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Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Fishermen of San Felipe

The Fishermen of San Felipe
By Lee Lyons and Victor Rodriguez
The wonder of the Sea of Cortez goes far beyond its natural beauty. A haven for swimmers, boaters, and photographers, and a paradise for naturalists, much of the allure of this Baja coastal area resides in the remnants of its storied history.

Before there were tourists, before there were sun-worshipping vacationers and winter residents, there were the fishermen of San Felipe. They gave the town its first taste of prosperity and put San Felipe on the map. The Sea of Cortez offered up catches so abundant that the "fish taco" became a local staple and a Baja delicacy. Shrimp, shark, totoaba (sea bass), cabrilla (rock fish) and baqueta (grouper) abounded in the clear waters, providing a rich harvest for the fishermen.

Since the early days of World War II and until recently, fishing was a good living. The old fishermen of San Felipe tell the story of how they came with their families as young children or, later, as young men, seeking to establish themselves in a good profession. They made the difficult journey from Loreto and other locations throughout Mexico, first, by canoe or small boat and then, overland, to San Felipe. It took as long as three months to make the trip from Loreto, but it was worth it because fish were plentiful and the life of a fisherman was a good one.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

14th Annual San Felipe Folk Music Festival

14th Annual San Felipe Folk Music Festival Saturday - March 24, 2018, from 1pm till 4pm Location: La Palapa in El Dorado Ranch Tickets - ONLY $5.00 GET YOUR TICKETS Performances will feature acoustic folk, cowboy, blues and original music by some of the Southwest’s finest acoustic performers. Entertainers including:

Mike Falk is a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for regional folk from around the world, especially old-time music of the Appalachians, bluegrass from Kentucky, dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and the Celtic regions of Spain, oddly-metered music from the Balkans, and swing music from Texas. He plays mainly mandolin, clawhammer-style banjo, bouzouki, and tenor banjo. His day job involves building imaginary things in the air. (He’s a pure mathematician.)
Jesse Anderson is an accomplished guitarist and banjo player and a lively performer of old time tunes. He goes to work several times a week as a strolling cowboy singer on the Vintage Grand Canyon Railway, entertaining world travelers en-route to the Big Ditch. He raises blonde children and brown egg layers in the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Big Bill Vernieu is an an encyclopedic knowledge of bluegrass and western songs and is a master of the mandolin. Tickets - ONLY $5.00 GET YOUR TICKETS

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Baja Spring Forward Time Change

Daylight Saving Time (also called SPRING FORWARD and Spring Time) Starts:

  •  Baja California - March 11, 2018
     - Set your clocks FORWARD on March 10th before you go to bed.
  •  Baja California Sur - Apr. 2, 2017
     - Set your clocks FORWARD on April 1st before you go to bed.

Ten Mexico municipalities which share a border with the United States; begin daylight saving time three weeks earlier on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. The Congress of Mexico passed legislation in December 2009 which allowed these ten border cities to adopt a daylight saving time pattern consistent with the United States. The municipalities which are now permitted by law to observe daylight saving time consistent with the United States are:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

How to Grow Veggies in the Desert?

Desert Gardening
by Lowe's Creative Ideas / Lowe’s Desert region gardening expert Scott Calhoun

Growing fresh, organic produce for your family in your backyard is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening. It is also surprisingly easy — much simpler than you might think — in desert climates. In the little 4x8-ft plot my wife and I tend, we supply nearly all the produce for our small family from November to April. Below I discuss how to start your veggie garden, and a few strategies for dealing with desert conditions.

Choose a Sunny Spot
It might seem counterintuitive where we have such a surfeit of sunshine, but even here, veggie gardens need pretty much all-day sun. A spot where the winter (southern) sun shines for at least 6 hours is good. A little late-afternoon shade (an eastern exposure) also works well, as long as the site gets the winter sun. Avoid planting a veggie garden under a tree or next to a tall evergreen hedge.