Baja 2016/2017

Feb. 23-March 4

Today was Jeff's birthday and so on the way to the airport, we stopped at one of our favorite restaurants to have a meal before he heads back to rainy Portland.

 Needless to say it was fresh.

Needless to say it was fresh.

Since we did not have our kayak trailer with us we decided to do some more exploring. First stop was a highly recommended hot springs.  Baja has a lot of hidden gems and this was one of them.

 It was a somewhat rough road to get here, but what a place.

It was a somewhat rough road to get here, but what a place.

Don and I often sleep in our car when we are just doing overnights. The caretaker of the springs walked over to our car and when we told him we wanted to spend the night here. He needed to see our tent. We could not sleep in our car. We literally had to take it out and show it to him that we had it. He was a very kind gentleman but very adamant of the rules.  He walked down a path with us to show us where we could put our tent and the area that we could have food. He then took us to the hot springs which were very well maintained.

 The caretaker even swept the sand of the rocks.

The caretaker even swept the sand of the rocks.

Next morning we were up early and had the pools all to ourselves.

 Great Soak!

Great Soak!

A huge fig tree was next to our tent.

 I think that this is the largest fig tree we have seen in Baja.

I think that this is the largest fig tree we have seen in Baja.

We took a leisurely morning eating breakfast and watching birds in the area,

 Scrub Jay

Scrub Jay

 Northern cardinal

Northern cardinal

We were headed back to Cabo Pulmo and planned on staying there until the wind died. When we got there the wind was up so back to land activities. It was a blue sky day, perfect for hiking.

 A good view of the coastline that we had paddled.

A good view of the coastline that we had paddled.

We ended up staying another day and doing an even longer hike, but finally the wind died enough for us to enjoy the undersea world. It reminded us of when we first came to Baja over 35 years ago. Again as we were eating breakfast a bird gave us some great poses.

 Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia

A cactus in bloom was also a treat.

After leaving Cabo Pulmo, it was time to head South for the last time to pick up our kayaks and trailer. Our next stop was north to La Paz and "The Carnival." We headed down to the Malecon where the streets were packed with vendors and people.

 Food and games were the main activities until the parade started and the music began.

Food and games were the main activities until the parade started and the music began.

 Lots of pretty ladies waving to the crowds.

Lots of pretty ladies waving to the crowds.

 Lots of happy people tonight

Lots of happy people tonight