Visit to the waterfall at Santiago, Baja, Mexico

Santiago baja waterall

On our road trip over to the East Cape in Baja, we also went to visit the waterfall at Santiago.

Bajainsider says, “Santiago is a small pueblo located 46 km north of the, Los Cabos Airport (SJD), San Jose Del Cabo, Baja Sur. At about 42km you make a left turn off Highway 1 to Santiago…”

Follow the signs (or ask someone like we did) to a rancho officially called the Rancho Ecológico Sol de Mayo. There will be a gate you will pass through and arrive at a parking area where you will find someone to direct you. You can pay a small fee to go the waterfall. We stayed in one of their cabinas so it came with the room.

santiago-waterfall

The walk there wasn’t too bad. A little steep in some spots but there were stairs built into the rock. Bring your own water, snacks and towel. There is a rustico bathroom right at the start of the trail.

Walk to Santiago Waterfall

Santiago Waterfall in Baja

It’s beautiful as you can see. There are lots of watering holes to take a dip in.

Waterfall pools at Santiago Waterfall

Water at Santiago Waterfall

One can climb above the falls and find even more pools to swim in.

Swimming hole at Santiago Waterfall

 

Santiago Waterfall Pool

And the rocks have some pretty cool and beautiful patterns on them.

Santiago Waterfall rocks

SAntiago Waterfall rocks and plants

Santiago Waterfall Rock Formation

This one (below) looked like an eyeball.Waterfall at Santiago Rocks

I liked this heart rock formation.

heat rock at Santiago Waterfall

We stayed in one of their cabins that was about $30 or so a night.

Cabin at Santiago Waterfall

It was very comfortable!

inside cabin at Santiago Waterfall

Table outside Santiago Waterfall cabin

Inside the cabin was a bed and bathroom and across from that outside was a kitchen building with an upstairs area we could sit and watch the stars. Each cabin had their own kitchen. We did have their breakfast (you have to pay for) in the morning at the main building where you enter the area.Santiago Waterfall cabinas

Upstairs on top of kitchen at Santiago Waterfall

upstairs at Santiago Waterfall cabin

This sun and moon kiss sculpture is inspiring one of my paintings. Stay tuned for more about that.

art in Santiago Waterfall cabin

We cooked dinner by candlelight as there was no electricity. They supplied us with a bunch of candles so it was fun.Cooking by candlelight at Santiago cabin

It was a beautiful sunset.

Sunset at Santiago Waterfall

I highly recommend this adventure!

Snorkel Beach at Punta Pescadero on East Cape, Baja, Mexico

snorkel beach east cape baja

We headed over to the East Cape of Baja, Mexico to explore the area around Los Barriles. We wanted to look for great camp spots on the beach. We love camping and swimming in the beautiful water on the east side of Baja. This trip we were lucky to discover Snorkel Beach.

We stopped in Los Barriles to get groceries and supplies and asked a couple people about where to camp. We were told about a place called Snorkel Beach that was north of Los Barriles near the Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise. It sounded great so we headed out to find it.

We followed the road (Los Barilles-Santa Teresa) north out of Los Barilles along the coast and took a turn off toward the beach at El Pescadero. We traveled along a dirt road (recommend 4 wheel drive) until we came to a beach that we decided must be Snorkel Beach as it was just south of the hotel called Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise.

We learned about this great Baja California Almanac Map below from a couple we met at Snorkel beach. They let us take a pic of it so we wouldn’t forget the name of it.

We highly recommend getting it. It is a very detailed almanac that shows roads that are off the beaten track that don’t show up on your regular map. It’s on our “to buy” list.

Camping baja

This is Snorkel Beach.

There weren’t many people there. We camped for two nights. There were a few people who arrived during the day but only one other car was camping like we were. Everyone who arrived during the day left by the evening.

Camping baja

You can see Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise up on the cliff north of where we camped.

Camping baja

Here’s our camp spot. We got the tarp out to create a little shade.

Camping punta pescadero

Greg rigged it up so we could get out of the sun.

camping punta pescadero

He also fixed us some killer margaritas.

camping baja

After swimming and snorkeling (the best area was around the rocks just below the hotel), naps were in order.

camping baja doggie

On the second night, after a bit of relaxation, we left the dogs to watch over the camp and we headed up the road toward the Hotel.

camping baja

It was a beautiful evening.

camping-baja-10

It was a nice walk!

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

Once at Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise, we found our way out to the patio and ordered an excellent pizza and margaritas for dinner. Yum! Looked like it would be a great hotel to spend the night at too. But we liked our camp spot so although we considered it, we didn’t stay at the hotel.

hotel punta pescadero paradise

Glad I remembered the bug spray but we really didn’t need it. There was a light breeze that kept the mosquitoes away.

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

The twinkly lights were muy romantico.

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

And the sunset was just gorgeous! It got better as the evening light faded. After dinner we walked back to our camp via the beach. It was a great end to a wonderful camping trip at Snorkel beach.

Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise

We left the next day and explored more of the area south of Los Barriles around La Ribera and then headed up to Santiago to find the waterfall. More on that in my next post.

One other tip….you don’t have to go back on the same road that you came in on. Go north on the dirt road past the Hotel Punta Pescadero Paradise to

Happy travels.

