Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos: Day 3

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    The Baja desert. The mountains look like mirages of each other.
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    Starting the day in San Ignacio. Their fancy town square church.
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    Making highway miles in style!
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    There has been a lot of blue in this post. It is impossible to not overindulge in photos here.
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    Driving during the day, so as not to miss this!
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    That cove. I want a home there! Look at those colors!

Nov 18
Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos.
It can be scary, riding shotgun across Baja, Mexico, with a girl who nearly runs a stop-sign in a town and then nearly rear-ends a truck slowing down for a speed-bump…all within about 30 minutes.  But, you make due, try not to pay attention, and you seem to get through it.

Kristen says she needs coffee to start her day.  Noted!  We’ll for sure get that sorted out tomorrow morning!
Starting the day in San Ignacio. Their fancy town square church.

Starting the day in San Ignacio. Their fancy town square church.

Mexico is mountainous roads with trucks, cars and semis half-way-to-somewhere, on the side of the highway with a Mexican man bent over an opened hood, inspecting something and trying to mechanically comprehend what he can do to no longer be stopped on the side of the road.
Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos

Making highway miles in style!

I ended up behind the wheel for our Baja California Roadtrip from about 15:00 and drove for the next six hours through Baja Sur.  The drive past Bahía Concepción is remarkably beautiful.  The colors of the ocean are so gorgeous how they morph into different blues from ‘turquoise’ to ‘deep’ as you dive past on the highway.

Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos

That cove. I want a home here! Look at those colors!

Everyone has been telling us to not drive at night, but sometimes it is not preventable.  Plus, it gets dark at about 17:30, and you need to use those hours into the evening if you are going to get anywhere.  This is especially true when you are like me and: the idea of going to bed at 05:00 means you found more mischief than you intended to for the night and you probably regret it so you dislike 05:00 for finding yourself approaching it, but in total contrast getting out of bed at 05:00 to start at the beginning of the day still feels like it should be last night and you dread it as much as a finding out there is no hot water for the shower.

I disapprove of finding myself awake to see a clock saying 05:00 at any direction I meeting it.

Therefore, we have not been getting incredibly early starts.  I am up by 08:00 and usually wishing it was 09:00.  I am not sure who designed the current model of efficient time usage, but I sure wish someone would revamp the system.

Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos

Driving during the day, so as not to miss this!

Imagine having to deal with a Mexican fender bender at night, in Spanish, after driving for hours and riding on fried nerves…
At 19:30 we drove through La Paz, Mexico.  It was only another hour to drive to Todos Santos, the goal of our Baja California Roadtrip!  However, people had been telling us to not drive at night.  What I was less interested in than driving at night on the countryside highway was driving at night in a chaotic Mexican city of 200,000 people to try to battle traffic and come upon a motel.  There was no bypassing La Paz.  We drove in and then Kristen turned on her phone data to get GPS to get us out of the Mexican cuidad as easily as possible.  I can not imagine how much time and frustration GPS saved us when trying to get through the city.  I stayed in one lane, the middle one, and just drove straight to get us out. Imagine having to deal with a Mexican fender bender at night, in Spanish, after driving for hours and riding on fried nerves…

Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos

The Baja desert. The mountains look like mirages of each other.

We arrived in Todos Santos at about 21:00.  A chart we had been paying attention to for the whole drive showed that Tijuana to Todos Santos was 974 miles.  I estimated that we had deviated about two miles out of our way on the entire Baja California drive.  When we arrived at the Todos Santos town limits, the odometer that we had reset in Tijuana showed that we were now at 976 miles.  There were the extra two miles!  Unbelievably accurate.

In about 1,500 kms of travel, the mileage chart
and her odometer were in line to the exact mile!

Baja California Roadtrip, San Ignacio to Todos Santos

There has been a lot of blue in this post. It is impossible to not overindulge in photos here.

We found a hotel in Todos Santos called the Maria Boutique which would accommodate dogs.  The price was $27 for two humans and two pooches.  I did the negotiating completely in Spanish.  I am getting pretty good at talking hotel business in this foreign language and I get freaking excited when I do it and kick ass at it!

Kristen said hotel might have been the worst she has ever stayed in.  I thought it was one of the better I have been to.  We live different lives…

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2 Responses

  1. Jann says:

    That looks like an awesome roadtrip

  2. Clara says:

    That was an awesome blog!

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