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April 30, 2021

San Felipe - Race week

We arrived as the Baja 250 was just about to finish up.  Poor timing on our part and we were stuck in a massive traffic jam!  UGH!

Seems every time we come down, the San Felipe welcome sign has fresh paint and a new theme.  This time it clearly relates to race week.


Looking forward to a ‘World Famous’ Strawberry Margarita at Bar Miramar that would settle us down.  They really are good.  We like to get one and walk along the Malecon.

But, ALL bars are still shuttered under Covid restrictions.  Did I mention it’s race week?  That’s gotta hurt.


At least the restaurants serve Margaritas.  Although we did avoid the ‘DREADED’ Fish Fillet at Anisetos.  But did enjoy an icy cold Margarita.

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The Beach House has lost its last 20 yards of beach.  The Sea of Cortez is now undercutting the deck.  And overflowing the golf course at the Bahia Santa Maria North Nine.  Sad but we’ve enjoyed the last 20+ years there and leave with many great memories.


This massive 6x6 RV drove across the golf course for a peaceful night.  But the ruts it created left a new challenge for our three-some.


Bobby and Fran at the ruts near the 3rd tee.


The Full Pink ‘Super’ Moon rose under cloudy skies.  And it created some very high tides.


These kids were able to sail from the Back-Bay around to the Sea of Cortez and home again.


The high tide flooded the road faster than I could walk!  Check out my video, it shows how fast the tide came in.


We brought a 12 pack of Diet Pepsi with us.  This entire package added new meaning to the “Pepsi Challenge”.  All the cans had the bottom blown out and would not sit upright.  I think they must have been caught in the Texas Deep Freeze!

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We played a lot of golf when the tide was out.  And Fran managed to get in a few nice kayak rides when the tide was in.


Her route took her out to check on the resident pelican population, who are also losing their sandbar.


The NORRA 1000 (National Off-Road Racing Association) passed behind the Beach House.  This race originally started with ‘classic’ off-road vehicles.  However it now has categories for all racers.

I still like the classic Ford Broncos that a good Shade Tree mechanic might enter.


Our local McNeil Racing is running their 6-door pickup truck.


There were a lot of buggies in different configurations.  COPS Racing Team had a couple entries.


There was only one Volkswagen.


And of course more then a few Trophy Trucks, being shadowed by helicopter film crews.


Alas it is time for us to return home.  A final sunset over the Peninsular Range toward Sierra San Pedro Matir.


And a final sunrise over the Sea of Cortez.


As we make the climb to cross the border at Tecate, we can see we are leaving the Fun Side of Trump’s Wall.  I think it is an ugly scar on the desert landscape.


Oh - forgot to mention the shrimp!  Not only did get the best rate of exchange ever!  19.82 pesos to the dollar, we also came home with 4 kilos (8.8 lbs) of shrimp at the best price ever (less than $10/lb.).