Our travels to Todos Santos, Baja Mexico

Sunset in Todos Santos, Baja

We’re in Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico! Yay!

So how does one move to Mexico for part of the year and the States for part of the year? People do. We are one of them. Here’s a few photos and our story in a nutshell. If you have any questions, shoot me an email.

First you have to make the decision to just “do it.” It helps if you have some way of making a living while you are out of the country too! I have about 5 different income streams but I could go into that in a whole other blog post.

Then you have to set the intention and then get to work.

This past summer, we had a huge garage sale and unloaded a bunch of stuff at Goodwill. Then we got our house all ready to sell and took a road trip up to Washington to scope out areas to live and visit family.

We fell in love with the Bellingham area and since we want to be close to Camano Island where the relatives are, that area seemed ideal.

We came home and sold our Prescott house in November.

We packed 1/2 our stuff into 2 U Haul boxes to send to Bellingham, Washington to deal with later.

uhaul-box

Greg is a master at getting everything to fit.

packed-trailer-3

Then we packed the rest of our stuff into a big trailer.
packed-trailer-2

Hmmm, we seemed to have A LOT of STUFF.

Packed-Trailer

But….we were on our way.

Although, we didn’t get far before we decided the trailer was too heavy and we needed to get rid of more STUFF!

Here we are unpacking the trailer at the local thrift store in Blythe, CA.

unpacked-trailer-2

We unloaded and made a giveaway stack for the thrift store and then repacked.

unpacked-trailer

Greg worked his magic and got everything back in.

Cody and Belle were relaxed and good dogs the entire time. They had a nice little compartment behind the front seats to hang out in.

cody-belle-in-truck

Things were going swell until it started to rain. Oh, and I left my purse in the hotel room accidentally after we left which actually worked out okay in the end.

So we stopped at the hardware store and picked up a tarp. Greg’s a master at wrapping up trailers too. 🙂

tarp-covered-trailer

We made a quick stop back to the motel to get my purse and used their internet to check on the real estate happenings with the house sale. Turned out there were some more papers to sign so we did that and then we were off.

We pulled into Jacumba, CA and ended up staying 2 nights at the http://jacumbaresort.com/ . It was a real treat and we did some major relaxing. We soaked in their mineral spring spa which I totally recommend!

Next day we crossed into Mexico with about a 30 min. wait at the border to get our papers and have the trailer checked out. Then we were on the road.

We stopped in San Quintin at the beach front Hotel Mission Santa Maria (Formerly Desert Inn) for a night. This hotel has been updated and was very nice, friendly and comfortable. Then we stayed the night at Don Gus in Guererro Negro. Don Gus has a restaurant there too which is very good. All have wifi which is nice.

Then we went to Playa Escondita and camped for 2 nights on the Sea of Cortez. This is one of our favorite camp spots. The same place Greg asked me to marry him. Ahhh. 🙂 Side note: the tourmaline stone in my wedding ring is the same color as the Sea of Cortez….bluish green. My favorite color.

Okay, where was I?

We met some great people there that we hoped would come visit us in Todos Santos. So far, they haven’t appeared so maybe we will cross paths at another time.

So now we are here in Todos Santos and enjoying being in one spot.
We spent Christmas with a nice dinner at the Todos Santos Inn. It’s so beautiful there and the food and drinks were killer.

We’re looking forward to the New Year with plans to head to Sayulita in February!

Happy New Year!

Love and blessings,
Lindy and Greg

Merry Christmas from Lindy and Greg

We Love Baja Sunsets

Taken near San Carlos, Mexico

Our last trip to Baja was in July. We had an awesome time. Here is another post about our trip.

When we’re in Baja, just about  every evening we either go to the beach or go up to the upstairs patio to enjoy the sunset. We always are in awe of the beauty!

If we’re lucky, we can see the spot of green glow that the sun makes right before it goes down over the horizon. We pause and wonder if it will happen this time.

baja sunset

 

The horizon often has a mist over the ocean so you don’t see a crisp clean line with the sun setting over it.  But the photo above was one of the rare sunsets without the mist.

For about 3 nights in a row there was a very crisp horizon. But only one of those sunsets gave us the green glow. So it is rare!

 

The dogs love going to the beach with us! We pack up our backpack with the beach blanket and appetizer goodies – avocado for guacamole which I make right in the shell, salsa and chips and sometimes either margaritas or coconut rum pineapple banana pinacoladas which are awesome.

 

I throw the avocado pit for Belle and a game of chase begins between Cody and Belle. Running and circling close to the waves, they love this game. It’s always Cody chasing Belle with the avocado pit in her mouth. Luckily she never chokes on it!

Soon the sun has set and we return to our casita for a dinner of fish tacos or shrimp spaghetti. We eat a simple diet in Baja but a delicious one!

 

We camped at La Ventana, Baja Mexico

During our Baja stay, we went over to an area west of La Paz called La Ventana to go camping for 2 nights.

It’s exciting to go somewhere we’ve never been before.

We had been in a cafe in Todos Santos having chips, salsa and a margarita when we struck up a conversation with Larry from Captain Kirk’s Wind Surf Resort which turns out is located in La Ventana. The very town we had been talking about going to!

