Thursday & Friday
I was thrilled to finally get to San Felipe after traveling that “road” (Hwy 3) from Ensenada. It was one of the worst roads I have traveled here in the Baja and damned happy it was over. The directions to the campground were right on, no trouble there. It was located right on the beach and within 2 short blocks from town. Today’s San Felipe is a far cry from that of 1746 when it received it’s name from the Jesuit Padre Consag, although it’s tidal range is still in one of the largest in the world. The whole town follows a boardwalk for 4 blocks and contains as many bars and restaurants as those that sell all the Mexican souvenirs. Other than that, I think we saw 2 grocery stores mixed in with them. The “Spring Break” crowd was here and the town was ready. As you walk the streets in town it was like walking inside of the largest speaker systems you have ever seen. The problem was that each bar was BLASTING a different song. Phil, Kathy, Louise, and I walked by one of the bars with the doors open and found that the only thing happening inside was the music…nobody had shown up yet. Then as we passed by about an hour later, they were just posting a note on the door that demanded a $5 cover charge and the Spring Break gang was standing in line to get in. From that time on it was party, party, party. The campground we chose was ok, but the location that we were given to park was right in front of a large covered patio in which the next night was going to be the location for a large party that would last for a week, day and night. We both stayed the one night and then moved to a campsite next door. It was much tighter to get into and set up, but other than that, it was still on the beach. I did find out that the site that I was parked in didn’t have a good electrical hook-up so we decided to use our solar system instead of moving again. The Spring Breakers have been up and down the beach and the streets, but overall, they just haven’t been an item to us. Yes, they do party hardy and the music is load, but we haven’t lost any sleep during our time there. We’ve all been eating together each night since we started and we have been eating well. There is no doubt, there will come the day when we will have to get back onto the Atkins program once again. We enjoyed our time in San Felipe and we thought the town was OK, but as we drove out of town and started to look at what was coming, it was almost too bad to see the huge developments that are on their way. Well after 3 days, we were going to be on our way and heading back to the states after 3 1/2 months.