Friday, May 1, 2015

The craziest volleyball tournament/party in the world!

Part Beach Volleyball Tourney/Part Mexican Fiesta!

Just south of the US/Mexico border at San Diego, you'll find the beachside town of Rosarito Beach. And on the sands of the beach, Mexico International Volleyball puts on a two-day volleyball tourney every June. In fact, this will be their 40th year.



The tournament was previously called Estero Volleyball Tourney, due to the fact that it was held just south of Ensenada at Estero Beach for the majority of years. Even though the tourney is now in Rosarito Beach, many still call it Estero or Esterito.


Many people sign up and play in this weighted-draw tourney, but there are many who come down with friends just to party and relax. Among the highlights, besides volleyball, is the Saturday party at Papas and Beer beach club. After playing all day Saturday, the music and drinks at this bar is a welcomed way to blow off some steam. In fact, for those players who make it to Sunday's playoffs, getting through Saturday night (and the flowing drinks) is part of the process.

On Sunday, with more than half the players out of the running for the finals, the party continues. Tacos, beers, margaritas, tequila shots on the beach. Friends gather and follow their friends who are still in it from court to court until you get down to the semi-finals on the main court.

The semi-finals and finals take on a different vibe. The courts get crowded with spectators within feet of the court. Drinks are flowing and the crowd is getting loose. The peanut gallery is in full force with everyone one-upping each other on heckling. Make a mistake and expect to see a tequila bottle fly on the sand court. If the players don't drink it, the crowd will let them have it. Eventually we have women and men's champions who are exhausted, elated and a little drunk. And that's how you throw a volleyball tourney/party.


Should you dare go (why wouldn't you?), be prepared for a couple crazy days of beach volleyball, friends, sun, sand, parties and of course tequila.

There's some serious volleyball being played

Friends gather, drinks flow and volleyball is played



What's better than a day of volleyball on the beach?

As the day goes, so do the hi-jinx



The courts are in front of Papas and Beer where the famous Saturday night party is held


Rosarito Beach, Baja

Traditional tequila shots during finals play

Tequila, beer and beach volleyball. Doesn't get any better.

The finals on Sunday

Adios Amigos! See you next year.
Recommendations

Rosarito Beach Hotel & Spa just south of the tournament has ocean view rooms including a new 17 story tower. http://www.mexonline.com/rosaritobeachhotel.htm US Tel: 1-866-Rosarito

Tacos! Try El Yaqui tacos for their famous Perrones. The line is worth the wait. It's one block east of Rosarito's main street from Festival Plaza Hotel.

https://www.bajabound.com/?r=mxonline


Don't drive in Mexico without car insurance. We used Baja Bound Insurance Services. Easy to buy/print online at http://www.mexonline.com/bajabound.htm

Information/Photos: Ted Donovan

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

American Football in Rosarito & Baja


Did you know Football Americano (American-style football) is being played by high school kids in Baja California? We didn't. When we received a press release from Rosarito coach Mike Robles, we were curious. So we sent him a couple questions to be answered and asked for some photos. Looks exciting and we are sure they would love to see you at a game this fall.

BajaVisitor: American football in Baja? How did this come about?



Coach Robles: There have been teams in Baja and throughout Mexico for many years. For the past 4 years I have been collecting, importing and distributing donated equipment for Baja players. So Cal supporters with donations include the Chargers, seven universities, a dozen high schools.



  
BajaVisitor: Coach Robles, can you give us a little background on yourself and how you ended up in Rosarito? 

Coach Robles: I played high school (Wilson Los Angeles, a national power) and college football, Claremont McKenna. I coached high school and college football and baseball for 30 plus years in So Cal, head coach and assistant roles. I was teaching and coaching the previous 3 years in Ensenada (UABC and CETYS).

With the collapse of the highway connecting my home in Bajamar to Ensenada, I decided to look for who I could help in Rosarito. My wife, Kate, and I have owned in Bajamar for 12 years and have lived here full time the past 4 years.


BajaVisitor: Are the rules the same as in the U.S.? How many teams play in Baja and how many games will you play in a season?

Coach Robles:  The rules are the same as USA. In Baja there are over 30 high school, 8 college, and numerous youth teams that play American football. A few compete with teams in So Cal. Teams play about 10 games each season.


