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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SHOPPING - Popular Mexican Christmas Gifts



Popular Mexican Christmas Gifts

The custom of putting up a Christmas tree has become very popular in Mexico, so we thought we'd share a few popular Mexican Christmas gifts that you may want to add to your Baja holiday gift shopping list.     


Oaxacan Wood Carving
Oaxacan folk art wood carvings or "alebrijes" have been produced by the same families in the small town of San Martin Tilcajete for decades. Each piece is carefully carved with amazing detail from copal, a soft wood found in Mexico. Then it is hand painted in bright colors and patterns. www.sunriseimports.net/oaxacanwoodcarvings.html


Beaded Mask
Created by the Huichol Indians, a small tribe of approximately 10,000 Indians living in central western Mexico, this beaded mask is made by overlaying the carved mask with a beeswax and resin mixture. Then tiny glass beads are placed by hand on the sticky base, one at a time, until the pattern is complete. The Huichol create these sacred objects of beauty as a way of honoring the life-giving forces of the universe.



Aztec Dolls
Aztec Dolls are 100 percent handcrafted by the Mexica (Ma-she-ka) Indians of Central Mexico. The Mexica are the descendants of the the great Aztec Empire, but in today's world they struggle for existence. The craftsmanship of these dolls are so intricate that their arms and legs actually move. www.aztec-empire.com/dolls.htm





Mexican Bubble Glass
Mexican blown glass was called Mexican bubble glass because of all the bubbles produced when blowing the molten glass. The blown glass technique consists of blowing through a pipe onto a red-hot glass mass, heated in a special oven. Pitchers and glasses can be clear or with rims and bases in cobalt, turquoise and amber. Mexican bubble glass will add a bit of the Mexican culture to your home.




Dia de los Muertos, Mexican Day of the Dead Folk Figures and Sculptures
The skeleton figures and sculptures are made from a variety of materials including hand-painted sheet metal, paper mache and clay. The skeleton figures are created and painted by hand by the folk artists of Mexico. Many of the painted clay skeletons (esqueletos) are fashioned to depict the activities the deceased enjoyed while alive.







Virgen De Guadalupe T-Shirt 
The Virgen of Guadalupe is universally revered in Mexico, which doesn't mean her image is somehow sanctified. It is everywhere, though it is never used in a commercial manner to sell anything. A tasteful T-shirt or blouse with an image of the Virgen de Guadalupe will help your traveler feel right at home in Mexico. 



Sterling Silver Jewelry from Taxco
Artisans from Taxco, a beautiful town located in the mountains of the west coast of Mexico, are world famous for their handcrafted sterling silver jewelry. They transform pure silver into lovely jewelry with either classic or trendy designs. The complete collection at Silverzeal is 925 sterling silver.



**You can also go to www.bajats.com for all you I love Baja T-shirts and to www.goodlifeguidebooks.com for you Baja Community Guide Books. Give Baja as a gift this Holiday Season!



PUERTO NUEVO - SISTERS OF MERCY 2011 ANNUAL TOY DRIVE


The Sisters of Mercy have ministered in Mexico since 1980. Initially, Ruth Hotz RSM and Lucina Kozeny RSM worked with economically poor families in Rosarito, Baja California Norte, in providing housing, food, clothing, and household items. Sister Clare Manhart RSM has continued this ministry of "Project Love, Hope, Trust".

A long standing tradition is the Sisters of Mercy Annual Christmas Posada, held in mid December at the Sisters of Mercy compound for the 2,000+ children who line up before 6:00 a.m. to receive a gift along with fruit and candy. This may be the only gift these children receive.

All of this would not be possible without the generosity of the expatriate community and support of local businesses in Rosarito.

The 2011 Annual Toy Drive will be held at Splash Restaurant on Thursday, December 8 at 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and hosted by Ann Platenberg & Chuck Drouet.

Please bring your unwrapped toys to this event, or drop them off at Rene's Mailroom, Cruz Roja Thrift Store, or Splash Restaurant, located at km 52, 3 miles south of Puerto Nuevo.

For further info call Ann Plantenberg at (661) 614-0498; e-mail ann4baja@yahoo.com or Chuck Drouet at (661) 614-0580.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NEWS - American Airlines files for bankruptcy


(CBS/AP) DALLAS - American Airlines and its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection as they try to cut costs and unload massive debt built up by years of high fuel prices and labor struggles. There will be no impact on travelers for now, the company said.
The nation's third-largest airline also said Tuesday that CEO Gerard Arpey stepped down and was replaced by company president Thomas W. Horton.

AMR Corp. has continued to lose money while other U.S. airlines returned to profitability in the last two years.

Horton said the board of directors unanimously decided to file for bankruptcy after meeting Monday in New York and again by conference call on Monday night.

It was a "very difficult decision made by our board ... but I think it's the right decision at the right time," Horton said at a Tuesday news conference.

AA bankruptcy won't affect fliers, company says

"The last decade has been extraordinarily hard on the U.S. airline industry," Horton said, noting that bankruptcy filings by other major airlines. "The people of American Airlines have worked very hard and very honorably over the past decade to avoid that path but we are now at a point where it's time to turn the page and move forward."

American said it would operate normally while it reorganizes in bankruptcy. The airline said it would continue to operate flights, honor tickets and take reservations. It said the AAdvantage frequent-flier program would not be affected.

Horton said, however, that as the company goes through a restructuring it will probably reduce the flight schedule "modestly," with corresponding cuts in jobs.

The company will delay the spin-off of its regional airline operation, American Eagle, which was expected in early 2012. AMR Eagle Holding Corp. also filed for bankruptcy.

American was the only major U.S. airline that didn't file for bankruptcy protection in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks that triggered a deep slump in the airline industry. The last major airline to file for bankruptcy protection was Delta in 2005.

Speculation about an AMR bankruptcy grew in recent weeks, however, as negotiations with pilots and other workers over cost-saving labor contracts seemed to stall. The company said that labor-contract rules forced it to spend at least $600 million more per year than other airlines.

Horton said, however, that there was no single factor that led to the bankruptcy filing. He said the company needed to cut costs in view of the weak global economy and high, volatile fuel prices. The average price of jet fuel has risen more than 50 percent in the past five years.

Ray Neidl, an analyst with Maxim Group LLC, said AMR was wise to file for bankruptcy while it still had about $4 billion in cash. He said the company has strong assets but needs to find labor peace and more revenue. He believes American might be pushed into a merger with US Airways.

