Monday, November 28, 2011

Left Beverly Beach today for Junction City to have RV maint done. Cannot do RoadTrek maint in Juneau, so go lower 48, Canada or interior AK. Sun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Beverly Beach. An angry sea today with heavy rain and strong winds. Tops of the breakers blowing sideways. Wind to be gtr 60mph.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Beverly Beach. Awakened to frost, calmer seas, sunshine and cloudless skies. Chet eats better, walks to beach, gets pats from dog lovers.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Am at Beverly Beach campground near Newport, OR. Cozy in RV. Jan here too. Winter storm coming and big waves to watch.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Picked up Chet

I am back in Oregon to be with my elderly dog Chet. He was not eating well at the boarding facility, so I came back and now have him with me. His caretaker did a wonderful job caring for him and gave him special attention and food to try and keep him eating. Chet greeted me with a big smile and a wagging tail. We will head toward the beach near Newport, Oregon and camp there for awhile.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Instant coffees

Before coming to Baja I experimented with instant coffees to find something good and easy to make when I drive down in January. I tried Starbucks, Fred Meyer and Folgers singles, instant Espresso and Nescafe. The instant Espresso and Starbucks were my favorites. Tho expensive I especially like Starbucks Italian Roast. Second was Espresso in a jar. Third were the singles that you use like a tea bag. I said "bleahhhh!" with the Nescafe. Did not like it at all.

Well, the reason I am bothering to mention all this is because of the Nescafe. My little store on the corner sells a Nescafe Clasico (made in Mexico) that actually tastes like good coffee.

Fashion and art show

Last evening there was a local art opening and fashion show in the Plaza. There were 4 judges for the fashion show who choose the best outfit and also the best accessory. It was fun. My friends from Loreto Bay showed up and we all went to dinner after. Loreto Bay is 5 miles south of town.

The local artist E. Davis was showing his paintings of wildlife and local places. My favorite was a painting of two breaching humpback whales. Reminds me of home, but different background. I loved the water splashes in the painting.

Today was market day. The market is a 20 minute walk from my house and located in the dry riverbed. Maybe someday I will be here when there is water in the arroyo....don't know if that will be a good or bad thing to see. There has been no rain here for 2 years now.

I bought dates, asparagus, avocados, kiwis, apples, red onions, garlic. There are still vegetables from last week in my fridge. The asparagus was a surprise. Had not seen that before at the market. Aspargus was 15 pesos for a 3 inch diameter bunch. Dates were 40 pesos a kilo. Did not pay attention to other prices.

Yesterday, I cooked the remainder of fish with onions and garlic and for the first time I cooked tomatillos. The tomatillos were cut into chunks and cooked with onion, garlic, black pepper and mushrooms to make a chunky salsa verde. It tastes good and I will eat it with the remaining fish. Was surprised to see the tomatillos cook a bit slimy like okra, but the slimyness was gone by the time all was browned and moisture reduced. Tomatillos will become a part of my kitchen.

Dee was at the market. We visited and stood quietly for a bit watching the mountains. Lolita, a pointed triangular mountain, is my landmark to the west and lies in the Sierra de la Gigante. The morning light was showing the mountains as I had never seen them with all their valleys and wrinkles. It was beautiful! The changes seen as the light moves during the day amazes me and I hope never to lose the wonder of that as I hope never to lose the wonder of Alaska.

I am reading "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" by James Patterson.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just a day in Loreto

Began my day before sunrise. Linda and I walked over to the marina for coffee and to sit and watch the sunrise. Light begins about 6:30, but the sun doesn't show above Carmen Island until after 7 this time of year. Then we walked the length of the Malecon (sidewalk along the shore) and back thru down for breakfast at Orlando's when they opened at 8.

The rest of my day was lazy except for doing some laundry and hanging it out to dry. I love the smell of laundry that has been dried outdoors. Caught up on my emails, phone calls with Skype and reading. Am reading John Grisham's "The Associate".

Had Pinto, another sea bass similar to Cabrilla, for dinner last night. The 'Davis' Pescadoria is just a half block from my house. The family cleans and processes the day's catch behind their home and that is where you go to buy fresh fish. There are several family locations in Loreto and the Davis Pescadoria is recommended as the best for cleanliness and fresh fish.

Pinto was selling for 70 pesos a kilo and Cabrilla for 110 pesos a kilo. Current exchange rate is 12-13 pesos/dollar.

I coated the fish with oil, seasonings and bread crumbs and fried and served with sauteed broccoli, squash, tomato, onion, orange pepper and sliced avocado.

After dinner, I took a walk to the town plaza and over to the Malecon in the cooler evening breeze. Also did a bit of shopping for household stuff as more stores are open late. Saw Joani and her neighbors at Orlando's. Stopped by the shoe store around the corner (where I drop off clothes to be washed) and was given a gift of pretty shells. Not sure why the gift, but it is fun getting to know the people at the shop.

Watched "Second Hand Lions" before falling asleep about midnight. Am slowly working my way thru a 2 foot high stack of vhs tapes of movies I have never seen and some I want to see again.

Life is slow, warm and easy here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

carmen and coronado

Turns out we went snorkeling yesterday instead of Sunday. Sunday cancelled with a scheduling conflict and wind. Water was mirror calm yesterday when we left the harbor. Went to north-eastern shore of Carmen to some caves. The caves were fascinating to see, but not many fish for good snorkeling. Caves might have lobster at night tho.

Went to a couple other reefs on Carmen and saw a variety of colorful fish. While we snorkeled our guide Chava fished. He caught some nice Cabrilla to take home for dinner.

About noon, we headed for Coronado to find turtles. During the rest of the day we saw a lot of turtles from the boat, but not while swimming. I quit counting turtles when I had seen 12 and there were many more. Chava took us to a spot where they often come to spend the night.

We lunched on Coronado and then snorkeled. Saw many colorful fish there also and the beach has a palapa for shade...........and it is a much shorter ride from town than going over to Carmen. Had a few small jelly stings. The jellies were scattered and did not have them everywhere we swam. A thin allbody layer over your skin helps.

The water is already beginning to seem cooler than last week, but still bathtub warm for me.