 
BajaVisitor: How do we find more information on the team? Where/when do they play? Is there a website?

Coach Robles: The players are from COBACH Primer Ayuntamiento High School Playas de Rosarito. The COBACH system (38 high schools in Baja - 2 in Rosarito) is simular to So Cal Magnet Schools providing for the top public school students in Baja. We have 40 players, ages 15-18, only 5 have ever played American Football.

Our first game is Sept 6, 1PM, Rosarito, Government Sports Complex Stadium (one mile north of Walmart, next to COBACH).

There is a COBACH website:  www.cobachbc.edu.mx/




    
BajaVisitor: Any final thoughts you'd like to pass along?

Coach Robles: We are blessed to have 5 assistant coaches - we are all volunteers - 2 retired Americans who coached football in USA, 1 Mexican vetenarian who played professional soccer in Guadalajara, 1 American working in Rosarito (photographer) who played college football in USA, and one Mexican Dad who played football in USA.

Baja leaders have been helpful with importation of donations- Nicolas Saad/Owner of San Nicholas Hotel, Ensenada and Baja icon, Mariano Escobedo/Director of Baja International Relations, Oscar Escobedo/Director of Baja Tourism, Linda Casillas/Director DIF Rosarito.


Editor's Note: Coach Robles' team (COBACH Primer Ayuntamiento High School Playas de Rosarito) has made it to the the playoffs. They play the weekend of Nov. 21st-23rd at a TBD location.We are sure Coach wouldn't mind more fans, so if you are interested in seeing the game, please email him at marobles14@gmail.com.


 

   

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cabo update for Hurricane Odile

We received this update courtesy of http://www.snellrealestate.com

A I R L I N E  &  A I R P O R T   I N F O

    Commercial airline flights resumed October 8th
    By October 15th, 30 flights are expected to be in operation per day and the number of flights is expected to grow based on demand from travelers. Non-stop flights include:
    October 10:  Atlanta (Delta), San Francisco (United)
    October 15:  Orange County (Southwest)
    October 18: Dallas, Chicago (American), Denver (Southwest), Charlotte (US Air)
    October 23: San Francisco (Virgin)
    October 26: Los Angeles (United), Calgary & Vancouver (WestJet)
    October 31: Dallas, San Diego (Spirit)
    November 1: Denver (Frontier, United)
    December 13: Newark (United)
    Full flight itineraries are expected to return beginning early December.



​I N F R A S T R U C T U R E  &  T O U R I S M

    -As of today, electricity, telephone, internet and potable water supplies have been restored in Los Cabos and Baja California Sur.
    -CFE restored 7,971 damaged power poles, 1,353 damaged transformers, 534 damaged transmission towers and power to 292,000 residents in only 17 days.  A truly notable effort.
   - The Mexican government has made the recovery of Los Cabos, Mexico's third most popular tourism destination, a top priority.
    -Los Cabos welcomes approximately 2 million visitors per year.
    -Cabo welcomed four cruise ships this past weekend from Princess, Holland  America, and the Norwegian cruise lines.
    -Ten more cruise ships are expected to arrive in October with an estimated 18,000 passengers.
    -Los Cabos activities and tours are up and running: fishing fleets, water activities, tours and land activities and more!



G O L F   C O U R S E S:

Area golf courses are moving forward, as well. See below for a status update on local golf courses.

    Cabo del Sol - November 15 - estimated
    Cabo del Sol Ocean - October 1 (Holes 10-15.) Complete course Nov 1 - estimated
    Cabo Real - open
    Chileno Bay - October 31 - estimated
    Club Campestre San Jose - open
    Cabo San Lucas Country Club - October 4
    Diamante Dunes - November 1
    El Dorado - TBD
    Palmilla - December 15 - estimated
    Puerto Los Cabos - open
    Punta Sur - November 27 - estimated
    Querencia - open



H O T E L S:

"The news that has encouraged us the most is that the investments are not going to stop in Los Cabos; rather, hoteliers and owners who may have considered hotel renovations in 2015 are taking this as an opportunity to handle any remodeling now. This will not only allows Los Cabos time to recover but several of our hotels will now be "upgraded" in terms of facilities, landscaping and services. This will further solidify Los Cabos' position as one of the top international and national tourist destinations," said Renato Mendonca, President of the Los Cabos Hotel Association.