In a press release this morning, AMR said the approximately $4.1 billion in unrestricted cash and short-term investments is "more than sufficient to assure that its vendors, suppliers and other business partners will be paid timely and in full for goods and services provided during the Chapter 11 process."

The company's current cash position means the need for debtor-in-possession financing is not anticipated.

The president of the pilots' union, Dave Bates, said his members were concerned about what the bankruptcy will mean for them — other airlines used bankruptcy to terminate pension plans.

"While today's news was not entirely unexpected, it is nevertheless disappointing that we find ourselves working for an airline that has lost its way," Bates said in a message to pilots.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com

Monday, November 28, 2011

LOS BARRILES - Ascension Meditation Course


THE BRIGHT PATH ASCENSION MEDITATION COURSE IN LOS BARRILES
The Bright Path Ascension Meditation workshop will be a four-day workshop
Tuesday 6th December till Friday 9th December
4pm to 7pm each day
The cost of the course is $200 US dollars and with that fee you are able to repeat the course for free forever – which you will want to do as your experience using the techniques develops. The weekend course is happening at Rancho Buena Vista Hotel located 2 miles south of Los Barriles (signs are on the high way below the monument)
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 105.8Buenavista, BCS 23580 Mexico For more information about The Bright Path Ascension Meditation please visit: www.thebrightpath.com Please note this course will only go ahead if enough people book by Friday 18th November 2011.
Please go head and BOOK NOW with Tessa Nisbet tessabarriles@gmail.com or 141-0427.
If enough people book, then you will be contacted early next week to take payment by cash and I will then send you any additional information you may need. I hope you make peace your priority and decide to join us for this life-changing days!

Friday, November 25, 2011

ROSARITO BEACH - USBC "HOLIDAY CABARET" GALA



At the Rosarito Beach Hotel
Saturday, December 3rd
Cocktails 6:00 p.m. - Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Renown classical guitarist Miguel de Hoyos, will play while you dine. On hand for your dancing pleasure will be Maryam Malak, Julio Acosto, Pablo Martinez,and Bruno Brizo. A performance by Argentine Tango Artists will be a part of the evening's entertainment. Tickets: $30/person, available from Karen Patonai (661) 613-0737 MX, (619) 377-4433 US, karenpatonai@yahoo.com, and from Dottie at Rene's Mailroom Mon/Wed/Fri from 2-4 p.m. The Rosarito Beach Hotel is offering discounted rates at $49.00 + tax per night. Hotel reservations 01-800-265-2322 (MX); 1-866-ROSARITO ROSARITO (76727486) (US)

RVing on Baja, Bahia Concepcion


November 25, 2011 -Bahia Concepcion, is 23 miles long and the largest bay on Baja and located a short drive south of Mulege and largely dominated by gringos. Bahia Concepcion has been a very popoular RV destination for many RV Snowbirds with twelve (12) beach campgrounds. The waters off most beaches are so warm, calm and shallow, even the most timid landlubbers enjoy frolicking in the waters of Bahia Concepcion. The experience of camping on a beach in the Bay of Concepcion so grows on RVers, is why so many spend the entire winter. The “large island” that can be seen way across the bay from these beaches is actually a large barren peninsula. A rough road traverses the peninsula to the tip, but there is very little out there besides rocks and cactus.

Mexican families work the beaches collecting camping fees, selling baking, fruits, vegetables and fresh seafood. You have an equal number of Mulege vendors sell hats, hammocks, blankets, carvings and jewellery (What colour?-How many? Almost free!)

*Remember as a member of the Baja Good Life Club you can receive a $100 discount on your Baja Amigos Caravan Tour Fee and access to discounted insurance rates for your RV!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ENSENADA - C.A.R.E Brunch-Boutique Fundraiser


C.A.R.E. (Cantu Animal Rescue Effort)
Presented by "SHE" - Ensenada Women's Outreach Ministry

Date: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: the grounds of the New Covenant of Grace Church Campo La Jolla, Alta, Punta Banda

Brunch Tickets : $6.00 USD
BOUTIQUE BAKE SALE - "4 LEG-Z PAGEANT"

DRESS UP YOUR DOGGIE IN COSTUME AND ENTER HIM/HER IN OUR BEST COSTUME CONTEST - No entry fee !

There will ve dogs available for adoption. All dogs are welcome to attend with their owners, on leashes please..

*The boutique will consist of new or 'gently' used items. Anyone wishing to help in this effort by donating items for the sale, or if you wish further information on this
event, please contact Dianne Cantor 646-154-2064 or doximom@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

SAN FELIPE - Code Race 275



SAN FELIPE - Code Race 275
Time: December 2, 2011 to December 4, 2011
Location: San Felipe BC Mexico
Road Race Code 275 Date: December 2-4
Location: in San Felipe

Click Here - Printable MAP 
More info go to - http://codeoffroad.com.mx/carrera6.html

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ROAD REPORT - Tecate to Santa Rosalia


ROAD REPORTS Received 11/14/11: Just got here, coming thru Tecate. Measured from the border, there're about 30 miles of new road on Mex.3. It looked like they had bad mix in lots of places, so look for it to break up from the truck traffic. There's a stretch of the old road following the new, then a construction zone for about 3-1/2 miles. I'm driving a low slung Chevy wagon, and had no problems. After the construction there's more old road, then it's all new to the junction with Mex. 1.
There's more construction beginning 11 miles south of Maneadero ( measured from the middle of Manadero) for 6 miles to mile 17. Road is graded and in good shape. There is new road south of Catavina, but at about mile 10 it looked like more bad mix, and the northbound lane already had big potholes in the new pavement. There's more construction from mile 19 to mile 20.7; road is graded and in good shape. More construction south of the check point south of Rosarito. There is a detour beginning 4 miles south of the check point, runs for 3.7 miles, and it sucks. It is not rough, but most all of it is soft powder dirt--like fine flour--and it's deep in places.
The check point at G. Negro has changed. There is now a short detour and an Immigration office--and they check your papers--but no agricultural spray. The big Pemex on the highway was open when I went by. The road's torn up north of Santa Rosalia from where the highway turns away from the sea all the way in to Sta. Rosalia. Road is graded and in good shape. No more construction from Sta. Rosalia south. Lots of new bridges in Baja Sur. All check points were going thru cars in both directions, except for the one south of Rosarito. Submitted by: Ken McDowell Source: Baja Pony Express

SAN FELIPE - VIVA Says Thanks!




