Who, Me?/Contact

Thanks for stumbling upon the Expat in Baja Mexico blog.  Not trying to save the universe here.  Just enjoying the beauty and humor of the cosmic debris that drifts across my path.

Most of my posts focus on Ensenada, northern Baja and related news/information.  We will throw in some San Diego/SoCal info as our travels allow.

Cleveland Saint Joseph High School, Indiana University @ Bloomington and lots of business experience with customers are part of my ongoing education.  I read quite a bit, but, get most of my thrills from ordinary people with extraordinary adventures.  Life is like a Hitchcock movie in that way.

Moved from Denver, Colorado to Ensenada, Baja California in 2007 to enjoy the climate, culture, coast and carefree lifestyle.  No, Baja California is not located in the USA.

My life is no longer encumbered with the framework of wealth, fame or bling.  That does not mean a bottle of Stags Leap Petite Sirah would be rejected as your house warming gift.  4 x $10 bottles of cali cab are better shared than the $40 Stags Leap…most days.

Designed and supervised the building of my wave-watching home in 2007.  Several photos of my area & home are available on left side photo album of this site.  I’ll attempt to post a weekly photo on the foto of the week page and update both my Ensenada Links page and Ensenada Interactive Map.

In addition to Baja, my hangouts include San Diego, Orange County, Colorado, Florida and anywhere that includes friends, food and beverage.

Holler when you visit Ensenada.   Or if you want some specific info on this area, I will gladly share or refer you to someone with expertise.  CHEERS!  

31 43’14” N, 116 41’35” W for Google Earth fans.

Please provide me your comment/criticism directly on any of my posts or email me: bajadock@gmail.com


2015 at Adobe Guadalupe with friends, Valley Girl Wines and Adobe Food Truck.



  1. Dorina Visciglio
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 10:58 | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome to hear from you Doc!!!


    Good to see all the cool pictures and comic stuff…

    • bajadock
      Posted August 31, 2011 at 11:44 | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for providing today’s(Aug 31) topic, D.V. Or M.T.T.? Or Peggy?

  2. Posted September 24, 2011 at 07:30 | Permalink | Reply

    Finally here and into our fifth day. Will head up the hill to the Fiesta/El Pescador to watch some of the bike race and I bet you are in it. We are still getting our “sea legs” and discovering tinaguises, best fruterias, etc. We’ll head down your way in a few weeks and maybe we can meet up for lunch at one of your faves. Saludos, Zoe

    • bajadock
      Posted September 24, 2011 at 07:54 | Permalink | Reply

      Welcome to Baja California. Hope your move went smoothly.

      I’m enjoying couch this morning v. the bike race.

      Are you enjoying the foggy mornings? Have fun in your new paradise.

  3. Posted September 25, 2011 at 06:58 | Permalink | Reply

    Foggy the first day and early mornings, when I sit with brew on the deck and watch the lobstermen hie out to sea, but warm and sunny shortly thereafter. Really great house and meeting a few good peeps, but it is pretty solitary which is fine. As long as I have a Kindle, dogs’ heads to pat, and a weekly tiangus, all is well. (oh yeah, and a hubby near by) Went to Splash last night for our anniversary. Cool place! Z

  4. oceansizze
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 22:26 | Permalink | Reply

    Nice blog BajaDock…I did pretty much the same as you. I lived part time here for 3 years and then back to North County San Diego for 2 years. I fixed up my beach house to sell this past summer….are you nuts the market sucks……I had 4 cash offers before my house was put on MLS. I got way more than my asking price….I moved back to Ensenada in late August. The big difference is I have no ties to that country north of us!

    • bajadock
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 23:09 | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the note O.S. I’m thinking it’s more about how to live than where. But, where might teach us some how. Cheers on you and yours and fewer tie-downs v. fun. ALLTHEBEST

  5. Bob Miller
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Great site. Cool interactive map. Do you know of any Webcam’s of Ensenada? I have searched Google for Ensenada cams and there are none that I found, and I really searched.
    Cams of the harbor, PB, etc would be a real positive PR statement. Maybe talk to the Tourist office and they could get one for their building or some taller building in Ensenada. Maybe the roof of the Villa Marina Hotel.

    I live full time in San Felipe but coming over to Ensenada Wed for maybe 1 week and bring my bike. Hope the weather will be good.

    • bajadock
      Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:26 | Permalink | Reply

      Bob, Greetings and thank you. It is a mystery that Ensenada has no webcams of the coast. I have found none in my five years here.
      My location and view are perfect for a webcam. But, my satellite internet limits bandwidth.

      Weather forecast looks good for your visit. Holler if you wander out to Punta Banda.

      Doc Dougherty

  6. Bob Miller
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 09:13 | Permalink | Reply

    You should definitely try out the jazz play at La Casa del Arte, Restaurant & Bar, on Moctezuma near Revolution park. The group (3) play only Friday from 8 – 12.
    Been there will definitely return, many times.

    • bajadock
      Posted February 2, 2012 at 09:21 | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Bob, very much. That one has been on my list and I need to check out the food as well as the music. CHEERS

  7. Ralph H.
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 13:16 | Permalink | Reply


    Just found this site…thanks for all the info about Ensenada. DW and I have been as far south as Puerto Nuevo many times….but only stopped in Ensenada while on a couple cruises last year. We liked what little we saw of it. Hope to make it down later this year to check out the area in greater detail. We did have a chance to eat at La Guerrerense on the walk back to the cruise ship. WOW….amazing ceviche!. I could eat there everday! We had planned for many years to retire in Mazatlan….but crime issues ended that dream. Besides, the Ensenada area has a climate that is more suitable for year ’round living. Once again thanks for a great blog…and enjoy those wonderful mexican sunsets!