Just some of the open Hotels are Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, Hotel California (Todos Santons), Pueblo Bonito Rose, Casa Dorada, Riu Palace, Hacienda Encantada and more. Some others set to open are:

    Tropicana Inn - October 15
    Royal Solaris Los Cabos - November 1
    Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort & Spa - November 1
    Barcelo Grand Faro at Los Cabos - November 3
    Secrets Puerto Los Cabos - november 15
    Secrets Marquis Los Cabos - November 15
    The One&Only Palmilla - December 15
    Esperanza - An Auberge Resort - December 15
    Cabo Azul Resort & Spa - January 2015
    ME by Melia Cabo - February 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22nd - Hurricane Odile Updates, Information, Photos

Damage in Mulege


NOTE: This is will be the last post we put on our blog, look to our Facebook or Twitter account for future Hurrican Odile information.

September 21st - Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja Peninsula on September 14th at night. Significantly damaging Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and Mulege plus the smaller local communities. There are many reports, updates, photos and information out there so we decided to place some of the information in this blog post which we will update for the next few days.

We will keep contact information at the top followed by a chronological order of information. Most current information first.

Please SCROLL DOWN for all updates (Don't forget to read the other posts from yesterday. They are to the right)


INFORMATION

U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has an email for information/assistance; OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Web: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html
U.S. Emergency tel: (619) 692-2154

Los Cabos Consular Agency (An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406
Phone:(52)(624)143-3566
Fax: (52)(624)143-6750
E-mail:ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov

Here is a link with the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Mexico: http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

Link to Mexican Embassies in U.S./Canada; http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm

Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) Cabo; (624) 143-7869
Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) La Paz; (612) 122-1222

Red Cross Mexico's website; http://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/

General information on Mexico; http://www.mexonline.com/


UPDATES from Twitter, Facebook, Websites plus images
If you have some information you want us to post, email us at bajavisitor@yahoo.com or post to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BajaVisitor/358106480904147) or our Twitter (https://twitter.com/baja_visitor). Or you can comment at the bottom of this long post.

NOTE: we can not verify everything on this blog, so please check all information, etc.

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DONATE! DONATE! DONATE!
Here's a fundraising campaign for helping the smaller communities in Baja outside the big resorts of Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto. Help us, help them rebuild their homes & lives by putting money directly into their hands; http://www.youcaring.com/other/hurricane-odile-relief-for-the-poor/235896

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Facebook update from http://www.clubsolaris.com
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Video showing Ensenada government supplies in Bahia de los Angeles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t82N2WdZnWc
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Here's another donation site; https://fundly.com/restore-baja-after-hurricane-odile

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Here's another opportunity to donate; http://www.gofundme.com/eveopc

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Another way to help, buy a t-shirt; http://www.booster.com/loscabosrelief
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Former NFL QB in Cabo during hurricane, plans to return and help; http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/21/6724269/former-nfl-qb-kevin-kolb-escapes.html

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URGENT REQUEST

"A Rotary Club in Oregon has just donated the material we need to operate our fogging operation! We desparately need to get this marterial transported to Mulege ASAP. It is located near Bend Oregon and consists of 6 cases, 2 2 1/2gal. boxes per case. Partial acceptance is OK. Anyone in Central/Eastern Washington, Oregon, Northern idaho or Canada planning to head south soon? We can meet you at the locale of your choosing for the sake of convenience. Tons of very positive KARMA awaits the person or persons that steps up. We have had Dengue Fever outbreaks before in mulege that resulted in a fatality. Let us not let history repeat itself. We cannot rely on the Feds this time around. Their resources are streached big time. Thanks for considering this vital mission."

Rotary Club : Randy cell: 916.203.7500 or email: kasakepee@gmail.com

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From the U.S. Embassy in Mexico;

"The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State and the U.S. Embassy.  U.S. citizens requiring assistance can visit https://tfa.state.gov/ccd, selecting “2014 Hurricane Odile,” and providing as much information as possible.  Phone 1-888-407-4747 (from the United States and Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) or email OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov for additional information.  To contact the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana, please email ACSTijuana@state.gov or call 011-52 (664) 977-2000.  After hours or on weekends, you can also contact the Consulate’s U.S.-based emergency answering service at (619) 692-2154."

