Todos Santos Pages Blog Has Moved

From today on, the active home of the Todos Santos Pages Blog will be www.todossantos.net – there will be no more posts here. Please make all necessary changes on your end and thanks for the support!

It’s Raining In Todos Santos Baja

It’s been mostly grey and cloudy in the mornings since Wednesday Aug 31. But no rain in Todos Santos. A little drizzle in Pescadero but not here.

But it’s raining right now, 12:44 pm, Sunday. Light steady rain. Completely grey skies. 78F. Wonderful!

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Quickie Todos Santos Baja Update

Wednesday Aug 31 brought huge waves to La Pastora and all points on the west side of the peninsula. There was an enormous Antarctic storm that sent double overhead plus waves from the southwest. The parking area at Pastora was flooded, the water nearly reached Garth and Euva’s Love Shack. I missed the photo opp, but two friends sent pics that I will post after the blog move.

That same day, the weather changed from very hot and muggy to breezy and almost cool. Night time lows were in the low 70s F, amazing! Daytime was cooler too. We are still riding that weather change although mornings have been very grey since then but nights remain cool and breezy. Let’s hope it lasts!

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Why No New Todos Santos Baja Pages Posts?

Nope, I haven’t been out of town or on vacation but I have been fighting daily trying to understand the intricacies of moving this blog from wordpress.com to my own web server. I didn’t want to make the move in real time (hence disabling the blog for an unknown amount of time) so I have been practicing and think I now have all kinks figured out. I plan on making to move Monday afternoon. After that time, all new activity will be on http://www.todossantos.net although the elcalendario.wordpress.com site will remain as it is now.

Why make the move? I want more control over the blog, it’s appearance and content. I want to truly integrate Google ads into the blog. I want to add photography pages also. All in all it will make the blog much more flexible to my needs. So please be patient during the changeover. Thanks.

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Rain In Todos Santos, Visit To East Cape Baja Sur

Monday, August 22, I went on a car journey around the cape area of Baja Sur. We needed to drop off a car in storage near the airport in San Jose del Cabo so we drove Highway 19 from Todos Santos to Highway 1 in Cabo San Lucas, dropped the car off and then went north on Highway 1. We detoured to snorkel at Cabo Pulmo (the water was excellent and many fish were around but less than I had hoped for) and then continued north to Los Barilles and then west to El Triunfo and back on Highway 19 to return to Todos Santos. Highway 1 on the East Cape was an eye opener! It was lush and green and more like a jungle than dry Baja desert. Very different than the Todos Santos area. There were standing mud puddles and ditches full of water beside the road. Amazing! The road from Los Barilles to El Triunfo is twisty with cutbacks and hairpin mountain turns. I couldn’t really take photos and drive. Oddly enough, instead of the west side of the mountains being wet and the east dry, it’s working the other way around with the east side wet and west side dry. The closer we got to the Pacific side, the drier it became. The moisture is coming from the mainland and the Sea of Cortés, hitting the mountains and raining. Not much left for the west side.

That said, it rained during the morning of August 24 (Wednesday) here in Todos Santos and in Pescadero. It was a fairly steady 30-35 minute rain that soaked into the ground. Not enough for mud puddles or standing water but the ground did get wet. By Thursday morning you could no longer tell it had rained. We need more, but it was good to finally get a little. The dust levels are down and it cooled off nicely last night when the cloud cover finally broke. The ocean is warm, the swimming is good.

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More Press On The Resurgence of Cabo Pulmo

Since 1995, Cabo Pulmo has been a protected park and the no fishing status has been stringently enforced by locals. As researchers at Scripps Institute have reported, the results have been astounding. You can read more at the two links below:

Cabo Pulmo Flourishes

Cabo Pulmo Park Comes To Life

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Poverty On The Rise In México

There isn’t that much abject poverty here in Baja Sur. Most people do okay. There are plenty of fish in the ocean and lots of fruit trees. It’s easy to farm if you have the desire. You don’t see a lot of homeless or beggars. I am sure there is hardship hidden but less that I expected. However the truth is that México has an enormous amount of poverty nationwide and the economic crisis that began in 2008 has only made it worse. It is very disheartening to think that over 46% of Mexicans live in such poverty.

The Washington Post had a great story on the rise in poverty in México as of a 2009 report but they have taken it offline. Here are the bare facts from the report.

MEXICO — The Mexican government says poverty rose by 1.7 percent between 2008 and 2010 due to the global economic crisis and an increase in food prices.

A study by the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy says there were 52 million poor people in 2010 compared to 48.8 million in 2008.

That means about 46.2 percent of Mexico’s population of 112.7 lives in poverty. Of those, 10.4 percent live in extreme poverty.

The study released Friday says extreme poverty remained the same.

The council considers a person who earns 2,114 pesos ($181) per month to be poor. The extreme poor are those earning a monthly salary of less than 978 pesos ($84) in urban areas and 684 pesos ($58) in rural areas.

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