operated all by hand controls.

As to your question as to the hanging accessories inside (and outside) his cabin, I can only imagine what kind of parties may have occurred there in the past. He was quick to ask any lady to sit on his lap for a photo.

All in all it was a great stop among many. My traveling companions, who have asked to remain anonymous, provided great company and perspective along our journey. Two of us (them) had been to Baja previously; and two of us (myself in this group) had never been.

As a result of this trip I am moving more towards the FJ being a dedicated overland rig regarding my configuration. My challenge is the dang OEM roof rack. Due to age and some of my own disabilities, my soft-sided RTT is up for sale. (A fused back, a leg that had broken tibia and fibula along with a separated ankle that wasn’t set right . I just purchased a James Baroud Grand Raid RTT (currently on my Offroad trailer) that I believe will be better for me long term due to my health with the aspect of the RTT. Going to miss the annex room however. If you know anyone looking for a good deal on a very clean Mombasa Adventurer, please pass them my way!)

When I am by myself (i.e., absent the wife) I prefer not to pull the trailer. I am more a minimalist. She fortunately enjoys (accommodates?) camping but its more towards the glamping end of the spectrum. (When I returned from Baja I was all about getting the Winnebago Revel. It wasn’t to her liking. . That story hasn’t reached the last chapter I hope!)

So, debFJVT, a long-winded response to your question about bras and panties I guess. You’re absolutely right about the beautiful beaches. Everyone was unique and phenomenal in their own way. I can’t wait to return.

P.S. > I have no idea what the story is/was with regard to the toilet bowls! Anyone???
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Great side story, and a remarkable guy - the kind of survivor who thrives and inspires Those are the real treasures of travel! I get the feeling the “articles of clothing” were happily given As for the toilets, I’ve seen similar outdoor sculpture gardens, like three put up in Potsdam NY by a resident “pissed off” by the town refusing to let him open a donut shop
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They really like to display their toilets in Mexico huh?
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Great looking trip. Nothing like a west coast sun set. The beach and smoggy atmosphere always provides the best colors in any country I've traveled.

Did you come across any other tourists or locals in FJs or those traveling like you? I know many jeep clubs run down the border for overnighters. Also, not sure how big they are, but I've seen local FJ clubs in Mexico.
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Did you come across any other tourists or locals in FJs or those traveling like you? I know many jeep clubs run down the border for overnighters. Also, not sure how big they are, but I've seen local FJ clubs in Mexico.
I met a group of about 20 fellow FJ’ers from Tiujana. A great group with some very impressive rides...
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I met a group of about 20 fellow FJ’ers from Tiujana. A great group with some very impressive rides...
I must have missed that part in the story. Thanks for sharing. That's some luck! What a spontaneous meeting of like minds
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Debbie is right about all the bras and panties being given to him by travelers. He had cleaned the place up a lot and much of that was gone when I stopped there last week. He had done some remodeling of the place. We had a long talk about the problems with aging. He’s 82 and called me a baby when I said I was 75. I had passed through Coco’s many times but I told that was my last time. Ten trips over 49 years is enough. We parted company rather sadly.


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