Russ Ham and his wife, Cindy Yates, are fans of all things Baja — the desert and the water, the people and the seafood, the music and the racing, and the lovely winters as well as the infernal summers. After thirty years in Texas, they appreciate a culture with realistic expectations of what might be accomplished — and what should not be attempted! — when the temperature hovers around 100 degrees.
Raised in Kansas City, Russ has driven both John Deere tractors and Italian sports cars for money. He studied literature, journalism, and law at the University of Kansas. He hopes the “Six Degrees of Separation” theory is correct plus-or-minus 1-or-2, and is amused that his friends include one man whose first show on Broadway featured Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz) and another whose uncle gave guitar lessons to Buddy Holly.
Russ has been visiting La Paz since 2001, when he and Cindy arrived via the Green Tortoise “hippie bus” and celebrated Valentine’s Day with too many margaritas at the bar at the Hotel Perla. They have been full-time Paceños for three years. He hosts the Open Mic Night every other Wednesday at La Morante Art Bar and plays with the Community Swing Band. He is a regular contributor to the Baja Citizen, photographing and writing about topics from the dying art of hydraulic tile-making to the local professional boxing scene.
He has put together a bilingual guide to the Statues of the Malecón Paceño and is happy to share his information and photography with you here today.