High Five turned three yesterday!!! Sunday was a long day with driving to La Paz and moving into our new rental house, so we were a bit anxious as to how his big day would go. However, it ended up being a wonderful celebration and our new three year-old had a blast.
He requested orange chocolate chip muffins for breakfast and fried rice with tofu for dinner. Luckily our wonderful friend in Mulegé gifted us with a package of tofu just before we left, which made High Five very happy. For his dessert he wanted a chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I tried out this super yummy recipe for vegan chocolate cake and Five String made a superb batch of vegan vanilla ice cream with our Donvier Ice Cream Maker. Yes, with our limited space we travel with an ice cream maker. Even vegans have to have their ice cream, especially on a birthday. Needles to say after all that sugar we did a lot of dancing and jumping around after balloons!
Since the day he was born Five Ball has been our “Do it his own way” guy and he continues to amaze us all with his confidence and persistence (even on those occasions when we wish that he wasn’t quite so persistent). As the youngest he does a great job keeping up as we travel and explore the world (often while missing out on nap time). While the rest of us Fives might be shy and hang back a bit, High Five knows what he wants and he goes after it. You will never find this boy going along with something that he doesn’t like, or being stopped from achieving his goals. So, in celebration of his birthday we present Kermit the Frog (one of his favorite Muppets) who sums up High Five’s mantra very well…
Our daily walks along the Rio Mulege had many advantages. We met new friends, frolicked with energetic dogs, and found many discarded treasures (shells, tiles, and even a phone). The other day as we walked back home along the river we came across a huge box of lemons perched on a wall. The box had a large FREE sign attached and so we each took an armfull and headed home to make lemonade.
We have never tried our hand at fresh squeezed lemonade, so Five of Hearts turned to the Internet where she found us a super tasty recipe from Simply Recipes . We loved how easy this recipe was to adapt to personal taste ( we added a bit more lemon juice to our batch). The Younger Fives loved that they could make this refreshing drink pretty much all by themselves. They just needed help lighting the stove for dissolving the sugar. The best part in their opinion was using our amazingly awesome juice squeezer. The squeezer, made by chef’n, was a gift from Nana Five a few years ago. It is so easy to use and honestly gets every drop of juice out of the fruit.
While letting the lemonade chill we worked on packing our bags for our departure to La Paz. Then we all sat back and enjoyed a wonderfully refreshing drink while reminicing about our time spent in Mulege. While we are excited to move into our new rental house we will always fondly remember our time in Mulege and our walks along the river.
Sometimes the strangest phrases pass through your lips when you are a parent. Words that have no business being together like “Be sure to thank the Viking” (from our time in Newfoundland) can seem perfectly sensible in the moment but then make the logical part of the brain cry foul just seconds later. One such unlikely phrase came to pass yesterday on our trip to Playa Requeson in Bahía Concepción.
We had seen Playa Requeson from the road the first time that we drove along the bay, but as there was construction on the turn-off down to the beach we hadn’t actually been able to visit. The sandbar from the beach to a lovely island caught our attention, and we vowed that we would return. However, when we headed back yesterday for a second attempt, the construction was still underway and a sign directed us to access the beach via a different road about 1 km down the highway.
The detour road was not kind to the Mazda5. The half mile dirt road was a mix of fairly deep sand and rather large rocks, so we traveled at a crawl crossing our fingers that we would make it without injuring our beloved minivan. Fortunately, our car arrived at the beach in one piece, and the Younger Fives has a blast splashing in the wide sandbar stretching out to the island.
Soon we retreated from the gusting wind into an inviting palapa. We warmed up and snacked a bit. This is when Five Ball regained enough energy to try climbing up the driftwood and palm leaf frame of the shelter. The likelihood of an imminent palapa implosion seemed clear enough to the Older Fives, but the logic was lost on Five Ball. Everything looked sturdy, so what harm would climbing do?
We realized this was the perfect moment for a life lesson in reason and common sense. “Palapas are not for climbing,” Five String explained, and threw in a “There’s a time and place for everything” for added effect. Five of Hearts soothed things over with her newest creation, driftwood music, and soon Five Spice pulled out some plastic Easter eggs (a gift from our friends in Mulege), put them into her hat, and sent them flying into the air with a solid whack of her hand. No Five Ball, climbing up a palapa makes no sense, so why don’t you try catching flying neon Easter eggs two days before Thanksgiving? Let’s just say that even in the moment, a part of the brain was screaming in protest.
Starting about 10 miles south of Mulegé you will find the amazingly beautiful Bahía Concepción. The sand beaches and lovely blue water of this 20-mile long bay embody that ideal picture that most people have of a “tropical beach get-away”. In fact many RVers return to the area year after year to spend the entire winter camping along the water.
As a family the beach is one of our favorite places to spend a day and so far the beaches of Bahía Concepción have not disappointed. While there is some litter, overall we have found the beaches to be so much cleaner than those in Key West. In addition the water temperature, while warm, is still nicely refreshing this time of year. The Younger Fives love the shallowness of the water and the variety of sea shells dotting the beaches. While they do miss the wild waves of Prince Edward Island they are beginning to appreciate the more “relaxed” feel of Bahía Concepción.
While we haven’t found a complete guide to the area, there is some information out there describing the various beaches of Bahía Concepción (we suggest this write-up). There are several beaches that are packed with seasonal RVers, and other more secluded spots that can only be reached with an off-road or similarly tough vehicle. In our opinion, the best thing to do is check out the entire stretch of the bay for yourself. On the drive you really get to appreciate the awesome beauty of Bahía Concepción and survey the options so that you can pick out the beach that is just right for you.