Anyone up for a jog around the track? The botanical garden may not be ready yet, but we have our own miniature version here.

I think I am finally recovering from this past week’s hectic travel and meeting schedule. At least enough to laugh a little at these photos which our property manager Dahir sent of our Casa del Lagarto Azul. Dahir has been snapping more shots of the exterior of our Baja casa because of the landscape construction that started last year and is in full swing.

What’s so funny you ask?

Well, for the past 5 years, we have been on a continuous, slow, precarious journey to build a home and find a little paradise in Loreto, Baja California Sur. This is our pet project. It looks terrible on a balance sheet, but feels wonderful. We knew going into this that it was a project of the heart more than the mind.

When we set off on this journey, what drew us to the Loreto Bay development was the promise of community and a development built with true architectural character. Both have come true, but not in the manner anticipated.

Firstly, we do have a strong community, but not because of the original developer who had seized operations a couple of years ago. Instead, a strong community has been built as a result of the collective trials and tribulations which forced homeowners to reach out and work together in order to complete the common areas. I’d like to think Clint and I contributed in some way with the start of the private social network Club Loreto Bay which for better or worse has been a primary way that (passionate) homeowners have been able to join forces.

Secondly, one of the reasons we bought where we did was because of a planned “botanical garden” in the middle of a round-about in the main street running through the development. This vision has still to come into fruition. However, these recent photos show a “miniature” botanical garden created by a looping pathway right in front of our home. How funny is that?

Our Casa del Lagarto Azul is like a red-headed, untamed child. We have little control over the details of when or how, but it never ceases to delight us with what turns up…and I chuckle.

Winding stone paths extend out from the front door of our Casa del Lagarto Azul in Loreto, Baja California Sur. First we had no paths, now we have 3 ways to get to the front of our home without getting our feet sandy.
Courtyard: The plants are growing in wonderfully.
Loni Stark
Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite.