Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Baja California, Mexico
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Ensenada is home to the only deep-water port in the state of Baja
California and on the Baja California Peninsula. The port is part of standard
international shipping routes including cruise lines which bring in tourists
daily. This generates large revenue for the city.
The sign for Puerto de Ensenada
After the Spanish conquered the Mexican mainland early in the
16th century, they began searching westward for a fabled island of gold. In
1532, the conquistador
Hernan Cortes dispatched two fleets of ships to look for
the fantasy island. When they failed to find it, Cortés lead the search
himself and landed north of La Paz (near the southern end of the Baja
California peninsula) where he discovered black pearls but no gold.
One of the many cruise
ships which dock here daily
In "the olden days", the Saint Denis, a 352-ton cargo and passenger ship,
came to this port six times a month making the round trip to and from San Diego. No
passports were required at this time for Mexican citizens to enter the United States.
left Ensenada in the afternoon and arrived in San Diego at four or five in the
morning, weather permitting. Then they waited until 6pm for the ”Outpost,”
a little house in Point Loma, to open. Busy days of shopping and visiting with
friends and relatives followed.
Ensenada's proximity to California also makes it a destination
for short cruise ship trips from Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.
The port authority administers two cargo terminals, which
manage maritime connections with 64 ports in 28 countries.
Boats docked in the harbor
As the decade of the 1890s
continued, other Mexican ships
traveled on a regular basis from
Mazatlan to Ensenada, to San Diego, and even to
San Francisco and back.
At this time, fishing
enterprises run by Americans and Chinese were busy with the catch of
abalone. As in San Diego, these were the beginnings of Ensenada's fishing industry.
This port has commercial
and sport fishing boats, pleasure craft and marina areas.
Here you see a few private
boats and yachts.
A sport fishing center
Ensenada has been known for sports fishing over 50 years. Each year hundreds of
anglers head for Ensenada to go fishing and take advantage of the shorter
distances needed to travel by sea to get to the big catch.
Fishing accounts for a large part of the economy. More than
90 species of fish
are commercially fished here in Ensenada; the most important fisheries are tuna,
shrimp, California spiny lobster, abalone, sea urchin, sardine, mackerel and
A large percentage of all catches are exported to East Asia.
Benito Juárez, Miguel Hidalgo and Venustiano Carranza.
On the other side of the
port and its
malecon, is this plaza with the large bronze heads of famous
Mexico won its independence from
Spain beginning its fight in 1810 and was completed in 1821.
Then, in 1848, a
radical change in the history of the two Californias, Alta and Baja California,
Due to the Treaty of
Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico sold an enormous part of its territory, including California, to the United
States for fifteen million Dollars. As a consequence, Baja California became the northernmost frontier of
the Mexican Republic.
Fountain lit at night
On the other side of the port and
and lining the city street is this fountain beautifully lit in the evenings.
The sounds of the water splashing at various
heights and the changing colors of the lights were fun to watch.
We utilized Uber and Didi driving services
quite a bit while we stayed in the city, and we picked one up here at the
A concrete boat in
tribute to the fishing industry
Walking around the malecon
we noticed this rather rusty and cracked concrete boat. With bronze statues
inside the boat, this is a monument to the enormous fishing industry here in
Take a look at the fish
market, also known as the Black Market
here on this video
Bronze statue of a woman and her son
This statue really spoke to me.
For centuries there have been sailors on the
sea and the women and families they loved were left back on shore.
Whether it was true that a sailor "had a
woman in every port" is anyone's guess, but this statue shows the concern this
woman had for the arrival of her husband.
Peering hopefully into the horizon for a
glimpse of a ship, there is anxiety and fear on her face. The child senses this
and is also uncomfortable for reasons he probably does not fully understand.
Remember, at best there might have been
ship-to-shore telegrams but at that time, most likely there weren't any on a
How long did she wait? Did she come out
daily? What kind of income did she have to raise her family other than her
husband's wages? Was she fearing a storm on the horizon? Did her husband ever come home?
Chocolate and white colored yacht from
port accommodates cruise ships, bulk cargo, and
container ships. This port also maintains specialized shipyards
which we saw as we walked along the malecon.
The above ship is from Russia. We had quite
the curiosity about this. What was a Russian ship doing here?
Then we found out that during 1905 to 1910
Christians came here from South Russia. After World War II, most of them moved
to California to join wealthier relatives but some remained here on the Baja,
intermarrying with the local Mexicans. They lived in Ensenada and in Tijuana,
opening museums, cafes and took an interest in the onset of
A customs house report from 1899 shows ships
came from countries such as
Holland, Spain, France, Italy, India, England, Turkey and United States.
Real estate ad from Los Angeles
Ensenada continued to grow and
the onset of Prohibition in the United States transformed the city into a
popular tourist destination. Americans and Canadians wanted their entertainment
and alcohol and Ensenada's reputation as a resort town was cemented by the 1950's and 1960's.
Since Mexico was a good place to quench their
thirst, there was a construction boom and the city rose in international prominence
outside of North America.
Mural across from the port
This large mural, just across the street from
the port and the
Market shows famous local women. They contributed to Ensenada's cultural
heritage through their art, music, weavings or healing knowledge.
Their names are listed on their visage for
all to see and recognize.
Private boats in the harbor
More beautiful private
yachts here in this deep water seaport.
Different cruise ships docked here every
Here you see two Princess Cruise ships docked
in the deep water port of Ensenada.
A popular and affordable trip, many ships
leave from Los Angeles or San Diego for a long weekend, or a quick getaway to
Mexico. We met several people from these cruise lines while we were walking
Often, the drivers of horse-drawn carriages
asked us if we wanted to "go back to the ship."
These tourists contribute significantly on
many levels to the economy of this city.
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