As I previously posted, we took a side trip to Mexico after our post-Christmas flight back to Alaska from Denver was cancelled day after day, and Alaska Airlines said we couldn’t get us on a flight until after the new year. We quickly thought of Plan B, and were lucky to have so many privileges with that Plan B…
A-we have nomad/trail friends (Shadow & Country Mouse) who live in Mexico
B-these friends have a separate guest quarters, where we could stay out of their hair, mostly
C-these friends live a flexible enough life to allow for impromptu visitors
D-we had expiring frequent flier miles that we were already thinking of using for a trip to Mexico in March, and because we already had a place to stay there, this trip wouldn’t eat up many extra funds
So that’s how we ended up spontaneously spending 5.5 days in the Baja! Justin was convinced that booking a flight 12 hours before leaving and carrying on just a backpack would get us flagged, but Mexico Bienvenido con un abrazo! (I love practicing my imperfect Spanish).
As Shadow puts it, when you come to the Baja, you adapt the slower “Mex”pectations. This was perfect since we were quite anxious about getting back to AK and we needed the disconnect to stop obsessing over flight delays/cancellations. As such, there was a great bit of relaxing on their rooftop deck and around their vintage Avion guest casita area soaking up more Vitamin D and views before returning to the Arctic.
Our friends were gracious enough to let us tag along for their regular activities, like daily dog walks, ping pong-ing on the rooftop, enjoying delicacies at the farmer’s market, yoga on the rooftop, and Justin’s favorite: weekly golf at the gorgeous—yet inexpensive—course in La Paz.
Local cuisine is delicious and cheap, so meals are always made easy. But it was so cool to enjoy a homemade and adventurous meal … we made fresh sushi from the bonita, which Shadow caught!
Our friends live in the El Sargento/La Ventana area on the eastern side of the peninsula facing the Sea of Cortez, which is known for its perfect gales prime for all the wind water sports, like kiteboarding, wing-foiling and other variations I can’t keep track of. These activities are always mesmerizing to watch and entertain us for hours. Also, they are quite complicated to participate in. Our friends participate in those sports, but we didn’t get to watch them because, oh never mind, I can’t explain it.
In any case, I wouldn’t say I am trending toward a warm-weather beach lover, but it is a stark difference from an Alaskan winter. So I’m sure we’ll be Baja Bound within the next few years again!