I just love it when the Universe sends us the person or info we’re looking for! Synchronicity is a wonderful thing.

Larry, a yoga instructor at Captain Kirk’s, told us to definitely go check it out and that there was camping in an RV park that was on the beach.

So we headed out.

La Ventana is about 40 minutes out of La Paz. It is a small town known for great kite boarding that sits along the Sea of Cortez. We easily found the RV park but the gate was locked and no one was around.

We went down the road looking for a good place to camp. We came upon an area along the beach with trees which always makes a good camping spot. Greg asked some locals if it was okay to camp there and they said yes.

We got some stuff out and relaxed on the beach. Greg went up to the store nearby and bought some huge scallops for dinner.

On his return, he noticed there was a restaurant next door to where we were at with a great deck and view of the ocean. So we headed there to check it out.

Soon we noticed a man who walked in and sat down next to us. It was Larry who we had met in Todos Santos!

He told us about a better camping spot just down the road at the El Sargento beach. He called it the Hot Springs because he said you could actually dig into the earth and warm water could be found.

We said our thanks and good byes to Larry and headed to the area he told us about.

We found a great spot along the beach with some hilly areas behind us to make it seem private. There was a slight breeze which made it nice since it was hot!

It was perfect camping.

Setting up camp.

Greg built a great shelter for shade.

I kicked back and read a magazine while eating chips and salsa. What a luxury!

No one was around. Nice and private is just the way we like it.

Greg enjoying the scenery and his margarita.

A great place to enjoy the sun, sand and surf!

Have you had any synchronicity happen to you lately?

More Baja Trip Notes

Here’s a little video of me in the studio and then the continuing story of our trip to Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico.

 

After we got our auto import permit for our truck outside of Nogales we were on our way to San Carlos where we were going to spend the night.

It’s a pretty uneventful drive. Straight roads almost the whole way so that it feels like you’re just driving and driving and driving and the landscape is pretty much the same for miles on end. Desert and small little towns. There are some nice mountains though to look at.

San Carlos is a really cute town. A seaside resort is what they call it online. I sure wish I had the photos off our camera to share because then you could see how nice it is. You can tell it is a tourist town during the high season but for us there were not a lot of people around so it looked very quaint.

In San Carlos we stopped at the grocery store and picked up some food and supplies. We talked to a nice man who told us about a good place to camp. I’m always a little wary about beach camping. I fight my fears and so far we’ve always had a great time camping.

We headed to the beach and found a nice protected area with trees and dunes. Looked like a good camp spot so we parked.

Our two border collies, Belle and Cody, played in the surf while we unpacked. Then I walked the beach and collected a handful of pretty shells and rocks. Greg made margaritas.

After dinner we watched the sunset and then pitched the tent. We looked at the stars and then called it a night.

The next morning we had our usual cereal and yogurt. Greg made coffee.I packed up the tent and rolled up the air mattress and we were on the road again – headed to the Topolobampo ferry to La Paz  which is near Los Mochis.

More on that part of our trip Friday.

Our Baja trip notes

© 2012, Lindy Gruger, Detail of Palm Tree acrylic painting
© 2012, Lindy Gruger, Detail of Palm Tree acrylic painting

I took all kinds of great photos along the way as we drove a new route to Todos Santos in Baja. But I forgot to bring the camera cord with me so I could download the photos to show you. Boo hoo.

I’ll still tell you about our trip though.

Greg and I have differing opinions on our trip because he was the driver and I was the passenger.

From my perspective, I loved this new route! Mainly because it was faster and the roads were great.

Greg is a pretty fast driver and it can be stressful for me going the other route because of the constant passing.  Not always, but sometimes,  when we pass people, I have a hard time relaxing and enjoying the ride because of the super narrow roads and no shoulder. Yes, there are times, I’m gripping the car handle and  saying a little prayer there is no car coming in the other lane!  But this new route was a 4 lane, divided highway which I thought was super!

So the first day we drove from Prescott to Tucson and spent the night at a great inexpensive hotel that we found using Priceline. We like using Priceline when we take roadtrips because you can almost always find a good discount. We’re into saving $ so that is a good thing.

Then we crossed the border at Nogales with no problems. A few miles down the road we stopped at an office which was well marked to get our car import permit. I had all the paperwork in order from doing research online. We only had to make one copy of our passport entry papers to go with the other copies of things we needed like the truck registration, driver’s license, passport, etc. so it went pretty fast.

Then we paid the refundable $300 with a credit card (which we get back when we enter the U.S. proving we’re returning our vehicle) and we were on our way.

I’ll tell you more tomorrow in another post.

 

We visited Bahia San Basilia, Baja California, Mexico

We made it to Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico. Our trip odometer just turned over to 3,000 when we pulled into town. Wow, a 3,000 mile road trip. We thought that was pretty cool.

odometer

I’ve made previous blog posts about traveling down Baja before so this time I will just blog about a few highlights from our road trip.

We wanted to explore a new beach on this trip so we chose Bahia San Basilia which is located on the middle, eastern side of baja, north of Loreto which is a town we like to stop at. Greg did some research online but could find very little about this bay. It looked like most people go there by sail boat.

map

We wanted to drive so Greg looked on Google earth and found there was a small dirt road out to this beautiful beach on a small bay. He could tell from the Google street view that the road started at mile post 50 on Highway 1. Turned out it was mile post 49 when we got there but sure enough, there it was. So we headed out on what appeared to be a very good graded dirt road. It looked like it would be about 10 to 12 miles.

