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  • by  Connie Ellig
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    Savor the Ensenada Fiesta del Tequila on October 23
    By Connie Ellig

    Get ready for another adventure in the land of agave! Galería Pérez Meillón of Ensenada and the San Diego Museum of Man, in conjunction with the Seminario de Historia de Baja California, A.C., will present a special opportunity to learn about “The Culture of Agave and Mezcal” at the 3rd Annual Fiesta del Tequila on October 23, 2004 in Ensenada. The day-long event consists of three activities: a Tamales Brunch with mariachi concert, arts & crafts fair, and Day of the Dead altar and exhibition at Centro Artesanal; a lecture on "The Culture of Agave and Mezcal" by Hugo D’Acosta with a sampling of mezcals, tequilas and appetizers at the Riviera Cultural & Convention Center; and a gourmet dinner prepared with the delicate flavors of tequila at Restaurant La Tertulia.

    Space is limited and advance tickets are a MUST. The Total Tequila Package for the three activities ($43dlls. p/p) or tickets for individual activities are available through Adalberto Pérez Meillón at Galería Pérez Meillón in Centro Artesanal, Blvd. Costero 1094 & Av. Castillo, Locale #40, tel. (01152-646)175-7848 (from 10AM-6PM Mon.-Sat., 10AM-4PM Sun.); e-mail   For The Total Tequila Package with bus transportation from San Diego ($80dlls. p/p), contact the San Diego Museum of Man, tel. 619-239-2001; e-mail   For complete details, visit the

    November’s Baja 1000 to be Televised on NBC “Jeep World of Adventure Sports”
    Photo by David Hopps
    SCORE International, the world’s foremost desert racing sanctioning body, announced that November’s 37th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on the new “Jeep World of Adventure Sports” show on the NBC Sports network. In an unprecedented agreement between SCORE and Aura360, the show’s producers in association with NBC Sports, the world’s most famous desert race will air as a one-hour special in December on the new action-adventure sports series that debuted on April 10 of this year.

    This year’s legendary desert classic, to be held November 17-20 in Mexico, will start in Ensenada along the Pacific Ocean in the state of Baja California
    and finish in La Paz along the Sea of Cortez in the state of Baja California Sur.

    “Monumental would be the word to describe this, absolutely unbelievable would be an even better way,” said Sal Fish, CEO and President of Los Angeles-based SCORE International, which annually sanctions and produces the five-race SCORE Desert Series, capped each year with the Baja 1000, its flagship event. “The motorsports world has never seen an event like this. We have always said the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is more than a race – it’s an adventure – and NBC Sports and Aura360 have the resources and creativity to present the grueling odyssey in a way that will capture the imagination of future adventurers.”

    Nearly 300 entries from over 30 U.S. States and seven countries, competing in 27 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be part of this year’s event. It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.

    “NBC is devoting top talent and producers to provide an entertaining look at a group of action-adventure events that, while popular around the world, have not been traditionally shown on American television,” said Jon Miller, senior vice president, programming, NBC Sports. “We’re excited about this new series.”

    NBC’s Pat Parnell is host of the new program. Top SCORE racers will join Parnell as guest commentators and will be profiled during the telecast. A world-class action-sports commentator, Parnell hosted NBC’s Gravity Games for five years, and was a commentator on NBC’s coverage of the snowboarding competition at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics.

    The “Jeep World of Adventure Sports” on NBC will air August 7, October 16, and on December 4, 11 and 19. The SCORE show is scheduled for one of the three December programs. Times are subject to change, please check local listings.

    Over the years, SCORE has been the subject of numerous television specials, including ABC TV’s Wide World of Sports in 1981 and last year’s ‘Drive Like Hell’, a 90-minute high-definition documentary on the 2002 SCORE Baja 1000 produced for HDNet TV by the Essex Television Group. Essex also produced a 90-minute documentary on the 2003 SCORE Baja 1000, called ‘When the Dust Settles’, for the Discovery Channel’s Discovery HD Theater. It aired first in spring of 2004.

    Additionally, the 2003 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was filmed for a new 90-minute historical sports documentary film, ‘Dust to Glory’. Critically acclaimed director Dana Brown supervised a crew of over 80. It was shot with Brown’s father Bruce Brown as the creative consultant. Bruce Brown is responsible for such notable specialty films as ‘On Any Sunday’ and ‘Endless Summer’. This year, Dana Brown released the popular ‘Step Into Liquid’ surfing documentary. ‘Dust to Glory’ is scheduled for release internationally in late 2004 or Spring 2005.

    For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters at tel. (818)225-8402 or visit SCORE’s official website.
     

