Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Higginbotham Twins Prone Paddle Boarding from Alaska to Cabo

December 3rd, 2018 from Shari Bondy


We had the great pleasure here in Bahia Asuncion of hosting Ryan & Casey Higginbotham from Pismo Beach CA on their historical paddle south from Alaska to Cabo. They are prone paddlers meaning they lie on their stomachs or paddle kneeling. Now THAT is bada$$!!!



The 27 year old identical twins showed up at our door with a couple dry bags each and recounted some fantastic stories of their epic trip down. Their biggest fear are sharks! The boards are 17' long and have a rudder and skeg and were specially made for this trip that no one has ever done before. They usually make about 15-20 miles a day and the heaviest item is the 12 lb water desal unit which is also the most valuable item for them along with a sat phone for emergencies. These boys are very prepared and capable with good heads on their shoulders.

It was so interesting seeing how little gear they have and how they placed it on their boards when they pulled out.





just had to seize this photo op demonstrating how fit these dudes are!













I think they are Abreojos now and will be making their way down the coast and plan to spend Xmas in the Todos Santos area to do some surfing so if you see them give em a shout out from me and invite them for some food....those boys can EAT!:lol:

Check them out on Instagram under Higginbotham Brothers @byhandproject
They will be doing a talk at Surfline too after they finish up their trip.


About Shari

Shari Bondy and her husband Juan Arce live in Bahia Asuncion where they run a bed and breakfast along with a whale watching tour company. You can visit their websites at:

http://www.bahiaasuncion.com

http://www.whalemagictours.com/

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Panga fishing for Dorado in Loreto

On a recent trip down the Baja peninsula to Loreto, my friends and I had the opportunity to head out on a panga to fish for the famous dorado of the Sea of Cortez. Lodging was secured at the oceanfront Hotel Oasis near downtown Loreto.



Sunrise over the Sea of Cortez

We chartered Arturo's Sport Fishing for an early morning (6am) fishing adventure the next day. The owner, Arturo Susarrey, and family have been providing fishing trips since 1983 and came recommended.

After getting our fishing license, paying our fees and picking up bait fish we were off. Within an hour or so we were on a dorado. Our captain positioned us nicely and after 45 minutes of sore-armed fighting we had our first catch. Within 15 minutes or so, we had the next hit for another of our group. An hour-long battle, led to our second, and last, dorado of the day. We had landed a 42 and 44 lb. dorado.



Fish on!

When we booked we had asked for a trip to Isla Coronado after catching our dorado and were thrilled to arrive at this idyllic desert island. The beautiful sand beaches and clear waters are not to be missed. Plus it makes a great spot to eat lunch and enjoy a cerveza or two.

After we returned to the Loreto marina, Arturo's had arranged for the crew to pack and transport the fish to a recommended restaurant. We donated one fish to needy families. The other we had the chef cook up 1/2 in all different styles and gave the other half to the crew. If you've never had dorado (also know as mahi-mahi or dolphin-fish), it is one of the best tasting (and fighting) fish around.

Highly recommended and would do again. Thanks Loreto!









The motley crew enjoying fresh dorado




The beautiful Island of Coronado



STAY

Hotel Oasis
Baja California S/N and Blvd. Lopez Mateos
South end of the boardwalk of Loreto
Loreto, Baja California Sur   
Tel: 52+(613) 135-0211
Email: reservations@hoteloasis.com

FISH

Arturo's Sportfishing
Miguel Hidalgo
Loreto, Baja California Sur
Tel: +52 613 140 8522

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tropical Storm Lidia batters the Baja Peninsula

Tropical storm Lidia struck Los Cabos and now as advanced up the Baja California peninsula. Reports of full dry river beds washing our roads and bridges including Hwy 1, flooding in southern Baja Sur soon to be followed north to Mulege and Santa Rosalia most likely.

Here's some photos and videos from around the internet. We'll try to keep updating this page.

Updated: 9/8 8:30am

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYrgdYYhR6Y/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Hurricane Lidia really messin up my chill zone. Alpha Team Gringo Loco on location ready for support, over.
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One of four images from Consejo de Protección Civil Mulegé at https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1265005183609244&id=895542630555503

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Some photos from San Ignacio plus more at  https://www.facebook.com/LASTRATRABAJAPORTIPARATIYPORTODOS/?hc_ref=ARRrtQ4ygX3HuuUSRiZQ6YMq4zolLTxihrsD9LDh-17I5mveEM7uaZ1xTwX-RWviG24

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYm24x6DslN/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Los cabos está pasando por una situación dificil. Pérdidas humanas, materiales y desaparecidos... Ayudemonos, limpiemos y donemos!!! Es dificil pero juntos podemos recuperar la belleza de nuestro destino... Un destino hermoso lleno de gente preciosa y solidaria. SI SE PUEDE!!! #TTLidia 2017. Vamos cabo! Somos imparables! 🙏🙌 . Pray for los cabos. . #cabostrong #unstoppable #prayforloscabos #storm #tropicalstormlidia #loscabos #bcs #prayforloscabos #desastrenatural #help #naturaldisaster #ayuda #bajasur #bajacaliforniasur #mexico
A post shared by Jehieli Shakur (@jello_shakur) on


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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYrYJZmFvDz/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">The calm after the tropical storm Lidia. The sun is out, and the passion and dedication of the good people of Los Cabos is infinite. Cabo is quickly coming back stronger and even more beautiful. #CaboStrong
A post shared by Querencia Los Cabos (@qcabo) on