RoadtoSanBasilio

We found there were white ribbons tied to shrubs that seemed to be showing us the way. We kept on and veered right each time there might be a choice of a way to go. There were very few other roads leading into the main road  so we didn’t feel like we could get lost. That gave me much relief.

Road to San Basilio

A few miles down the road we passed a small ranch and there were some great looking cattle on the road. Made we want to paint a picture of this one.

cattle

We passed this beautiful tree with white bark. It had the most amazing root system.

tree

If you know me, you know I love trees so I was fascinated with this one.

tree-roots

There were only two spots that we wished we had a 4 wheel drive. One was a stretch of soft sand but we made it through just fine. The other was a steep rocky grade but that turned out fine too.

steep-road

Finally we came to a private property sign. On first glance it looked like we shouldn’t continue which would be disappointing because we had already traveled 10 miles! But on reading further it was a sign that said to respect the land — do not speed, do not litter, no hunting, no fires, etc. So we ventured on!

RespecttheLandSignFinally we came to a parking area.

onlyonesthere

And the bay was gorgeous.
Bahia San Basilio
We set up camp on the beach.
SanBasilio-1
We were the only ones camped there.
SanBasilio-6
It was beautiful for swimming and kayaking in the afternoon. There were a few boats out in the bay. One couple used their skiff from their sailboat to get to the beach and came over and visited with us which was nice. It turned out they were from Albany, Oregon.
bahiaSanBasilio
We met quite a few people from Oregon on our road trip. I believe Oregonians are quite adventurous.
The morning was calm and peaceful. We really enjoyed ourselves and soaked up our surroundings.
San Basilio-2
SanBasilio-4
Soon we were packing up and continuing on our road trip to Todos Santos.
If you’re up for an adventure, I highly recommend traveling the dirt road to Bahia San Basilia.
p.s. My art e-Newsletter for May will be mailed in a few days. Sign up for it now and you’ll be sure to receive it.

We are Baja Bound

detail from Little Blue Beach Shack painting by Lindy Gruger Hanson

Detail from Little Blue Beach Shack painting

We’re taking a roadtrip and driving to Todos Santos again. It will be the third time we’ve made this drive!

We are so looking forward to getting into some sunshine!

I’ll be creating paintings and making some art videos while we are there. We’ll stay for a couple months so there should be plenty of time for both. I hope.

I was just backing up my computer and sorting through some files as we get packed to leave and I came across these 150 things one might have done in their life.

How many have you done? Items in bold are things I can cross off the list.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink

02. Swam with wild dolphins

03. Climbed a mountain

04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive

05. Been inside the Great Pyramid

06. Held a tarantula

07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone

08. Said “I love you” and meant it

09. Hugged a tree

10. Bungee jumped

11. Visited Paris

12. Watched a lightning storm at sea

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights

15. Gone to a huge sports game

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa

17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

18. Touched an iceberg

19. Slept under the stars

20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon

22. Watched a meteor shower

23. Gotten drunk on champagne

24. Given more than you can afford to charity

25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope

26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment

27. Had a food fight

28. Bet on a winning horse

29. Asked out a stranger

30. Had a snowball fight

31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

32. Held a lamb

33. Seen a total eclipse

34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run

36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking

37. Adopted an accent for an entire day

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment

39. Had two hard drives for your computer

40. Visited all 50 states

41. Taken care of someone who was drunk

42. Had amazing friends

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country

44. Watched whales

45. Stolen a sign

46. Backpacked in Europe

47. Taken a road-trip

48. Gone rock climbing

49. Midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving

51. Visited Ireland

52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love

53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them

54. Visited Japan

55. Milked a cow

56. Alphabetized your CDs

57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke

59. Lounged around in bed all day

60. Played touch football

61. Gone scuba diving

62. Kissed in the rain

63. Played in the mud

64. Played in the rain

65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China

67. Started a business

68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken

69. Toured ancient sites

70. Taken a martial arts class

71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight

72. Gotten married

73. Been in a movie

74. Crashed a party

75. Gotten divorced

76. Gone without food for 5 days

77. Made cookies from scratch

78. Won first prize in a costume contest

79. Ridden a gondola in Venice

80. Gotten a tattoo

81. Rafted the Snake River

82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”

83. Gotten flowers for no reason

84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas

86. Recorded music

87. Eaten shark

88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand

90. Bought a house

91. Been in a combat zone

92. Buried one/both of your parents

93. Been on a cruise ship

94. Spoken more than one language fluently

95. Performed in Rocky Horror

96. Raised children

97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour

98. Passed out cold

99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country

100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge

102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking

103. Had plastic surgery

104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived

105. Wrote articles for a large publication

106. Lost over 100 pounds

107. Held someone while they were having a flashback

108. Piloted an airplane

109. Touched a stingray

110. Broken someone’s heart

111. Helped an animal give birth

112. Won money on a T.V. game show

113. Broken a bone

114. Gone on an African photo safari

115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears

116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild

118. Ridden a horse

119. Had major surgery

120. Had a snake as a pet

121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours

123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states

124. Visited all 7 continents

125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days

126. Eaten kangaroo meat

127. Eaten sushi

128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about

130. Gone back to school

131. Parasailed

132. Touched a cockroach

133. Eaten fried green tomatoes

134. Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey

135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

137. Skipped all your school reunions

138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language

139. Been elected to public office

140. Written your own computer language.

141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream

142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care

143. Built your own PC from parts.

144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you

145. Had a booth at a street fair

146. Dyed your hair

147. Been a DJ

148. Shaved your head

149. Caused a car accident

150. Saved someone’s life

I bet I could add to this list but I think it’s a pretty good one. Anything you would recommend be added?

