Monthly Report; March 2018
Imagining: March was Baja California Month (plus a quick stop in New Jersey). Besides snorkeling with whale sharks and eating tons of fresh seafood we were exploring. We wanted to check Baja California out as a possible place to establish a home base or, at least a place we’d return to winter. After two years of nomadic wandering, our main goal in travel this year is to find a base to travel from, and a place to return to.
Traveling: Starting in Chihuahua Mexico we flew to San Jose del Cabo at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, rented a car, and immediately drove far away from the hectic mega-tourist complex of Los Cabos to quieter La Paz. From there we drifted around the southern half of the Baja Peninsula.
We swam alongside whale sharks, petted grey whales that swam up to our boat, hiked into the desert mountains, snorkeled amidst thousands of tropical fish, stayed in bungalows in tiny towns, and yes, . . . ate tons of fresh seafood. See our full report, Baja California Sur, under menu; CURRENT TRAVELS – Travels 2018.
We took a short, but long overdue visit to family in Morristown New Jersey and visited the Delaware River where Washington crossed to defeat the British at Trenton, ate cheesesteak subs in South Philadelphia, and toured Independence Square where the Declaration of Independence was written. Good to see everyone there – been too long.
At the end of March we flew back to Tucson, stowed away our backpacks, and picked up our truck and trailer. Thank god everything was working just as we left it over two months ago. And, a million thanks to John and Donna who watched over our rig while we were away. Time to migrate northward through the western U.S.
After spending a month exploring Baja we crossed it off of our possible relocation list, but most definitely added it to our extended winter stay list. Why not live in Baja? For us it’s too remote, expensive and limited. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coasts are magnificent. But, food, manufactured goods, building materials, and in some cases, even drinking water has to be shipped in which severely limits what is available and makes everything expensive.
But, as a place to winter it’s spectacular. Whales of many types bear their young in quiet bays along both the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. The ocean and sea are alive with marine life; whale sharks, giant manta rays, brightly colored tropical fish. Inland the stark desert mountains hide ancient cave paintings and oasis-like canyons. Tiny villages and towns serve fresh seafood in open-air palapas.
Yep, we’ll be back to Baja Sur for sure.