VIVA Says Thanks for Your Generosity at our Hugely Supported Hoedown. Wow! Can San Felipe turn out for a party! Much fun, community support and huge generosity was shared at our first VIVA fundraiser, a Hoedown this past Friday.  There was a high vibration of caring and community and VIVA thanks all participants and volunteers who helped make it a huge success. Our silent auction was exciting with many folks bidding on great items.  Music by 2AM was the perfect compliment to a stompin' country funfest.  Wizard Micro Brew Beer added the special kicker to the fantastic feast with homemade brew.
Thanks to all that attended; to all that volunteered their time; and to all that keep animal awareness a part of your life.

Monday, November 21, 2011

HEALTH - What Happened to Me.




What Happened to Me and How the El Dorado Ranch Security Helped Me.
by Gerri Neal Dunham, San Felipe BC Mexico



At 9PM on Sunday Nov. 13, 2011, I was suddenly attacked by severe pain, which I recognized as a bladder infection. By 10PM, it was excruciating and I knew I could not go through the night like that and needed help. I knew the El Dorado Ranch Medical Center would be closed, but I drove to the Saltito Road entrance and told the security guards I needed medical help. They asked if I wanted an ambulance, which I did not want. I just wanted to know where to go to a doctor. The guards called their supervisor who was there in a flash. He told me there was a doctor available at Cruz Roja. I didn't know where that was located, so he drove all the way into town, so I could follow him there.



When we got there, my friend Mauricio was on duty and because he is bi-lingual, he helped explain my situation and pain to this very young doctor. The nurse immediately gave me a shot for the pain and the doctor wrote me a prescription for anti-biotic and pain.



Total charge was $103 pesos and $33 pesos for the shot. They asked me "can you pay?" I think if I couldn't, I wouldn't have had to, but of course I could. So, the entire emergency medical care, with doctor, nurse, and shot was less than $12 US.



I then went to Farmacia Similares (local pharmacy) open 24hrs next to OXXO on the Chetumal (as instructed by the doctor). The prescription was $50 pesos ($4 US) and they even allowed me the use of the bathroom.

All of this took less than one hour, travel time and all and I was in my own bed by midnight feeling a lot better.

I just want Security know how much I appreciated their attention and help.

Best wishes, Gerri Neal Dunham  (Palos Verdes South - 073-13)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

SAN FELIPE - Rotary Club Tamale Competition




ROTARY CLUB TAMALE COMPETITION

The best tamales in SAN FELIPE for sale or order
DATE: Saturday, December 10, 2011
TIME: 1:00 TO 5:00 PM
PLACE: Hayward Park next to the Fire Station- the City Park, (front facing on Mar Blanco).
COST: FREE Admission to the event.  Five test samples for $ 30 pesos

Friday, November 18, 2011

ROSARITO BEACH - Play: "LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE"




"LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE"
An intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
Based on the book by Dene Beckerman.


"New Location" says it all. From the oversize seats for ample bottoms; to the space between the rows (nobody has to stand to let you thru); to the stadium seating; to the new stage and lighting; you will be in Community Theatre Heaven. When constructing the new RTG digs, Pat Farrell and David Merino went to great pains to see to your every comfort. 


Show your appreciation by attending future Rosarito theatre Guild productions - and especially "LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE."


Dec 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7pm
Dec 4 & 11 at 2pm


#76 Benito Juarez Boulevard Rosarito
In the CIINES / Comex Building (1 block south of Elektra)


Reservations online with PayPal at www.rosaritotheatre.org (so easy); or Call the Rosarito Theatre Guild Box Office at (664) 609-3451; or E-mail: rosaritotheatreboxoffice@gmail.com

LORETO - MIL PALMAS WINE & FOOD Festival 2011


FOR THE FIRST TIME IN LORETO
MIL PALMAS WINE & FOOD Festival 2011


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20TH 12:00 PM


SUNSET MUSIC CONCERT


PLAYING acoustic ROCK&roll from 60´S 70´S & 80´S
KATHIA RUDAMETKIN & JONATHAN ROMERO


GOURMET FOOD STANDS FROM LORETO´S BEST RESTAURANTS & SHOPS
FIVE ARTISAN WINE PRODUCERS PRESENTING THEIR WINE FROM GUADALUPE VALLEY,
FUNDRAISING FOR CHARITY, MUSIC, CRAFTS, RAFFLES AND MORE!


DON’T MISS IT!


PRE-SALE: $80 PESOS DOOR: $100PESOS
*INCLUDES ENTRANCE, CONCERT AND 1 DRINK.
Tickets at LOTUS CAFE and Participants

TODOS SANTOS - El Santo Contra Los Monstruos (1970)


Friday, November 25
Sunset Cine Club Presents El Santo Contra Los Monstruos (1970) - Wrestling superhero saves the world from an evil army of vampire women and Aztec mummies. Dir. Gilberto Martínez, with El Santo, the Werewolf and Frankenstein. 7PM, Hotel Guaycura, Sky Bar, Todos Santos. Come enjoy a movie after the sunset. Minimum charge of $30 pesos. - Sunset Cine Club is a group of Film lovers who advocate for more pleasant Thursday Evenings in Todos Santos. For more information, Contact: Carlos Navarroaortico_cang@hotmail.com, 612-145-1067, www.facebook.com/pages/Sunset-Cine-Club/174680779285589
Source: Baja Western Onion

LOS BARRILES - Baja Haha Golf Tournament in Los Barriles


Baja Haha Golf Tournament in Los Barriles - The 2010 Baja Haha Golf Tournament, held in a desert arroyo in Los Barriles, is scheduled for this next Saturday, November 25. The event is presented By The East Cape Guild to raise scholarships funds for East Cape students. Tickets will go on sale 9am-12pm on Monday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 25 at the Roadrunner Cafe, Los Barriles. Here is a link to a video from the 2010 event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGOhVnjT3n8. For more information and tickets, contact Joan Pratt, joanprattm@gmail.com - -
Source: Baja Western Onion

Thursday, November 17, 2011

LA PAZ - 2011 FUBAR Odyssey "Baja Rally"


Long Beach Yacht Club is proud to present the 2011 FUBAR Odyssey (Fleet Underway to Baja Rally).