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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYg4-etBP2M/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">#tormentalidia #agenciaefe #lapazbcs #losplanesbcs Carretera destruida en tramo que pasa sobre arroyo. Salida La Paz - Los Planes
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Tropical Storm Lidia video (click on image)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYmLq2yB7QX/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Washed out road in Baja! #85yoda  #Baja #flash flood #chargeem #chiee
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYmdwGOAHwf/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">#starosalia #santarosalia #kachana #mexico #bcs

A post shared by Clau Campos Corona ❤ ➰ (@kiraherondale108) on



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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYl-KTIASvp/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Several dead as Tropical Storm Lidia hits Mexican resort area 🇲🇽 #TropicalStorm #Storm #TropicalStormLidia #Lidia #Flooding #Death #Breaking #UnlimitedNews #News

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A section of Hwy 1 in Baja between Santa Rosalia and Loreto from http://elinformantebcs.mx/varias-comunidades-mulege-incomunicadas-tras-paso-lidia/
 
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Some photos of the storm in Bahia de Los Angeles at https://www.facebook.com/neyra.cruzquezada/posts/868667129977679?pnref=story

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Tropical Storm Lidia video (click on image)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYivrTXlu4d/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Tropical storm Lidia is here and putting a damper on things. #outpostcharters #tropicalstormlidia #tropicalstorm #loreto #loretobcs #loretofishing #lidia #hurricane #storms #hurricaneseason #offshorefishing #fishing #nofishingtoday #staysafe #bajacalifornia  #okuma #seekerrods #saltjunkiesinc #saltlife #seaofcortez
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This photo came from https://www.gofundme.com/storm-relief-cabo-ts-lidia which is trying to raise money to help Los Cabos and probably Baja California Sur. Check it out and see what you think.

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Tropical Storm Lidia video (click on image)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYhciyQF3uq/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">River running over the main highway through the chevy dealership #tropicalstormlidia
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/tropical-storm-lidia-leaves-four-dead-mexico-231939284.html


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Tropical Storm Lidia video (click on image)

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYgrHNvgr0T/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Water is a powerful force of nature, never underestimate it. #tropicalstormlidia #cabo #cabostrong #rebuild #flood

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Here's a Facebook video post of La Paz. Follow the link
https://www.facebook.com/JulioOmarGomez18/videos/1561691447229357/?hc_ref=ARQw3jckCvo74BZ6EMYs_SzqbRYP2sN-EijpqZEe-o6JAv5zjStQ6NSxU3XSf3c1otI

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYgcAj9gRPB/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">While we here in La Paz are all doing fine. Tropical Storm Lidia left much of Cabo in disarray and flood waters have been devastating.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the storm. #cabostrong #hurricanelidia #tropicalstormlidia 📷 @only1britni

A post shared by Baja Expeditions (@bajaexpeditions) on


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https://www.instagram.com/p/BYgSFz_nXg-/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Riu won't be taking reservations at the moment . #cabo #riusantafe #experiencecabo #loscabos #cnn
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https://www.upi.com/Lidia-brings-tropical-storm-conditions-to-Baja-California-Peninsula/7421504203236/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYcGixIgmt4/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_blank">Lidia, we salute you!!! 👋🏽🌥🌦🌧⛈🌪🌊 #tropicalstormlidia #singingintherain #atlastsomewaterfortheflower #readyandwaitingforit #itlookslikerain #🌦🌧

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-lidia-idUSKCN1BB1U4


Monday, June 5, 2017

15 ft. Great White filmed near Puertecitos in the Sea of Cortez

Take a look at this video (beware of adult-language) shot over Memorial Day weekend 2017 in the Sea of Cortez, near Puertecitos. The shark is trapped in the shallows as the tidal range is extreme here. The person who shot the video stated he thought the shark was eating sting rays and was seen two days later so it lived. By the way, Puertecitos is about an hour south of San Felipe.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-79oB38Jhjk&feature=youtu.be


"Pearson Brothers Winery films 15 ft white shark in 3 ft of water"

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Baseball & Cleanups in La Bocana

News from Baja Blanca in La Bocana

Last Sunday was an important day in La Bocana. Our local baseball team (MARINEROS) celebrated 40 years of existence at the season inaugural game against Bahia Asuncion's team.





 


The stadium was packed, almost all of us local gringos were there and the original players were honored with commemorative t-shirts. Those that have passed had t-shirts given to the family - see the light blue shirts.




At half time - sexy team princesses revealed the plaque with the names of the original players. Might I just mention that they will be scholarship recipients for 2018 should anyone be interested in being a sponsor (I am speaking seriously LOL). Between the two games, one gentleman proposed to his fiancée and got yes as an answer.


In the ceremony, 25 little kids held flags representing the 25 years that the team has won the championship! They have won the last 8 in a row....this town takes baseball verrrrrrrrrrrrrry seriously.

It was a great game and La Bocana won the 1st game, Asuncion the 2nd.





Come Monday morning, I had scheduled a cleanup with Brett, an Illinois woman who has spent the last 4 months in La Bocana enjoying her retirement. I got her and we did the outside of the kids' stadium first.

Afterwards, although I wanted a siesta, I knew that high wind was predicted for the afternoon and the stands were filthy. The mess created by the winds would blow trash right towards the ocean....so off I went to clean the stands.




A lot of beer was drunk!

Lots of trash was already blown to the end of the stadium and as you can see, it is right next to the opening beyond which is a road that leads to the boat launch area.....I left it spotless! You can bet I slept like a baby last night LOL.

Blanca & her husband Les own Baja Bocana B&B should you ever find yourself on Baja's Pacific coast in La Bocana. Thank you for the report and for cleaning up!