Wednesday, August 15, 2012

ABC Wednesday: E is for Ensenada

I've driven through Ensenada, Mexico, more than once in the past 40 years, but never recognized it as a large city until we arrived there by ship earlier this year. Obviously, I never strayed far from Highway 1 on my way to or from Highway 3, which crosses the Sierras to Highway 5 and my parents' winter home in San Felipe on the other side of the Baja Peninsula.
It turns out Ensenada stretches far below the spot where it meets Highway 3, and has a population of almost half a million. Who knew? Not I. We saw a great deal more when we took a tour to see La Bufadora (The Blowhole) on the peninsula at the south end of Bahia Todos Los Santos.

Misty mountains: Unfortunately, air pollution still exists in any Mexican city
of more than 100,000 poeple. This photo was taken from our balcony on the Carnival Spirit,
which was docked at the north end of the city, and the north end of Bahia Todos Los Santos.
Villa Marina Hotel, taken from the Carnival Spirit.
Sea lions and seagulls know the cruise ship dock means people, and people mean food.
Can you see the young gull flying above the three sea lions on the left? 
The Carnival Inspiration, older and smaller than the Spirit, was also at the cruise ship dock.
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Kate said...

It looks like to must have been an EXTRAORDINARY and EXCELLENT cruise! Kate, ABC Team

Gattina said...

Must have been a beautiful trip !

Roger Owen Green said...

I saw the seals in southern California, but it's been a LONG time since I was in Mexico/

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous shots!

Daryl said...

wow that cruise ship is HUGE

Susan said...

Thanks for the E-trip. I'm looking forward to our next excursion.

Ann said...

Oh how absoulutely beautiful. I would love to cruise but have not been able to yet. The coastline looks lovely.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great pictures -- it has been (too many) years since we've been in this part of the country -- I surely wouldn't have thought of Ensenada as a big city, and maybe it wasn't yet when we were there.

Ella said...

Wow, what an exciting! I hope it was as magical, as it looks :D

Reader Wil said...

A voyage on a cruiseship looks wonderful. I had not heard about Ensenada before, but thanks to you I know now a bit more about this town.
I hope you and Dick are okay and having a bit of summer like we have.I often think of you and our cup of coffee near the windmills!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

love the seals, they chose a good spot for you. I saw seals among rocks.I had to look carefully to see them.