I see there is still lots more to do!

Have fun and I’ll talk to you later!

Going Bananas in Baja

Last year we transplanted some banana trees in a new garden in front of our casita. It was one of the last things we did before we headed back to Oregon last year.

casita2009

Before we arrived this year we wondered how much the garden had grown.

casita2010

Everything really took off and especially the banana trees!

I didn’t know much about how bananas grow before we had banana trees. So I thought you might like to know more about them too.

First there’s a pod that develops. I swear this one was not there yesterday and now today it is. The pod grows very fast!

banana1

Then comes some long flowery bud-like things off the top of the pod.

banana2

They attract lots of bees.

banana3

Then they start forming bananas.

BananaPod

banana4

It makes a long stem with the pod at the end. I’m not sure how it gets this long. It sheds petals and grows new flower buds similar to the first photos.


banana5

The bananas are small but there’s lots of them!

banana6

We chop the bunch while they’re still green and hang it off the patio to ripen. Within a week, we have lots of little yellow bananas that taste wonderful!

banana7

It’s pretty cool.

Oh, and this planter box I painted last year is a recycled washing machine drum. In another blog post I’m going to show you more planter boxes I painted.

A couple weeks ago we met a man who did some welding for us and he had a few spare washing machine drums at his shop. I asked him and he gave me two. One I painted with bright flowers and one with cactus. Stay tuned for pics.

Enjoy your weekend!

Baja sunsets and night sky

We were walking home from our neighbor’s place
on Saturday night and we saw this:

BajaMay15-2010

Venus above the moon.

Sure was gorgeous!

Made me think of all the wonderful sunsets and night skies
we’ve seen over the years.

I save my sunset photos and looking at them brings back memories of
camping on the beach or sitting with friends, eating chips and salsa
and watching as that beautiful golden orb sets for another day.

sunset1

sunset2

sunset3

sunset4

peace.

News from Todos Santos, Baja Mexico

Hola, we made it to Todos Santos in Baja Mexico on Saturday with no problems. That is one looong 7 day drive from Bend, Oregon!

Greg did the driving and he did great! There are some pretty hairy areas with steep twists and turns and narrow roadways, large trucks and fast drivers with lots of passing (Greg included), and some long, boring stretches that go on forever and then there were the windy, windy roads that wrestled with our truck but we stayed on the road and kept on going and going, and well, I’m so proud of Greg for getting us here safe and sound!

I will do another blog post with some photos soon. My camera batteries died this morning so I have to charge them overnight before I can download the photos.

Meanwhile all is well. We are pleased with how big all the plants have grown in the yard. We spent most of Sunday cleaning our casita, unpacking and getting organized.

Today I am setting up my art studio under the palapa. That is where I made my youtube videos last year and where I will make some more in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Today, one of my metaphysical landscape prints of my painting, Slivers of Light, is being shown in an Etsy Treasury curated by WorksofWhimsy.

Slivers of LightSlivers of Light by L. Gruger

I am honored to be included in this bright and cheerful Treasury that features artwork by Central Oregon artists. It’s fun to find some other Etsy artists from Bend, Oregon too.

Another way to find local artists is to go to the feature on Etsy under “Buy” where you can “Shop Local”. You can search by location and it will list all the Etsy Shops by artists in your area. I think that’s a pretty neat feature.

Etsy TreasuryEtsy Treasury “Local Color” by WorksofWhimsy

Baja Beach Story

This is where we were headed last Sunday. We call it the Hidden Harbor. I hadn’t been there in 2 years (that’s an old photo on the left) and I wanted to show it to Greg who has never been there. It’s this beautiful beach here in Todos Santos but it is over hill and dale and quite a feat to get to. We were going to ride our mountain bikes and take the dogs with us. You have to go up a very long, steep dirt road and over some big hills and it would probably take about an hour or two on the bikes. So we packed up the truck with the dogs and our bikes and got to the place where we would start our ride. We looked for a place to park that would be out of the way and not be somewhere that somebody would want to break into the truck. So we pulled off the dirt road we were on and what do you know, we got STUCK!
The dirt was so SOFT. Plus we didn’t see the hole that the tire embedded itself into. Anyway, it was just like getting stuck in the snow! The tires spun out! So we got out the jack and gathered whatever we could find to stuff under the tire and we preceded to get ourselves unstuck. Right as we were about to try it again, a nice Mexican family pulled up and offered to help. So they all piled out of their car and we positioned ourselves at the end of the truck to push as Greg gunned the engine. And it worked! We were unstuck! Yay! Course, this whole adventure took longer than we thought so we decided to can the mt. bike ride to the Hidden Harbor and go to one of our favorite beaches instead. Las Palmas Beach…which was not far from where we were at. We were happy to just relax after the dirt and sweat we got ourselves into and the dogs were happy to play in the water and get sandy.
Here’s pics of Belle and Cody being happy beach dogs. And we were happy too and grateful we got ourselves unstuck! Oh, the adventures never cease!

