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Driving to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

So much fun driving to Ensenada

Driving South across the border is such an adventure in itself.
From Los Angeles to San Diego it took us about 2 hours with stopping for breakfast which was Hummus and pita bread in a resting area.
Then heading to Tijuana. The minute you cross the boarder you already feel you are in different culture and that is great b/c just 2 hours and half from Los Angeles and you are in Mexico. There are two streets one called "Couta" that means toll highway (which we took) you need to pay $2.30. Between Tijuana to Ensenada there are 3 of these station. You end up paying $6.60. The other alternative is the old street where it goes through the small towns and you don't have to pay.
We stopped in Down-town Ensenada for Lunch...Eating Taco "el-pastor"...the kids are so happy when food is coming to the table...and it is great not to cook during vacation. We continue to our destination which is "LA Canada" which is camping ground that have all the facilities that a family needs.
The kids swum in the pools, ate fish tacos, and had ice-creams. Yury and I did Canopy. It was great experience for both of us.
In this trip, we discovered the old route of wines...It appears that Baja California has more than 60 wineries.
We went to one of the Winery names Santo Tomas. We had wine tasting, cheese, bread. Bader, my husband bought some wine to take with us home. I didn't know that Mexico has good quality wine and for cheaper price.
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Posted by NAGATTRAVEL 16:07 Archived in Mexico Comments (1)

Traveling To Chaipas, Tabasco, Vercruz

April 2012 Vacation

Our passion for travel took this time to place that we fall in love with 2 years ago.
So meeting Monica, a couch-surfer from Chiapas and taking us to her home was such a neat experience.
Landed in Chiapas and went for dinner in the center of the city where we had a local Chiapasan food
that has rice, beans, pork, however with different flavors that we are used it to it here in Los Angeles.
One night in Chiapas then we moved the next morning to Tabasco. In Tabasco we walked around the city
and looked for hand made Jewels. We had Lunch Taco El Bastor and Ice-cream....We found a park next to the river
where the kids enjoyed it very well. Vilahrmosa city is nice with its colorful buildings. In the evening we met Alejandro who
took us to his home and enjoyed the night relaxing while the kids slept so peacefully. In this town that is 20 minutes away from Vilahrmosa
we discovered ancient Pyramids. After 20 minutes wondering around the Temples in the Nice Jungle. We headed to the bus station to go to Veracruz.
We arrived in Small town Called Catemeco where it is Big lake that connected to the Gulf of Mexico. There we enjoyed relaxing days at the shore of the lake.
Public Transportation is great way to go around Mexico. The people were very helpful and nice.
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Flying to Denver, Colorado

Snow, Storm, and Sun

Took 4 day weekend vacation to catch up with a friend that moved to Colorado.
I took the kids with me and took a direct flight to Colorado. At the airport the flight was delayed due to Snow storm.
I packed just one back bag since I an visiting a family so I don't need much to carry thing with me.
The children were great on the flight although Yuliya 2 years old won't sit still on her seat....She didn't like the idea of fasten her
seat belt. Yury enjoyed looking from the window all the time. I was happy it is just 2 hour flight....no complaints....
At Denver Airport, there were not a great sign to get out of the airport....somehow you need to walk downstairs and again up stairs to exist...
so strange.....Anyway asking people was very helpful.....Finally we got out of the airport and Brenda was waiting for us....YAY.....
The first thing you see is Snow, Huge space....took us 30 minutes to arrive to Brenda's house in Louisville....
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Hiking, biking, snowboarding are some of the activities that most of the people are engaged in here.
Boulder was just 10 minutes away from Louisville.....

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Driving and Camping in Baja California, Mexico

Going South to Mexico

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As family tradition every year we travel around the holidays to any place that we can find cheap airline tickets
or place that we really want to explore. This year we decided to go camping to Mexico. I know that many peoples
are afraid of going South b/c of all the drug war and the dangerous associated with it. We just don't like the fear to hold us
down. So we packed our Hybrid Honda Civic car and went to Baja California. The same route was made by our Couch-surfers from Germany a month earlier
though with their own bikes. We crossed the borders and went to Ensenada where we camped for the night. The campground is Called La Canada that is always packed during the summer but empty during the winter. The next morning after having Crepes and coffee we continued down to San Thomas. We stopped in the way and had some snacks and Mexican Food. We drove south until we stopped at San Quantin. It is such a small place but is not that developed. This night we decided to stay at Hotel...which cost just $51 for clean and big room. The Villa hotel was recommended by 2 Canadian that were
traveling from Alberta to Mexico with their motorcycle. After a sightseeing in the town...we found Molino Vijeo that took us forever to find.....
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Camping in Joshua tree

Thanksgiving in Joshua tree

Well, we got our couch-surfer from New-Zeland with us. We drove all the way at 10 freeway East from Los Angeles toward palms Spring.
The drive is not bad from Los Angeles thought the kids always asked us are we there yet. It took 2 1/2 hour from West Los Angeles.
We camped in Black Rock site. At the campsite we met locals that decided to have Thanksgiving dinner at the campsite. Well, we were amazed at
the quantity of the food that the people have. They were generous and offer us to eat with them for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner.
Pictures will follow....

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