We had a marvellous time last night. There were 7 couples from our beach and a few from the beach nest door to us. The food was good and the dancing was plentiful. Val really had a good time. We came home around 9:30 p.m.Our last day at Los Cocos beach. Up at 7:30 this morning. It is cloudy with sunny breaks. We went out for one last kayak trip around the point towards Play Santispac. Sea was calm and there are lots of birds floating in the water and on the rocky shore. We even saw an anhinga with its wings spread out to dry. Around the point we came upon a bunch of pelicans flying to the side of the cliffs and pecking at the underbrush then flying away to a distant island with little branches in their beak, going to built a nest, I suppose. It was really neat and interesting to watch them. The cliff was quite steep too. We continued on the another beach and grounded ourselves in the shallows. We stroked to a nearby island, went on shore to explore then headed back home.
Once home we had a shower and ate breakfast then read for a while and just hung around the beach chatting with all our neighbours. Had happy hour, supper then to bed by 9 p.m.
JAN. 28, Monday, Travel to San Ignace
Can you believe it, the sun came out and it is already 65*F by 8 a.m. Go figure!!!!!Up at 7 a.m., packed, dumped and said goodbye to everyone. We were on the road by 9:30 a.m. stopped in Rosarito for a break and the sun finally broke through and made things a lot more enjoyable. We stopped at the Propane yard to fill one of our tanks then climbed the "hill from hell" slowly but surely and continued on to arrived in San Ignacio by 1 p.m. The drive into town was very pretty and picturesque with all the tall date palm trees with their leafs reaching over the road. (see pictures link) We noted two new RV parks which were not mentioned in our book and we arrived at our destination, "El Padrino RV park" near the town centre. Paid 140 pesos for one night with electricity and hardly any water pressure, set up and walked into town to take a look. It had a very nice town square, a very pretty Mission church, very old with stone slabs for flooring, and the main street was very quaint and very Mexican. A neat little village. We had lunch here at a street side cafe (love those).
Walked back to the camp and sat around and relaxed.
N 27* 17' 08" W 112* 54' 04"
Alt: 380 feet, distance today: 161 KM
Average speed 39 MPH with a max of 66 mph (going down hill)
JAN. 29, Tuesday, Onwards to Guerrero Negro
Yes blue sky and warm sunshine. We were on the road by 9:30 a.m. and headed NW on Mex 1. traffic was light, went through one military check point, ( we get check at everyone now as we are headed north) and stopped in Viscaino at a Bancomer for some pesos.
Arrived in Guerrero Negro by noon at our camp site, "Malarrimo motel and RV park", paid $40 for 2 nights and set up. We were the only one here but it didn't last as two caravans came in around 3 p.m. and a few single units. One guy almost hit me and so I had to help him back up his 5th wheel. It can be nerve wracking at times. The guy looked totally frazzled from his ride down here. Most of those alone are Canadians and the caravans are mainly Americans with a few Canadians among them. Our friends from Los Cocos, Russ and Joyce, came in around 4 p.m.
We went to the tourist office and paid 1050 pesos (approx $103 cdn) for the both of us to go on a whale watching tour. That includes lunch and about 3 hours of whale watching in a panga and a guide. Went over the bar to access the internet, downloaded our mail and uploaded some pictures.
For dinner, we (the four of us) went to the restaurant which was highly recommended by Russ and Joyce. It was very reasonably priced and we had a good time.
We averaged 47MPH coming here today with a max speed of 63 mph
N 27* 58' 05" W 114* 01' 50"
Alt: sea level
Distance today: 146 KM.
Fuelled in town 103.7 Litres plus filled the jerry can too.
JAN. 30, Wednesday, a free day to explore
Our whale tour, which was to be at 11 a.m., was cancelled due to the high winds and we re-scheduled it for tomorrow at 8 a.m.. It is also very cloudy so we went into town and got some groceries and cerveza, toured around and took a drive to a road we had seen coming in to the "OJO de LIEBRE" (Eye of the rabbit) That is the name of the Bay where the whales are. We drove through a salt field and arrived at the bay only to find everything closed. The bay looked shallow from this side and there were a lot of white caps out there. Came back to town and read. Had happy hour with Russ and Joyce and to bed by 9 p.m. as we have to get up early tomorrow.
JAN. 31, Thursday, Whale watching and move to Bahia de Los Angeles
Got up at 6 a.m., dressed warmly and headed out by 8:05 a.m. It is sunny and NO WINDS!!! Our guide, a cute little Mexican girl of 16 yrs of age gave us a narrative on the salt mine and the origin of the towns as we drove to the boats. Her name was Maria. we drove through the salt mine field and arrived at our destination on the dock where all the pangas were. Ours was named "TONINA" and our captain/guide was "JUAN". We went out in the Bay and almost immediately we began seeing whales breaching, breathing and just swimming along. The panga were very careful not to hinder the whales and were very respectful of their distance, never harassing them. We liked that. We saw dozens of them and lots of little babies. We even had one swimming under our boat but unfortunately, we never had any come close enough to touch them. It was really wonderful seeing them in their natural habitat. The day was warm and the seas were calm which allowed us to see them when they broke surface.
It was AWESOME and UNFORGETTABLE! I am so glad we went. It was worth every penny. On board were one couple from Germany, one couple from France and one couple from the U.S. We chummed up with the Americans, Steve and Gail and I had an interesting talk with the French people from Nice, France. We spent 2.5 hours out there in the Bay and on the way back, Juan gave us a tour of the shore line which was very sandy and hilly. We saw sea lions on a dock for the big barge that contained salt, awaiting to be taken offshore to the ships waiting on an offshore Island.
After returning to our site, we packed and left by 1 p.m. Drove south on MEX 1, stopped at the border between Baja Norte and Sur, were asked for our tourist cards, then drove on to Jesus Maria were I topped up: 19.65Liters. We continued on and soon there after the road began getting narrower. We arrived at the intersection with MEX 12, headed towards Bahia de Los Angeles without incidents. The road has been recently paved so it was smooth driving and the road was wider, a bonus. We drove through what looked like a dry lake bed and climbed to 2000 feet where we saw lots of cirios and what is known locally as "elephant tree"; a tree with a big white trunk and stocky and short. Quite interesting to look at. We arrived at the top of the hill and saw Bahia Los Angeles. What a sight!!!! Came down the hill, stopped a the Pemex at the town's edge to fuel: 50.97 litres then on to our campsite, "Daggett's RV and fishing Park". Here already are Russ and Joyce and also the people we met on the whale boat; Steve and Gail from Sonoma, California.
Parked and paid 300 pesos for three nights, no power nor water but there is a sewer outlet. I set up then we had happy hour with Russ and Joyce and invited Steve and Gail to come and join us.
We had a marvellous dinner made of crab cake (freshly bought locally) and went to bed happy and content around 9 p.m. after a nice dinner. We are here! What a wonderful and full day!
We put on 85 KM of touring mileage while in Guerrero
N28* 58'29" W 113* 32' 48"
Alt: sea level, Distance today 201 KM
Average speed of 42.6 MPH
Life is but a journey filled with adventures