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Ian After Tijuana

After the whole tourist card debacle we got ourselves into, last Thursday night we pulled into Ensenada after dark and found a nice little hotel on the south side of town. Though tourist cards are available in Ensenada with a small fine, we had made the decision during our drive to go all the way … Read more

San Juanico House

January 27th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Lodging | Mexico | The Places We've Been | Video - (4 Comments)

The house we have lived in this month in San Juanico is a real gem. At right around 800 square feet, some highlights of this two bedroom casa designed by a local artist include a full kitchen, a vaulted palm-thatch ceiling in the living room, tiled floors, a fully-fenced lot, a fire pit, palm and … Read more

Birds of Baja California Sur

January 26th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Mexico | The Places We've Been - (0 Comments)
Baja California Sur Osprey

Here are some birds we have seen and photographed during our time in Baja California Sur. Click any picture to see it full-size in a new tab, and click the “Read more” links to be taken to that bird’s Wikipedia page in a new tab. Great Blue Heron Read more Osprey Read more Long-billed Curlew … Read more

San Juanico Scorpion Bay Bonfire

This is the first installment in a planned series detailing a typical day in one of our destinations. Not everything in this schedule might happen on any given day, but it should give you a good idea of our usual activities. 5:00AM – The power comes on, lighting up our bedroom with the lamps that … Read more

Beach Cruising Near San Juanico

January 13th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Mexico | The Places We've Been | Video - (2 Comments)
Great blue heron in Baja California Sur

This is just a short two minute video of a fun little drive we have done most days here in San Juanico, whether it’s to explore the beach, let the dogs run, or search for firewood that has been so kindly brought in by the tides. After passing the small fishing fleet that sets up … Read more


January 5th, 2013 | Posted by Ian in Mexico | Speedbumps | The Places We've Been - (2 Comments)
Cooking by candlelight in San Juanico, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Note: This post was written yesterday, but couldn’t be posted until today because… This morning we awoke to find that San Juanico’s electricity is off. Let us examine, for a moment, the factors leading to this: Power to the town is rationed. As with many things in an isolated locale, luxuries like electricity and water … Read more


December 15th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in Celebrations | Food | The Places We've Been | United States - (0 Comments)
Sullivans and Kietzmans at Friendsgiving in Denver

Thanksgiving is the bee’s knees. Is there any other day quite like it? Eat, drink, watch football, doze off, and repeat. For the first time we spent Turkey Day not with family or just the two of us, but with friends, even dubbing the occassion ‘Friendsgiving’ (though a bit of Googling tells us we aren’t … Read more

The Best of San Francisco

November 26th, 2012 | Posted by Ian in The Places We've Been | United States - (1 Comments)
Vital Tea in San Francisco's China Town

After a lengthy retreat with nothing to do and nowhere to be on the Oregon Coast, our time in the San Francisco Bay Area was far too short, the list of sights far too long to possibly scratch the surface of. We have commented multiple times since our departure that we may have covered a … Read more


Vancouver is a world class city, and is perennially ranked among the world’s “most liveable” cities by various publications and organizations (though it should be noted that it is also rated as a very expensive city). Once one has seen the city’s distinctive glass skyline, it is hard to forget. It is large enough to … Read more

Tera's Beer

It took us five empty-handed trips into neighborhood convenience stores to get the feeling that something was amiss. How hard can it be to find a six pack in a world class city like Vancouver? Harder than you might think. By our fifth failure we asked and were pointed to the liquor store a few … Read more