We began our drive to Baja on Sunday. First stop, Harbin Hot Springs in Northern California. This was a surprise birthday present from Greg to me. What a sweet man he is!
Now I don’t have any photos from this part of our trip because they don’t allow any picture taking at the Hot Springs but I do have links to some photos from the Harbin website. We stayed in one of the Tent Cabins that was really cool. Part of it had a huge window where we had a beautiful view of the forest valley. It was very private and we were able to use the hot soaking pool after we did a nature walk around the grounds. It was a wonderfully calm place to relax and refresh our spirits before continuing our drive.
We stayed the second night at a camp ground near Pyramid Lake outside of Los Angeles. It was an okay spot but it wasn’t the best evening. The hard core rap and rock music our camping neighbors (a young family) turned on that evening kept us awake for a while. They had a gigantic bonfire that they would leave unattended. We had a bird’s eye view and couldn’t help but look their way. Now I could turn this into a rant about parents who play loud music with not a care about their kids being exposed to the vicious words in this type of “music”, that these parents didn’t care enough to turn the “music” down so that their children could sleep quietly after they went to bed or let their neighbors sleep quietly but I’m not going to. GRRRRR!!…you get the idea, so you can see it was not the best night. We should have left and found another place to camp but we didn’t.
In the a.m. we had a couple guys visit our camp site. They had been camping near us as well and they were pretty sketchy characters so after they left, we got packed up fast and got back on the road.
That day, we visited Greg’s Mom outside Banning which was really nice but way too short of a visit. Hopefully on the way back up we’ll stop and see her again. Later that evening we went to our friends house in San Diego. We visited with them and spent the night there.
This morning we got up and headed toward the border.
We didn’t get going as early as we had planned though but we were crossing about 9-ish. It looked quite different then the last time we did this. Lots more people and cars then we remembered. As we followed the other cars along, we were flagged over to the side so our car could be searched. But it was only a few minutes delay as a nice man poked around in the back and asked a few questions. Soon we were on our way.
It was cloudy when we started out.
But it cleared up and it was a beautiful day and uneventful drive! We like uneventful. No problems. Just driving and chatting and listening to music and watching the views go by.
The wild flowers were out along the road. It was very pretty.
For lunch we stopped and got sandwich makings and drove out to the ocean and had a picnic. The flowers on the beach were vibrant. Hot pink and yellow.
The dogs played in the sand. Chasing each other with a stick and exhausting themselves. They’re good travel dogs but I bet it felt good to them to run free after being cooped up in the car so much.
Soon we were to our next stop. A little town called El Rosario.
Our tired pups from the long car ride today.
We love this one little motel here. It’s the first motel on the left as you come into town next to the Pemex gas station. They have some new remodelled rooms that are terrific and cost about $30 a night.
Our dogs love it too because they get to stay in our room. Belle found her place under the bed stand and Cody layed down near by.
Later we took the dogs for a walk and stopped and got tacos. I ordered my fav mexican drink…horchata. If you haven’t had some of this sweet spiced drink, you must try it. I’ve ordered it many times at different mexican restaurants in the states and in Mexico but tonight’s was the very best ever! I might try making it at home sometime. There are different ways to make it but here is a recipe if you would like to try it yourself.
Hasta luego. See you in a couple days.