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!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there,

Estoy feliz a recibir este "blog". I look forward to reading about many more of your adventures. Cuidado con los tacos y cerveza - estan locos! Hope the bees leave you in peace and the rest of nature smiles upon you.

Hasta Lueqo y Feliz Navidad-

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for Sun and Sand...Boo for Bees....

Glad to hear you made it safely. WE wish you a very happy holiday and a very Merry New year. Enjoy your Tacos and Beer :)

Lots of love,

Ursula and Family

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Anna... I am sitting here at an internet cafe in Kensington, missing not seeing my Schwester at Christmas and crashing on her favorite couch :)

Seeing your photos I can't help but smile knowing you are doing something you've been dreaming of for many years.

Keep dancing, kayaking and living off the earth... but damn I'm glad I don't have to share a tent with you after your Wild Cortez Cleanse of tacos and beer!

Love you tons - and Happy New Years! I'll have a drink and a little shaking the booty for you.

Schwester Cindy

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from the snowy (or not so snowy) north! Looks like you are having a great time exploring your new surroundings. As someone wise once said it’s not the destination but the journey that matters. Keep up your explorations!



2:06 PM  
Anonymous Warren said...

Hey Guys,
Great to see you doing what you love. Vik....sorry we didn't connect last year; my second daughter came along in August and sqeezed us for time. No regrets though, she's very cool. Get a star map if you can. It provided us with hours of entertainment on our trip and really put our "universe" in perspective. We'll be in Cabo for a few weeks in Feb. Maby we can hook up.

8:03 PM  

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