Over the Baja Sur Divide My journey continues… Leaving my vacation home at Casa Oasis Todos Santos and the tropics after 4 days, I drive north and in about an hour reach the crest of my loop. Here the road intersects the Trans-Peninsular highway (BCS-1). A southern turn is taken and the four-lane highway abruptly changes into dual lanes. Looking back, this is probably my first encounter with the Baja of yesteryear. My path quickly climbs through a profusion of yellow and green flowering bushes and into the mountainous divide. At its crest is El Triunfo, a town that...Read More
Author: Steve Smith
San Jose del Cabo Aeropuerto, Baja Much like the Conquistadors who sailed to the New World, the woman seated beside me came in search of gold – gold liquor from the legendary Baja watering hole “Bibliotheca de Tequila”. She readily admits to feeling no restraint whatsoever whenever tequila’s involved. However, my quest is different but also satisfies an obsession. I came to circumnavigate the southern peninsula by car, chasing the Baja of generations past. I too feel little restraint. Still Baja, After All These Years? After an amusement-park style line winding through a large air-conditioned customs auditorium, I make...Read More
Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses II, but also a warning to ancient armies advancing up the river that a powerful kingdom lie ahead. Although a bit of self-aggrandizing propaganda, the perception they give is valid – Ramesses’ reign was arguably the greatest of the Late Kingdom period. Buried in sand by the 6th century BC and...Read More
Often confused with Halloween, there’s much more to Dia de los Muertos than parties and candy. Today, November 2nd, is All Souls Day by Catholic reckoning, or Dia de los Muertos in the local tradition. The day is celebrated by building ofendas (offering or alters) and visits to cemetary shrines to honor deceased relatives. As I walked downtown I witnessed alters being built with offerings of crucifixes, flowers, images of the saints, brightly colored fabics, and salt and water. Walking through the town cemetary I saw families honoring their ancestors by cleaning shrines and adorning them with freshly cut...Read More
The Fiesta at Todos Santos Día de los Muertos Clarified First off, Día de los Muertos is not just one evening’s celebration. This ancient Mesoamerican tradition sprang from religious ceremonies lasting a month. Second, Día de los Muertos is a solemn event honoring dead ancestors. Halloween today is a party mainly for children. Third, in Todos Santos today it’s a combo of both traditions. Halloween It’s Not The popular association with Halloween probably dates back to the Celtic celebration beginning the eve of October 31st. That honored Samhain, Lord of the Dead (most likely where the connection with Halloween...Read More
Island Arrival I touch down at a modern airport that began life as a dusty WWII airstrip. The sole immigration officer present carefully looks over my paperwork, but waves me through with a full toothed smile and a few words in a thick local island dialect – “ya mon – have a good time “! It’s my introduction to Antiguan Creole – and after a third go-round I finally understand him. British – Antigua ties Until 1981 Antigua was a protectorate of the United Kingdom and among the final colonies to leave the shadow of an empire on which...Read More
Desert in “Superbloom”. Subtle – the word best describing this. I grew up in SoCal and trust me, even a subtle “Superbloom” is a rare and noteworthy sight. The same rains that soaked San Diego, make that all of California, gave Anza-Borrego Desert State Park nearly twice its average yearly rainfall this winter. All this led to an explosion of color. Although this year’s display is now beyond its peak, I ventured there to check it out. These are a subset of the images I returned with to share… Written by Steve Smith Photos by: Christine Johnson and Steve...Read More
A Welcoming B&B in Provincetown Excellent times benefited Cape Cod in the early 19th century, and by the late 1800’s Provincetown was the richest port in Massachusetts. Huge incomes were made by hardy men harvesting whales and salting the abundant codfish from which the peninsula got its name. However, fishing brought more than affluence to Provincetown. Early on it brought the employment of Azorean’s to crew fishing vessels, and established a diverse community that was no longer populated solely by descendants of English colonists. This infusion of culture developed a spirit helping to spark the artistic and liberal traditions...Read More
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