September 26, 2016
This weekend we hosted the Medicos Voladores for their 13th trip here! Every year this dedicated group flies in and does a clinic of varying descriptions…dental, gynecology, ear, nos 7 throat etc. Here they are arriving at our air strip which by the way is the longest dirt strip in Baja. They welcoming party included the local cops and the military, the Mayor and first lady, Tomas…the head of the Proteccion Civil & Loncheria Mari… and Juan & I.
This time we set a record and saw 114 patients in a gruelling 12 hour day. They usually do 2 days but Hurricane Paine blew out one of their days. It was great to be able to help the good folk of Asuncion get new glasses and identify some vision problems and suggest treatment. The oldest patient was 93 and we had several kids too…one who cried he was so happy he could see far away! Here are some of the stars of the day…
here is the waiting room outside
as usual Tomas feeds us all very well which keeps everyone happy!
It is always an honour to work with these wonderful people who bring so much joy to our villages. Now we need to find a way to get the glasses that are being made down to us…maybe a Nomad could do the honour? They will be ready at the end of October and are around 20 pairs.
August 10, 2013
Summer is fiesta time in baja sur with the kids out of school and home from college. Each village has a few days set aside to celebrate…usually on the Saint’s birthday the town was named after. Here in Bahia Asuncion, our Traditional Fiestas are held around the 15th of August, the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, that celebrates the day that God assumed the Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life into Heaven. This year’s fiesta will be held starting Aug.15-18th.
The first day of the fiestas, the statue of Mary is removed from her pedestal in the Catholic Church and paraded through the village as well as taken in a panga around Asuncion Island. The parade leads about 100 horses in a Cabalgata which is like a car rally but with horses where the cowboys and girls don their fancy western attire. Horses come from far and wide to participate and there are usually over a hundred riders. The procession ends at the church where the participants are blessed and a feast follows. In the evening, the queen of the fiestas is crowned at the opening ceremony, fokloric dancers and other performers take the stage and a dance follows with a live band.
The Fiesta last for 4 days chocked full of events for the whole family. There are beach sporting events, a fishing tournament on Sunday Aug.18 for yellowtail open to the public. The entrance fee i 500 pesos for panga fishing for yellowtail and shore fishing fees are 50 peos for kids, 80 pesos for teens and 100 pesos for adults. You must be present at the meeting at 500 on Saturday Aug.17 and have a fishing license. Cash prizes are awarded in several catagories, adults, kids in panga and shore fishing. First prize for yellowtail is 50% of the inscriptions, 2nd prize is 30% and 3rd prize is 20%. The fish is cooked up afterwards at a big community BBQ with live music too.
There are horse races on Aug. 17 & 18th, rodeos, car & motorcycle races on Aug.18th as well as a midway with rides for the kids and food booths every night. There is music everywhere with roving bands at the events as well as big dances every night with 2 live bands.
It is a very lively festival and the village is full of visiting families from the surrounding ranches and villages. So if you are in central baja around mid August, come and enjoy the festivities.
Here is a little video of past fiestas.
July 24, 2013
You never know what you will find when beach combing in these parts. This is the remains of an adult humpback whale. We are keeping our eye on it hoping the bones will remain on the beach…and glad it is downwind from our favorite swimming spot!
June 3, 2013
The huge new signs at the soon to open Pemex gas station certainly changes the landscape of the village…a bittersweet new development reflecting the growth of Asuncion.
It will be nice to have cheaper gas and a station with regular business hours..but those bright signs just dont seem to fit in here!
April 11, 2013
It was a pleasure to cater lunch here at La Bufadora Inn for the baja legend Malcolm Smith, his son Alexander and a great group of about 30 riders who are participants on a 7 day Baja ride to raise money for his schools & orphanages.
Malcolm is a legend in baja winning the Baja 500 four times and the Baja 1000 six times! He has been inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and been in several films an documentaries.
The group began arriving around 10 in the morning and Tomas & Anaberta owners of Loncheria Mari catered lunch. The guys loved the tamales, frijoles and refreshing jamaica ice tea. They really enjoyed relaxing on the patio with the spectacular ocean view. It was fun to listen to their stories of the ride so far. So they ate, drank and rested up before they set out for the rest of their ride that day to San Ignacio. It was a great honour to have lunch with a Baja Icon!
March 24, 2013
Expect the unexpected is a well earned phrase here in Baja and certainly pertains to these folks who I found camped in our campground one morning. This extraordinary couple travel all over Mexico and entertain curious people who their rig attracts. They have 5 lizards of varying ages and sizes who enjoy being held and admired. So if you see them, make sure to stop and chat and you will be treated to many fascinating stories!
March 15, 2013
My old high school cheerleader pal Geri Sanson and her partner Mark came to visit and were completely awed at the beauty and wildness of this area. They flew to San Diego and rented a zippy black convertible Mustang to make the most of their drive down the peninsula.
They packed lots of activities into their stay here including a visit to the gray whale calving lagoon of Ojo de Liebre on one of my guided tours. They got up close and personal with a mother & calf.
Next they went fishing with Juan and caught their first ever yellowtail which they ate as fresh sashimi after the trip and BBQ’d one upthat night.
They had never deep sea fished before and loved it…we saw whales & dolphins and then we took them to Asuncion Island to snorkel with the thousands of sea lions…being from the Great Lakes area, they had never seen such marine life like this. Needless to say they were WOWED!!!