Baja California

Yesterday morning, I crossed the border from California and drove down Mexico 5 through San Felipe and on to Puerticitos, a small fishing village on the Sea of Cortez. The place appeared to be mostly deserted and I ended pitching my tent under a palapa in Octavio’s Playa Escondida (hidden beach.) Once the fishermen returned for the evening (sunset was at 4:15pm!) I had the beach to myself (aside from some dogs and seagulls.) The bones of a beached grey whale were on display on a hill overlooking the beach and I wandered among the bones around sunset. I hope to be able to be as close to a live specimen.

This morning, I left Puertocitos and continued down Mex 5. The pavement soon ended and I spent the next 5 hours negotiating the unfinished and unforgiving dirt road before it finally joined up with Mex 1 and pavement again. The scenery was spectacular, but I doubt if I will go back that way on my return – as hard as it was on me, it must have been even harder on the car. I am now in Guerrero Negro (black warrior – apparent named after a whaling ship) which is supposed to be one of the best places to see grey whales, but I am a few weeks early, so I will have to come back on my return…