9 November ‘09 Bahia Kino is a very small village that sits on the eastern banks of the Sea of Cortez. With some homes, small single and two floor condos, a couple of restaurants, and 5 small vendor stalls, and a half dozen vacant lots, you get a feeling as to what Bahia Kino is all about…”kicking back”. Some find it too kicked back, and others find it just a quiet and amazing soft sand beach area with great fishing from boats or beach. Yesterday we hauled the kayak down to the water’s edge, ate a great breakfast of Huevos Rancheros, a Bloody-Mary,
and took a paddle for a couple of hours. The water was amazingly warm and flat. The fish were abundant below us, and the pelicans were having a feast for breakfast all around us…it was quite a sight. We paddled down the beach for about 100 yards and then out and around the rock hills that come to the deep water. All along the rocks, the fishermen were tossing out their lines for the days catch, some already lucky and others still hanging tough. We paddled from one protrusion of rocks to another and onto another until we had come to a small development of the only large homes we have seen in Kino Bay. One smaller home that was already finished and right down on the beach was absolutely beautiful, and then there were the 3 others that sat higher on the hillside that were going to be huge when finished…pretty nice, but how the hell do you get to them??? The only paved road is the one that comes into Bahia Kino from Hermosillo and then takes a right for about 6 miles and then comes to an end. The rest of the roads are heavily rutted dirt and a tough ride it is. We’ve met up with a couple (Sol and Carol) from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They arrived the day before we did and we happened to find a location to park right in front of their 5th wheel. For the last couple of evenings, we’ve gotten together at the edge of the beach to watch the sun go down.
This morning Carol asked us if we would like to explore Old Bahia Kino and try to get out to the land spit that connects the mainland to one of the island. Well we found the road (dirt and heavily rutted), but it only took us about 1/3rd of the way to the island. From there it was walking only if you wanted to continue. We did find a small area were the fishermen leave and come back from the bay.
Not only did they have a catch of fish and crab, but the beach was covered with some of the best shells Louise and Carol have ever had a chance to collect from. They were both very happy to walk through all that soft mud to get their riches. After lunch at one of the beach-side restaurants in Ole Kino, we headed out the 12 mile “test track of dirt roads” to the Western Horizon Resort that we were going to camp in (Louise and I started out that road and immediately said “Hell will freeze over before I continue…”). Sal has a large 4 wheel drive pick-up and wanted the challenge…we got there and back and found it to be a very nice resort, but still on the road from hell. Then we went by the golf course that Sal has been golfing on. It is a desert sand course and looks to be quite nice and challenging.
Tonight we enjoyed another sunset and dinner at Jorge’s…just another day in PARADISE !!!