The FUBAR Odyssey departed from Long Beach on November 6th for the 15 day event and anticpates arriving in La Paz, Mexico in the Sea of Cortez November 22nd. All powerboats with a range of 450 nautical miles at trawler speeds (about 8 knots) are invited to participate. All proceeds will benefit LBYC youth programs

You can also learn more about the boats and their crew by CLICKING HERE
More info contact Capt. Ed Cox -- Co-Chairman: sunsetboss@aol.com

TODOS SANTOS - Sea Turtle Benefit at La Esquina


Sea Turtle Benefit at La Esquina - The Premier Viewing of Turtles in Todos: this Saturday, Nov. 19, at La Esquina at 7 p.m. Don't miss this Ira Nevius production presented by Tortugueros Las Playitas. Delicious La Esquina burritos and beverages will be available as well as sea turtle garb. See you Saturday night! - Tortugueros Las Playitas, tortugueroslasplayitas@gmail.com, www.todostortugueros.org, 145-0353, Todos Santos. Source: Baja Western Onion

SAN FELIPE - Desert Mother Update


Laura Thompson, Desert Mothers Workshop teacher has 40 years experience with many diverse forms of art. Currently Laura lives in San Diego & Ensenada, has two galleries in San Diego Television show on channel 23.
Laura will be teaching all the coming work shops for the 2011-2012 season.

Once again Desert Mothers has found a renowned teacher to bringing high quality tart experience to San Felipe.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BAJA - MAP of 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000



44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Nov. 17-20, 2011

Final round of five-race 2011 SCORE Desert SeriesEnsenada, Baja California, Mexico – 692.82 milesTOTAL ENTRIES: 231 (32 States, 15 Countries) (as of 10/30/11)
Pre-running starts Friday on rugged 692.82-mile race courseFor November's 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert raceRacers from 32 States, 15 countries already entered in Granddaddy of all desert races;In Ensenada, Mexico
GPS data to be uploaded - www.score-intrenational.com

TODOS SANTOS - Rummage Sale for Kids


Todos Santos Students Need You!! - The Tianguis is almost here! The biggest Tianguis (Rummage Sale) of the year will be held by the Palapa Society of Todos Santos on Saturday, Nov. 26th. This Fifth Annual Tianguis contributes all proceeds to help fund BECAS (scholarships) for Todos Santos' high school and college students. Last year over 60 worthy students received scholarships to help further their education! What can you do? Please check your closets and bodegas for usable items that you no longer need. Sale donations should be brought to the Ejidal grounds on Militar the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 25. If you would like to deliver donations sooner, please call 612-145-0299 to arrange a time for drop-offs at the Palapa Society building, #35 Calle Juarez. Please mark you calendars for Sat. Nov. 26th and plan to attend this major event. You'll feel good about donating, and also may find just what you are looking for at great prices! - www.palapasociety.org

published in the Baja Western Onion

TRAVEL - 'Candid Camera' Meets 'Taxicab Confessions' To Boost Tourism To Mexico


Did you have a good time on your vacation in Mexico? Are you a chatty, outgoing kind of person willing to share your experience with others? If so, you might get a free ride in a limo to your home or office back in the States. But there's a catch. More about that in a moment.

The offer of a free ride to selected travelers is a key part of the Mexico Tourism Board's new promotion called the "Mexico Taxi Project," a take on the HBO reality series, "Taxicab Confessions." Its objective -- by using testimonials from "real Americans talking to Americans" -- is to change perceptions about conditions tourists find in Mexico.

"Despite what you might have read (about drug-related violence in certain areas) we're actually a very safe country," said Gerardo Llanes, the tourism board's chief marketing officer. "We have statistics showing Mexico's resorts are safer than 95 percent of the major U.S. cities." Llanes also hopes to change "the old image of Mexico as a place full of shantytowns."

The selection of participants in the project starts when vacationers check in at the Cancun and Los Cabos airports -- other major Mexican airports will be added later -- for their flights back to the US. A "screener" at the ticket counter (not an airline employee) asks questions to identify good candidates for the commercials, usually "bubbly" vacationers traveling as couples or in groups.

From there, selected travelers willing to participate in a made-up survey about a tequila brand are rewarded with free rides home in limos when they get back to the US. After the survey, their names, photos and comments about them are sent to project officials, who refine the selection of candidates down to one person or group to be in the "cast" of the TV commercial (but they won't know about it until later).

Hired limos will be waiting at US terminals at Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia with more to be added soon in the US. and Canada. The selected cast member or members will ride in a special limo in which the driver (actually an actor) will ask general questions about their vacation. Hidden cameras and mikes in the limo will record the entire conversation.

In one commercial, the driver asks a group of three passengers returning from Los Cabos, "Did you guys feel, like, safe and everything down there?" One person answers, "Totally safe." Another adds, "I would definitely recommend it. Everything you hear on the news is not what you experience down there."

A dozen or so conversations are being edited down to 30-second TV spots to be aired on nine cable channels including the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel and the USA Network. Additionally, the spots as well as much larger portions of the conversations will be on the project's website, MexicoTaxiProject.com.

Any negative comments by cast members will be left intact on the project site, said Llanes, who noted there have been few such comments so far.

A big surprise will be waiting when the limo arrives at the cast members' home. As in the "Candid Camera" series, project officials will be there to tell them they've been on camera for the whole ride, and a lawyer will ask them to sign release forms for the ads.

"So far, everyone has signed," said Llanes.

The Mexico City office of Publicis Worldwide is handling the ad campaign working with the tourism board's public relations agency, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.
Watch Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b9-z2w181gQ

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

GOOD EATS - Soup Recipe Challenge



The weather is getting cooler; who doesn't love a bowl of yummy soup to warm those bones on those cooler Baja nights. The Baja Good Life Club is putting on a Soup Recipe Challenge; send in your best soup recipes with photos to bajagoodlifeclub@gmail.com with Soup Recipe Challenge in the subject line. If your recipe is chosen for the 2013 Baja Good Life Cook Book you will get a FREE t-shirt. So Start Cooking!

Below is a entry from Joyce Lawrence of San Felipe BC Mexico

Taco Soup
  • 2 quarts (liters) chicken broth
  • 1 small can salsa verde
  • 3 cans of beans, black, red and pinto
  • 1 can chili with beans (or 1/4 lbs ground beef with
  • teaspoon chili powder and another can of red beans)
  • 1 can mexican diced tomatoes
  • 2 grated zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup carrots, celery and onion
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
If using ground beef, brown beef in non stick pan, then add carrots, onion and celery cooking until soft if using canned chili, wait and add chili with other ingredients. 
Add all other ingredients and cook 15-20 minutes.... serve with garnishes as desired - green onion, sour cream, corn chips etc...enjoy!

