Woke up: Ensenada de los Muertos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Went to sleep: Playa la Bonanza
How Many is a Million?
We travelled from Ensenada de los Muertos to Playa la Bonanza, a distance of 48 miles today. We wanted to stop here for the night so we could travel through San Lorenzo channel early in the day, before the winds pick up.
Playa la Bonanza is the longest sandy beach on the Isla Espiritu Santo. Its 2 miles long.
This beach is not all sand, though. This beach is 1,000,000 tiny sea shells. I think I now know how many is a million.
Two local men had set up provisions for a party on Saturday. There were half a dozen small tents, each with two cots. A dining table to seat 20 was located under a tarp and another tent housed camp stoves and coolers. “How did all of this stuff get here?” I wondered. In the middle of nowhere?
We walked the length of the beach and on the way back, Peter picked up plastic garbage. He didn’t find too much but he had an armload when we got back to the party site. Peter only knows a few Spanish words but one of them is basura – garbage. The men were happy to open up their industrial size black garbage bag and let us deposit the plastic we had picked up along the beach. Even though our communication was abysmal, they appreciated we were helping to keep their local beach free of the plastic debris.
The next morning as we were leaving, we watched as a dozen pongas raced through the water from who-knows-where bringing the excited party goers to shore.