🌅 The Ventana View - 14 septiembre 2022



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FYI - Questions - Help
What’s Happening in La Ventana? Let us know if you have something to share or questions for the community.
  • Ventana View Announcement: Expect the next delivery in two weeks, Sept 28. Also, it’s not too soon to start posting about ride-shares, caravans and travel requests in the Travel Board.
  • I am a retired school teacher who will be providing tutoring services in El Sargento, November through March. I have a few openings to work with English-speaking students, grades 1-7, with their homeschool/online curriculum. If interested, please email me for more information. erin2rubie@gmail.com
Observing the Reef - Moon Jellyfish have invaded Ventana Bay. Luckily their stings usually aren’t serious and their tentacles are short so you can swim around them without being stung. William desertplayer@hotmail.com
Moon Jellyfish (click image to see video)
Moon Jellyfish (click image to see video)
All Things Reptile - Today we have a guest of honor! Although it is not a reptile (it’s an amphibian), I believe the Couch’s Spade Foot Toad (Scaphiopus couchii) deserves a column. As many of you know, here in LV/ES we have had a rainy September so far, with one tropical storm and a hurricane already. Although this can cause problems for humans, the local toads need the summer rains to reproduce.
A little over a week ago, we had our first big rain of the year on my family’s property in El Sargento. It rained all night. When I looked out my window, I saw that our road was a river! As I left my camper, I immediately heard a chorus from our lovely neighbors: the toads. I ran down our street to find that one of our friend’s yards had become a lake, which I christened “Lake Driveway.” It was brimming with Couch’s Spade Foot Toads. Over the next few hours, the toads called and called and called, with toads seemingly materializing out of nowhere. These rainfalls are the toads’ only chance to reproduce for the entire year, in most cases.
Then, as quickly as it started, it was over; by the afternoon, most of the toads had disappeared. However, what came next was even more exciting. Since water never lasts long in the desert, Couch Spade Foot Toads have adapted so that their eggs hatch in an astonishing 15-24 hours, and the tadpoles grow into toads in as little as 9 days.
The next morning, I headed to a smaller pool on the next lot up from Lake Driveway that was shrinking fast. The sun was coming out and I could tell the pool would probably not even last a few hours. It was full of hatchling tadpoles and I knew that, if I did nothing, the tadpoles would die. Quickly, I got a bin and set up a little tadpole enclosure, scooped up a few (which ended up being like 50), and brought them up to my camper. These young toads will eat just about anything made out of a plant so I experimented and, it turns out, they love lettuce and cucumbers, just like my old guinea pigs. So far, the “puddle pigs” are doing very well.
Over the last few days, I have stopped along roadsides to find puddles full of tadpoles. As these toads can live in temporary, polluted pools in parking lots with cars and trucks driving through them, I believe that Couch’s Spade Foot Toads are some of the toughest amphibians on Earth. Adult spade foot toads are very interesting, too, and I will go over them in a different week’s column.
If you want to talk or walk reptiles, email ChanceStevens123@icloud.com. And check out the new All Things Reptile page on the website, an archive of all of the reptile stories posted in the newsletter.
Community Action
No Más Basura - New Recycling Location for this coming Saturday September 17th - 8-10am we will be at La Concha (aka the Pickleball courts). Please be part of the change and bring your plastics, glass, metal and aluminum to our recycling days! 
The recent rains brought a lot of arroyos to flood. Even more important to recycle the proper way, so the debris will not end up on our beaches and ultimately in the ocean! The trash bag is full of plastics from a small section of one of our beaches.
Thursday 22nd of September 8-10am. Usual location by the farmers market. West side of El Palmar Restaurant.
Thanks for supporting NMB and our community in the effort to de- plastic, use, resuse and recycle! PayPal:nomasbasuralv@gmail.com Your NMB team
Events & Activities
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Ongoing Weekly
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Health & Wellness
The complete calendar of yoga and other wellness classes and retreats is featured on the Health & Wellness page.
Yoga with Kathleen - Yoga classes in north El Sargento resume Oct. 3. Classes are Mon/Wed/Fri at 8 a.m. I teach sustainable vinyasa flow and restorative yoga for all levels. For current schedule and details go to InterdimensionalYoga.com/public-yoga or email stebbins.kathleen@gmail.com.
Clara - Hola everyone! Looking forward to the upcoming season here in Baja. Beginning October, I will be offering yoga/movement classes in the El Sargento/La Ventana area. Join me for gentle and unhurried mindful movements exploring flexibility, balance and strength as we age. All abilities welcomed. You can find more information about my offerings on Facebook and IG @aguacatespacificos or give me a call with any questions. Clara +52 613-129-3150. Stay travels back to Baja
Eat & Drink
Check out the most comprehensive list of Restaurants, Cafes and Bars, with maps to help you discover them all.
Playa Central Pizza Restaurant - Oct 14, 4pm the Wood Oven fires up. Pizza & Margaritas will be served. Mark your calendar. Delivery will also be available +52.612.114.0267
The Ceviche Bar - at Playa Central will open Fri. Nov. 4th. 