OPEN HOUSE - Playa de Oro November Special


Playa de Oro November Special! $35,000 USD CASH!

523 m2 or 5,639 ft2
24 meters or 79 ft. of street frontage
Private community 24 hrs gated security
City water & underground utilities
TELNOR hard line phone & DSL   Available
Community pools, grocery store, laundry mat ALL onsite
CLEAR TITLE (ESCRITURA OR     INDIVIDUAL FIDEICOMISO)
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10 years experience in San Felipe Real Estate!!!

Federal Certified Realtors in Mexico
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Num. Certificado: A 007459
Con Folio CONOCER: A 0259107
More info contact Giovanni B. Abatti (Certified Realtor in Mexico). U.S. Direct: 1.760.482.8681 MX Cell: 686.231.7504 Office: 011.52.686.576.0223 Fax:760.897.2401. 

BAJA - XXV TRAVESIA BAJA - 100 2011 EDITION


XXV TRAVESIA BAJA - 100 2011 EDITION

The pleasure of hiking across Baja California, led us to hold an annual event which we call the "Travesía Baja 100 ®." A group of friends who advocate the camping spirit and love Baja California has emerged of these field trips. This year marks Travesía Baja-100´s 25th anniversary.

The Travesía is an event which fosters the sport, friendships, reaching out to that which is down to earth and nature and is great for personal development and thus we find it valuable enough to encourage and share it with our own family.

The Travesía Baja 100 ® consists in walking/hiking departing from Playa Altamira located 15 km from the village of El Nuevo Rosarito, Baja California on the Pacific Coast and arriving to Bahia de los Angeles on the Gulf of California. The course is approximately 110 kms. which we walk within three-day time. The spirit of the event is that of adventure: it is not a competition, and everyone is a winner.

We have made a checking-in appointment on Thursday, November 17, 2011, throughout the whole day, at Playa Altamira, on the Pacific beachfront; entrance is 6 kms. South of the village of El Nuevo Rosarito off the Carretera Transpeninsular, precisely at a beachfront site marked as base camp. The hike starts the next day on Friday November 18 at 7:00 am.

All participants arrive organized in teams of two, three and up to seven members each. Each team is totally self-sufficient carrying all food, water, tents, transport equipment and other necessities, since there will be no facilities or services in the communities where the event passes. At the end of the day all groups get together in one large camp (rest stops) fostering camaraderie between the teams.

The Travesía has two types of participants: hikers and support team.

The hikers who leave camp early to carry out their part; hike per day varies from 25 to 50 kms.

The motorized support (usually the hiker’s parents, wife, children or friends) starts a little later aiding the hikers along the Travesía and at the end of the day, setting up camp.

It is important to mention that at no time persons organizing the event shall be held liable for accidents, damages or otherwise, as no responsibility is assumed.

We solely coordinate the participating teams. Each team itself is responsible for the decision it has taken of crossing the peninsula from coast to coast: from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf of California.
The idea of adventure has nurtured this group of adventurers. The charisma of the unknown and of adventure that this Travesía has and should have has motivated us all to participate.

As for the risks taken by those participating in the event, they are the same risks as those taken by a group of hunters or hikers in the desert. We have extensive information on maps and data and are provided to any team accepted to participate in the event.

The event concludes on Sunday, November 20 arriving at the beachfront of Bahia de Los Angeles (Gulf of California), where we greet the hikers at the finish line and afterwards gather to exchange anecdotes; returning home on Monday, November 21.

Lastly, it is important to mention that good health and excellent physical condition is required in order to complete the Travesía and to fully enjoy this adventure.

Those wishing to participate are informed that acceptance is limited and subject to approval. Deadline for submitting entry form is October 31, 2011. For requesting further details and information contact Salvador Leon during working hours by phone (686) 552-98-48, mobile (686) 109-08-26 in Mexicali, B.C. or e-mail travesiabaja100@gmail.com



BACKGROUND:

THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE A HIKE ADVENTURE OF "CROSSING THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA: FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN (PLAYA ALTAMIRA) TO THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA (BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES). THOSE WHO LOVE HIKING HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF THE PENINSULA, AS WE CROSS THROUGH PART OF BAJA CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL DESERT NATIONAL PARK, "WHERE YOU CAN ADMIRE THE CIRIO, GIANT CARDON, TOROTE TREE, AS WELL AS TO CAMP NEXT TO THE BEAUTIFUL MISSION SAN BORJA, ENJOY THE ATTRACTIONS THE SITE OFFERS SUCH AS HOT SPRINGS, THE REMAINS OF THE OLD MISSION (ADOBE) AND ITS ANCIENT GARDENS, CAVE PAINTINGS AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS OF THE PLACE. THE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY OF THIS REGION’S BEACHES, VALLEYS AND GORGES CAN ALSO BE ENJOYED.


HOW IS THE EVENT CARRIED OUT?

VARIOUS GROUPS OF FRIENDS AND GROUPS THAT PRACTICE AND LOVE HIKING ARE INVITED TO ORGANIZE THEMSELVES INTO 100% SELF-SUFFICIENT TEAMS: WITH ITS OWN MOTORIZED SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE STAFF, THE GROUP’S OWN PICK-UP OR JEEP, ANY EQUIPMENT OR NECESSITIES REQUIRED FOR ITS TRANSPORTATION AND SURVIVAL (WATER, FOOD, EQUIPMENT, CAMPING TOOLS, ETC.).


WHEN?

THE MEETING PLACE SHALL BE THE EVENING OF NOVEMBER 17, 2011, AT PLAYA ALTAMIRA 15 KM FROM THE VILLAGE OF "EL NUEVO ROSARITO." MARKINGS ARE PLACED INDICATING THE CAMP’S EXACT LOCATION RIGHT NEXT TO THE SITE FOR DEPARTING ON THE PACIFIC COAST. THERE ARE NO HOTELS OR SERVICES OF ANY KIND, (NEAREST HOTELS ARE 3 HOURS AWAY AT BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES). THE TRAVESIA STARTS THE NEXT DAY NOVEMBER 18, 2011 AT 7:00 AM ON THE BEACHFRONT MENTIONED ABOVE.

IT IS APPROXIMATELY A 12-HOUR DRIVE FROM MEXICALI, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TRAVEL IN GROUPS OF TWO OR MORE VEHICLES FOR MUTUAL ASSISTANCE DURING THE TRIP AND ABOVE ALL FOR SAFETY REASONS.

