Return to Mulegé

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It is very rare in our travels that we pass through the same town twice. So, it was with great excitement that we passed back through Mulegé, Mexico as we headed to our newest rental house. We all have very fond memories of the three weeks that we spent in Mulegé this past November, and we were all anxious to visit old friends and visit familiar places.

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As we only had one night in town we chose to stay at the beautiful Hotel Hacienda situated right next to the town’s main square. The hotel has a lovely courtyard with gorgeous flowering trees and a very refreshing swimming pool. After cooling off in the pool we were all ready to take the familiar walk along the river and visit with some of our favorite Mulegé canines.

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After reminiscing along the river bank we stopped off at the square to enjoy the festivities set up for the first night of Carnival. We were all a little sad to miss the big Carnival celebration in La Paz, but Mulegé helped ease the pain. The kids enjoyed spinning rides and trampolines while we all enjoyed the lively music. While our return to Mulegé was short lived it reminded us how truly special this town is!

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A Cold Glass of Limonada

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.

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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.

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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.

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Beaching It in Baja

DSC01484-picsayStarting 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.

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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.

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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.

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Ginger and Piloncillo

A new friend in Mulegé surprised us the other day with a large bunch of fresh ginger root. We hadn’t been able to find any in the local stores and we were sadly missing one of our favorite cooking ingredients. This morning as a gesture of thanks we decided to make her some ginger cookies. However, first we had to head into town and buy some molasses, a key ingredient in many a ginger baked good.

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We should have done a little online research before heading out regarding the availability of and name for molasses in Mexico. However, after spending time in Newfoundland where molasses is a major staple ingredient we have become used to seeing it on the shelves in the baking section. Turns out that it is really not a common find in most Mexican grocery stores. However, after cobbling together some Spanish vocabulary including duro (hard), negro (black), and azúcar (sugar) we were shown a promising product by the very helpful cashier.

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When we returned to our rental house and did a Google search we found out that what we bought is called Jarabe de Piloncillo. It is an unrefined cane sugar sold in cones, and similar to molasses it as retains its vitamins and nutrients. We came across a great post from PsyKdeliaSmith’s Kitchen that explains all about piloncillo and how to cook with it.

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The kids thought that it tasted very delicious and they liked helping as we chopped it up and boiled it into a liquid form. Then we used it in the Molasses Ginger Cookies recipe posted by Kathy Patalsky on her blog Healthy. Happy. Life. The cookies turned out wonderfully! However, the first batch was way too gingery for our tastes, so for the next batch we only added 1 Tbs. of ginger powder. We also decided to drizzle some of the finished cookies with a little melted dark chocolate because, well, dark chocolate is just so yummy! This evening as we walked down the river to deliver the cookies we were very glad that ginger lead us to piloncillo.

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