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Our Route Summary
What We Saw
Baja is a magical sea kayaking paradise. Rain is seldom seen and the weather is great. especially in March and April.
We were able to travel over the desert to the Pacific Coast for a 1 day whale watching excursion. A mama gray whale and her baby played next to our boat. The baby rode the mother's back.
Back in Loreto we'd tried to pay the bartender in pesos and he said, "We don't take "funny money" here!"
|We put in the next day near Loreto and paddled for
our first stop which was Isla De Carmen. This is one of
the largest islands in the Sea of Cortez and is almost
directly east of Loreto. Landing was careful as the rocks
are sharp. It's important to have a controlled landing to
avoid damage to fiberglass hulls bearing the weight of
paddlers and gear.
The first tasks when landing are to unload the gear and set up the kitchen. The trip was guided by Paddling South, a Loreto -based business. Food was always tasty and plentiful. We had to drink warm beer (no refrigerator).
|Sanitation is important and we were given instruction
in washing hands, dishes, etc. After setting up camp we
were free to explore and hike, snorkel, or just relax.
This is a great place for snorkeling and the water feels
great after paddling.
Our first day ended in a beautiful sunset with a pod of killer whales (orcas) swimming by, blasting water through their blow holes. We slept on a pad with sleeping bags for all but one of the nights, when a tent protected us from threatening weather.
|One of the stops gave us the opportunity to hike to a
hot spring that bubbles up from the sea floor. We spent a
couple of hours there. We needed a good cleaning by this
point in the trip. Seems like we always had time for a
siesta before dinner and most of us took it without
Every landing was a new adventure giving us a different experience with the flora and fauna.
One of the great pleasures of this trip was the evening story telling and joke making which went on to the late hours, even though the early morning coffee call was sure to alert us to another day on the water.
|At one stop we were brought some burros which we rode into the desert and had lunch in a cave. A couple of the guys did some climbing. Afterwards we had a siesta, then rode the burros to their ranch where the lady of the house made a delightful home cooked Mexican feast complete with the coldest soda and best tasting I can remember! We had to hike back to the campsite after the meal.|
|When we landed the day before being picked up, one of
our guys volunteered to go with some fishermen to a
restaurant and buy a case of beer. The fishermen let us
cool the beer in the barrel in which their fish were
Sorry to say that we also witnessed one of the fishermen butcher a live sea turtle. It's their way of life, but it was sure gross!.
The trip back to Loreto ended at a fish taco place which was absolutely the greatest. Cold soda, freshly made tortillas, guacamole, and fried fish which couldn't be beat.
What a great trip!