Christmas in Baja



This is where we’re staying. I’ve uploaded photos of the garden and the casita. We’re working on projects and will be painting the outside of the house and garage in the near future as well as working on all kinds of other projects!

We’re nearing Christmas but with the nice weather here in Baja it doesn’t quite feel like it. But on Tues. night we’re going to The Secret Garden restaurant for their Christmas dinner celebration which will get us in the spirit. They call it the Posada (means inn) and it celebrates Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay at the inn. The dinner guests participate by lighting candles in a procession and all of us reenacting going to the inn and being turned away until we’re told we can stay in the manger. We’re looking forward to the dinner.

Greg is building me a work table for me to use for my paintings. It will have shelves and places to put my supplies. I’m glad he is so handy and likes to build things. Yesterday he built a gate for the property that has a sun ray pattern on it. We’re going to paint it yellow and orange. It will look pretty cool when it’s done. I’ll try to post some more photos a bit later.

I'm in Baja

I’m in Todos Santos which is a little artist community about an hour or so north of Cabo on the Pacific side. There are quite a few art galleries here and I’m excited to go visit them. Greg and I drove down from Bend on the 1st and arrived on Sunday. It was a spectacular drive with some magnificent scenery. We’ll be living here in Baja for six months! I’ll be working on new paintings and will be posting new images as I create them. But first we’re getting settled in and becoming familiar with our surroundings. Soon I’ll be at work painting and we’ll see what inspires me. Can’t wait!

2019 Celestial Print with Stars and Planets

celestial star and planet print

I’ve made a celestial print with Stars and planets because I’ve always loved celestial things. They are magical. I love the stars and the moon and what they represent. This is a giclée celestial print that will decorate any room in your house.

For me, the symbolism of celestial things is about how we are all connected. How the permanency of earthly beings is fleeting but the universe is endless!

The universe is always there and always will be. Long after we are not on this planet.

Inspired by quotes in celestial print

This celestial print is inspired by quotes that mention stars, the galaxy, planets and the universe.

“I think the Earth and everything around it is connected – the sky and the planets and the stars and everything else we see as a mystery.” — Sarah Brightman

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” — Sarah Williams

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Celestial Events

Last year, it was amazing to experience the solar eclipse. It was so cool with the infinity of the half moons floating around our yard. And recently, we experienced the lunar eclipse.

We are in Baja right now so we were able to see the lunar eclipse very clearly! It was if the moon was a little ball hanging in the sky and you could reach up and pluck it from the sky. The 3-D imagery of it was incredible.

These celestial events have inspired me to create a new print.

I’ve created a celestial star and planet print using some of the imagery from one of my paintings. It is a single mason jar filled with the universe. Pure magic in a jar.

You are stars and light

It is titled, “You are stars and light.” The size is 8″ x 10″ (20.32 cm x 25.40 cm). It is printed on archival, bright white, 100% cotton paper.

I’ve used Photoshop to enhance and create the imagery. I really enjoy creating digital art using my paintings!

stars and planets print
You are stars and light celestial print


You can purchase this celestial star and planet print in my Etsy shop.

Peace, Lindy


Original Painted Steer Skull

steer skull art by lindy gaskill

I love the look of a southwest style painted steer skull. And I thought it would be fun to paint one myself.

When we were in Baja last Spring I got the chance.

A man stopped by our place one day with a pick up truck full of plain, white steer skulls. All of them were beautiful. It’s often hard to find ones that are so complete and not deteriorated. I chose one to paint and purchased it.

We cleaned it up and set it out to dry. But guess who got into it? Our little snoopy dog Belle. Here she is smiling at what she did.

smiling border collie

She chewed the end off it. You can see the ragged edge of the nose.

Plain Steer Skull

I ended up rebuilding that part with papier-mâché. In the end, one can’t tell at all so I was pleased.

Now, what to paint on it? There are so many ideas for painted steer skulls on Pinterest.

I didn’t want to be too influenced by others although it’s hard not to be.

I eventually came up with an idea and sketched it onto the steer skull with pencil.

I first put down a layer of white gesso in the area I wanted to paint. This will make the paint last longer.

And then I painted it using my acrylics.

 

Steer skull art beginning painting

I didn’t worry about going outside the lines as I knew the background color would paint over it.

I think it came out nice.

It went through changes along the way though.

Notice the design has changed by adding orange flowers instead of the fanned graphic below.

original painted steer skull

I made it with a yellow background at first but I didn’t like how it fought with the turquoise top portion.

Painted Steer Skull by Lindy Gaskill

 

Painted steer skull by Lindy Gaskill

I liked the turquoise so I decided to paint more of what I liked which is always a good idea.

I like it much better now.

steer skull art

original steer skull painting

I’m not sure if I’ll ever do another painted steer skull but this one was fun for my very first one.

