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Old 03-03-2010, 03:58 PM
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Paddling the Coast of Baja, Mexico

I recently spent a week paddling along the eastern coastline of Baja, just south of Loreto, Mexico. We paddled between the shore of the mainland penninsula to various islands in the Bahia de Loreto Parque Nacional, a collection of protected volcanic islands in the Gulf of California (nee Sea of Cortez).

The paddling was terrific. The sealife was outstanding (we saw gray whales, dolphins, manta rays, hundreds of different kinds of fish, lobsters, giant scallops, sea stars, and a vast array of sea birds - including the charming blue footed booby). The snorkling was quite good, though required wetsuits for protection from the chilly waters (low 70s) and tiny stinging jellyfish. We also got in some great hiking in the canyons on the "mainland" and to viewpoints on Isla Danzante.

We have sea kayaks but went through an outfitter for this trip to reduce the hassle factor with permitting and transport. The trip logistics and meals were outstanding. If anything, I wished that we paddled more each day, but there was so such to do onshore that you didn't miss being in the boat as much. The temperature was in the 80s during the day and dropped into the 60s at night. There were no bugs, no rain (though heavy dew on some mornings), and excellent campsites along the way. Like Oregon, Mexico has a "public shoreline" provision where the beaches and shores are public to a certain point on shore and are governed under federal regulations.

Here are a few photos from the trip:


sunrise at Camp 1


the mainland penninsula from Isla Danzante


lunch stop on the northern tip of Isla Danzante


looking north up the coast of Baja from Isla Danzante


moon set from Camp 2


rock formations along the coast of Baja


dried sea urchin (brown)


dried puffer fish


room with a view at Camp 3


looking south along the coast


a dried fish with very large teeth


palo blanco tree


Camp 4 and 5 - La ventana


cruising along with a 5km tailwind


swimming holes in one of the canyons on the mainland penninsula


canyon slides and pools
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:07 PM
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Great pics! It sure looks like a fun trip.
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:03 PM
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That's a special place down there, I've been going since the late 70's and hope it stays the same for the rest of my days.

Nice dried triggerfish shot - their skin is very tough and it's only missing the hide on the rear portion due to how good they taste (fillet and release is the local method on those).
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(fillet and release is the local method on those).
And a lot of other sea creatures, too. We found lots of shark heads and other sections of fish on the beaches up and down the coast.
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