    Be sure to check out the most comprehensive, up-to-date
    English language Events Calendar for Ensenada County at

    Dr. Jorge Catalán, Mayor of Ensenada
    Text & photo by Tillie Foster

    In early December of 2001, Dr. Jorge Antonio Catalán Sosa began his three-year term of office as the Mayor of Ensenada (XVII Ayuntamiento). A quiet, unassuming 49-year-old man with a gentle sense of humor, Dr. Catalán is a general practitioner who has put his medical career temporarily on hold. Married for 25 years to Marisela Luna, they are the parents of one son and two daughters.

    photo mayor catalanDr. Catalán first became interested in politics in 1986 when he was invited to support the mayoral campaign of Ernesto Ruffo of the National Action Party (PAN). From 1989-1992, Dr. Catalán served as Primer Regidor (Councilman) for Ensenada and, from 1994-1997, as Diputado Federal (Congressman) for Baja California. In the year 2000, he was approached by PAN and asked to run as the party’s mayoral candidate. He was elected in 2001 and became Ensenada’s third PAN mayor in history. Dr. Catalán’s jurisdiction over the municipality of Ensenada, one of the largest in the world, extends as far north as La Misión, as far south as the border with the state of Baja California Sur, and stretches from the coast of the Pacific to the Sea of Cortés.

    Dr. Catalán’s first six months in office have been occasionally controversial and a bit rocky at times. As the new mayor, he has made some moves that have annoyed a few of the local citizens, especially those of the PRI opposition party. But as all politics go, matters have settled down and Dr. Catalán has been accepted as being in the driver’s seat. The next two and a half years should be very promising for Ensenada and at the same time, interesting to watch. Mayor Catalán has very ambitious goals for the city, such as implementing the bases for Ensenada to become the leading city in Baja California in all fields, with the primary focus on tourism and new industry. He envisions Ensenada as a modern, safe city without ecological problems. He would like to see the construction of a centrally located security center that would house both the police and fire departments, modeled after the successful C4 centers in Mexicali and Tijuana. He would also work for the regularization of property ownership, making the prospect of purchasing property more secure for future investors.

    And this is just for starters. Mayor Catalán has a great many goals but so little time. Since he cannot succeed himself as mayor, he needs to cover a lot of ground during his three-year tenure. Mayor Catalán invites comments and constructive criticism from the general public including foreign residents and visitors. Visit the Spanish-language Ensenada municipal website Jorge Catalán.


    ENSENADA
    History & Statistics

    In 1542, this beautiful bay was discovered by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. In 1602, it was rediscovered by Sebastián Vizcaíno and christened "Ensenada de Todos los Santos" (Bay of All Saints). Ensenada is also known as the "Cenicienta del Pacífico" (Cinderella of the Pacific) and is a major port-of-call for cruise ships.

    The wonderful progress made, in the late 1800's, in the settlements of Southern California, actually directed attention to the lower California, without much regards for boundary lines. The investigative report was so encouraging that a Company of capitalists was formed, comprised of leading citizens of both the US and Mexico. They proceeded to acquire title to 18 million acres of land in Lower California (Baja California)

    The Association was called The International Company of Mexico, who in building railroads and steamship line along the coast and opening several ports of entry, directed attention to a region of land that has been isolated for ages. The Mexican Steamship line runs to Ensenada, leaving San Diego Monday Wed & Friday at 7 PM, returning the following day. Fares $5.00 one way , round trip $7.50.

    The vast region of country included many lovely valleys and climate, equal to any portion of the Pacific slope.

    Ensenada was the first town laid out and colonized and in 1887 had a 1,400 population, one half of them were Americans. The town is situated on the coast at the northern end of the crescent shaped bay of Todos Santos.

    Today, as the third largest city in the state of Baja California, it now has a population of 369,573 inhabitants. Fishing, canning and winemaking are among its main industries.

    Ensenada offers all of the services you would expect in a large town: supermarkets, hospitals, veterinarians, auto repair shops, Internet cafes and plenty of shopping plus museums, cultural points of interest and natural attractions. If you are headed further south into Baja, Ensenada is the last big stop for loading up on the essentials that start to get scarce as you enter Baja's wide open spaces. Although more and more Mexican and American goods are becoming available in small towns, you will not find a city of comparable size until reaching La Paz.

    Beaches, Ensenada offers miles of nice beaches, but because of the large harbor, most of them are south of town. Heading south on the main road, most roads heading west from the highway will get you to the beach. 

    Campgrounds & R V Parks ,There are probably more camping and R.V. areas near Ensenada than any other area on the west coast of Baja.  Close proximity to the U.S. border makes this a fun destination.

    Fishing - Boating , Offshore fishing can be arranged at several locations in Ensenada Mexico. If you are staying in a hotel, your first inquiry might be the front desk. If they cannot recommend a  skipper or a charter operation, try the shops on Ensenada's two main streets, or the pier at the end of Lazaro Cardenas.

