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BAJA! The Mission Santa Maria 4X4 Trail

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by David K, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Feb 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM
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    07trd4x4

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    Love the picture
     
  2. Feb 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM
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    Check my So Cal thread, I dont wanna thread jack this too bad :D
     
  3. Feb 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM
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    You forgot to mention that you ride side saddle to accomodate your balls!!! :eek:

    Flash your lights when you get to the 405/5 junction and I'll pull in behind you! :cool:
     
  4. Feb 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM
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    But on a serious note. If it wasn't for the F'd up nature of cops and robbers in that country, I would do that trip in a heart beat. Oh yeah things are "different now" - they're different alright! Hopefully that country will get their shit together someday (looks like their 'self-cleaning oven' maybe a bit cleaner these days) and get back to the 'good ol days'... until then I think there's enough fun here stateside!
     
  5. Feb 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM
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    :rofl:
     
  6. Feb 15, 2010 at 10:16 PM
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    We've seen worse. I think we'd be fine. ;)
     
  7. Feb 15, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    Exactly! :cool:
     
  8. Feb 16, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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    Wow, great that so many responded... Glad you guys like it!

    Here are some photos from the 2003 trip with my '01 extra cab Tacoma and and older Toyota and a Jeep:

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    The Widowmaker!

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    Made it!

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    Sunrise at the mission!

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    Looking down to the arroyo, beyond the mission... soon the road drops down there.

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    Climbing back up the steep grade that is past the mission, where the road drops down to the arroyo (where the oasis is):

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    A red diamondback rattlesnake came right into our camp...

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    Climbing back up the Widowmaker!

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    Good times! To see more of this 2003 trip to Baja, go to http://vivabaja.com/403 (Mision Sta. Maria was only part of our adventure)!
     
  9. Feb 16, 2010 at 8:03 AM
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    Ok, nevermind, i'll pass on this trip
     
  10. Feb 16, 2010 at 8:16 AM
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    Good stuff, thanks for sharing...
     
  11. Feb 16, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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    Don't be a girly-man... Look how close my 12 year old daughter was...

    Later on that same trip... 100 miles south we found another one crossing the road... My daugter thought she was Steve Irwin!

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  12. Feb 16, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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    did those snakes live?
     
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    Jon and Derek...I am down to hit up this Trail...with you guys locked it think we should be good. We'll get a few other 4x4s just incase.
     
  14. Feb 16, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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    I am down tri. Let's make a weekend out of it.
     
  15. Feb 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    We had three rattlesnake encounters that one trip (most unusual)... Photos of all three at http://vivabaja.com/403 .

    The snake at Santa Maria mission was terminated by the man (ex-cop) driving the older Toyota. The reason being it had no fear of us and we had 3 dogs in our camp... we were many hours drive from medical assistance, and it was just far too dangerous. The other two we happened upon as we were driving... and yes, they are left alone after we photographed them... The one my daughter was holding on a stick was very much alive... I yelled at her, naturally!

    The only time I have seen rattlesnakes in Baja has been in April... so be careful then!
     
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  16. Feb 17, 2010 at 9:07 AM
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    You really need to have 4 days for this to be enjoyable, 3 would be bare minimum.

    1) 300 mile drive from Tijuana (depending when you get to Tijuana) to Rancho Santa Ynez, is one day, camp at Santa Ynez RV park area. Or, drive the 224 miles to El Rosario, stay at Baja Cactus Motel (very nice/ cheap) then do the 76 miles to Santa Ynez the next morning.

    2) 3 hour off road trip to the mission from Santa Ynez. Explore, set up camp, enjoy the remoteness.

    3) A day in the mission valley... see the oasis, petroglyphs, El Camino Real. If desired, drive out to Santa Ynez or El Rosario in the afternoon.

    4) Return home (either the entire drive from the mission, if you get an early start or home form Santa Ynez or El Rosario). Current philosphy is to not be driving in the dark... at least through border cities. El Rosario to Tijuana is 5 hours and Santa Ynez to Tijuana is 6.5 hours... Some of us prefer to cross north at Tecate.
     
  17. Feb 17, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    Awesome pics. Looks like that women in the range is enjoying herself. My grandma came to visit me in Iceland, and she was always rooting for me to go through rivers and climb hills.
     
  18. Feb 17, 2010 at 9:29 AM
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    Thanks... yah, that is Roy's lady, Blanche... She's a good sport!
     
  19. Feb 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM
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    That's exactly why I Love the Baja desert! I haven't been MANY places, so this isn't saying much. HAHA... But I don't think there is any other place like the Baja desert.

    Can't wait to go again! March 12, Baja 250!!
     
  20. Feb 17, 2010 at 9:58 AM
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    It's a fun race... love the Matomi Wash!

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