What do you think?

 

 

Feb. 8 – An Artist’s Day Notes

An Artist's Day Notes

I TAKE A MOMENT
to stretch to relieve the stress in my shoulders

I AM GRATEFUL
to be spending time in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico

I AM FEELING
full from a healthy dinner

I CAN SEE
I’m staying up to late and should go to bed earlier

I AM HEARING
Bonnie Raitt on Spotify

I AM CREATING
a painting with two whales, a palm tree and the sea

I AM MISSING
having close friends near by to visit with

I AM HOPING
to make some new artist friends in Todos Santos

I AM PLANNING
to go on the Todos Santos Artist Studio Tour this weekend

PHOTO TO INSPIRE

Pink sky baja sunset

I never get tired of this view. Each sunset is a work of art and inspires me.

What inspires you?

Peace, Lindy

Original Whimsical Acrylic Paintings for Sale

Original Whimsical Acrylic Paintings for Sale

I call these new whimsical, acrylic paintings my 2017 Baja Series as I created them while down in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico this year.

They are acrylic on wood panel with 3/8″ to 1/2″ black painted sides and a 3/8″ to 1/2″ wood block glued on the back of the painting so they stick out from the wall. They are wired and ready to hang.

They all have vibrant colors and I love the way they came out!

The backs are painted black and I’ve signed, dated and titled each piece on the back with my lucky silver pen.

yoga girl painting

“Blond Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl painting

“Black Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl painting

“Brown Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl pianting

“Red Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

whimsical hummingbird painting

“Blue Hummingbird,” 7″ x 7″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

   whimsical fish painting

“One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish,” 7″ x 7″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl painting

“Life’s a Circus, Stay Balanced,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

birdie love painting

“Birdie Love,” 16″ x 20″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl and sun painting

“Sitting With the Sun,” 12″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Yoga girl and lotus painting

“My Heart is Open and Receiving Love,” 6.5″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

lotus tree painting

“Light Energy,” 5″ x 17″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

raven and bicycle painting

“Star Light, Star Bright, Let’s Go On a Ride Tonight,” 14″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Prayer Flags and Trees Painting

“Shadow and Light,” , 11.5″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

They Sailed Under the Light of the Moon Owl and Pussy Cat

“They Sailed Under the Light of the Moon,” 10.75″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl and tipi painting

“Eternally Grateful,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Where two Worlds Meet painting

“When Two Worlds Meet,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Lotus Garden painting

“Lotus Garden,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these whimsical acrylic paintings go to my Artwork by Lindy Etsy Shop under the Original Paintings section>

Thank you for supporting my art!

Just wanted to remind you I have a Facebook page which I use to post updates on the latest Art by Lindy news so if you haven’t already “Liked” my FB page, please do. It is located at https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyLindy

♥ Peace,

Lindy

How to apply for temporary residency in Mexico 2017

baja map

baja sunset

If you’re like many people you go online to find information on how to do things. However, we found a lot of outdated information on how to apply for temporary residency in Mexico so I thought I would share our process of getting a Temporary Residency Card.

This is for those Americans who intend to live in Mexico (for non-lucrative purposes) and obtain a temporary residency card for the first time.

This is what we did:

First I emailed the Mexican Consulate in Seattle to see if there was anything we needed that wasn’t listed on their website. I finally got a response back. This is what they said.

It’s not necessary to Schedule an appointment, you can walk in from 8:30am to 11:00am from Monday to Friday in order to start the process of the Visa. These are the documents you need:

·         Valid Passport and 1 photocopy

·         Visa application form (you can download it from their website)

·         1 photo passport size

·         Proof of income from social security income (Last 6 months) if you’re retired (This didn’t apply to us since we are not retired)

·         Bank statements from checking or saving accounts (last 12 months)

·         Documentation of legal stay in the USA (if needed) (This was not needed by us)

·         Original Marriage Certificate and 1 photocopy

So, I collected all the documents as well as a small size and regular size passport photo as I couldn’t find what size we needed. Turns out they wanted the small size (3.2 cm x 2.6 cm). I made 3 copies of each thing just in case they needed more than what was mentioned.

Turns out they didn’t need more copies than what was mentioned but you never know.

So we went to the Mexican Consulate (go early as they close at 1pm and it can take several hours) and told the person at the desk what we wanted and showed her all our paperwork. She asked us a few questions about what we wanted to accomplish. She then took our passport photos, attaching them to our application, and other documents and asked us to wait.

Finally after almost 2 hours of waiting we were called and told that we would have our photo and fingerprints taken which they did. She took our passports and we were told to wait again.

Finally we got our passports back which had our  temporary visa photo they took of us in it. It was stamped and put inside our passport. We were told we would have 30 days to apply at the Immigration office in Mexico for a Temporary Resident Card similar to the characteristics as the Visa given at the Consulate.

The woman at the Mexican Consulate said to bring all the same paperwork with us to the Immigration office when we went as you never know what they might need. The Mexican Consulate kept our bank statements so I printed out more copies to bring with us.

When we crossed over the Mexican border, we went to the immigration office (as we usually do at the border) and they took our passports and filled out immigration forms which we signed. They told us we would have 30 days to apply for our Temporary Resident Visas at the Immigration office in La Paz (closest one to Todos Santos where we were going).

