Tourists don't know where they've been,
Travelers don't know where they're going.
|Delicate 5 petal yellow and red flower|
|Find the white color lizard|
|Rugged landscape surrounding our floating villa... We look so little...|
|Desert big horn sheep marking its territory after it encountered us.|
The desert big horn sheep are hunted and bred to populate other areas in need of new blood. Isla Carmen provides some specimens to other areas of Baja California and Mexico. It was amazing to be able to run into one in the wild, something very few people get to experience.
We also saw white colored lizards, hares, and a new flower to us: five yellow petals with a red center.
We have not spoken to anyone since leaving Topolobampo on the mainland side. Even though we are close to Loreto, a sizable town, we have been alone at anchor each night. It is the end of the season and most folks have gone ‘home’ or have headed further north already, which we will also be doing soon.
We visit Painted Cliffs cove by kayak – we find it not as
interesting a place as Bahia Cobre but worth a look anyway. The next day, we leave Copper Bay after a
small rain shower kicks off the morning.
A rainbow glows faintly above the rim of the island’s ridge. Eight miles further, we are neatly tucked in a
place called V Cove, where only 1 or 2 boats can fit. We see anything from 3 to 28 knots of wind
but there is no fetch so we don’t experience wave action. We are here for a couple of days since high
winds are forecasted to last that long; possible remnant of a hurricane SW of Cabo
San Lucas. The winds are helping cool
things down and make it a little challenging to kayak to shore, but we manage. We see 79F in the cabin and 68F in the water
– much better than the 94F and 88F we have seen lately.
No pictures could possibly illustrate the true beauty this
place has when seen in real life. Heavy
blackened blocks of limestone tumbled at the base of pure white delicate cliffs
bordered by light green or mauve rocks.
Tall and smooth white sand dune flanked abruptly by dark gray volcanic
rock on one side and pure green vines on the other. Soft limestone crisscrossed with hard lines
at its surface, some of them so sharp, they can cut you. Rocks so hard no sound are emitted when we
walk on them yet others so delicate they sound like the tinkling of breaking
glass when merely touched. A flat mesa
nearly barren of plants cut by deep narrow canyons so full of desert fauna one
could not possibly walk through. Tall
overhangs tower over sea caves from which one can hear anything from tiny
droplets to loud gushes and sprays of water.
We find a road to Salinas about 4.5-5 miles away – we are
nearly there when suddenly a couple of people come by in a backhoe to let us
know this is private property and we cannot go further. The Salinas salt flats are no longer used and
the guidebooks say we can visit if we ask nicely but it just wasn’t the case
for us. It was still a very nice walk
away from the boat but we don’t have pictures of the pure white salt crystals
edging the old ponds… The road we
followed is not in the guidebook, not sure anyone knows about it. We may have just lucked out in finding
|Green and red cliffs - copper and ???|
|More green/copper rock formation|
|Nikki's prints in the beautiful sand|
|Sunset behind rock with human profile...|
|Mike and Nikki exiting one of the many caves|
|More kayaking for Mike and Nikki - the life!|
|Four fishermen in a panga in the shade of one of the caves. |
They were there for half a day.
|Don't you just love the color of the water!|
|Sand dune with green vines on one side and dark lava rocks on other|
|End of the road - boat in background|