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Discussion in 'Americas' started by muddyrabbit, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. K u r t

    K u r t Been here awhile

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    Here's a threadjack. Your photos rekindled a few Baja memories I'd like to share.

    I yearn for sand, pemex rojo, camarones y poquito de frijol.

    Baja, you have my heart.



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    Bay of LA -> Francisquito
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    Francisquito

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    Near Laguna Ignacio

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    San Juanico Cemetary
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    San Rafael Fish Camp

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    San Francisquito

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    HP kick stand
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    HP in pieces

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    CataviƱa

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    Puertocitos
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    Nightshift to Francisquito

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    Francisquito palapas

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    Francisquito morning

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    Percolating

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    Desayuno Francisquito

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    The way to Coco

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    Moscas

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    Howard's
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    Loreto Peak

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    Moto Miguel del Boracho, Loreto
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    Posada Concepcion

    Happy travels, friends.

    Kurt
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  2. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    HOLY SHIT!! :eek1:eek1:huh:huh
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  3. K u r t

    K u r t Been here awhile

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    Indeed.

    And if you can believe it, that was after cleaning the screens once before!!
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  4. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    That is hilarious! I think I would not clean that helmet and save it for posterity! There's enough protein on that visor to make a decent soup!!!

    :rofl:rofl
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  5. K u r t

    K u r t Been here awhile

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    So true about the soup.

    I remember the smell of the bugs. It was like grassy manure - presumably from their food source? Pretty special. :wink:
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  6. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Mike & Cholie have sold Del Borrachio Bar & Grill and bought a place in San Juanico.
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  7. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Alright Kurt you MUST have some info to contribute! How about a post about the San Rafael Fish Camp?

    Is that top pic taken on the Zoo Road west of San Felipe?
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  8. K u r t

    K u r t Been here awhile

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    Right! I'm hoping to check in on them soon if the stars align. Didn't Cholie flip something like 10,000 burgers at Del Boracho? I hope she/ Mike are doing well in Juanico.

    Re San Rafael: This little bay is about 10 miles north of San Francisquito. It's a commercial fishing camp that sends trucks to Ensenada. When you pull in on your burro, ask these guys kindly for a couple lobsters for the road. With luck, they'll put em on ice in a plastic bag (tie to your moto) and roll into Francisquito. Trust the Baja gods you can cook them there- nothing better.

    This guy will hook up the langosta
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    If you're really nice they'll fix a plate of ceviche'd scallops. Enjoy from an Econoline bench with bay and sea gull view
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    Crates like this are what you scavenge over (wholesale pricing)
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  9. K u r t

    K u r t Been here awhile

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    San Rafael Fishing Camp
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    This guy used to run Francisquito
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    San Francisquito is a remote treasure that's in decline because of reduced patronage. It could be gone one day if more people don't go in and support.

    Just remember it's 100 miles of dirt from Bay of LA to get there!!
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  10. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Woo-hoo! I'll be there in one month, knock on wood...
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  11. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    I would disagree with the premise that San Franciscito deserves patronage. The current owners have developed a reputation for causing the decline of their business. Even before the earthquake, they were not spending time or energy on maintenance of the facilities. When I was last there, electrical problems, no hot water and a filthy kitchen were obvious in spite of good patronage.

    Enjoy the area but I recommend that you stay just a bit to the west at Rancho Pedra Blanca where they are doing a good job of providing the amenities you pay for.
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  12. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I heard about Rancho Pedra Blanca on our last trip. Is it a new place, or was it new that they were keeping barrel gas there? I can't remember as I did not go there. Could you do a post about the place? Since it's off the beaten path please include a map link if you can.
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  13. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Heading south from BOLA, this intersection.......

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    Map........

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    de nada.......:D
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  14. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    I'm blind, maybe, but Rancho Pedra Blanca is...donde?
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  15. K u r t

    K u r t Been here awhile

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    I think Rancho Piedra Blanca is not on the above Baja Almanac map, but is on a newer version. From memory, it's inland from El Barril and accessed by a ranch road leaving south from the intersection at El Progresso (on the above map), and does not have water frontage. Is this correct, Walrus? They have a Facebook page with excellent pics, check here: http://www.facebook.com/rancho.piedrablanca

    Also- there are cave paintings to be seen around Piedra Blanca--these surely on my Baja hit list.

    Re Francisquito patronage- the hosts could keep the place up better, but I've not had a more relaxing and rustic Baja experience than reading Steinbeck hanging on a palapa/ hammock...with the amazing peaceful ocean view and breeze. No one around!

    I think next time I'll stay in both Francisquito AND Piedra Blanca... ;)

    Good luck to all

    Kurt
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  16. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    :nod

    I like your style and agree with you.

    I really like some very specific spots on this planet and SF is on that short list. I can not, however, justify letting folks waste a valuable resource. The real world teaches us that not taking care of our personal environments is really a negative for everyone and should not be supported just because we've been sorted into a wonderful spot. I won't patronize the "resort" at SF for that reason, it's just not right. Either they evolve and realize what they have, or they lose it to someone who has your appreciation for what is there........

    of course, YMMV,,,,
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  17. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Ah, you mean the new Baja Almanac that's out of print or otherwise unavailable? :lol3

    From a similar thread on forums.bajanomad.com, I'm guessing Rancho Piedra Blanca is about where the "corral" is noted in the lower left of the map, due west of El Progreso? About N 28 11.883 W 113 12.080...
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  18. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Do you know how to do a google map link like my previous posts? It's easy enough that my dumb ass can do it. Just go to google maps, zoom in to the area, right click to put a pin on the Rancho, then copy and past the html link into your post.
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  19. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Huh? You talkin' to me? Why sure, I reckon I can do that if it makes you happy. I'm the one that's trying to figure out where Rancho <s>Pedra</s> Piedra Blanca IS, never actually having been there before. Seemed a little pointless, but what the heck. I was hoping someone who's actually been there before could confirm my guess. Not to mention that the google map has little detail. How about this? (no pin, but a red arrow for my guess)

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  20. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    No worries, i'm just trying to make this as useful a resource as possible. Come to think of it, i have to dig my Baja Almanac out, i believe a certain crazy Canadian rider marked the Rancho for me.
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