When the dust finally settled, there were approximately 20 people who, with big smiles on their faces, got off their ATVs and headed into the winery.And, without exception, every person I and my friends spoke with said that so far it was a great experience they could hardly wait to try it again!
Craig and Chris Mungary from Fresno, and Sky Seals, were in agreement that even though the day was on the nippy-cool side, the chance to see nooks and crannies that other wine valley visitors might never see was appealing to them. They waxed poetic about the off-roading that lead them from Rosarito Beach and a hearty Mexican breakfast to the wine valley; the excellent carne asada lunch at Rancho Mentada, and the fact that The Grape Adventure leader, Armando Carrasco, had put together a fun and fascinating journey for them.Some of the participants would finish up the day's wine tastings and then head to Rancho Maria Teresa in the Valle de Guadalupe, to spend the night before heading back to Rosarito Beach.
"It is a very cool adventure," said Sky, "Well organized, and anyone from kids (there was a six-year-old on this trip) to adults can do it."One rider noted that this was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for him, but that he was going to make sure he did it a second and even a third time!
Armando is not a novice at putting together this kind of activity and knows the ins-and-outs of meeting travelers' needs.As the head of Too Much Fun Promotions, he has quite a track record of event organization: the Playa Motocross at the Cantamar Sand Dunes, soccer tournaments, and concerts.He works directly with visitors to make sure that they have transportation across the border, correct paperwork in place, and a full and clear schedule of where to meet, where to eat, and what's in store.And he is one of the riders, as well, so that The Baja Grape Adventurers always have the security of knowing that he is there to handle any hitch in the git-along.
Each journey that The Baja Grape Adventure embarks on is slightly different and can be customized, depending on the group.Suffice it to say, it involves authentically delicious food, a whole lot of laughs, and an insider's view of the beauties and challenges of Baja.
The Baja Grape Adventure was a hit with Sky Seal and his friends and family.
My friends and I shivered a little bit in the breeze, and adjusted our fluffy cashmere scarves a little tighter around our necks, watching as a young girl from the Grape Adventure passed by. She was all smiles in spite of the thin shirt she was wearing on this cold winter day. True, she was young but it was obvious that the sheer adrenalin of the trip made her oblivious to the minor discomforts that we were feeling.
Armando noted that the next Baja Grape Adventure will probably take off in the spring. And, believe it or not, I might go with them! I didn't think it would be my cup of tea, but with an end goal of finding some of Baja's best wineries, what's not to like about the idea? If a six-year-old can do it and have 'too much fun', so can I!
For more information about the Baja Grape Adventure, contact Armando@toomuchfun.com.mx, 619-819-6323. Or visit the Too Much Fun Facebook page!
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