12 January 2016 – Tuesday

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January 12, 2016The Korner21 Comments

Good afternoon or early evening everyone.  Haven’t been back on the horse full time yet, but I’m working on it.  These sunny days are great if only the cold wind would split.  I’m losing most of my blooms and I don’t like it!  However, hanging laundry to dry makes it worth it.  Heading to the Homeland tomorrow for a doctor’s appointment.  I hope to lines are not too long, however, it won’t be long before the new lanes will be open (Mexicali crossing). This should clear up the back up and wait times.  Okay, I just called the Municipal Delegation’s Office to find out about property taxes.  There have been reports that some taxes have been lowered and some raised quite a bit.  She told me, yes, they are reappraising properties at Rancho El Dorado and campos, but not in town. She said it was necessary because some folks were paying taxes on empty lots and have now built big homes. If you have any questions regarding your tax bill, you can go to their office, next to the fire department.  I’m glad they’re not doing it it town, however, Skooter wouldn’t let them in anyway.  Thursday afternoons at El Dorado Ranch, always at a different person’s home, there is a little get together with food and fire, if needed.  It used to be pretty much all Americans and now it’s pretty much all Canadians and a few of us Americans.  It’s a lot of fun and the food is always good.

 

Happy hour in El Dorado

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So, we have a new Mayor in San Felipe.   Delegado Municipal, Lic. Jose Luis Dagnino Lopez and he promises to make San Felipe a better place to live.  Congratulations.  I’ll miss Reymundo!  Okay, first thing on his agenda should be to stop the open burning (you remember the ban a few years back?).  There is ugly smoke blowing in from the Ejido (back by the mountains) and I would suggest you wear a mask or something or stay inside if you live near it.  Second on the agenda should be fixing our main road into town.   We see all of these side streets paved but not Chetumal, where every tourist and resident drives constantly.  Seriously, it’s like a washboard in some places and we need our Mayor to get the bucks from Mexicali to fix it.  I mean, when they pave a dead end road, one has to wonder who lives on that street.

 

Sunset in the south beaches

Sunset in the south beaches

Our Tourist Office has moved to a new location.  “From Linda Garcia – Sub Delegada de Turismo en San Felipe.  “ For your information:   We have re located the Tourism office in San Felipe, Now we are on Av. Mar de Cortez #142  at Motel Chapala, it will always be our pleasure to Assist you.  Greetings and whising you a Happy 2016  from Gloria, Lupita, myself and  Enrique.  Cordially, Linda Garcia; Sub Delegada de Turismo en San Felipe.”  They have already made the move and their telephone numbers remain the same and they are 577-1155 and 577-1865.  The number for the Municipal Delegation’s office is 577-1021.  A little snow on the mountains!  Better up there than down here.

 

Snow in the mountains above El Dorado Ranch

 

Kathleen Smith sent me this and so I am posting it.  I was just listening to one of her CD’s and she is missed.  Augie  Martinez  from Jolly Mon is having a Juri Lynn  perspective on the 15th of this month. Do you by chance have any photos  of  her?  Isaac Diaz band and Kim kaiser will be performing at the Jolly from 6:30 on. No cover.  If you have any photos please contact Augie Martinez at the Jollymon.  

Juri Lynn

Juri Lynn at Jollymon

 

We went on a road trip with a group of about twenty, down to Gonzaga Bay to have lunch at Alfonsina’s place.  The food was great.  We stopped in and told them there would be about twenty of us, so they had platters of shrimp and fish.  I’m not sure what species of fish it was, but it was delicious.  Everyone seemed to have a good time and Friday, we’re going to the Peacock Farm or “Ghost Town” as some call it.  By the way, I would have taken a photo of the food, but we were too busy scarfing it down.

 

Food feast at Alfonsinas at Gonzaga

Food feast at Alfonsinas at Gonzaga

 

We smokers went outside and sat on the beach chairs they have and the beauty of the bay remains the same.  I just hope the developers stay the hell out of there and Carlos Slime; oh, I mean Slim.

 

Dave at Gonzaga

Wornout at Gonzaga

Walt Giske at Gonzaga

 

We first drove down to see how the construction on the new road is progressing and the paved highway still only goes 12 miles beyond the store at Gonzaga.   We drove the next 2 1/2 miles beyond the first bridge (which is right there at the end of the pavement), and in that 2 1/2 miles where we saw two (2) more bridges being constructed.  It was a great day, but a long one.  Over 200 miles total!

