Baja 2016/2017

Oct. 15

We were up at first light and took a walk down the beach. Currently there are many empty palapas on the beach. This will  change as the migration from winter occurs. One can only imagine what the next months will bring. Several of the occupied palapas have dune buggies and soon they are being driven up and down the beach. Glad to be able to spend the night here and take note of the tides as one of our goals this winter is to paddle the section of coastline between San Felipe and Bahia Los Angeles. We are also glad to be leaving the campground and heading South by mid morning.

 There were empty palapas in all directions

There were empty palapas in all directions

 We took note of the tides. It would not be fun to land here when the tide was low. During parts of the moon cycle tides can have as much as a 30 foot difference. With the beaches being so flat, that can make for a long way to carry all of your gear.

We took note of the tides. It would not be fun to land here when the tide was low. During parts of the moon cycle tides can have as much as a 30 foot difference. With the beaches being so flat, that can make for a long way to carry all of your gear.

We still have not figured out the logistics for this part of the coastline.  Checking out some of the beaches along the way we decide that we are going to head to Bahia Los angeles. Having camped there last year we are pretty sure that we can have a secure place to leave our car while we kayak the coast. A new road is being created from an older road that connected the two coasts.  When it is completed it will make traveling from Tecate or Mexicali to the Pacific Coast very efficient. We were on this road about 4 years ago when we shadowed Ryan and his friends doing an off road motorcycle trip. It was quite challenging and we managed to get two flat tires at the same time. Some work on the road is completed, but 20 plus miles is quite rough and not well marked. We were redirected by a truck when we thought we were going on the more traveled road. Not sure where we would have ended up. Again we are awed by the beauty of interior Baja, flat plains and mountains are enjoyed as we head East.

 Fall rain has turned the landscape green.

Fall rain has turned the landscape green.

As we see the sign for Bahia Los Angeles we know that in 60 miles we will be back to the Sea of Cortez. The sun has set and the moon is rising.

 The unique Boojum trees are highlighted by the rays of the moon.

The unique Boojum trees are highlighted by the rays of the moon.

 We are looking forward to this palace they call Baja.

We are looking forward to this palace they call Baja.

We arrive to Camp Archleon and are relieved to find an empty palapa that we can use.  It is fairly late and most of the folks in the other palapas are asleep. We can find the owners in the morning. This is the campsite where we first stayed last January and met a couple who were on year 3 of a motorcycle trip from the tip of Southern South America to the Arctic Sea. We have stayed in touch and were glad to hear that they had accomplished their goal. We also have a goal this winter of finishing up paddling parts of the Baja coast that we have not seen.  We are hoping that we can do some of it in the next couple of days. We are greeted bythe moon over the bay...what a vista.