Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
40Trip End May 20, 2010
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As I drive through the bumpy brown hills and arrive at Tecolote I am overcome by a strange sense of deja vu. I feel like I've been here before, but I know I haven't. I've seen the perfect sea in various shades of blue and green - jade, turquoise, and azure, the white sand and stones, the mangrove estuary, the hills behind the beach, and the island in the distance across the channel.
As I was planning for my trip about three or four weeks before I left Denver I had a dream about driving to Baja, up and down hills by the sea, waves lapping on the beach, palms and cacti and mangrove swamps around
Frolicking in the sea, sun drying, reading an interesting book in the shade of a palapa on the beach - this is the life! When it's time for dinner I check out the little restaurants on the beach and settle on a kilogram-size whole grilled pargo (snapper) - fresh, massive, and delicious.
The days are warm, the nights cool and breezy enough for some perfect camping. The good life continues for the next couple days as I laze on the beach at Tecolote and equally beautiful nearby Playa Balendra, and feast on margaritas and glorious fresh seafood at the beach restaurants, little shacks whose appearance belies their culinary excellence exhibited in such dishes as:
- Ostiones a la Diabla (grilled oysters is spicy mayonnaise)
- Almejas Rellenas (local "chocolate" clams stuffed with cheese and pico de gallo, closed, and grilled wrapped in aluminum foil)
- Sopa de Almejas Santa Catarina (meatiest clam chowder ever with lime, avocado, and cilantro)
- Tostadas con Escabeche de Marlin, Ceviche de Camaron, and Ceviche de Pescado
- Pargo a la Plancha (grilled whole snapper).
I'm in paradise!