Baja 2016/2017

Oct. 16

The moon made it somewhat challenging to sleep. Every time one turns on their back it is as if someone has shined a flashlight in your eyes. I finally found an article of clothing to put over my eves and it worked. Wanting to walk before the sun rose, at first light we put our shoes on and headed down the beach,  We even found an abandoned casa to do some aerobic exercises. Returning to our palapa we were aproached by a man called Wayne who we found out has a trailer adjacent to the campground. He has done quite a bit of kayaking and was intrigued by our kayaking trips. As we were talking the owner, Antonia, of the campsite came by and told us that the palapa was reserved for the night and unfortunately the campground was full. Wayne in our conversation before the owner arrived told us that the man that we had met last year who was the owner of Camp Archleion had died of a heart attack and his son was taking over the responsibilities. Upon hearing the information of no vacancy, Wayne graciously offered us his yard for us to park our car and camp for the night.  We happily accepted and told Wayne we would be over as soon as we packed up. Antonia told us that tomorrow there would be an empty palapa and that we could leave our car here in a secure location. With that information we have decided to paddle north about 60 miles to Bahia Gonzaga and return to Bahia Los Angeles. We will still have to paddle the coastline from San Felipe to Bahia Gonzaga, but we can plan on doing it in March of next year. As we left to head over to Wayne's house the trailer was making an awful noise. As I looked out the side window, it became quite obvious. The wheel was ready to fall off. The bearings were shot.  We slowly made our way to Wayne's and he was there with a mechanic who told us about a mechanic in town who may be able to help us. Wayne and Don removed the wheels and axle and headed into town. It was Sunday and thought there was a good possibility of  the shop being closed. It was, however the owner was at his house and said he would check to see if he had the part.  Hard to believe but he did and said he could work on it in the morning. So at this point everything is going much better than expected. Wayne offered his garage to help with organization of food for the trip. We have brought enough food from the states for the staples and will only need to buy fresh food tomorrow. It looks like beans and rice will be on the menu frequently.

 One wheel off.

One wheel off.

 Two wheels off!

Two wheels off!

Meeting Wayne was a gift and we hope to pass forward his kindness plus he lives an inspirational lifestyle.

 Wayne! a runner and kayaker!

Wayne! a runner and kayaker!

Wayne's friends and next door neighbors Steve and Linda arrived in the afternoon. They will be spending most of the winter down here with their two dogs. We all shared a couple of Pizzas and Baja stories. Even though our trailer is not back together yet we are feeling positive about the outcome.  We spend a little time reflecting on the what if the trailer had broken down in the middle of no where, but quickly remove that thought from our mind and smile as we think where we are now.

 Steve and Linda have many stories to tell!

Steve and Linda have many stories to tell!