    • bajadock
      Posted April 16, 2012 at 13:21 | Permalink | Reply

      Ralph, happy to meet you online. I’m hanging at Cafe Arabiga downtown after more dental work. Holler on your next visit to Ensenada.

  8. Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:15 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi. I´m from Ensenada and I want to invite you to write in our magazine, you can check our magazine in http://issuu.com/editorialaltavoz/edit/revistaensenada1/

    • bajadock
      Posted June 3, 2012 at 14:27 | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Darlene. Traveling this week and not back in ‘Nada for another week. Will pester you then. cheers

  9. Posted February 4, 2013 at 19:32 | Permalink | Reply

    WOW.. I love what I have seen and read so far. Awesome dude. I tripped upon you looking for manicure/pedicure place local (I live in Ensenada)

  10. Posted February 4, 2013 at 19:33 | Permalink | Reply

    OMG not publishing that in public .. aww man

  11. Ben
    Posted May 19, 2013 at 21:01 | Permalink | Reply

    Just wanted to say thank you for the map for the Ready Lane. I have been living in Playas for 6 months and could never figure it out. I have a terrible sense of direction and the “loopiness” of Mexican roads can be very confusing for me.

  12. Posted December 28, 2013 at 08:48 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi there dear gringo blogger. We are so glad taht you advertise our golf club course however the information you are showing is not correct these days. Could you contact us (646 177 55 23 or infoqbajacountryclub.com)to verify new golf green fees, we do not want our customes or friends to be desappionted . We recived phone calls asking for this prices and promotions that are no longer in use.

  13. Andy
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 17:21 | Permalink | Reply

    You should check your facts before posting that Trader Joes is coming to Ensenada Mexico. Matt Sloan is the Vice president of Marketing not Charles S. Haw, which by the way is the name on the 2buck chuck wine….Charles Shaw…

    • bajadock
      Posted February 16, 2014 at 17:33 | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for correcting me. When I post an occasional fiction article, I try not to let facts get in the way. CHEERS and thanks for playing along.

  14. Posted May 20, 2014 at 14:20 | Permalink | Reply

    I am a freelance writer, writing an article for the Baja News. Wanted to find out if you could collaborate on a rumor that a winery was burned down in this Guadalupe Fire?

    The Baja Storyteller.

    • bajadock
      Posted May 20, 2014 at 14:38 | Permalink | Reply

      I have not heard about a winery lost during last week’s fires. Abel Bibayoff would be your best beginning contact. Cielo and Montefiori, Bibayoff’s next door neighbor wineries, were also affected.

      Thanks for your contact info. CHEERS from Gringolandia near La Bufadora. 😉
      Doc Dougherty

  15. hernan garcia
    Posted July 11, 2014 at 11:04 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Dock mi name is Hernan Garcia. Tu pagina esta muy buena, me gusto mucho el contenido de lo que publicas. Haber si vuelves a visitar aquí al café D’Volada your house, un gusto conocerte Dock. Saludos

    tu pagina web esta ”Chingona”

    • bajadock
      Posted July 11, 2014 at 11:45 | Permalink | Reply

      Gracias Hernan,
      Hasta la proxima.

  16. Posted September 22, 2014 at 09:35 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi there! I’m planning a road trip to Ensenada in two weeks and I was looking for info on how the town is holding up after Odile. We were planning on driving from San Diego. Any advice? Are the roads still in tact? I’m having a hard time finding any info on the status of the town so I figured your first-person experience could help!!

    • bajadock
      Posted September 22, 2014 at 10:41 | Permalink | Reply

      All is well here as Odile did not hit Ensenada. Just avoid night driving and take it easy. CHEERS and have some fun.

  17. Posted April 15, 2015 at 14:49 | Permalink | Reply

    VERY COOL PLACE YOU HAVE HERE… (This website) Very well done and informative. What would it take to place an advertizement here as I believe it would be a great place for many to learn about Señor Salchicha, that I even exist?

    Thank you so much,


    Señor Salchicha
    senorsalchicha @ hotmail dot com

  18. zB
    Posted September 19, 2015 at 15:12 | Permalink | Reply

    I’m trying to remember when the coast road first opened. It seems to me it was early 1960’s. do you know?

  19. Posted June 5, 2018 at 12:03 | Permalink | Reply

    I am researching a story on an Arizona couple murdered in Baha de los Angeles….


    I came across your blog and wondered if you knew them? I also read in your blog about the relative safety and calm of the community and would like to talk with you about how this murder might change things there. If you have the opportunity and inclination to talk with me, please call 480-998-2037. Thank you.

  20. Posted August 4, 2018 at 11:39 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Doc. You have an awesome blog. Thanks.
    BTW, the host of the Puntabanda newsletter site has moved from Yahoo. Your link to the PBnewsletter is directing the curious to the Yahoo groops site. Here is a link to the new host for the newsletter: puntabandanewsletter@groups.io

    Thanks for keeping us up to date and informed!

    • bajadock
      Posted August 5, 2018 at 11:35 | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Bob Miller, forgot about the PB link info thingy. Fixed it. CHEERS.

  21. Susan
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 15:42 | Permalink | Reply

    could you send link to the mattress you bought please?

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