THE DETAILS:

1. THE COURSE TO FOLLOW (SEE MAP PROVIDED) IS 110 KMS. LONG TO BE WALKED IN THREE STAGES.

50 KMS. ON NOVEMBER 18, 2011
25 KMS. ON NOVEMBER 19, 2011
35 KMS. ON NOVEMBER 20, 2011




ON DAY ONE, YOU WALK THE LONGEST DISTANCE. THE TERRAIN VARIES FROM SANDY TO TALC (VERY LOOSE EARTH). ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MAP PROVIDED BECAUSE THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING LOST IS VERY HIGH!
DAY TWO IS TOUGH BECAUSE IN MANY PLACES YOU WILL ENCOUNTER SEVERAL HILLS AS YOU CROSS THE SIERRA. THE TERRAIN IS VERY ROCKY (ANKLES BEWARE!) VERY STRONG LEGS ARE REQUIRED.
ON DAY THREE YOU WALK ON A BACKCOUNTRY ROAD FOR APPROXIMATELY 8 KM AND THE REST OF THE COURSE IS WALKING ON THE PAVED ROAD LEADING TO BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, WITH MULTIPLE ASCENTS AND DESCENTS AS YOU ENTER INTO TOWN. (WALKING ON PAVEMENT IS HARD. IT IS SUGGESTED YOU USE TENNIS SHOES ON THIS DAY, ALTHOUGH IT IS OPTIONAL)

2. THERE IS NO WATER ALONG/THROUGHOUT THE TRAVESIA; PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING IT FROM HOME FOR THEIR OWN CONSUMPTION. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU BRING A MINIMUM OF 6 TO 8 QUARTS PER DAY PER HIKER, PLUS ADDITIONAL WATER TO BE USED FOR COOKING AND PERSONAL HYGIENE.
3. THE FINISH LINE IS IN THE TOWN OF BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES, THE EXACT PLACE IS MARKED.

ALL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS TOWN: HOTELS, GASOLINE, TENTS, STORE, SATELLITE PHONES, INTERNET (NO SIGNAL FOR MOBILE CELL PHONES).

4. THE ROUTE HAS 3 CAMPS OR REST STOPS AS INDICATED IN THE MAP PROVIDED.

5. THE TERRAIN VARIES FROM SANDY TO "TALC" AND IN SOME AREAS VERY ROCKY, SO USE OF HIKING BOOTS WITH GOOD ANKLE SUPPORT IS SUGGESTED. GOOD FOOTWEAR IS VERY IMPORTANT SINCE A TWISTED ANKLE OR BLISTERS CAN MAKE THE TRAVESIA VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO COMPLETE.

6. GOOD PHYSICAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED (REGULARLY PRACTICE EACH WEEK HIKING RUNNING, CYCLING) IN ORDER TO FULLY ENJOY THIS TRAVESIA WITHOUT DIFFICULTIES, SINCE IT IS AN 8 TO 12 HOUR PER DAY HIKE FOR 3 DAYS.

7. ADEQUATE AND COMFORTABLE HIKING CLOTHING FOR THE JOURNEY, NOT TIGHT FITTING, IS SUGGESTED. CARRY HATS, CAPS, SHIRTS AND LONG PANTS, (THERE ARE MANY THORNY BUSHES, CHOYAS, YOU MAY SUNBURN AND LATE IN THE AFTERNOON IT IS QUITE CHILLY). THE NIGHTS ARE VERY CHILLY AND THE DAYS ARE TEMPERATE.

8. EACH TEAM MUST HAVE ITS OWN SUPPORT VEHICLES IN GOOD CONDITION. PICK-UPS ARE SUGGESTED (FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE IS NOT NECESSARY UNLESS IT RAINS). VEHICLES MUST HAVE GOOD TIRES TO AVOID HAVING BLOWN TIRES FROM ROCKS AND SUFFICIENT TOOLS FOR REPAIRS, IF REQUIRED.

9. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT VEHICLES CARRY TWO-WAY RADIOS SET TO CHANNEL 1 SUBCHANNEL 15 FOR COMMUNICATION.


10. DURING THE ENTIRE CROSSING WE PASS ONLY 2 RANCHES, SO NO KIND OF HELP IS AVAILABLE.

11. TO HIKE:
USE ANKLE-SUPPORT HIKING BOOTS AND A PAIR OF TENNIS SHOES FOR RESTING.
TEAMING A THIN INNER SOCK WITH A THICKER OUTER SOCK IS SUGGESTED: THE LINER SOCKS MADE OF NYLON AND / OR POLYPROPYLENE AND THICKER OUTER SOCKS OF COTTON BLEND. THIS SYSTEM PREVENTS FRICTION BETWEEN THE SKIN AND THE SHOE THUS PREVENTING BLISTERS.
LOOSE COMFORTABLE CLOTHING- ENOUGH CHANGES FOR 5 DAYS.
HATS, CAPS.
CANTEEN, 2 QUART CAPACITY CAMEL-BACK FOR WATER (MINIMUM CONSUMPTION IS 6-8 QUARTS OF WATER PER DAY PER PERSON).
WHISTLE, MATCHES, COMPASS, CAMP KNIFE, MIRROR (FOR SIGNALS), MANDATORY!
SUNGLASSES.
SMALL BACKPACK (FOR CARRYING SNACKS FOR ONE DAY, WINDBREAKER, ETC).

12. FOODS TO CARRY WHILE HIKING:
• NUTS, CHOCOLATE, GRANOLA, NUTS, DATES, RAISINS.
• FRESH FRUIT, BANANAS, ORANGES, APPLES
• GATORADE POWDER.
• ONLY 2 MEALS CAN BE COOKED: BREAKFAST AND DINNER; LUNCH IS LIGHT (ON THE GO).

