My husband and I bought a vacation home in Baja California Sur several years ago in a sleepy seaside hamlet about 2-3 hours north of Los Cabos. Continue reading
EL SARGENTO, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR — Giganta Fiber Agave (Agave aurea) is one of 19 species in the genus Agave endemic to Baja California and Baja California Sur. Indigenous people used these plants for food, drink and cordage. The species pictured above is growing in our sandy soiled yard in El Sargento and it likely benefits from the nearby micro drip irrigation system. The species is endemic to our area, the tropical East Cape lowlands along the coast of the Sea of Cortez. These Baja badlands receive about 200 mm of rainfall annually. Unlike the arid Mediterranean climate in Southern California and northwestern Baja, the tropical parts of southern Baja have a late summer and early fall wet season, associated with hurricanes and tropical low-pressure storms. Most agaves are pollinated by bats. Preserving and protecting bats is thus an integral part of preserving and protecting the native ecosystem.
Speaking of protection, notice the long spine at the end of each leave and the barbs around the leaf edges. These plants are doing all they can to deter herbivory. #plants #desertlife #desert #desert #nature#nativeplants #cacti #succulents #agave #bajacalifornia #mescal
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It’s heaven here in coastal Baja California Sur, and my husband and I have no regrets making Mexico our second home. The culture is warm, friendly and welcoming. The climate is perfect half the year, and we have a beach home we could never afford in San Diego, our home-home. However, I do miss some things about the U.S., such as:
- Fast internet — Remember DSL? I do. It’s what we got, and it is irritatingly s-l-o-w …..
- Amazon — There is no Amazon Prime in southern Baja California, Mexico because we have no address. Yes, you got that right. No street address. No zip code. No mail. No Amazon.
- Leafy greens — Baja California Sur is a bit of a food desert. There is some locally grown produce but most food is shipped from the mainland of Mexico, which makes perishable fragile produce hard to come by. Chard, kale and spinach require a drive to La Paz.
- Thai restaurants and other ethnic cuisines.
- Craft beers. Corona is amazingly over-rated, IMHO.
- Drinkable wine. It’s just a theory, inspired by the taste: The decent wines from Mexico and South America are left in the heat and ruined in transit.
- Free/low-cost spay-neuter programs for dogs and cats. It’s become a passion and hobby of mine to help unwanted stray dogs while we are down here. Animal rescue will take a more prominent role in my post-retirement life. It is heart breaking to see starving and mistreated animals.
- Municipal waste disposal and recycling programs. Baja is a rugged gorgeous place with gin-clear waters and wide sandy beaches, and they are littered with all sorts of human refuse. The litter issue is partially cultural but it is also a result of their not being year round trash pick up and recycling.
That’s my list folks. With age, things like medical care may weigh more heavily on my mind. But for now, what I miss about the U.S. is largely piddly stuff, with some real issues thrown in too.
I am off now to pick up laundry. As part of our efforts to be good citizens and visitors in this wonderful country, we try hard to support as many local jobs as possible, including a local fluff-and-fold owned by the nicest woman.