    Hotels - Lodging, Ensenada hotels offers every type of hotel and lodging Baja travelers will need. There are several ocean front Ensenada hotels but only 2 have true sandy beaches, Baja Seasons Resort and Estero Beach Resort. The larger hotels cater to English speaking Baja travelers, as do some of the smaller operations. Like most big towns, securing your vehicle during an overnight stay is a good idea.

    Local Interest, In Punta Bandas Puerto Escondido Bay, is the first Tuna Farming operation of Mexico, ' Maricultura del Norte', there, Mr. Charat runs an unusual aquaculture business - an underwater feedlot for the creatures that he calls "the kings of the sea": Thunnus thynnus orientalis, or Pacific bluefin tuna. Click here for the story

    Visiting the fish market is truly a unique experience! Baja has a very efficient cooperative fishing system that connects the entire peninsula. All of the various fish camps scattered along Baja's coast are connected by a distribution system of trucks, which pick up the daily catch and then truck the inventory to the nearest large fish market. The fish and seafood are put on display for wholesalers and tourists alike, and prices are very good. Ensenada's fish market is right at the entrance to town at the harbor. Follow the seagulls!

    Malecon, The new mile long Malecon is home to several Marinas, Sport-fishing outfits and 3 Boat Haul-out facilities, 1 by Crane, 1 by wheeled cradle and the one at Baja Naval by Travel lift.

    Museums & Galleries  . No visit to Ensenada is complete without touring at least one of the Museums & Galleries in town or in the surrounding area. 
    Recreation,   Even though Ensenada is a working town, there are many recreationa 
    opportunities in the area for Baja travelers. Just a few of the more popular include: 
           BIKES, The Rosarito - Ensenada 50 Mile Bike Race is one of the biggest annual events in the city! See 'Rosarito - Local Interest' for more information.

           BOATING, The Ensenada Marina is located right at the entrance to town. Service and fuel are available, and this is a great place to provision before heading further south. The next good harbor is over 400 miles south at Bahia Tortugas.

    DIVING:
           PUNTA BANDA,  Head south of town 12 miles, right at Punta Banda signal, then drive to the end. Easy parking, easy water access, fairly protected, dive shop sometimes open. Main bay Bahia Papalote / next bay Puerto Escondido / Punta Banda at tip.
           ISLA TODOS SANTOS, 4 miles off of Punta Band Good visibility, some currents, boat access only.
    GOLFING,at BAJAMAR and the BAJA COUNTRY CLUB

           OFF-ROAD RACING, 
           TECATE BAJA500 & 1000, The title 'The most prestigious off road race in the world' is well deserved.
           SURFING:
           SAN MIGUEL, 7 miles north of town, just before the toll gate.  Good rights on a rocky beach, some shoulder hopping lefts with a south swell. For more information on SURFING NORTHERN BAJA, check out this article by Mark  Johnson. 

           TODOS SANTOS, 5 miles off shore, due west of town.These waves come in uninterrupted from the ocean, and really pump. Boat access.


    WATERSPORTS, Estero Beach is the perfect calm bay for all types of water sports, including water skiing, boardsailing, and personal watercraft.

    Wineries, No visit to Ensenada is complete without touring at least one of the wineries in town or in the surrounding area. Although some wineries offer scheduled tours and wine tastings, others open by appointment only. Be sure to plan accordingly.


    Realestate, With the well designed 4 lane highway stretching from the border all the way to Ensenada, more  Baja aficionados are becoming interested in buying real estate in this fast growing seaport town.  There are many vacation homes near town, however each year more and more folks choose the  coastal areas south of town as the perfect location for their Baja hideaway. The road south west of town heading towards Punta Banda has gotten a lot of attention over the last few years, and the settlement of Punta Banda itself continues to attract Baja lovers looking to get away from the big city. Ensenada tends to mark the southern end of Baja's popular 'Gold Coast' tourist area, which begins just below the border and runs for over 70 miles to Punta Banda. 

    >Transportation, Getting to Ensenada from US or TJ   

       From the Plaza Viva (Tijuana, Pueblo Mexico), If visiting Ensenada by Bus from the San Diego area, the best option is to take the San Diego Trolley to San Ysidro, then walk across the border to the small Plaza Viva bus station. ABC buses depart for Ensenada every half hour from 6a.m. until 9:30p.m. (tel. (664) 683-5681). ABC buses arrive in Ensenada at the Ensenada Central Terminal (Central Camionera on Av. Riveroll & Calle 11. ABC buses depart from Ensenada to the Tijuana border ( la linea. ) every half hour from 6a.m. until 8p.m. (tel. (646)178-6680 or (664)178-1323). One-way fare is about $6.50dlls.
        Also at Plaza Viva, Aragon buses depart for Ensenada every hour from 6a.m. until 10p.m. (tel. (664)683-5622). They arrive in Ensenada at their own terminal on Av. Riveroll & Calle 8. Aragon buses depart from Ensenada to the Tijuana border (. la linea. ) every hour from 5a.m. until 9:30p.m. (tel. (646)178-8521 or (646)174-0717). One-way fare is about $6.50dlls.

