3.12.2008


The Hostel, about $10 per person per night


Sunse over Camp 2


Camp 2; our first fish dinner


Camp 4, long haul to get the boat above the high tide line


I'm back from Baja, which was fantastic. Lots of paddling, lots of sun. Adam and I hung around La Paz for the first couple days, wandering around the city, provisioning, eating some street food, and lounging around the beach. La Paz is a great town, not too touristy, and pretty busy.

The kayaking trip proper started with a boat shuttle out to the island. We were going to paddle the crossing, but the outfitters wouldn't let us because it was too rough. We were shuttled to an island, where our gear was dumped off and we were on our own on a desert island. We paddled for six days, camping on some wonderful beaches which were otherwise deserted more often than not. We saw dolphins, were chased by sea lions, caught dinner a couple of nights, snorkeled with fish, urchins, and starfish, investigated fish camps, caught a poisonous fish, saw 3ft squid mantles, surfed some swells, and had enough food and water, but just barely. I think we saw all of two clouds.

Our second pair of days in La Paz were a lot like the first, though we had a little better idea of what to eat and where to go. Our lodging was pretty posh, aside from the lack of hot water. The travels home were long; I was on the move for about 28 hours, via a bus ride to San Jose, a taxi to the airport, flight from Los Cabos to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Detroit, and finally Detroit to South Bend. Got to see my mom for about half an hour in MSP; she was traveling from South Africa to home. Then I got to sleep on the floor of the Detroit airport, which was much less fun. All in all, a great trip. Here are a few more photos; Adam had an underwater casing for his camera, so I'll have more once I get them from him.