A couple days later, we went to the Immigration office in La Paz. It was not crowded and we were able to talk with the person at the desk. He explained we needed to fill out a form online at https://www.gob.mx/tramites/migracion-visa-y-pasaporte and gave us all the steps to fill it out. He said we needed 3 copies and to also get 3 small passport photos (chico) which we could get down the street at a specialized photography studio. Also he gave us a form to bring to the bank to pay a fee and get a receipt. It came to 3715 pesos each.

We went to Office Depot to get on the computer and fill out the form and print it out.

To fill out the application, follow the steps below. Go to:

https://www.gob.mx/tramites/migracion-visa-y-pasaporte

• Condiciones y estancia en Mexico

• Expedición de documento migratorio por canje

• Formato para solicitar trámite migratorio de estancia, llenado de manera electrónica a través de la página de internet con firma autógrafa del promovente

On this page called Tipo de Tramite

Que desea hacer?*:
• Canjear o reponer documento migratorio

Especifique•:
• Canje de FMM por Tarjeta de Visitante o de Residente

Pais*:
• Estados Unidos de America

Nacionalidad actual*:
• Estadounidense (this means American in Spanish)

I didn’t put in all the answers as you will have to fill that out yourself but it’s things like your name, sex, date from your passport, passport expiration date, what state you live in, etc. It helps to know spanish or use the Google Translate to help fill it out.

Then we went and got the passport photos and to the bank to pay the fee.

The front photo must be the chico size and in color with a white background. No wearing glasses or earrings in the photo and hair must be pulled back, behind the ears. No smiling allowed. Also a side view is taken. Polaroid or cellular phone pictures will not be accepted. We got our photos taken at the place the immigration officer recommended. I forget how much they cost but not that much.

We went back to the Immigration office to give them the receipt, the application forms and photos. We signed some papers and were told to wait for an email. I also will note they didn’t need 3 copies of anything, just the one but you never know.

Within a day or so an email arrived from notificaciones-inm@inami.gob.mx that had a number (el número de pieza) and a password (contraseña) which was used when we got another email a day or so later that had a link. After I logged in there was a notice that said we were to go the immigration office again and bring with us a sketch and/or map location (photographs) of our Mexican address and it must contain street name, number, adjoining streets that are of our location. And current proof of address such as CFE (electric) or Telmex (telephone) bill. So I made a map of where we live using Google maps.

We went to the immigration office bringing our Map and CFE bill. These were taken from us (can’t remember if we signed more papers) and we were told we’d get another email and we’d have to come back to have our finger prints taken.

Sure enough, in a few days another email arrived. We went into the Immigration office and they took our finger prints, we signed some papers and they gave us a paper with our special number (Clave) on it which is used for other things such as getting a drivers license, etc. They said to come back in 7 to 10 days to get our Temporary Resident Cards.

Wow, who knew it would take this long! If you’re going through the same thing, this might be helpful to know what to expect. Although I understand different Consulates and Immigration Offices could have a different process. Best of luck!

New Year Party Painting

New Year Party painting

Hello Art Lovers,

I begin the new year with a splash of color!

It is fitting that my first painting for 2015 is titled “Fiesta de Año Nuevo” which is spanish for New Year Party.

It is a celebration of color, line and pattern! And since we are in Baja, Mexico right now, where you will find lots of that in the ceramics, art and culture here, what could be more perfect than that?

New Year Party painting© Lindy Gaskill, “Fiesta de Año Nuevo,” 12″ x 16″, acrylic on paper, unframed $275, framed with mat and glass $457

I have a new product to tell you about as well.

Gallery Wrap Canvas Prints

I’ve wanted to offer an affordable print that doesn’t need framing. I’m happy to now offer gallery wrap canvas prints with 1.5 inch black sides. They are wired and ready to hang.

This also means that more of my images can be larger prints.

Check out my Etsy Shop to see what I have available for purchase.

I’ll have more postings about our move in the days to come. So until then, I’m wishing you a spectacular New Year filled with love, laughter and everything your heart desires!

Good thoughts,
Lindy

Number 8 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

This is post 8 in my 10 post blog series on Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.”  The Steps and journal prompts are taken from Beth’s PDF.

STEP 8: TRAVEL LIGHT

Journal prompt: What could be possible if you just tuned out the negativity and followed your heart?

This is an appropriate journal prompt because although Beth is talking about emotions and getting rid of negativity, the shoulds and should nots and following one’s heart, I am thinking of it in a literal sense.

We are in Mexico right now for another week and boy did we ever travel light! We packed one suitcase with both Greg and I’s stuff in it and paired it down to the bare minimum.

baja-art-studio

Baja Art Studio

How many times have you traveled somewhere to find upon coming home that you didn’t wear or use many of the things you had brought along? This time we didn’t want that to happen.

We came by airplane so we wanted to travel the lightest we possibly could. It meant taking a minimum of art supplies as well.

So I packed two paint colors, white and phalo blue and brought along a gessoed wood panel and some brushes and that is it for supplies! I decided to try painting a mono colored painting in blue shades. I’ll show you some photos soon.

How do you feel about traveling light?