Travel Journal

Baja California - December 26 - 27

(Friday 11 January 2008) by Karin
I am crazy... I am nuts..... I went for a swim this morning. Needles to say that with the water being sooooo cold that swim did not last very long. A nice cup of tea warmed me up again.
We left our beach today (no choice as we are running out of food) to drive to Mulege. The tropical village of Mulege reposes in a lush valley, thriving off a freshwater stream that empties into a beautiful estuary on its way to the Sea of Cortez. A green and fertile valley surrounded by barren desert hills. The most interesting chapter in its town history is the prison that was erected on the hill above the town in 1907. The prison was different as the inmates were allowed to leave each morning to work in town, as long as they returned when the horn was sounded each afternoon. Since, the four-foot thick wall prison has been transformed into a museum. Shopping, lunch and a break on the town's square later we returned to our beach.

Warm and sunny on Thursday when Laila and I went for a kayak ride together. Good fun on the way to the other beach but going back proofed to be more difficult. The wind had picked up and waves were a bit bigger. After rowing for a few minutes Laila asked if we were moving at all..... We were not so I let the kayak drift to the beach were we both got soaked gettting out. Laila then walked back while I rowed and rowed and rowed and did get the kayak back to the departure point. Good exercise.
As it stayed windy we visitid Loreto in the afternoon. Loreto was the first permanent settlement anywhere in the Californias, including that big U.S. State to the north. The mission became the first of a system that would colonize and settle not only Baja California but all the way up to Northern California. Loreto was the first capital of the Californias and remained the capital of Baja California for 132 years until 1829 when the town was devastated by a hurricane, and the capital was moved to La Paz. Visited the mission, did some souvenir shopping and had a great dinner before driving back in the dark. Paved roads in Baja are well-engineered an generally kept in good repair but they tend to be narrow and lack hard shoulders. Curves are sometimes thighter than expected. An added difficulty in the dark are the dogs, coyote's, cows, horses, burros, etc. that run around wild and cross the road. We saw a lot of dead ones on the side of the road but Harald wanted to avoid hitting one of them. I wonder why }-) }-) ??


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