The Baja Bust

A signed for the failed Trump Baja project.

What was the Baja Boom is now the Baja Bust. Yesterday on a trip to visit our office in Ensenada, I counted 24 empty or abandoned high rise buildings between Tijuana and Ensenada.

It is unlikely that most of these projects will ever be revitalized.

The proposed Trump Baja tower that was to be located near a sewage river.

The big question is–why would anyone want to buy a condo on a high rise tower in Baja with a view that oversees garbage and graffiti everywhere. And plus–who wants to travel to northern Baja when there is literally almost no place to actually have access to the coast.

Until the authorities in Baja start dealing with the issues of urban decay and start making things look nice–as well as assure that the public –including tourists–can get to the beach, the Baja Bust is here to stay.

A Poster for a WiLDCOAST riff on the Trump Baja ads.

San Miguel, A Crazy Surfer Girlfriend, and the Coolest Taco Stand in Baja Norte

Since WiLDCOAST, the organization I run has an office in Ensenada, today I spent the day there.

Luckily the day was not all work.

Zach Plopper, Ben McCue and I left Imperial Beach early, crossed the border and surf checked the TJ-Ensenada coast.

We settled on  San Miguel for a no-crowd 2-3′ crystal clear water very fun session. The water was warm for northern Baja (64 or so).

There was not a single other surfer out on the entire TJ-Ensenada coastline.

I mean nadie. No one. Nobody.


I love surfing San Miguel with no crowd. You pay $5.00 to park. The bathrooms and shower area are clean. There is no trash.

All in all what Baja Norte is supposed to be.

But no longer is.

As we left the water, a bodyboarder was heading out. He had parked his Suburban next to the WilDCOAST Tacoma. Inside was his lady friend or wife.

She was crazy.

Apparently she was angry at the boyfriend for being in the ocean.

So she got in the driver’s seat of the car, started it up and proceeded to spin in circles around the San Miguel parking lot.

Start and Stop.Drive in a circle. Start and Stop. Punch the gas. Drive in a cirlcle. Start and Stop.

We hauled ass out of there before she decided to drive into us.

No matter where you are in Baja there is always something interesting happening.

Now after a fun session at San Miguel, what is the best breakfast option?

Tacos El Trailero por supuesto!!

Zach and Ben scarfed some carne asada tacos at Baja Norte’s best taco stand in El Sauzal.

You know it is good when all the Baja1000 teams have plastered their stickers all over the place.

Trust the desert racers.

After a day of meetings (and the great news that our Condor Conservation Team had won a national conservation award in Mexico), the boys decided to stop once again at El Trailero.

Viva los Tacos!

Viva Baja!

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