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.

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Greg is a master at getting everything to fit.

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Then we packed the rest of our stuff into a big trailer.
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Hmmm, we seemed to have A LOT of STUFF.

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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.

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

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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

I Made Another YouTube Art Video

It’s not that making videos is that hard on my MacBook. I use iMovie and it’s pretty intuitive. But it’s hard to find the time! And I can’t seem to figure out how to get rid of that annoying sound, the hummm, that is in the background of my voice talking. Oh well, it is an exercise in letting go and saying, “things do not have to be perfect.” I just wanted to get it done and share with you a bit about making it.

I’ve had the video pieces on my Mac since June but finally put them together last night. This is a video about the painting I made for the Fur Ball Auction in Todos Santos that benefits the dogs and cats there. You can read info about that in an earlier post. I believe the auction will be in January in 2012.

Enjoy!

Spent the day in Todos Santos

We played tourist today. You can see my friend from Seattle below with Greg. She flew in on Sunday and we picked her up in Cabo. Today we wandered around Todos Santos showing her the sights.

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First, we stopped at the Cultural Center and looked at art and learned some history of the area. I like this Frida Kahlo painting below.

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There are lots of little galleries and shops to explore. This carved door below is at artist Charles Stewart’s house and gallery. His website says “Charles was the first and founding artist of this rapidly growing colony of very talented, professional artists. He was the only working artist who had a gallery in Todos Santos up until 1995.” Now there are lots of artists in Todos Santos.

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One of my fav artists is Jill Logan. So we went down to her gallery and checked out the latest paintings.

Then there was one little shop that gave us tequila shots and Greg tried on this poncho and mask which made us laugh. We had fun!

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I love this purple building with the red bougainvillea in front of it.

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You can look around and see art everywhere. In the color of the buildings, in flowers, in the architecture. I love the way certain buildings have sweet details, for example, this saint below.

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We wandered around looking at stuff. We bought a couple things. Stopped for a taco and then ice cream at Happy Cream.

Soon the sun was beginning to set.

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We stopped at the Todos Santos Inn for a cerveza before we headed home. They have beautiful garden areas there and it was peaceful and relaxing after walking around all day.

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Then we headed back to the casita. Tomorrow we’re headed to the beach to show Heidi some sun and surf. On Friday we start our drive back to Oregon.


Traveling to Todos Santos

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Last  Friday we camped at Playa Santispac on Bahía Concepción on the Sea of Cortez. We headed toward Todos Santos on Saturday morning. On this leg of our trip we traveled very long, straight stretches of roadway through a whole lot of nothing but desert for hours on end.

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Although we did get to see some goats when we stopped for road construction work on the highway. You can barely make out the goat amongst the bushes below.

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We pulled over and ate a picnic lunch before we got to Ciudad Insurgentes near the Pacific coast.

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Finally we went through La Paz and it felt like we were almost there! The last 50 min. or so of roadway is a 4 lane highway, two lanes in either direction, that was built last year. It made for a quick ride into Todos Santos.

Below is a photo of the gate Greg built last year for our place. The bouginvilla has really grown!

roadtrip2-12And so have the banana trees!

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Over the weekend, I unpacked my art supplies and got my art table set up.

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My trusty studio companion, Belle, lounged around after the long ride, soaking up the atmosphere. Good dog.

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In my next blog post I’ll show you some photos of how much the plants have grown in our yard and what I’m painting in the studio this week. Bye for now.

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.

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We're on Our Way

The Trees Sing to the RiverThe Trees Sing to the River,
Acrylic on Paper, Framed 24″ x 20″
By L. Gruger

Oh Happy Day, we’re on our way!

It’s been a very hectic week! But tomorrow we leave on our road trip to Baja, Mexico – destination, Todos Santos.

It will be a long drive from Bend, Oregon! We had lots to pack but now we’re done! Hopefully we’ll be up early and on the road by 8 a.m. That’s the plan anyway.

I didn’t get all my paintings done. But I got some finished and they will be down at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery for sale.

It seems these smaller birch tree paintings are studies for larger ones I will do in the future. I think I’m going to like them even more when they’re large.

The Trees Sparkle and SingThe Trees Sparkle and Sing,
Acrylic on Paper, Framed 23″ x 19″,
By L. Gruger

I was also interviewed this week by Art Calendar magazine and will have an artist profile article in the July/Aug. magazine. So that is exciting.

I’ll try to post some photos from our trip later in the week.

Be well everyone!

We're going travelling

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We’re going on a road trip to Baja. It’s going to be a nice getaway especially after the past month we’ve gone through with my Mom passing. Greg and I will be gone for 2 months. I sure am looking forward to it!

I have to say we don’t think of this time as a “vacation” though because we both will be working while we’re gone except when we’re driving of course, but we will be having fun and enjoying ourselves too. It’s always an adventure to go to Mexico!

We’ll be in contact because we will have internet service almost the whole time. So I’ll be writing blog posts and updating my Twitter and Facebook accounts. My Etsy Shop will remain open but I won’t be filling any orders until the beginning of July when we get back.

I love travelling with Greg. We are the best travel buds because he loves to drive and I don’t. He likes to have long conversations about nerdy things like online marketing and so do I. He likes playing loud music and I do too.

He loves stopping to get a coffee while driving on a long road trip and since I don’t drink coffee very often, I love it when we do that because it always feels like a treat!

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We’re driving to southern Baja. We’re planning on 7 days to get there. Our first night will be at a Hot Springs Resort that Greg surprised me with for my Birthday! Okay, that part IS vacation time.

Then we will camp a night and then spend a night with Greg’s Mom near L.A. Then we’ll be in Mexico for the next 3 nights till we reach Todos Santos, located in southern Baja on the pacific side.

We do like to follow a plan but we also like to be flexible and love checking out new places. We’ll be staying in a new area on our way down. More about that later.

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I’m planning on doing some new paintings in my Baja art studio. And I’ll be making some art videos for my youtube channel while I’m down there too.

I’ll tell you more about our travel adventure in other blog posts this week. We’re packing this week, lining up the housesitter and getting ready for the trip. I’m excited to go. We leave Sunday. We’re taking the dogs with us too.

There is a saying that I got on one of my birthday cards that goes like this, I really like it:

“I think it’s true what they say

Life really is a journey –

and it’s not always easy to know

which maps to trust

or what to pack for the trip.

But whatever the weather,

wherever the road leads,

I think the best possible

traveling advice would be this:

Bring a friend.”

– Keely Chace

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So come along. Check this blog often and find out what it’s like driving through Baja, Mexico and living there for 2 months.

xo,

Lindy