Baja 2016/2017

Oct. 21

Glad that the tide and waves treated us well during the night. There was no spray on the tent, however the wind was still blowing and the waves were bigger than we wanted to start paddling so it was destined to be a hiking morning. After breakfast we packed up some food and water and went exploring.  The arroyo did not disappoint. We walked thru narrow steep passages with a variety of colorful formations.

 The start of the hike.

The start of the hike.

 Glad that there is still shade. Quite a difference of temperature between the sun and shade.

Glad that there is still shade. Quite a difference of temperature between the sun and shade.

 Lots of evidence of volcanic activity.

Lots of evidence of volcanic activity.

 Too bad there isn't any water in the canyon. It would be fun to continue longer.

Too bad there isn't any water in the canyon. It would be fun to continue longer.

After an hour or so of hiking, the sun was hitting the canyon floor and it was hot!. It does not take long to get away from the ocean to loose some of the cooling effect. As we headed out to the beach, there was a noticeable decline in the wind and waves. There was still waves breaking on the beach which would necessitate a surf launch, but once thru the waves it looked quite manageable.

 Back to heading North.

Back to heading North.

It was not the best surf launch as we had to do some bailing of our cockpits once we got beyond the surf. After a rest day, it feels good to be on the water again. It was a ways before we saw another landing so our decision to stop the day before yesterday was a good one. We passed by a long sandy beach, but opted to go a bit further since we still had several more hours of daylight and had gotten a late start.  Beautiful rock formations, reminiscent of National Parks in the states made the paddle quite enjoyable.  Finally it was time to look for a landing and we were grateful to find one that had some protection from the waves. As the sun set we found ourselves next to a red cliff that still had some warmth from the sun. It was dark when we set up the tent and had dinner. The sea still has lots of energy and the pounding of the waves on the shore make it hard to go to sleep.

Mileage paddled-13.5 nautical miles