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From True Traveler Publishing

 

March/April 2009

 

Volume 7 , Number 3/4

 

A true traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arrival®

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SAN IGNACIO LAGOON WHALE TRIP

 

Discover the Friendly Gray Whales!

A recent trip south to the Kuyimá Camp to see the Gray Whales deliver their new calves to the sea and breed yielded a very special and unique adventure. The road to the San Ignacio Lagoon, perhaps the most pristine whale sanctuary on the planet, winds down the Baja peninsula through many different terrain and foliage contrasts. One minute you will be skirting the sea, and an hour later in the midst of the desert. The Baja Trans-peninsular highway is paved and in good repair for the 400 miles that you will travel to the little ciudad of San Ignacio. The last 38 miles to the Kuyimá Camp is a typical Baja dirt washboard path, kept up properly as this is an important tourist trail to see the gray whales in their indigenous environment.

The whales annually make the trek from Alaska to Baja during the months of December to mid- April. April and May they can be seen off the coast heading back north to Alaska for the warm summer months before the cycle repeats itself in the winter. They seek the lagoons for protection while they are enabling the newly born calves to grow strong for the trip north. The lagoons are strictly protected by the Mexican authorities and any panga that enters the restricted whale occupied zone is counted, documented, and allowed only a 90 minute span of time to approach the whales up close and personal.

The whales can be seen getting really frisky, 3 males may be observed courting a single female, and that process is very spirited indeed! Cavorting around the female, the males can be seen emerging repeatedly from the lagoon and spinning sideways showing you a rare view of their pectoral fin. All the while blowing out tremendous heart shaped spouts of air with a sound that you have never heard on earth before! A deep dive will allow you to get a close-up photo of the whale’s flukes as they dive and rise repeatedly in the mating progression. The babies are very friendly, sometimes approaching the panga for a pet on the head, all the while watched closely by the whale mother. The larger whales also approach the pangas, their size is breathtaking as they peer out of the sea at you.

Once hunted by whalers, now the whales share these special moments with adventurous travelers coming from all over the world to enjoy this incredibly sacred experience. It is very moving to be so close to this mammal assembly, all the while realizing that man came close to driving the species into extinction.

In order to accommodate you, Kuyimá offers you two programs from which you can choose according to your time availability and budget. Kuyimá features a camping area by the San Ignacio Lagoon Whale Sanctuary with tent-sites and parking for your camper vehicle (no water or electricity hook ups). They also have 10 rustic and cozy thatched huts. Each cabin is designed to accommodate two persons. Both sites have a restaurant serving a delicious menu 3 times daily. The cost of the panga ride to view the whales is $40 per person. Visit the Kuyimá Camp website at http://www.kuyima.com.

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Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job. 

Paul Schullery

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GillBilly Ceviche Puruano

(Visit the GillBilly.com Official Blog for more GillBilly recipes and to see the full Official GillBilly product line and movie screenplay development)

This ceviche is the best you will ever have. It is from Peru and GillBilly enjoys making it every time he has friends and family over.

INGREDIENTS

* 2 potatoes
* 2 sweet potatoes
* 1 red onion, cut into thin strips
* 1 cup fresh lime juice
* 1/2 stalk celery, sliced
* 1/4 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
* 1 pinch ground cumin
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 habanero pepper, seeded and minced
* Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
* 1 pound fresh tilapia, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
* 1 pound medium shrimp - peeled, deveined, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
* 1 bibb or Boston lettuce, separated into leaves

DIRECTIONS

1. Place the potatoes and sweet potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Simmer until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, then drain, and set aside to cool to room temperature. Place the sliced onion in a bowl of warm water, let stand 10 minutes, then drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, place the lime juice, celery, cilantro, and cumin into the bowl of a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour this mixture into a large glass bowl, and stir in the garlic and habanero pepper. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the diced tilapia and shrimp.
3. Set aside to marinate for an hour, stirring occasionally. The seafood is done once it turns firm and opaque.
4. To serve, peel the potatoes and cut into slices. Stir the onions into the fish mixture. Line serving bowls with lettuce leaves. Spoon the ceviche with its juice into the bowls and garnish with slices of potato.

What to Drink?
Wine - Sauvignon Blanc
Cocktail - Dirty Martini
Chilled Non-Alcoholic - Cherry Limeade

 

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An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting around on the muddy banks of rivers doing nothing because his wife won't let him do it at home.

Author Unknown

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ENSENADA GIRLS SOFTBALL VIDEO

 

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If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.

