Thursday, December 29, 2005



Hammerhead Sharks

Heads of scalopped hammerhead sharks, we found on an island.

Starie - the Starfish

Baja Annie

Exploring the Islands around our Camp

Vik on the Water

Can't get enough of those!

Sunrise on our beach



Our little friends the bees that made us move.


Agave on the Pacific Coast of Baja California

Dancing in the Desert

Vik in Joshua Tree

Releasing your Inner Baja

Check out the cup from Taco del Mar in Salt Lake City. Release your inner Baja. You betcha! Fo' shizzle!

Straight Roads in Idaho

On the Road

A loooong drive south

Leaving Snowy Calgary

Friday, December 23, 2005

First Report

December 20 2005

After a week of traveling we finally arrived at the Sea of Cortez. Today was our first full day on the beach. The journey seemed long, but hey we did 4000km, so I guess that feeling makes sense! We had one chill day in Joshua Tree, where the night was cold, one fun day dancing in the dessert at moontribe and one day organizing (oil change, getting more supplies) in San Diego before we crossed the border last Sunday. A crossing from super rich, affluent, shiny to poor and dirty. Instead of the “No Littering. Fine 2000$” signs on Los Angeles’ 6 lane highways, Baja’s Highway #1 is a two lane windy road without a shoulder and lots of garbage and road kill everywhere. The biggest road kill so far was a burro belly up on the side of the road. Vik suggested to throw a rock on the bloated belly and we could see a fireworks of guts and belly juices, but Vegitari-Anna resisted.

Our camp is on a beach south of Loreto. For geography geeks: N 25 deg 45.033 min W 111 deg 16.749 min – check it out on google earth – the two tiny spots might be us! The first day we had some unwanted visitors, bees that made us change location after the whole hive paid us a visit and I got stung by one of them. We moved about 500m south, where we have a long beach all by ourselves, apart from pelicans, seagulls and other birds.

December 23 2005
The last three days on the beach were filled with watching fantastic sunrises, kayaking for several hours, making great food on a camp fire ( we brought lots of organic food from Calgary, so that we can make thai curries, dahl, …) and admiring the colours of the sunsets. We have already seen one seal, lots of seabirds, a scorpion and many colourful fish when we went snorkeling around one of the islands close to our beach.

I am surprised that I am actually pleasantly exhausted after sea kayaking, it looks so effortless when expert Vik does it. On my first day I practiced emergency re-entry and on the following day I got to put them to use J it’s certainly a handy maneuver!

Today we will start the Wild Cortez Cleanse: a cleanse where you are only allowed tacos and beer for one full day – we will see what kind of effects this will have one us!

And of course: Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays – Feliz Navidad and Frohe Weihnachten! May your celebration be filled with lots of peace – ours certainly will be!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Good Bye Calgary!

Only a few days left before Vik and I will be leaving cold Alberta - heading south to Baja California to do a little kayak expedition in the Sea of Cortez. Like the caption says: turquoise waters are awaiting us, and I can't wait to hang out with the whales, seals, rattle snakes and scorpions. I am not sure why I - the ESL (comment for fellow ESLers: English as a second language) person of the team has been selected to do the blog - but i hope that the fearless team leader (as their is no I in team that would be Vk) will edit the posts to follow, so that you don't have to read shitty postings. So tune in on Radio Free Baja once in a while - show times will be baja style, i.e. sporadic, but we promise there won't be any advertising on our channel! Comments are VERY welcome!