Baja 2016/2017

Oct. 29-Dec.22 A snapshot of Activities

As we continue our travels to Coyote Bay we are amused by this sign painted on an abandoned building.

 With all the news from the States this made us laugh.

With all the news from the States this made us laugh.

We arrive at the NOLS Mexico branch in time to celebrate their version of Halloween. Fun and unique costumes were at the party.

 Trini, Adriana and Adrian

Trini, Adriana and Adrian

We think this was Leslie in her cocoon.

Jim always is The Pirate!

Our fearless leader!

 Carolina

Carolina

Early November to early December found us back in the NOLS Instructor role as we led a group of students from the Fall Semester down the Northern Route from the branch to almost Loreto.

 The tarps were needed for shade.

The tarps were needed for shade.

When the course was over our youngest son Jeff, arrived to Baja. Coming from Portland he was excited to get out of the rain and snow.

 Ready for some kayaking.

Ready for some kayaking.

The weather could not have been any better as we paddled out to Punta Concepsion.

 13 miles later and Jeff was ready for a break.

13 miles later and Jeff was ready for a break.

The week went by quickly with visits to our friends at San Nicolas and the beaches of SanJuanico.

 and of course I got to point out the brown booby to Jeff.

and of course I got to point out the brown booby to Jeff.

Too soon we had to drive to Loreto and put Jeff on the plane, back to the rain. But first a couple of kid/parent shots.

 Don is still taller

Don is still taller

 I am still shorter!

I am still shorter!

A memorable day occurred when doing a day paddle we were surrounded by 5 whale sharks. As we let our kayaks drift they swam under our kayaks and continued eating at the surface.

 Having a fin surface near your boat is always an adrenaline rush until you realize it is the friendly whale shark.

Having a fin surface near your boat is always an adrenaline rush until you realize it is the friendly whale shark.

 Their spots determine their individual identity.

Their spots determine their individual identity.

 With their eyes out to the side it was hard to tell if it was looking at me.

With their eyes out to the side it was hard to tell if it was looking at me.

As folks left the branch after the Christmas party.

 Our pace slowed and it was time to check out the birds.

Our pace slowed and it was time to check out the birds.

 Cactus Wren

Cactus Wren

 Hooded Oriole

Hooded Oriole

 Vermillion Fly Catcher

Vermillion Fly Catcher