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Archive: Baja Trip Reports

Final Thoughts

Greetings all,

We’re back home in northern Idaho. Spring has been very busy so far, learning all about adobe photo shop and Microsoft front-page editor for web design. Also getting our hands dirty planning and planting an organic veggie garden.

Our website is updated with photos and an end of trip report from our recent BAJA adventure!!

Updating the website has allowed me to reflect upon what a great experience we had in BAJA. Of course the raw, rugged, virtually unspoiled beauty of the land was magnificent. But the trip was so much more. The human experience, the contact with cultural differences and similarities of behavior were …

Thoughts from Tecate (the town, not the beer)….

Greetings,

We are in far northern Baja, in the border town of Tecate. The last week or so has been one of great diversity.

Leaving Mulege we drove to the small and isolated mountain village of San Francisco de la Sierra. There we hired a guide and burros for our gear (both required by the Mexican Gov’t) to enter Canon San Pablo. Our goal was the Cochimi rock art site of Cueva La Pintada (known to the gringo world as “Gardiner’s Cave.)

The Canon itself is an area of awe inspiring beauty. If the name “Grand” weren’t already taken, I could think of no better “gringo” name for this …

Mulege on the Rebound

Greetings from Mulege!

Which may sound like deja vu, all over again. We are back in Mulege, on our return north, migrating at about the same pace as the gray whales, or around 1,000 miles every week or so.

We had a great time in the “southern cape” area. An interesting hike into the Sierra Laguna, in search of a lush meadow at 6,000 foot elevation. The meadow proved to be too elusive and the result was a very dry afternoon and evening hike back into a canyon with water. A touch of how harsh this environment can truly be.

After a relaxing couple of days on the East …

Midway Report

Greetings from La Paz!

We are about halfway through our Baja adventure and it has been just great!!

We are here in La Paz, near the southern Cape of Baja. Its carnivale time and the town is in a very festive atmosphere. We will skip the drunken debauchery that nighttime brings, however, and move on further south today.

Our five day paddle in Northern Magdalena Bay was outstanding. It is as unspoiled a place as is left anywhere on this continent. For five days we saw no gringos at all an only a handful of ¨Pangueros¨ the local fisherman who use small wooden boats. The mangrove …

Mulege Madness

Howdy from Mulege!

We’re in Mulege for the day, doing chores and stuff (like a hot shower, groceries, beer and laundry.) Some clothes have so much sand and salt in them after three weeks that they could stand up on their own and walk away by themselves if they wanted.

Mulege is about 2/3 of the way down Baja on the Sea of Cortez side. Semi tropical, with Palm trees in an oasis like setting. A few gringo tourists heading for the beaches at Bahia Concepcion. This is the first “real” internet chance we’ve had. One other internet place in Bahia Ascuncion we tried dropped …

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People Shots

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Flora & Fauna

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