        From the Tijuana Central Terminal, ( You can get there by taxi or Greyhound Bus, see below)
    ABC (Autotransportes Baja California) buses depart for Ensenada every half hour from 6a.m. until midnight (tel. (664) 621-2982). One-way fare is about $8dlls.
        Both ABC and Aragon offer service to other points in Baja California, Baja California Sur and the Mexican mainland. For times and prices for Mexican Bus lines operating in Baja click here.

        Greyhound Bus Lines (U.S. toll free: 800-231-2222) connect with major Mexican Bus lines at Tijuana's Central Bus Terminal (Central Camionera) in La Mesa (Tijuana) on the road to the airport. Greyhound Lines will take you to Tijuana's Central Bus Terminal (Central Camionera) from anywere in the US via San Ysidro, also depart from Tijuana for various U.S. destinations, but be sure to check prices since fares are significantly higher when departing from Tijuana rather than San Diego (see www.greyhound.com) (You will find Tijuana, Mx, as a Destination under California but not as a departure, in the Greyhound time schedule. The Bus just turns around a few minutes later to go back to San Ysidro.).

    There are plans to have a commercial Airport in the Future. The only other public way to come to Ensenada is by Cruise Ship for a very short visit.



    Getting Around inEnsenada
        Taxi service is readily available at stands along Ensenada's main streets, or through hotels. Be sure to agree upon fares in advance. 




             CARLOS FIESTA'S HOT TIP: Don't miss a walking tour of the fish market, located near the entrance of town on the harbor. Fresh fish are delivered here daily from the fishing cooperatives throughout Baja, and it's a well organized show. After your visit, you may want to submit to a fresh fish or shrimp taco at one of the many small seafood stands surrounding the fish market. Delicious!
    T i l l i e' s   P e a r l s

    TILLIE´S PEARLS JUNE 2002

    On your next visit to Ensenada, DON"T drive to La Bufadora, TAKE THE MICRO!! I DARE YOU !!! Tillie Foster


    What is it that brings us back to Mexico?
    by Summer
    When you meet a person for the first time, there are a few things that create that first impression. It's the same when you travel to Mexico. 
    The Eyes
    Such an devine design.... They tell a whole story in an unspoken exchange.The eyes of Mexico are deep and broad, yet old and wise. These eyes have seen more history than can be told in a book. Even in our imaginations we can't begin to travel where Mexico has been. 
    The Smile
    How a person smiles or if they smile at all can unravel their own story....People sometimes hide behind a smile, not realizing we see through the disguise. Mexico doesn't hide behind it's steadfast smile. It is there for the taking. We receive smile after smile, everyday of our visit. Even in the face of adversity, we can depend on Mexico to give us the gift of a warm smile. And we respond with our hearts. 
    The Voice
    Is it high pitched? Is it deep and rough? A voice can be a cruel joke, not matching the landscape.....For me, the voice of Mexico is a warm whisper that can't be heard. It is something you feel inside. It is a silent sensation that speaks of heritage, simplicity and rich colors. We experience an endless season of celebrations through this whisper. I fell in love with the voice of Mexico many years ago. This love grows ber with each visit. 
    Something Else.
    Put the eyes, the smile and the voice in a bookmark for a moment. There is something else that keeps calling us back. Is it the scenery and the recreation we experience? Of course, but even that isn't it. It's the one thing that keeps Mexico stranded in our minds for endless hours.... 
    Pace. 
    The pace of Mexico gives us permission to live each day, one at a time. We don't have this privilege in our everyday lives. We are far too busy preparing for the next step, the next meal, the next day. We are not happy unless we are predicting tomorrows problems and preparing for every possible disaster that may fall in our path. We spend our life preparing for life but we are far too busy being "productive" to live it. When you wake up in Mexico the pace will greet you and it will remind you. At breakfast you'll be enjoying the morning, not worrying about the afternoon. At lunch, you will simply enjoy the afternoon. There is no need to worry about dinner. It will arrive. If you need to look at your watch to be reminded go ahead, but why bother? Evening will arrive without a clock and you will often find that you are still enjoying the afternoon when it does. The pace of Mexico is what draws us back year after year. If you don't take the time to savor it you just might return home with the wrong impression.

    reprint from the Cancun Net