2007 BOCI Baja Blast

The BOCI Baja Blast (Jan. 20-Feb. 21) with Fantasy RV down the Baja was a blast, even though there were only 3 Bigfoots in the caravan. Fantasy made the trip very enjoyable with a lot of great memories.

We started our journey in San Diego, our first major stop south (after about 650 miles…gas around $2.30) was in Mulege…getting there had us stopping a night in Vicente Guerrero, Catavina (dry camping) and Guerrero Negro. In Vicente Guerrero, we had a wonderful Fantasy RV (company) kickoff dinner. At the Catavina stop (very cold), the company provided margaritas plus a crazy hat contest. After passing into Baja California Sur, we stopped in Guerrero Negro and, again, the company hosted a casual dinner. The next leg into Mulege was somewhat harrowing in that we dropped down to the Sea of Cortez by traveling through “Devil’s Grade” and meeting several semi trucks. The 3 days in Mulege were very enjoyable. We once again had a wonderful company dinner.

Our longest stay of 5 days was in Los Barriles about a block from the Sea of Cortez. This southbound leg of the trip was about 350 miles with a night stop in Puerto Escondido near Loreto where we visited the mission and, of course, shopped. Loreto would be a great stop for a longer period but large RV parks seemed to be non-existent. 3 nights were spent in La Paz where we took a company bus tour of a ceramic factory, the city church, a museum, and a central market. Los Barriles turned out to be our favorite stop. The moon over Sea of Cortez was a knockout. We took a 6-hour boat trip to the Giggling Marlin for lunch…on the way we saw a pod of 15 grey whales, porpoises, manta rays, and flying fish. Another day was spent on an awesome 4 hour ATV ride, boy can those Bigfooters fly. An evening with all at another company dinner. We closed out this stay with a Super bowl party at a local eatery.

From Cabo San Lucas, we traveled turned north for 400 miles to Bahia de Concepcion. Stops on the way included 2 nights at Playa Tecolote beach near La Paz, where we collected seashells, enjoyed much much downtime, and weathered a very windy beachside happy hour. Another night stay going north was spent in Puerto Escondido. At Bahia de Concepcion, we enjoyed downtime, ocean kayaking, a spaghetti feed, a company beach BBQ/fire, but, again, the wind played havoc at times.

The next leg north was about 200 miles to Guerrero Negro. On the way, we stopped 1 night in San Ignacio where we visited the mission, shopped and had cervezas (not our first). A Baja race car photo tour shared our RV park…boy was that an experience with the swing shift repair crews’ party. At Guerrero Negro, we enjoyed another company dinner and whale watching.

Our final leg north covered 560 miles with a night stop in Catavina where we enjoyed a caravan potluck and company margaritas (it was windy but not as cold this time). We closed out the final 2 days together in Ensenada but rain and very strong winds dampened the stay. But we did manage to take in La Bufadora (the blowhole) and nearby seaside shops. The last evening, the company hosted a wonderful “Last Supper” where we all said our goodbyes.

Tony & Juanita

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