The Ventana View Business Directory has over 150 listings for local businesses and services. What can you find in the directory? See all of the categories. Announcements:
El Teso Dental Center - New! Dental Surgeon - Dr Raúl Anthony Villafán Ángel. Specializing in orthodontics and maxillofacial orthopedics. Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Implants, Pediatric Dentistry. Services: Emergency Dental Care, Check ups, Treatment of Periodental desease, Tooth Extraction, Root Canal, Dental Crowns, Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Clear aligned (Invisalign), Vaneers, Teeth whitening.
Freeride Kiting - IKO Kite Center established in 2017 offering kiteboard, kitefoil, and kitesurf lessons as well as skills coaching, ride-along, and downwind sessions from October through May. We keep the learning curve simple, fun, and safe, with straight forward teaching methods that adapt to your learning style and progression. From beginner to intermediate we teach you to be a competent and independent kiter using the latest gear from Flysurfer, bBtalkn, Mystic, Brunotti, Slingshot, Ozone, Cabrinha, Ocean Rodeo, and SABFoil. Jetski assist available. Come learn to kite with us.
Playa Central - Kite & Wing News: Our Kite & Wing School & Shop will open on October 1st, early season hours are 9am- 5pm. If you are thinking about learning to wingfoil, now is the time. Get set-up to learn, rent or ride on GoFoil and NSI gear. Adam Withington, our shop pro, spent the summer in Hood River at Northwave Sales managing the GoFoil fleet and riding for them. Adam also buzzed over to Maui in April and in August to ride with Alex Aguera and learn all about the upcoming GoFoil gear and why it rips. E-mail adam@playacentralkiteboarding.com to reserve and for more info, or whatsapp us at +52.612.114.0267
Swap Meet (Oct 2). 1st swap meet of the season will be Oct. 2nd, and every first Sunday for the rest of the season. 8-11 AM.
Wing Wednesday Clinics (first on Oct 19, 10-11am) are designed to help beginner wing-foilers learn all of the basics. One of Playa Central’s instructor’s will talk you through how to wingfoil, and to have hands-on experience with the wing sail and the board, on-land. It’s also a chance to meet other new wingfoilers and hear their common struggles in the sport and listen to the instructor’s answers on how to overcome them. It’s an opportunity to learn how to set-up and handle the gear, and ask any questions. It is $25, limited to 12 people.
Kid’s Wingfoil Camps for your kids and grandkids! We wanted to go ahead and let you know the dates for the 2-Day Wingfoil Kid Camps we have scheduled at Playa Central so that you can let your family know and decide if this is the year your kids learn to wingfoil. Nov. 22-23 * Dec. 29-30 * Jan. 5-6.
To signup or get more info on clinics and camps: email info@playacentralkiteboarding.com or whatsapp us at +52.612.114.0267
Palapas Ventana - Get your end of summer scuba & free dives in Jacques Cousteau’s playground! Palapas Ventana has over 20 years of experience, private covered boats, & multilingual guides who know the best spots. Lunch included on your journey from our restaurant, El Anzuelo. We are licensed, local & legit, and we are prepared to show you the #bestofbaja underwater! Call or text +1-310-594-DIVE, whatsapp: 612 111 9188 or email: contact@palapasventana.com
The Ventana View Classifieds is your 24/7 lost & found and swap meet. Post your own available/wanted or lost/found, and it shows up on the site immediately, will stay up for two weeks. Go here now to see all listings! New this week:
  • Welp, no classifieds this week!
Real Estate & Rentals
The self-service Real Estate & Rentals section is where you manage your own rental and real estate listings. Add photos, and edit your listing as you like. Learn more and submit your listing here.
Ride Sharing & Travel
The Ventana View Travel Board is where you coordinate with other travelers.
  • Need a ride to or from the Airport? Want to share a shuttle?
  • Looking to Caravan up and down the Baja peninsula?
  • Need transport for you or your stuff to or from La Ventana?
  • Or can you offer a ride for people or stuff?
New Rideshares
New Travelshares
  • Southbound Oct 2022: Caravan. Leaving Columbia River Gorge to La Ventana about October 1, 2022 (Hal)
  • Southbound Oct 2022: Caravan. My son and I are looking to Caravan from San Diego to La Ventana in mid-October. Flexible on dates. Feel free to contact… (David Spittel)
  • Southbound Oct 2022: Ride for Stuff. Looking for a ride for 1 or 2 Rubbermaid totes with household items/wetsuits/gear. Vancouver/Victoria or WA state to El … (Amanda)
  • Southbound Nov 2022: Caravan. Plan to cross Mexicali around November 1. Please have a reliable vehicle. (Kurt)
  • Southbound Dec 2022: Caravan. I need 3-4 sails to be transported from Hood River to El Sargento preferably in the first week of December. Text Doug 54… (Magwire)
  • Southbound Dec 2022: Ride for Stuff. Need to transfer 3 or 4 sails to El Sargento in early December. (Magwire)
In Case of Emergency
Bookmark the In Case of Emergency page. Numbers to call and how to call them if you need help. We depend on the entire community to help keep this often changing information up to date. Email us with feedback, suggestions, corrections.
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