Doug Larson

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An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting around on the muddy banks of rivers doing nothing because his wife won't let him do it at home.

Author Unknown

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BAJA WHALE WATCHING

 

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I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don't know what's on the other end. Your imagination is under there.

Robert Altman

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SCORE BAJA BASH VIDEO

A SELECT NUMBER OF BAJA OFF-ROAD RACE PHOTOS FROM THE COLLECTION SHOWN ON THESE WEBPAGES

ALL PHOTOS PROTECTED BY GLOBAL COPYRIGHT LAWS

CONTACT US AT Sitka@truetraveler.com

TO ARRANGE TO OBTAIN HIGH RESOLUTION COPIES OF OUR BAJA OFF ROAD RACE PHOTOS

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There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm.

Patrick F. McManus

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BETWEEN THE LINES DEBUT SHOWING AT HANSEN SURFBOARDS 6-26-2008

NOMINATED FOR X DANCE AWARDS!

Press Release from Ty Ponder, the Producer of the film on January 21, 2009

We are very pleased to announce that Between the Lines was the winner of the BEST DOCUMENTARY award and nominated for the BEST DIRECTOR award at the 2009 X-Dance Film Festival. It is truly an honor to receive this award, especially considering the extraordinary films produced this year.

"Launched in 2001, X-Dance runs alongside the Sundance Film Festival, and is widely considered the Academy Awards of the action sports world."

 

Narrated by JOHN MILIUS
(Apocalypse Now - Big Wednesday)

SYNOPSIS

BETWEEN THE LINES explores the Vietnam War through the prism of the surfing sub-culture. The film offers unique insight into the dramatic effect that the Vietnam War and draft had on young American men who rode waves.


Between the Lines explores the choice that most draft age surfers faced during the Vietnam War era: either go to war or evade the draft. It was one or the other. Between the Lines delves into the lives of two surfers who choose opposite paths. Pat Farley and Brant Page.


While following the lives of these two surfers the film chronicles the impact of the Vietnam War on the surfing lifestyle. From the peaceful shores of Hawaii to the canopy jungles of Vietnam, Between the Lines excavates the surfing cultures response to an extraordinary circumstance.

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Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish.

Roderick Haig-Brown

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CALIFORNIA CHANGES THE YACHT TAX EXEMPTION LAW

SAY ADIOS (AGAIN!)TO THE 90 DAY YACHT CLUB!

SOON THE MARINAS IN ENSENADA WILL BE EMPTY AGAIN

Excerpts below from the October 2, 2008 issue of the Log Newspaper

California residents who purchase boats outside the state to avoid California sales tax will now have to keep them out-of-state longer, to qualify for a sales and use tax exemption. The bill Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed on Sept. 30 immediately changed the former 90 day out-of-state stay requirement to 12 months to avoid use tax, which is equivalent to the state’s sales tax. The measure, Assembly Bill 1452, is one of number of budget bills passed by the California Legislature that make changes to state laws to implement revenue provisions of the 2008-09 Budget Act. The out-of-state waiting period reverted back to its original 90 days after Republican legislators, led by Sen. Dick Ackerman of Tustin, were instrumental in getting fellow lawmakers to remove a provision from California’s 2007-2008 budget that would have renewed the 12-month out-of-state requirement. As an “urgency measure,” AB 1452 took effect immediately after it was signed by the governor.

This year’s approach to the one-year requirement differs from the 2004 SB 1100 change in the law in two ways. First, the new law has no “sunset” provision, and the new rules are therefore theoretically “permanent.” Second, unlike the approach used in 2004, which provided a two-month phase-in period before the law became effective, this year’s modification to the law is effective immediately. In other words, if you are reading this and you have not signed a purchase contract, you will be subject to the one-year rule.

The highlights of the one-year rule provide that a buyer will be presumed to have purchased the boat in California, and thus be subject to assessment of sales or use tax, if:

• The buyer is a California resident and brings the boat into California within one year of purchase;
• The buyer is a nonresident and keeps the boat in California for more than six months during the first year after the purchase;
• The vessel is subject to the assessment of personal property tax at the county level (regardless of whether the buyer is a resident or a nonresident) during the first year after purchase.


The one significant exception to the one-year timetable allows an owner to keep the boat in California during a repair, retrofit or modification project without affecting the one-year analysis, as long as the boat logs less than 25 hours under way while it is in California.

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Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don't any of these guys ever go fishing?

Dave Shiflett

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