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Mary Finnance Mar 17, 2015 at 02:09 PM

Is it advisable to bring my Ipad or is there very little wifi connection during the trip? I leave for San Diego tomorrow from Los Angeles.
Kathryn Waer Mar 17, 2015 at 02:34 PM

I understand there is usually wifi connectivity at the hotels but it can be sporadic - depends on the area.

Mary Finnance Mar 15, 2015 at 03:39 AM

I was wondering if we can leave our cars at the Courtyard Marriott while going to the Baja. I can not find it in the information now, but recall reading that when I signed up.
Kathryn Waer Mar 15, 2015 at 02:50 PM

Hi Mary - I spoke directly with Amdiamo Tours a little while ago and the answer is yes. We should leave the cars parked around the back. The hotel will need to be informed - time frame, make & model of car. There is no charge . Are you taking the 3/18 tour?

DINNER: San Ignacio...a short walk from the Desert Inn go into town. Turn left before the mission church, left again at first street, left again at fork in the road = TOOTSIE'S BAR & GRILL. Excellent fresh gourmet food, great atmosphere, and a nice change from eggs, beans and rice! 11 Francisco I. Madero. Take a flash.ignt for the dark walk home and watch for the rocky sidewalk and/or potholes! Yummmmmmmy.
Sheila Bracken Mar 08, 2015 at 02:48 PM

Thanks Cate...good information...especially the flashlight. The skies were full of stars, but that was the only light to be had. We went to a different restaurant called Rennes...Turn left after the mission church, accross from the town plaza. We were there on Superbowl Sunday, and they had the game televised...fun memories. Tootsie's was advertised, but on a bill board that said for sale...so we went to the other one. Guess it's not for sale! Either one...but I hope some of us will go as a group, and stay together.

Linda Copes Mar 06, 2015 at 02:51 PM

Hi all...I am on the March 23 trip, and so appreciate all the info. I know this trip is rated "Active", so Did you find any of the walking parts difficult? I can do the in/out of boats, etc, but I can't do either fast or uphill walking due to a vascular issue in my legs. BUT, I am a total animal lover and so much want to do this trip. Do you think the leaders will be ticked off by my slowness :-))). Have done 5 active trips so far. Thanks!
Don Blackett Mar 06, 2015 at 06:58 PM

There is one uphill walk to see cave paintings, and our guide Hiroshi lead a morning walk of about 40 minutes down a dirt trail to see the river in Catavina (that was up and down hill). You do not have to do either of those. Most other walking is fairly short and flat. The active rating is a little overstated in my opinion. If you can get in and out of the boats you pretty much have it made.
Linda Copes Mar 07, 2015 at 04:49 PM

Hi Don...
Mary Greenwood Mar 17, 2015 at 10:21 PM

You should do fine. I struggled with the climb to the cave paintings and if you have a collapsable walking stick you could take it. But remember...you are theree to see mom and baby whales and you will be amazed with them. Everything else is optional.

Kathryn Waer Mar 05, 2015 at 09:50 PM

Hi all - Do you recommend a day pack for the bus? How about your thoughts on how to keep passport, cash, cards safe while on boats? Thanks!
Sheila Bracken Mar 05, 2015 at 10:44 PM

Day bag for the bus....reading material, snacks, light jacket.
Sheila Bracken Mar 05, 2015 at 10:46 PM

The bus/vans that take us to the whales are locked, and driver stays with the van. All valuables, purses, etc are safe. I kept small amount of money/and or credit card in my Road Scholar badge pack for small items in gift shops.
Kathryn Waer Mar 06, 2015 at 01:11 AM

Thank you :-)
Sheila Bracken Mar 06, 2015 at 04:31 AM

don't forget disposable water bottle. Purified water provided upon request

Ugly but useful to me, I used a fanny pack while on the boat. Name tag got in the way swinging out as you move from sude to sude. Things are safe also in the bus! Would not leave in the foo your passport.

After morning coffee....sude to sude = side to side
Kathryn Waer Mar 06, 2015 at 09:05 AM

Where did you keep your passport?

Hidden in pocket of backpack with cash, not on boat!
Kathryn Waer Mar 06, 2015 at 01:48 PM

Okay - thanks :-)

Sheila Bracken Mar 04, 2015 at 06:35 PM

I am bringing a hooded fleece jacket and a London fog light weight jacket. When I was there before, the wind made it seem colder, so the hooded fleece should be perfect. Yes, to question about washcloth and soap. Zip lock bag for washcloth. Travel hair dryer also. I found the hotels chilly...so warmer PJ's. I was there the end of January...so I'm assuming and hoping it will be much warmer. See you in a couple of days!!!
Arlene Owens Mar 04, 2015 at 06:36 PM

No heavy rain jacket. Just something mildly waterprrof as those big ole whales can throw up some water! Wind only when underway. Once you get to the kajillion whales, capitain slows the motor and does his work to get to whales and to let you get to them!
Arlene Owens Mar 04, 2015 at 06:37 PM

I did double duty...thermal underwear=pj's and layering if needed.

Bandana scarf is a good thing for both throat or on head for better view of the whales.
Mary Finnance Mar 17, 2015 at 05:34 AM

Beatriz Donatelli Mar 04, 2015 at 06:25 PM

Thank you so much for all the good info. Was it cold and windy out on the boats? I don't want to have to pack a heavy rain jacket and hope to get by with layers and a windbreaker? Thoughts. Thank you.

With all the schlepping each night of luggage, do the carry-on ONLY with everything doing double duty. It was warm on the boat for FEB 8-15 adventure.

Beatriz Donatelli Mar 04, 2015 at 06:03 PM

Anyone who has recently returned from Whale Trip; how cold is it out in the water? trying to take minimal luggage. Thx
Arlene Owens Mar 04, 2015 at 06:19 PM

The water temp was NO problem In Feb. You needn't worry. I really wore two prs. of kayak style pants. I packed a pr. of shorts but did not wear them. One night we went out for dinner in San Ignacio (an excellent break from beans and rice and fish- which although was excellent all the trip, I needed to switch it out a bit), and I wore what I wore on the plane, a very casual dress. One thing I cannot stress enough: take a wash cloth. It takes up minimal space and it is miserable w/out one. Cate's idea of stashing it in a plastic zip-lock is excellent. That takes up zero space. I was in a quandry about shoes.... I took comfortable water shoes, suede "sneakers" for the desert and sandals. I never wore my sandals. I am a big fan on minimal packing, so I understand your desire. I took four interchangeable polyester (runner's t-shirts), a rain jacket, a light weight fleece, and the ever helpful scarf. Hat was a baseball cap that will not fly off when in motor boat. Take your most adventuresome and flexible spirit and ENJOY!

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