13. THE CLIMATE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR IS EXPECTED TO BE VERY COLD IN THE MORNINGS, EVENINGS AND NIGHTS (LESS THAN 50º F) HAZY AND WINDY, DURING THE DAY, SLIGHTLY WARM (75º F). UNLESS MOTHER NATURE PROVIDES OTHERWISE! IT HAS RAINED ON OCCASION.
14. RESPONSIBILITIES AND ORGANIZATION OF EACH GROUP OR PATROL.
EACH GROUP SHOULD BE AUTONOMOUS AND 100% SELF-SUFFICIENT (FOOD, WATER, EQUIPMENT, TRANSPORT). THE CAPTAIN OR PATROL LEADER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS GROUP’S SECURITY AND DISCIPLINE. ALONG WITH ITS MOTORIZED SUPPORT ALL MUST FOLLOW THE ROUTE AS PRE-ESTABLISHED FOR THIS EVENT.
THE MOTORIZED SUPPORT MUST ASSIST ITS GROUP OF HIKERS DURING THE CROSSING, ENSURING THAT THEY HAVE ENOUGH WATER, FOOD OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF ASSISTANCE REQUIRED. THE SUPPORT TEAM MUST EFFICIENTLY ASSIST THEIR WALKERS SETTING UP CAMP FOR THEM.
DO NOT CARRY FIREARMS OR WEAPONS, NO LITTERING (EACH GROUP SHALL COLLECT ITS OWN TRASH AND PROPERLY DISPOSE OF IT IN BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES). NO EXCESSIVE DRINKING, NO NOISE: DEFINITELY NO MOTORCYCLES OR TRICYCLES (TWO, THREE OR FOUR WHEELED ATV´S).


ALL FELLOW PARTICIPANTS MUST BE SHOWN RESPECT.

15. ALL KIND OF MUSIC MUST BE SHUT DOWN AT 10:00 PM IN ORDER TO RESPECT FELLOW PARTICIPANTS WHO WISH TO GO TO BED EARLY TO REST AFTER THEIR DAILY HIKE.
IF ALCOHOL IS CONSUMED, IT MUST BE MADE IN A REPONSIBLE WAY OUT OF RESPECT FOR FAMILIES WHO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT.
ALL TYPES OF LAMPS, LIGHTS, REFLECTORS, ETC. MUST BE TURNED OFF NO LATER THAN 10:00 PM

16. THIS ADVENTURE HAS BEEN THOUGHT UP BY A GROUP OF FRIENDS WHO LOVE NATURE AND OUR PENINSULA. WE ASK PARTICIPANTS TO TAKE CARE OF ECOLOGICAL ASPECTS. WE SHALL OVERSEE THAT NO TRASH IS LEFT BEHIND AND NO DAMAGE TO THE FLORA AND FAUNA IS CAUSED, AND THAT THE SCARCE WATER EXISTING IN THIS REGION IS NOT CONTAMINATED.

17. WE ARE ASKING FOR AN AT-COST FEE OF $ 100.00 U.S. DOLLARS TOWARDS THE EVENT’S ORGANIZATION.

18. SUBMIT APPLICATION ENTRIES BY CONTACTING:

• SALVADOR LEON MIRANDA IN MEXICALI, B.C.
• PHONE: (686) 552-9848
• MOBILE: (686) 109-0826 TELCEL
• E-MAIL: TRAVESIABAJA100@GMAIL.COM


DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES FOR PARTICIPATING: OCTOBER 31, 2011

LIMITED ENROLLMENT


PRIVATE EVENT - WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ADMISSION


DUTIES OF THE SUPPORT TEAM
THE SUPPORT PERSON OF THE BAJA-100 IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS ADVENTURE, AS WELL AS TO THE SUCCESS AND SAFETY OF "WALKERS" BEING ASSISTED.

"SUPPORT", AS WE CALL THIS IMPORTANT PART OF THE TEAM PARTICIPATING IN THE TRAVESIA, USUALLY COMPRISES SEVERAL PEOPLE THOUGH IN SOME CASES IT MAY BE ONLY ONE.

HIS/HER GENERAL DUTIES ARE THE FOLLOWING:
1. TO DRIVE TRANSPORT VEHICLES, BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THE UNIT IS OPERATING EFFICIENTLY AND IN "PERFECT" MECHANICAL CONDITIONS.

2. TO KEEP IN ORDER, OVERSEE, AND CARRY THE CAMPING EQUIPMENT, FOOD; TOOLS, AND OTHER NECESSITIES OF ITS OWN GROUP "ENSURING" THAT HIKERS UNDER THEIR CARE CARRY THEIR MANDATORY SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT!
3. COORDINATE WITH THE "GROUP’S LEADER" THE HIKER’S NECESSITIES, ASSISTANCE, SECURITY, FOLLOW AND OVERSEE THAT THE COURSE IS FOLLOWED, FOOD, WATER (MINIMUM 6-8 QUARTS PER DAY!), AND ANY OTHER NECESSITIES ARISING DURING THE CROSSING.
REMEMBER THEY HIKE A DAILY AVERAGE OF 35 TO 50 KM IN 8 TO 12 HOURS!
4. NEVER EVER, LOOSE CONTACT FOR MORE THAN A MAXIMUM OF 2 HOURS WITH ITS OWN GROUP OF WALKERS, LESS IF EVENING IS FALLING, IT CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR THEM (SUPPORT = 100% SECURITY, ASSISTANCE)
5. VERY IMPORTANT IS TO FOLLOW ITS OWN PATROL, BUT WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH WALKERS (DO NOT FOLLOW THEM ON THEIR HEELS!), SO AS NOT TO CAUSE ACCIDENTS OR DISCOMFORT DURING THE CROSSING. (CONTACT EVERY 2 HOURS)
6. NEVER SHOULD ANY WALKER BE LEFT BEHIND, AND IF SOMEONE IS WAY AHEAD, HE/SHE MUST BE WELL PROVIDED FOR TO SAFELY WAIT UNTIL THE OTHERS CATCH UP WITH HIM/HER. (WATER, FOOD, CLOTHING, ETC.).
7. AT THE CAMPSITE, THE SUPPORT SHOULD HAVE READY AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: CHAIRS, REFRESHMENTS, KITCHENETTE READY AND DINNER PREPARED TO GREET OWN HIKERS. (THEY ALWAYS ARRIVE VERY HUNGRY AND THIRSTY).





8. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT EACH "PATROL GROUP’S" WORK IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ITS TEAM AND ALL MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE EFFORT OF SETTING UP THEIR OWN CAMPS IN THE DESIGNATED CAMPING SITE.
SUPPORT PERSONS ARE NOT SERVANTS !

HOWEVER IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT, GENERALLY THE HIKER IS EXHAUSTED AT THE END OF EACH DAY, BEING LIMITED HIS/HER HELP NEVERTHELESS PARTICIPATION IS NECESSARY!
9. SUPPORT PERSONS ARE ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSISTING THEIR OWN HIKERS FIRST, HOWEVER OUT OF SOLIDARITY AND FELLOWSHIP IT IS POSSIBLE TO ASSIST OTHER PARTICIPANTS THAT MIGHT BE HAVING DIFFICULTIES.
REMEMBER THIS TRAVESIA IS "COEXISTENCE AMONG FRIENDS".

