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As we continue south down Baja California the landscape and climate are noticeably moving in the tropical direction. The humidity is slowly increasing, making us and every surface we come in contact with permanently stiky. The ocean is also getting a lot warmer and now feels close to bath temperature, being in or out of the water makes no difference. Palm trees and mangroves surrounding white sand beaches are becoming more and more common.

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Sunset over the Pacific

Every night we are treated to an amazing display of stars, in numbers I have not seen since leaving Australia. My camera is limited to a maximum 30 second exposure, which I sadly discover is not nearly long enough to capture anything worth keeping.

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The amimal life is getting pretty interesting

We roll into La Paz in the early afternoon and immediately find ourselves at a WalMart / Sams Club / Home Depot shopping centre, a novelty we can’t pass up.
We’ve just spent a week driving through an amazingly harsh desert, complete with enormous dust clouds, heavily rutted roads & people literally living in tin sheds and now we step into a WalMart Supercenter. I can’t believe my eyes when I realize the store is identical to every one I have seen across Canada and the US – every brand, every product, even the layout has been meticulously preserved.

The disorientation is complete when I hear jingles from American TV playing loudly over the store radio. I get turned around in the thousands of Christmas decorations and am disappointed when “I’m dreaming of a white christmas” does not get air time.
Do Mexicans even celebrate Christmas? (I think so)
Do they do it by buying a ton of crap they don’t actually need? (I highly doubt it)
I can’t believe how solidly American culture is begin slammed on the Mexicans and I am left wondering what the average Mexican thinks of this.

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Concrete shipwreck next to where we camped

La Paz itself is a beautiful, friendly beach side city and we walk around for the afternoon getting the low down on our ferry crossing coming up in a few days.

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Cabo San Lucas

The following day we roll into Cabo San Lucas and are again awe-struck.
We’ve been warned how American the city is and we are still not ready for what we see. Everything that is excessive about Las Vegas is duplicated here, with the added attraction of a beautiful white sand beach with thousands of people partying hard, even on a Thursday. We wander around for a few hours checking out hotels and find The Cabo Inn, a cosy hostel just a block from the main action for $22USD each. After again hitting up the beach for the afternoon sun we wind up back at the hostel chatting and laughing with travelers from all over the world.

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Cabo San Lucas looking the other direction

A common theme continually comes up in all the conversations I can hear – everyone absolutely loves Mexico and have met nothing but kind, generous & friendly people everywhere they have been including Mexico City and other places I have been sternly warned to stay away from. It’s fantastic to hear about the kind of people I will meet and the sights I will see further down the road.
I really like Mexico simple smile

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San José Del Cabo busy with surfers

The next day we start making out way back to La Paz, through San José Del Cabo to the Tropic of Cancer. It was not long ago I passed signs alerting me to my 45 degree latitude and now I find myself at 23° 27′ – I’m closing in on the Equator every day.

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Even I figured this one out

-Dan

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4 Responses

  1. Carlos Durazo says:

    hi again dan, welcome to mexico, if you come any time to SONORA, youre welcome to my house, respct to the gas price, regular gas price its freeze by the goberment in all the country

    • Dan says:

      Thankyou so much Carlos. I won’t be heading that way, but I really appreciate it.
      I understand gas is regulated by the government. It’s strange to know you can just go to any gas station and get the same price.. it takes the fun out of it.

  2. Brian from New Jersey says:

    “Every night we are treated to an amazing display of stars, in numbers I have not seen since leaving Australia. ”

    I’ve started thinking about going on my own journey within a year or two and this line really stood out for me. I’ve lived oustide of NYC for my whole life and I’ve always wanted to see how beautiful the stars really are. The more I follow your adventure the more I feel the need to embark on my own and I have to thank you for that and all the awesome pictures you are sharing. It’s just incredible. Keep living the good life and stay safe man!

    • Dan says:

      Brian, If you’ve never seen stars in big numbers you are really missing out. When I was in high school we hosted some Japanese exchange people. One of the teachers stayed with us in Australia and every nigh he would sit outside for hours transfixed by the stars, having never seen anything so beautiful.

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