Shortly after Skyping with Shannon and family back in Calgary we headed to Proterro CA, a popular meeting point for travellers heading into the Baja. We hadn’t been successful in finding someone who was close to our schedule, so we were prepared to go in alone. To our good fortune Greg Mustard came over . He and Debbi are from Penticton BC and were heading in, and have been there many times over 25 yrs. We arranged a time to head out and a radio channel to converse on using the GPRS radios.
|Debbi and Greg|
In Ensenada we stopped to withdraw some cash and pay the visitor card fee at the bank. Later that day we stopped at El Pabellon RV park, a Pacific coast campsite where we basically boon-docked since there aren’t any real services to be had. We unfortunately saw a major drug importation go down and the military charge down the beach to try and stop the exchange. We don’t think they were successful.
The next morning we headed south again, this time Debbi and Greg wanted to stop at Catavina a favorite high desert hiking area for them. The winds were high in there and the temperatures quite cold so we passed on staying with them and headed to Baja De Los Angeles a bay some 80 kms away and arranged to meet the next morning. We made a wise choice and enjoyed a nice evening in the Bay overlooking the World Heritage Site islands just off shore.
The next morning we
connected back up at the junction and began heading south this time a short day
to San Ignacio, a northern Mission of the Jesuits back in 1728. Unfortunately
the violence, drug problems, and US economy have all affected the tourism in
this area and we were basically the only people there, plus Fred and Teresa,
some other BC residents who joined the caravan.
|San Ignacio Mission|
The RV Park recommended was El Padrino but it was basically a disaster and we stayed at a pretty spot on the oasis lagoon. The owner pumped water from the lagoon into a big barrel and turned on a hot water heater so we could have showers but we passed.
|Gustav Eiffel's church in Santa Rosalia|
Later, after some fish tacos at a stand there we met back up worth Greg and Debbi and arrived at Stantispac in time for the Saturday evening party at Lupa’s on the beach. What great fun! We’ll be heading out tomorrow ( Tuesday) to Loreto and continuing south.