10. LASTLY, THE SUPPORT PERSON IS VERY IMPORTANT WITHIN THE TEAM. IT IS THE OTHER HALF OF AN EFFICIENT HIKER!


PLAYA ALTAMIRA - BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES (November 18 through 20, 2011)

Fellow friends of Baja California:
It is our intention that we all enjoy this exciting adventure, in harmony with nature. Here are expressed some recommendations that undoubtedly you will be glad to observe:
Handling of trash:
Not only is it important not to leave trash behind, but our aim is to foster the habit of collecting what we find in our step. It is worth leaving fields and roads cleaner than how we found them.
Handling of… .. (going potty):
Each time, more people camp in a relatively small area. Daily, all or most of us pay tribute to nature. It is therefore important to make a deep enough hole to completely cover both the waste and the cleansing instrument. Use of a shovel will make things easier.
Handling of waste:
It is advisable to reduce the use of disposable items such as cups, plates, cutlery, etc.. To the extent that you avoid using them, the garbage will be easier to control, and definitely no plastic burning.
Handling of the flora:
As we all know, it is scarce in the desert. It is best we show respect for little there is. In addition, this is a national park and taking samples of plants, wood or any type of vegetation is prohibited. Avoid being sanctioned by authorities.
Respect for and care of private property - ranches:
During the crossing we will cross through some small Ranches. It is very important to close door fences so cattle do not go astray.

Thank you for your participation in this XXV Travesia Baja-100 ®.

We hope it is a memorable experience.

XXV Travesia Baja 100 ® 2011
APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION
Please include a 3” x 2” face photo scanned or in jpeg format.
NAME :_______________________________________________________________________
GROUP’S LEADER NAME :________________________________________________________
GROUP’S NAME :_______________________________________________________________
ADDRESS___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PHONE(S)_____________________________________________________________________
EMAIL________________________________________________________________________
CITY__________________________________STATE___________COUNTRY________________
Participant’s T-shirt size: M_____ L_____ XL______
Number of persons in the Group __________
support in vehicles ___________
Person to be notified in case of accident :__________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
PHONE._______________________________________________________________________ADDRESS______________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
Signed: _____________________________________________DATE____________________
By signing, I declare that I am aware of the conditions and risks inherent in the XXV TRAVESIA Baja 100, and agree to assume all of those risks as well as to abide by the dispositions of its coordinators. I hereby waive any and all rights to claims for loss, damages or otherwise and release them of any liability that might arise.

AT-COST FEE PER PARTICIPANT: $ 100.00 U.S DOLLARS (NON-REFUNDABLE).
Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult participant. One child per adult.



CHECKLIST

First aid


 First Aid Manual
 Handkerchief  Band aids  Sterile gauze tape -  Folding scissors  Aspirin or OTC NSAID´s Water filter -Tablets - drops.
 Diarrhea medicine  Prescribed medications  'Second skin' Tape for blisters
 Ointments, Sore muscle ointment



TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT
 Mechanical check-up
 Good tires + spares.  Towing Cable  Booster cables  Jack, tire iron  Extra set of car keys  Basic tools  Equipment for repairing flats  Battery or electric Air compressor, Extinguisher  Motor and transmission oils, brakes, air filter  5-gallon gas tank, (two tanks is suggested)  Brake and power steering fluids  Canvas(es), tarp(s) Two-Way Radios for communication. (at least 5 mile range)  Hose and / or funnel for gas, oil.  Gas Additive  Hoses, belts  Duct - tape  Flares  Plastic boxes for carrying equipment  Tools for breakdowns
GENERAL

 Topographic maps
 Camera equipment
 Memory card or stick
 Radio, batteries
 Binoculars
 Watch
 Id card, IFE, driver license.
 Money, credit/debit card


camping

 Tent
 Sleeping Bag  Cot  Foldable chair  Cooler  gas or battery camp lamp  Nylon rope  Flashlight  Batteries  Swiss knife  Pots, plates, glasses, etc..  Portable stove  Grill  Canteens, Camel Back  A small backpack  5-gallon water tank, per person.  Portable toilet (sun shower)  Compass, whistle
aluminum tarp (space blanket)  Plastic trash bags  Work gloves  Shovel - axe


Grooming
 Toilet paper  Soap, toothbrush, tooth paste  Brush, comb  SunBlock protection  Mirror  Towels  Sunglasses.  "Wet ones", baby wipes  Chap stick, lip protection
FOOD (SUGGESTIONS)
 Gatorade  Dried fruit, dates,  Raisins, etc..  Granola, chocolate,  Nuts  Oranges, apples, etc..  Dehydrated soup  Canned Tuna, sardines, Ham  Sodas, juices, (cans)  Cooking oil  Tacos, sandwiches.  Wholesome and hearty food, carne asada, etc.  Eggs, ham, etc..  Tortillas, bread, biscuits.  Salt, sugar, coffee, cream  Instant Chocolate in envelopes  Beer, ice, wine, etc.



Clothes
 Handkerchief  T-shirts  Shorts  Pants  Shirts  Clothes  Thermal clothing  Jacket  Windbreaker  Sweatshirt and pants  Woolen hat  Hat  Gloves  Thick socks, thin socks Raincoat
 Swim suit Tennis, sandals, crocs
 Hiking boots
 Underwear.

Monday, November 14, 2011

LOS BARRILES - Music Festival 2011 Photos

East Cape Arts Association Music Festival 2011

Over 250 people were treated to a variety of music on the beach at the Playa del Sol Resort in Los Barriles. 
  • Sexto Sentido performed Latin Jazz and music from Latin America.  
  • Pura Vida pleased the crowd with a mix of Reggae and Latin Rock. 
  • A Love Electric played their variety of fusion jazz.  
  • Cambio de Corazon engaged the crowd with Jazz standards and Latin Rock. 
  • The festival ended with Skeleton Key treating the guests to Beatles, Stones, 
  • Grateful Dead and dancing.
Fire dancers from Cabo Shows performed after dark to thrilling the crowd with their juggling and acrobatics. A gigantic pig roast dinner was served to the guests while Placado Arce sang Spanish ballads and played his 12-string guitar.  


Thanks for your support! Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr