There’s no shortage of interesting, colorful and insightful commentary on Loreto and Baja.
I’m especially interested in BCS, so every few days I make the rounds, visiting various blogs and news sites to get the latest on what’s happening in the southern region of the west coast version of Florida: Baja California Sur. Well, Florida, at least in the sense people travel south to get there, typically to escape colder weather, much like the East Coast snow birds.
My interest centers in Loreto, but also extends further south to La Paz and Cabo San Lucas. After all, they are within hundreds of miles of each other, and the trio encapsulate a new face to BCS, emerging as perhaps one of the most desirable warm weather tourist destinations in the world.
So naturally I’m curious as to what people are writing, experiencing and discovering in this desert land.
Sometimes the tone is wistful and dreamy, as if fulfilling a lifelong goal of sun-seeking, friendship, and adventure in a distant land. Others, more practical and functional in style with useful information and tips. Many of course discuss their new home, or partially constructed new home in Loreto Bay, tracking construction, new neighbors and a pioneering community of like-minded souls.
All that to say, here are some of the current blog posts, stories and news circulating.
First, some new blogs. With a Sea of Cortez sunset banner, Drew has launched his “Living Loreto” blog. A “50-ish, semi-retired Canadian”, Drew’s blog is off to a good start with strong, personable writing and accounts. His second post “An extraordinary day!” is a passionate example of community in Loreto, and of course, the love for food, in this case Paella. Loni and I enjoyed reading it. And by the way, isn’t everyone in their 50s “semi-retired”? I think it’s a new trend.
Jeanette McGraw, on her aptly titled “MCGRAW’S CASA DEL SOL Y LA LUNA” (say that 5 times fast!), most recently wrote about some of the changes in the Founder’s neighborhood in Loreto Bay, focusing on the rapidly improving landscaping that is beautifying the walking areas. She captures it well, and Loni and I agree we noticed the same things (although not as far along) in October. Also, regarding permachink, Jeanette asks “should we or shouldn’t we?”, and provides some of her thoughts, and a list of vendors who offer permachink service.
Other sightings. The original and everyone’s favorite on-the-street entrepreneur and socialite, Nellie, came back on her blog (“Where in the World is Nellie?”), albeit briefly, like a celebrity sighting, to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving, and in her “Dorado, Dorado, Dorado!” post mention the Fishing Ventures show on Fox. We didn’t get a chance to see it. Anyone else see this show, thoughts? If you want a great example of the fish in the Sea of Cortez, take a look at the size of the one she’s holding. Whoooooaaah Nellie!
Penny Davis of “Casa Davis – Loreto Bay” apparently survived the mosquito Dengue fever craze, and in her latest, “Walls with holes!” (a great title), talks about the progress of her home. She’s at 27% and the Canadian dollar, while strong for a while, is not helping these days. Time for a new PM! Oops, already tried that.
A Bay Area Loreto homeowner and enthusiast, Baja Barry, wrote an exhaustive (and highly recommended) account of his drive down to Loreto with Pat. You can read it on SF Bay Area Yahoo group, or on Ning (“road trip info”). Quite an adventure!
Inspiration struck George and Paula (of “Loreto Bay – Casa de Nuevos Sueños”) as they enjoyed the view of cruise ships on the Sea of Cortez from the terrace of Augie’s on the Malecon. Next thing you know… they’re off on a cruise themselves!
Let me know if I missed anything, it’s hard to keep track of everything. But it’s fun to try!