Okay, you’ve stumbled onto this blog one way or another and are probably wondering what this is about. My name is Kenneth Louis Decroo and I have been wandering the Baja Peninsula for over 50 years. I’m a blogger and author, Almost Human – a novel.
My wife, Tammy, and I have two places in Baja, Playa de Estero on the Pacific and Bahia de Los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez.
I keep coming back to this land and it’s people as though she were a mistress. She has the unique ability to reclaim herself and keep the core of her character and over the years she has been a constant for me in this high speed, plugged-in world. I have watched countless changes visit this land and each time she has patiently endured them until they faded away.
I remember when the Transpeninsular Highway was built transversing the entire length of Baja. At the time, we all feared it would be the demise to her many quaint and remote villages and beaches. It would bring about an unwelcome change where Club Med types would replace the adventurers who love this land so.
But within a few years, the road deteriorated in many stretches to where it was easier to travel on the dirt that paralleled the crumbling asphalt. Gleaming gasoline stations and cafeterias decayed and were replaced by taco stands and 50-gallon gasoline barrels. Baja reclaimed herself.
There has been wave after wave of these changes brought by those who seek to make a profit on the soul of this place. Few have endured but all have had their effect. Many of us wonder how long will it be before this wonderful place succumbs and is changed forever. There is a sense of urgency in many us who cling to the soul of Baja and wish her to remain the same for just a little while longer.
It is the purpose of this blog to share what remains of the real place that so many of us have loved faithfully.