At our hotel, Adobe Guadalupe, we met our host. I didn’t realize we’d have a host, but he knew our names. He poured us each a drink and gave us a tour of the mansion, which was magnificent, and told us we had free rein. Would we like to do a wine tasting? Of course! We should retire to our room until he called us.

Room keys? “We have none. No one locks their doors here.”

Reporter Ali Trachta took her own advice and went on a quick road trip to Baja, despite many folks, including the U.S. government, urging her not to.