Woke up: Bahia Los Frailes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Went to sleep: Bahia Los Frailes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Day Number 77
It’s a luxury to take a rest day after a travel day and have nothing to do but explore our new surroundings. Two nights, back to back, of quiet sleep in a still and restful bay.
Early in the day we decided to scamper up a nearby hill to see what we could see. Once on shore, we weren’t able to find a trail but decided to bushwhack it through brush and rock to the top. As we began our ascent, Peter said, “Be sure to watch for rattle snakes.” End-of-hike.
We decided a long run along the beach sounded nice. We passed local fishermen who didn’t speak a word of English and looked at us like they’d never seen a gringo before. Then we passed lavish vacation rentals and spoke to a woman from Wisconsin. She and her husband were on their honeymoon. Bahia Los Frailes is less than 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas along a dusty dirt road. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see the majestic beauty of the ‘East Cape’.
Travelling north in the Sea of Cortez has me confused. All my life, being in the ocean meant the land is to the east and the Pacific Ocean is to the west, with Hawaii somewhere out there in the distance. When the land is on your left you are travelling south. When the land is on your right you are travelling north. Something you could always depend on.
Travelling in the Sea of Cortez is just the opposite. You think you are in the Pacific Ocean, mainland Mexico is too far away to see, but as you head north the land is on your left. In the evening, the sun sets behind the Baja peninsula instead of behind the ocean swell. Very strange.
Rowing the Dinghy
In the afternoon we decided to go snorkeling off a nearby reef. I made Peter let me row the dinghy there. I’m worried my arms are starting to look like those of a 60 year old woman, flabby and dangling at the elbow. I think the arms benefited but after about 40 minutes I felt something funny and realized I had a quarter-size abrasion on my left buttock from the seat. I got home, put Neosporin on it and decided to hang up the oars for now.
Entertaining on Penelope
Later we had our new friends, Ed, Melinda, Jake and JD over for a potluck. They brought Wahoo and I made spinach salad. It’s brings me joy to spend time with and get to know new people. (I wonder about Mark and Deanna, who have gone on to Puerto Vallarta, and worry that Deanna may be homesick as I am.)
Ed and Melinda are from Bellingham, Washington. They are travelling with their two sons, ages 19 and 10. Ed has owned his boat, Lorien, for 17 years. She is a Ponga which is similar to the Hans Christian in weight and quality. You can tell he takes great pride in Lorien, she is immaculate.