March 13, 2009

Today is the big race - The Baja 250. We found ourselves a spot in the desert right underneath a big power tower. We figured it was probably a safe place - nobody would purposely try to run that over.

The race happened all around us and the cars were just flying by and so was the dust. We were told that they average around 55 mph (95 kmh) which made picture taking challenging to say the least. We hung out for a couple of hours, by that time the cars were all gone past where we were standing. Time to go home and shower!!

March 12, 2009

Today was the day before of the Baja 250 . It was cancelled two years ago, and ran from Ensenada instead, because of some disagreement between the Ejedo Indians and the City of San Felipe. It’s quite the event and brings in many pesos for the business people of San Felipe, so it was good to see that they have brought it back. There weren’t as many entries as in the past, but I’m sure economy has something to do with that - as well as all the ‘bad’ press about Mexico and the drug wars.

Anyway - here are a few pictures of the Malecon (downtown street) on the ‘parade’ day. This is the day that the race cars parade by, so everyone can get a look-see. As well as the cars in the middle of the street, there were booths lined up both sides of the Malecon selling Baja 250 paraphernalia. There was music playing and beer and margaritas flowing. We went in the morning, before the “BIG” crowds got there. The music and party lasted until the early morning hours.

March 8, 2009

This is what happens when the tide comes in - I mean waaaay in - higher than we anticipated - and we didn’t pull the hobie cat far enough up shore… ended up about three RV camps up from ours and it settled against a rock.

But - that was just a little bump in the day. Michel and Rich went down to the Marine store, bought the glue and fiberglass, and fixed up the boat as good as new. He was back sailing before noon.