 

Construction of the new highway

Construction of the new highway

Construction of the new highway

Construction of the new highway

Construction of the new highway

Construction of the new highway

 

VIVA had some pups at the Cachanilla Swap Meet at El Dorado Ranch and my friend Bonnie fell in love with a little cute and she and Jim adopted her.  She’s already housebroken and cuter than a bug’s ear.  So, before you decide to spend a lot of money on a dog, think about adopting or fostering one of VIVA’s dogs.  San Felipe dogs rock.  I should know; I’ve had a ton of them!  She has a little buddy to play with and will go back to Canada with them when the season is over.  Thank you Bonnie and Jim!   Photos by Warren Sundquist.

 

Bonnie and Myja

Bonnie and Myja

Bonnie and Myja

 

Unfortunately, the Margarita House is closed as well as Juanitos at the ranch.  However, La Palapa and the Pavillion are open and will remain open.  We do have a new restaurant, in English it’s “Brothers Corner” and it’s in the building where Jim Moore and Jim Manning used to be, along with the coffee guy.  I’ve heard very good reviews about their food, so give them a try.  It’s right in front of San Felipe Storage.  I’m sure there’s more I was going to post, but I’ve been on this computer all day and I’m ready to take a break. I’ll try and post tomorrow night or late afternoon, as I’ll be in the USofA.  Thanks for reading Kat’s Korner and please, keep checking back.  Hasta la Pasta!

 

Gonzaga Bay

Gonzaga Bay

On the way back to San Felipe

21 Responses to “12 January 2016 – Tuesday”
  1. Patty

    Love the pictures. I’m thinking about retiring within the next few years. I’m thinking San Felipe. Can you tell me if San Felipe would be a good place to retired.

    • Kat

      Yes, it’s a good place to retire. We have many retirees living here and the Sea of Cortez is beautiful. Depending on your budget, it’s a buyer’s market, both in the gated communities and south of town. Come down and take a few tours; talk to folks who live here and that will help. Write if you have further questions. Kat

  2. Baja man

    Hello Kat, it’s been a pleasure reading your posts of good ole San Felipe. I am truly a baja fan but have spent more time in baja sur than Norte. In the past few years I have visited San Felipe and have had thoughts of investing into real estate there for vacation purposes. I have noticed recently that properties seem extremely cheap right now. Has there been a up roar in crime? Overall has there been good change out there? Thanks for your time and viva baja!!

    • Baja man

      Sorry first email had typo

      • Kat

        I didn’t catch the typo and that’s my forte. Ja Ja

    • Kat

      Hi there. Sorry for the late response. Yes, it’s definitely a buyer’s market here. Crime has risen a bit because of the lack of fishing, but nothing to write home about. If you’d like, I can refer you to a relator, but I think it’s better you come down and look around for yourself. There are many places in gated communities and also south of town and in town. Let me know if I can help you. Thanks for writing. Kat

  3. John Peterson

    Thanks for the update Kat – for those of us that wish we were there and have to wait these details are priceless!

    • Kat

      You’re very welcome. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from writing, but I’ll be back at it soon. Thanks for writing. Kat

  4. Maria

    I’m curious, I haven’t heard of Peacock Farm. What and where about is it ?

    Thanks for the info !

    Maria

    • Kat

      Hi Maria – sorry for the late reply. The Peacock Farm is out in the desert and the owners have moved so it’s deserted. However, at one time, they had pigs and Peacocks; a huge pila/pool and a shower for the soldiers. The original owners (parents, I believe) died and the children ran it for a few years, but moved because she was pregnant. It’s pretty cool to imagine what it was like when it was up and running. Thanks for writing. Kat

  5. Patty Bell

    Always an enjoyable read. Thank you Kat.

    • Kat

      Thank you Patty; I’m glad you enjoyed it. More to come, but I’m in the USA, so maybe tomorrow!

  6. walt gisske

    nice article as usual–also up to date

    • Kat

      Thank you Walt – good foto of you too!

  7. Tom Scott

    Welcome Back .

    • Kat

      Thanks Tom!

  8. Ted Coberley

    so glad you are back writing again.

    • Kat

      Thank you Ted. It’s good to be back!

  9. Margaret Reish Downing

    Really great photos!

  10. Wornout

    Very good Kat’s Korner today, love it…..Wornout

    • Kat

      Thank you Wornout!

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