Baja 2016/2017

Feb. 3

After having worked two courses and having Jeff come visit, it was time to head to La Paz and figure out the logistics for paddling from La Paz to Cabo. We had stopped in Loreto to do laundry and while there at the campground we were staying we met a man who told us about a site in La Paz. It sounded like it might be just what we needed to stage our next trip. It more than met our expectations and when we checked in the owner offered a small cabin for the price of camping. We quickly accepted and our lives were made quite simple. We arranged to leave our car at a marina which was quite close to where we had ended our trip two years ago. We are feeling grateful in the town of....

 The weather is perfect and we are ready to go kayaking!

The weather is perfect and we are ready to go kayaking!

We parked the car and loaded up our kayaks for for the 160 mile trip to Lands End or Cabo San Lucas.

Even getting a late start the weather stayed calm till early afternoon.

 Don finishes getting all the gear in his boat. Back to having heavy boats loaded with food and water.

Don finishes getting all the gear in his boat. Back to having heavy boats loaded with food and water.

 Sun protection on and I am ready to go!

Sun protection on and I am ready to go!

The seas were a bright blue and we soon left the town of La Paz behind. We passed several industrial complexes and a golf course which seemed out of place in the desert. As we approached a point that would take us out of the La Paz Bay and change our direction to south the wind picked up. We could fight it or look for a campsite. We chose the later when Ballandra came into view.

 Not a bad looking beach for the first night out.

Not a bad looking beach for the first night out.

Soon our tent was set up and we were relaxing on the beach.

 We generally do not like camping on sand, but this was the preferred option instead of beating against the wind.

We generally do not like camping on sand, but this was the preferred option instead of beating against the wind.

Interesting geology can be found on one side of the beach. One could get out of the shade under the cliff, but I was not sure that all these rocks were solid.

 Opted not to hang out by this cliff.

Opted not to hang out by this cliff.

Mileage paddled 9.9 nautical miles