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Our philosophy: “Life is a journey to the grave.” It is not our intention to arrive safely, in a good looking and well-preserved body, but rather to slide in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow!! What a ride!
Well we anticipated retirement and it finally arrived on December 3rd 2010. The big retirement date clock count down the days until retirement arrived we could hardly wait. If you want to see the days that have gone by since we retired just look in the lower right corner of this page. If you want to see how many hours I worked click this link "Retirement Clock".
Photo in Cabo San Lucas at Lands End
"Vacation", that word has a different meaning this time. Most often when we speak of going on vacation, there is always an end date to the vacation. Not this time! We are going on vacation and it will have no end date, just a perpetual adventure of exploring. As they say in Mexico, PARA DONDE VAS (WHERE ARE YOU GOING), La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico!
We departed for La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico on Wednesday December 29th 2010 and arrived March 5th, 2011. We stopped in Phoenix, Arizona and Indio, California and then on to Gonzaga Bay south of San Felipe to visit some great friends on the way down to La Paz.
Why Move To Mexico?
Many of you have asked us this question, "why move to Mexico?" Some of you think we are absolutely nuts. Some of you have already discovered why we are retiring in Baja.
We we will try to explain why. In 1985 our Uncle Stu introduced us to the Baja by asking us to join them for a few weeks of fishing in Gonzaga. After a few years of exploring the Baja, in 1995 we decided that this would be a great place to retire. Lots of hot sun which is good for our joints, good fishing, low cost of living, no stress life style all of which we both like. And oh ya the beer is cheap also! The sunrise and sunsets are out of this world. The animals both marine life and land mammals are fun.
The fears of visiting or living here are based
on hysteria, en-flamed by a media that is no longer committed to balanced
and factual reporting. Despite the bad press, that
surrounds the reported violence in Mexico, U.S. and Canadian citizens
are retiring here in record numbers. The main reason is simple economics.
Costs for dental and medical care are one half to 80% less
in Baja. We purchased full coverage health care from the
Mexican government for $341.00 per year for each of us. The Mexican physicians, dentists,
surgeons, and nurses provide quality care with the same equipment that our stateside hospitals have at 60% or more savings.
Hospitals stays are 70-80% less here then the States. Doctors here still make house
We enjoy a higher standard of living in Mexico with far less money,
greater freedom, and far less risk to our health and
personal security than we could in the USA. Don’t
believe us, just ask the one million retirees who live in Mexico.
Violence in mainland Mexico is not aimed at tourists or foreigners. The victims are rich local Mexicans. They are kidnapped because the kidnappers know their net worth and which family members to call in order to assure ransom payment. The peninsula of Baja is the forgotten Mexico and is safer then most American cities.
As our philosophy says “Life is a journey to the grave.” It is not our intention to arrive safely, in a good looking and well-preserved body, but rather to slide in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: Wow!! What a ride!
We have chosen to enjoy the time we have left and not sit around and what for the day we leave this earth.
With the advent of the internet and things like email and Skype (video telephone) it has made it easy to stay in touch with everyone.
Oh yes one more reason that the move has been easy ... you can get Spam in Mexico and you will not see this white stuff in southern Baja!!
Why the La Paz area you ask?
Even though we are adventurers we do like our creature comforts. Things like Home Depot, Super Walmart, Sam's Club, Sears and most of all Applebees for those of you that know us.
La Paz (Spanish for "The Peace" and 475 years old in 2011) is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and an important regional commercial center. The city had a 2010 census population of 251,875 persons. Its surrounding municipality, which is the fourth-largest municipality in Mexico in geographical size persons living on a land area of 7,828 square miles.
La Paz was first inhabited by Neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja peninsula. On May 3, 1535, Hernán Cortés arrived in the bay by La Paz and named it Santa Cruz; he attempted to start a colony but abandoned his efforts after several years due to logistical problems. In 1596 Sebastian Vizcaino arrived, giving the area its modern name, La Paz.