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2008 Mexico - Baja Peninsula
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  We left British Columbia in October, 2007 and continued towards the Baja Peninsula of Mexico; visiting, touristing and birding along the way. We enjoyed a couple days visiting with friends Pat and Terry Sisson. They had a place to park our RV at their home in Olympia, Washington and we thank them for taking time to help us bird and explore the nearby Olympic Peninsula. We then birded our way to California and saw a Tufted Duck northeast of San Francisco. This is an Asian duck that is rarely seen in North America. High fives all around!
Ahhh, sunny California.

Napa Valley, northeast of San Francisco, is such a pleasant place to visit; sunshine, rolling hills, mustard farms, olive groves, vineyards and more.
  We camped in Vacaville for 10 days and visited the San Francisco area. To visit the city, we drove into Villejo and took the ferry, a very scenic morning commute with the natives. Having done only the usual tourist things, we realize that we need to go back.
  The Island Scrub Jay is found on Santa Cruz Island of the Channel Islands National Park near Los Angeles. The bird is endemic to the island, meaning that it is found nowhere else in the world. Because the habitat is protected, we had to take a boat from Ventura with a park ranger. After hiking 2 hours, we found the bird waiting and posing for us back where we started.
  After kicking around Southern California for 2 weeks, we went over the Spring Mountains (the hump) from Las Vegas to Pahrump, Nevada. We had been there in 2003 and thought that it would be a good place to just hang out. We camped in the Saddle West Casino RV Park and paid for hookups although boondocking for free is allowed in the casino parking lots.

   Between walks to the slots and buffet dinners, we used the internet to prepare for crossing into Baja, Mexico with  pesos, Mexican auto insurance etc.
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Baja Map
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