BAJA 2014/15

Jan. 4- 6 2015

The wind blew thru out the night, leaving a coating of dirt over our gear. We were able to cook breakfast in a tree tunnel.  It was obvious that we were not the first to use the site.. Going anywhere in the kayaks was not an option today.  So we packed up some trail food and heaed up an large arroyo.. The rainfall from the fall hurricane had made for a colorful walk.. Many of the plants  were in full bloom. Cows and burros had made pathways through the cacti, but paths were anything but straight as we wound thru the dessert. There was evidence of recent water flow as we approached a steep walled arroyo. Then a small stream appeared and soon we found ourselves in a colorful sandstone rock canyon with a waterfall. This would be the end of the walk today as we would be unable to get past this beautiful obstacle. Returning to the beach the waves were building as the wind continued to blow. It was highly likely that we would be spending another day here. The wind died a bit during the night, but an early morning walk to the point convinced us to stay another day.  We would be paddling North and it didn't seem wise to paddle against the wind and waves. Early afternoon we watched a NOLS sailing course sail across the bay. The wind was their friend as they used its power to make headway to the beach. . One advantage of the wind blowing today was that the birds took shelter in the lee of the point, giving as an opportunity to study several species that we hadn't seen before.

 A Marbled Godwit finds lunch

A Marbled Godwit finds lunch