Sometimes you have an experience that cracks you wide open, leaving you feeling more alive and happy than you’ve felt in a long, long time. That happened to me in Baja. It really was a fiesta for the senses. There were breathtakingly beautiful sights: the
I traveled to Baja in a caravan of four women, four dogs and a cat in four Lazy Daze motorhomes. Originally there were supposed to be six of us but, unfortunately, two had to drop out. We took our time traveling, adjusting to the narrow, shoulderless, and sometimes very rough roads. We learned to slow down and move as far to the right as possible when big rigs passed by.
The people of Baja were a wonderful surprise. Friendly, helpful and always ready with a smile or a joke, they are a reminder of how the rest of us should live. Spending time with them and just observing their joy in life was one of the highlights of my trip. I could easily see myself returning here year after year, as many people do.
Not only were the people of Baja wonderful, but those that were visiting from other countries were great too. Something seems to happen to people when they are in Baja and causes them to be more friendly, fun and to have a wonderful camaraderie with their fellow campers. We had many nights around the campfire getting to know the others parked nearby, and formed new friendships during boat trips, hikes, trips into town and even doing laundry.
One activity that was high on the list of great Baja experiences was seeing the gray whales. Our little caravan traveled to Lopez Mateos on
The first time I went out in the boat our captain took us to the mouth of the bay. The water was rougher here than in the bay, but there were many whales. They could be seen spy hopping and breaching, but what really got us excited was when a mother and calf would swim really close to the boat. We even got drenched with the salty spray from the whale blowholes. There’s nothing like a good whale snotting to make you feel special. We saw dozens of whales that day, and although I took lots of pictures, few turned out well. Getting a better camera is now on my list of priorities.
Mother and Calf
The next day we went out in a panga again, but this time we stayed in the bay. We saw fewer whales this time, but had great interaction with the ones that we did see. There was one mother and calf in particular that seemed very curious about us. They kept swimming back and forth beneath the boat and right alongside it. It was amazing to me that these enormous creatures, which are much larger than the boat, could swim so close beneath it or beside it but never bump us. They are extremely graceful. Every so often they would roll over on the sides to look at us. One of the calves we saw looked quite small and was most likely a newborn. You can tell the calves not only because of their smaller size, but also they look darker because they don’t have the barnacles that the adults have. Although I had been out on whale watching boats before this in
The View From My Motorhome at El Coyote Beach
Our little caravan spent a total of about three weeks camped on El Coyote beach in the
Speaking of romantic, the biggest surprise was finding romance in Baja. Sometimes you are fortunate enough to meet someone who sees the very best in you, and therefore brings out the best in you, and hopefully vice versa. This can color your entire experience of a place or event. Cabo Pulmo will always have a very special place in my heart.
Beach at Cabo Pulmo
Doris and Pat had to return home after a month, so Lorna and I traveled together to the southern part of Baja. One of our stops was
Espiritu Santo Snorkeling Spot
I’ll be writing much more about Baja, because I had so many great experiences. I crossed over the border back into the
There was lots of fun to be had in Baja. The best part being able to let The Staff off the leash a lot so that I could run around without her. She just can't keep up with me.