Baja 2016/2017

Oct. 19

The night started out interesting as a boat approaching the shore kept shining its lights on the beach. Our camp was somewhat hidden so we were not sure if the boat saw us. It was somewhat of a relief when it continued on.  In our many years of traveling down here we have never had any problems with camping on the beaches.  A stiff westerly wind is blowing when we make breakfast before sun rise. At first light we can see the clouds whipping overhead. It is not as calm as yesterday. Since the wind is from the west we can hug the shore line as we head North and get some protection. It is going to be one of those days that we will keep a close eye on the weather. We are paddling on a stretch of water that does not have many pull outs.

The wind is beginning to pick up.

As we headed to the first point that we were going to go around today a flock of white egrets and snowy egrets landed on the beach.

 In their white plumage, it was a great contrast to the shore.

In their white plumage, it was a great contrast to the shore.

We let our kayaks drift by them and they seemed to be okay with that.

 Usually there are only a couple of egrets in the same location so this was a treat to see so many.

Usually there are only a couple of egrets in the same location so this was a treat to see so many.

As we rounded the first point, the wind was noticeable stronger. We also began to feel the effects of the currents that this area is known for.  At certain times of the day the currents can be like a river which you do not want to be paddling against.  Knowing that pull outs are limited we begin to check out our options. With the tide going out the beaches are lined with medium to large size boulders. This makes landing challenging. Several sea lions pass us by moving like dolphins. They were having more fun than we were at the moment.  We are in a stretch of many points and none of them seem to have great landing options. When we see one that has potential, I head in and am able to get the boat mostly out of the water before my cockpit gets filled up with breaking waves.  After unloading several of the water droms I can pull it up further. Don jumps out of his boat in deeper water and I hold it while he unloads his water as well. Looks like this might be our destination for the day. We are able to put our tent up next to the cliffs which provides us with some natural shade.

 Not ideal for landing, but we were able to make it work.

Not ideal for landing, but we were able to make it work.

After setting up camp we walk around the next point and are glad that we made the decision to stay here. The seas are building.

 Glad to be on shore looking out.

Glad to be on shore looking out.

With time on our hands, I make bread and a tasty meal of lentils, potatoes and dried tomatoes from Jeff's garden. We are looking across to Isla Guardia. One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez. Perhaps someday we will make it a destination, but not this trip.

 Bread always is a treat out here.

Bread always is a treat out here.

It was a short paddle day today, but with the natural shade, fresh bread and awesome view we have no complaints.

Mileage Paddled 10.6 nautical miles.