However Humble, No Place Like Home
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Looking down and in, you see the living room and bedroom in this shot. Oftentimes, people came to Baja in their motorhomes, built a small ramada (covering), then lived there while they built their houses, adding on to the ramada bit by bit. If you turned back the clock, you would probably see a Winnebago parked where the bedroom is today, along with that little shower in the alcove. I met many friends who used this method. When the living room was done, they moved the motor home or trailer out and turned the space into a bedroom - which has happened here. These are modest little houses, usually on the beach along the rugged eastern coast. Even now, with electricity in many areas, building there is not a simple project! Every tile, every piece of lumber, every pipe, every-THING, has to be hauled in from Mexicali at the US border over 130 miles to the north, often via "roads" no wider than a cow-path zig-zagging through the desert. And it's rough terrain. Electric or not, propane and water have to be delivered in the same, often inconvenient way. This is one reason you will sometimes see a bumper sticker saying, "Baja Ain't no Theme Park, Baby!" But oh, those beaches! Are they worth it?? Si !
In the Memories in Miniature photo essay.
Also by Nadya Johnson
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