I love my HOV

Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
Trip End Mar 27, 2010

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Mission Santa Maria

Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Monday, January 4, 2010

I Love My HOV/Toll-Highway

The commuter corridor of southern California includes HOV lanes (high occupancy vehicle = 2 or more) that I have dubbed the 'first class lane' due to the fact that not only are few people in them, but nor can they cut you off while you’re in them as there are FOUR solid yellow lines that separate it from the proletariat single drivers. We happened to be making the journey from Anaheim to San Diego right at rush hour and while I zoomed past all the bumper-to-bumper traffic, I sang, "I love my HOV" to the tune of that song I don’t know the name of that includes “I love” various things. (Heidi will know what I am talking about because she and some other genetic counselors made a video of it.)  It can easily be applied to “toll-highway” for similar reasons.

Day 15 – Today we drove from Rosarito to San Quintin (pronounced similar to San kitten) in search of the Desert Inn where I had  a non-guaranteed reservation.   However, I had neither an address nor a phone # but the website was very impressive and they replied almost instantly to emails.  I just figured that it would be hard to miss.  We drove some beautiful scenic highways and some less so, but when we arrived in San Quintin, we were far from impressed.  There was no helpful billboard telling us where to go.  Armed with only the fact that it was ‘on the beach’ we tried driving the 5+ Km to the beach (due west).  The road was awful so we jogged over to another one that was only slightly better.  Eventually we gave up and hoped we could make it to Rosario or Catavina (our next planned stop) before dark - it was only 1:30pm. 

We got back on Hwy 1 and about 15 minutes later came upon a billboard for our hotel!!  So we decided to return to Plan A.  The road was paved so already it was a better sign.  The truth is I did not hold much hope that this was going to be a pleasant accommodation.  I only chose it based on its location (a few hours’ drive from Rosarito).  Where the road either turned south (paved) or continued west (unpaved), there was a billboard for the Mission Santa Maria… but no Desert Inn.  We kept to the paved road and at the end was a large and impressive (considering the surroundings) colonial style building.  I went In to ask  ‘donde es Desert Inn?’  It turns out that this was it, only it wasn’t a Desert Inn anymore… but they had my reservation so we checked in.  The rate was approx. CAD$50!!!!! It appears as though we are the only guests – Jeff didn’t think it was funny when I asked him if it reminded him of “The Shining” (Jeff’s scariest movie.)

Our room is simple with two beds and its own air-conditioning (not needed this time of year – in fact some heat wouldn’t hurt.)   Really, at this rate, there is nothing to complain about except that the shower sprays a LOT of water straight up onto the ceiling where it runs to just outside the shower and then drips  down the wall to pool on the floor.   It is on a wide beach and there is evidence that they have plans to expand it into quite a resort.  The beach had a half dozen local families out digging for clams (it’s a Sunday) but the most popular activity was ripping up and down the hard packed wet sand in your  vehicle as though it was a freeway.  We set up our beach chairs while the kids played in the surf and got many waves from the passers by who seemed to find us just as amusing as we found them.

For all the disappointments I’m sure to experience as far as accommodations go, this pleasant surprise will make up for at least a couple.  This has been my best day so far… until we discovered that we had left the pajamas at our last stop and we all spent the night having to cuddle up to each other for warmth – brrrr.
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Grannie on

I Googled MISION SANTA MARIA and read that it's almost impossible to get to! No wonder you were the only guests in that hotel - Sounds like quite a find though -- what's it called now?

Maybe after this chilling experience you'll never leave anything behind again! Or not... Sure glad to hear everything's going well, and I hope you find some nice new pajamas soon.

Heidi on

You can find the "I Love the Whole World" song if you google " Discovery Channel I Love the Whole World". It's a great song. I just checked the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors website and our (not quite so professional) version of the song (I Love Genetics) seems to have disappeared into internet oblivion.

roadtrip2010 on

We left our pjs at a Worldmark. I called and asked them to send them ahead to where will be Jan 9th.

Rob Haines on

My wife and I looked everywhere for this hotel. Once we found it it was quite convenient and worth finding. You turn off Hwy 1 at the Pemex station south of town on the road between the Pemex and the Pinta factory building. We were told that the family which owns the factory and all the pinenut fields there bought the old Desert Inn and is remodeling it. The old Desert Inn sign was at the street corner, also. Though it was under construction, it was very pleasnt a stay and the restaurant has a new chef. The food was quite good. We have a home in Loreto, Nopolo and plan to use the new Mision Santa Maria motel on our next trips.

Luis on

Next time you visit "San Quintin Baja", try to stay in the hotel "Jardines Baja," it's something different.

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