Just ran across a great story in the CSU student paper, “The Rocky Mountain Collegian”. Be sure to read the comment section at the end as there is a lot of meat in that section. Seems the word IS getting out that Tres Santos, MIRA and Black Creek cannot be trusted at all. They hire the best spin doctors for their PR, but there is lots of documentation confirming wrong doings, deceptions and out and out lies.
Criticism of Colorado State University’s center in Todos Santos, Mexico has escalated in recent months following allegations tying CSU to the actions of a housing developer that is pumping water from the town’s scarce supply.
Ok, first up, the weather has definitely changed. All week overnight lows have been in the mid 60s F while daytime highs are in the mid 80s F with the humidity having dropped to acceptable levels below 80%. The difference is amazing. It’s a good time to return to Todos Santos and many are. Where everyone is going to park their cars is beyond me – the center of town is still a mess and the newly designed road modifications have removed most of the parking that used to exist in the center of Todos Santos. Seems those urban engineers in La Paz never actually talk with residents before drawing up schemes that always fail to make things better. Ah, lindo México!
Second up, México (and Baja Sur) leave daylight savings time behind this weekend. So be certain to move your clocks back 1 hour late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The US doesn’t change time for another week or so and that will lead to confusion in some instances. Don’t get caught 1 hour late for an appointment, remember to change your clocks!
Finally, the people on the Pacific coast of mainland México in the states of Jalisco, Colima and nearby others. Hurricane Patricia, the strongest storm ever measured in the East Pacific basin, is about to make landfall as a CAT 5 storm. Having lived through Odile, a CAT 3 storm at landfall, I cannot imagine the fear and pain people in those areas will be experiencing. A CAT 5 storm can destroy all but the strongest construction. I fear the areas hit will be dealing with the aftermath for many many months to come. Good luck to you all.
It started raining on Saturday, October 10 and off and on it continued until late Sunday evening, well over 30 hours. The home weather station in Las Brisas measured 2.2+ inches of rain over that period of time. Wow! Of course this was the weekend of the yearly Todos Santos town festival. I can’t imagine that went off very well in the wetness.
It wasn’t an Odile, but water was everywhere. It came through poorly designed windows and block walls and seemingly waterproof roofs. The ground is soaked. The plants are happy. The weeds continue to grow and the insects are multiplying.
The bo-bos are resurgent. New mosquito hatchlings can’t be far behind.
The people trying to sell the citizens of Todos Santos on the idea of Tres Santos (then called Playa Santos) promised up and down at a town meeting that they would not impact the fisherman at Punta Lobos in any manner. Some of us knew much better…
Well, at least the secular portion of the festival begins tonight, October 9 and runs through October 12, the actual Dia del Pilar. Typical events (food, drinks, dancing, music) are set for the plaza in the center of Todos Santos. Unfortunately, the road construction in the center of town is still in full swing so even though Calle Juarez is mostly open to car traffic (many of the previous parking spaces have been eliminated during this “remodeling” of Todos Santos) there will be limited parking in the center of town. The empty lot next to the Hotel California is used by the carnival midway so no parking there either.
If you are lucky enough to find nearby parking, be careful on your walk to the plaza as the construction has left many walking hazards that might be difficult to see at night. A Colorado man recently suffered a terrible fall while walking around town and he later died in a hospital in the US.
Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico is located on the Tropic of Cancer in the southern portion of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico just one hour north of Cabo San Lucas and one hour south of La Paz. Long known as a surfing, cultural, artistic and agricultural center, the town is a desert oasis, 1 kilometer from the Pacific Ocean at the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna mountains. Since the mid 1980's, the area has become a tourist / retirement destination and home to numerous art galleries, artists, fine restaurants, elegant hotels, unique vacation rentals and local festivals. Todos Santos was named as Baja's first Pueblo Magico in 2006. Todos Santos is Historic Baja Mexico, Surfing, Arts and Galleries, Pueblo Magico, Beaches, Fishing, Restaurants, Hotel California, Rentals, Art and Film Festivals, Hotels and Great Weather!