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http://www.wavesforwater.org/

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Here is a message forwarded to us by Posada del Cortes about Loreto;

"La Sierra La GIGANTA did it ́s work!!, it PROTECTS Loreto very good from Odile. It was
strong,....but our COMMUNITY is even STRONGER!, We are Blessed to be part of this
community that worked very hard to recover most of the town in five days. That is why we need
the support of everybody that loves Loreto and SPREAD THE WORD.....LORETO IS 100%
READY TO RECEIVE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS !! We need to work and support the south
baja state working!!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

La Sierra la GIGANTA nos protegió como siempre, en esta ocasión de Odile....Estuvo
fuerte...pero nuestra COMUNIDAD es aún MÁS FUERTE!. Es una B
ENDICIÓN formar parte de esta gran comunidad que ha trabajado mucho para recuperarse casi por completo en CINCO DIAS!.
Es por esto que necesitamos que CORRAN LA VOZ.....¡LORETO ESTÁ AL100!,
¡LISTOS PARA RECIBIRTE A TI Y A TUS AMIGOS!!. Necesitamos apoyar
a la Baja SurTRABAJANDO......Porfavor PASA LA VOZ!!

Thank you
ASOCIACION DE HOTELES DE LORETO, A. C.

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La Sierra La GIGANTA did it ́s work!!, it PROTECTS Loreto very good from Odile. It was
strong,....
but our COMMUNITY is even STRONGER!, We are Blessed to be part of this
community that worked very hard to recover most of the town in five days. That is why we need
the support of everybody that loves Loreto and SPREAD THE WORD.....LORETO IS 100%
READY TO
RECEIVE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS !! We need to work and support the south
baja state working!!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
La Sierra la GIGANTA nos protegió como siempre, en esta ocasión de Odile....Estuvo
fuerte...pero nuestra COMUNIDAD es aún MÁS FUERTE!. Es una B
ENDICIÓN formar parte
de esta gran comunidad que ha trabajado mucho para recuperarse casi por completo en
CINCO DIAS!.
Es por esto que necesitamos que CORRAN LA VOZ.....
¡LORETO ESTÁ AL
100!,
¡LISTOS PARA RECIBIRTE A TI Y A TUS AMIGOS!!. Necesitamos apoyar
a la Baja Sur
TRABAJANDO......Porfavor PASA LA VOZ!!
Thank you
ASOCIACION DE HOTELES DE LORETO, A. C.


Facebook update from http://esperanza.aubergeresorts.com/
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First hand account - "How Hurricane Odile Turned My Los Cabos Holiday Into Hell"; http://www.ryot.org/odile-la-paz-hell/817085


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Texas tourists overwhelmed by Mexican hospitality; http://www.wfaa.com/story/weather/2014/09/21/hurricane-odile-mexico-cabo-san-lucas-tourists-bellan/15997745/

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Pro surfer Sunny Garcia heading to Baja with supplies
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Princess Cruises cancels port call at Cabo San Lucas; http://www.usatoday.com/story/cruiselog/2014/09/22/princess-cruises-cancels-cabo-san-lucas-port-call/16045091/


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 21st - Hurricane Odile Updates, Information, Photos

Power lines down in La Paz


September 21st - Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja Peninsula on September 14th at night. Significantly damaging Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and Mulege plus the smaller local communities. There are many reports, updates, photos and information out there so we decided to place some of the information in this blog post which we will update for the next few days.

We will keep contact information at the top followed by a chronological order of information. Most current information first.

Please SCROLL DOWN for all updates (Don't forget to read the other posts from yesterday. They are to the right)


INFORMATION

U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has an email for information/assistance; OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Web: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html
U.S. Emergency tel: (619) 692-2154

Los Cabos Consular Agency (An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406
Phone:(52)(624)143-3566
Fax: (52)(624)143-6750
E-mail:ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov

Here is a link with the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Mexico: http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

Link to Mexican Embassies in U.S./Canada; http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm

Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) Cabo; (624) 143-7869
Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) La Paz; (612) 122-1222

Red Cross Mexico's website; http://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/

General information on Mexico; http://www.mexonline.com/


UPDATES from Twitter, Facebook, Websites plus images
If you have some information you want us to post, email us at bajavisitor@yahoo.com or post to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BajaVisitor/358106480904147) or our Twitter (https://twitter.com/baja_visitor). Or you can comment at the bottom of this long post.

