Day One: By 2pm Saturday afternoon, our favorite family from Boulder, Colorado pulled into Chula Vista ready to start their holiday break. We roused all the boys into the marina swimming pool before the drive down to Ensenada. While the ninos were wrestling in the water (right - Leif and Elliot), Erika and Kathy slapdashed to the supermarket for a weeks worth of supplies. Before the clock struck four, seven boys, four adults and two dogs were truck'n across the border into manana-land and another Mexican adventure. Upon arrival the adults immediately seized the beach house (above) and relinquished the "back" house to the teens!
Day Two: Sunday morning found everyone, eventually, migrating the few steps down to the beach to soak up some southern Ensenada sun. It didn't take long to notice the consistent beach breakers before us. I swiftly suited up, grabbed my long-board and hit the small but pleasant surf along the beach. After a long day beach-combing, surfing, body-boarding, digging, and dog-walking, it was time to relax in our vacation villa whilst savoring a few cervazas (see picture below).
Day 3: On Monday the parents deserted all the kids for a day in downtown Ensenada. Since there was zero cell-service, we were trying not to use our imagination while thinking about what the kids were up to for six hours. We were very pleased upon our return that everyone was accounted for, especially Loren and Elliot. After a fun day at the beach the nino's were muy contendo when we pulled up to the beach house bearing 50 tacos from a hip outdoor taco bar in southern Ensenda. (far right) While in town we also stopped at the local grocers to re-supplied the pantry and pick up a Christmas tree...
Day 4: The fourth day we added horse and ultralight aircraft riding to our beach adventures. Erika invited River, Loren and Elliot for a horse ride along the six mile beach (left) while Mason and Leif earned some air-time flying over the Punta Banda area aboard a local ultralight piloted by Mexican pilot, Zune! (lower left and below) Later Kathy and Erika scored 50 tamales from Punta Banda's local "cocineros". (lower right)
Day 5: Dia de Navidad! Waking up to four giant bay windows overlooking sunny Bahia Todos los Santos was a real Christmas gift (see top picture). And eating Dave's traditional homemade crepe's (and Kathy's assortment of fillings) for Christmas brunch was a huge treat. (left) Relaxing in the morning, eating and playing board games the rest of the day made for an incredible Bajaliday!
Day 6: La Bufadora - Erika heard about this very popular tourist attraction just a few minutes drive from where we were staying. Basically, its a marine geyser or blowhole, and when the swell and tide are right just- boom, water shoots straight up. The picture to the left shows the region where our beach house (red star) and La Bufadora (green star) are located. Below, the gang taking a break from window shopping along the street market that runs into the staging area for the geyser. On a good day the geyser can shoot hundreds of feet high. Overall, it was a worthwhile field-trip. But it was nice to get back to the beach, throw the boards in the water and catch a few more waves before heading home the next day. Happy New Year!
A UCSC graduate in Marine Biology, Keith holds a 100 ton USCG Capt. License and is an ASA/US sailing certified instructor.