NOTE: we can not verify everything on this blog, so please check all information, etc.

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DONATE! DONATE! DONATE!
Here's a fundraising campaign for helping the smaller communities in Baja outside the big resorts of Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto. Help us, help them rebuild their homes & lives by putting money directly into their hands; http://www.youcaring.com/other/hurricane-odile-relief-for-the-poor/235896

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From http://ifrc.org/

"México D.F. 17 September, 2014.- The Mexican Red Cross has announced the opening of its donation collection centres in the states of Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora, Nayarit, and Jalisco, as well as at Wal Mart department stores to help those affected in the state of Southern, Baja California, following the path of Hurricane Odile.

The Mexican Red Cross sent a first shipment of 2,000 food parcels to the city of Los Cabos to support those affected. There are around 500 volunteers working in the area who have come from the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Sonora, Nayarit as well as National Headquarters to help.

Additionally volunteers are working to complete damage evaluations in Southern Baja California and if necessary further donation collection centres will be open at Mexican Red Cross headquarters and in the rest of the states of the country in order to reinforce the humanitarian aid being delivered.

The members of the Mexican Red Cross participating in the response to support the civilian population are specialist in collapsed structures, damage evaluations, pre-hospital care, logistics support in shelters and collection centres. Mexican Red Cross is working closely with federal authorities, Civil Protection, the Governors Secretariat, the Mexican Marines and Army, to deliver the aid to the people affected as quickly as possible.

The above mentioned states that have opened donation collection centres in the Pacific zone of the country will be receiving the following articles: canned tuna and sardines, rice, beans, sugar, salt, coffee , noodle soup, lentils, canned vegetables, mayonnaise, cooking oil, cookies, powdered chocolate and powdered milk.

Mexican Red Cross will also be receiving cleaning articles such as soap, buckets, brushes, dusters, brooms, towels, detergent, and personal hygiene items among them, toilet paper, feminine towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap, shaving razors.

Mexican Red Cross calls on the civil society to help “our brothers in misfortune” from any part of the country through the bank account in Bancomer 0404040406 and through the Clave Interbancaria 1218000404040406-2. In this way ensure assistance for those who need it the most as quickly as possible."


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Facebook update about San Juanico from https://www.facebook.com/scorpionbayhotel
 
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Facebook post about Cabo Surf Hotel from http://mikedoylesurfschool.com/
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Amessage from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico;

"Message from the US Embassy in Mexico....U.S. citizens considering departing from the Los Cabos area should do so as soon as possible. Evacuation operations from the Los Cabos area of Baja California Sur continue. A limited number of flights are expected to leave on Sunday, September 21. Officials at Los Cabos airport report that commercial flight operations may be suspended in the next few days to give priority to humanitarian and reconstruction efforts. Anyone considering departing from the Los Cabos airport should do so as soon as possible or be prepared to travel to the airport in La Paz... The road between Los Cabos and La Paz is open and fuel is available but cash is required for purchases and few ATM machines are working....Flights are leaving from the La Paz airport and additional flights are being added as demand rises. Local infrastructure in La Paz including roads and restaurants are in good condition. U.S. citizens in La Paz should remain there and not travel to Los Cabos due to functioning infrastructure and good flight options....Flights from both the Los Cabos and La Paz airports are primarily to other cities in Mexico, where travelers can book flights to the United States. U.S. Consular officers are available in these Mexican airports to assist U.S. travelers with the rest of their journey back to the United States.

 U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from taking Highway One north from Los Cabos to Tijuana for the time-being; while the road is technically open, numerous wash-outs, a gasoline shortage, and other obstacles make the journey on this highway dangerous and arduous. Cash is required for purchase and few ATM machines are working.

U.S. citizens wishing to provide charitable assistance to victims in Baja Sur should note that complicated customs and clearance requirements govern such assistance if originating abroad. The most efficient way to provide assistance and disaster relief is through cash contributions to the charity of your choice, earmarked for Hurricane Odile disaster relief."

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Firsthand account; https://medium.com/@lolovanhorn/hurricane-odile-hits-cabo-with-me-in-it-2a76bbc79624

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White House petition to help Baja; https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-mexico-after-its-most-recent-catastrophe-especially-those-us-citizens-who-are-there-and/Mq15sPK2

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Tropical Storm Polo turning away from Baja