I LOVE to set the day by having my first POT of coffee sitting just outside of our door with the sun warming my body, the sound of the incoming tide just feet away and my bare feet settled into the soft sand... anyone want to change places with me ??? This will be our last day here in Bahia de Los Angeles. We continue our journey south with John and Jennifer in the morning BUT, before we go...let us fill the kayak with air and hit the wster for a little exercise, exploring, and getting to know our next door neighbors Dale and Sue from Baker, Oregon. They have borrowed a kayak from a good friend in the states and thought today would be a great day to try it out. They ask us to join them which was hard to turn down. Louise and John wanted to stay on the beach so Jennifer received the pleasure of a paddle with me tagging along. The water was perfect as well as the company, and for a couple of hours we just enjoyed the moment as the surf lay almost perfectly flat, the pelicans swept by searching for a meal, and the mountainous islands gave a framework of all the besuty of Bahia de Los Angeles. Tomorrow, Guerrero Negro...
Mision San Francisco de Borja
We wanted a little more excitement in our lives today so we opted for a drive to see and explore the Mision (Mission) San Francisco de Borja... they told us "if you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance this would be a great opportunity to see and experience a little history that most people traveling the Baja can't take advantage of, and on top of all that, you will be traveling through one of the most beautiful mountainous areas that are filled with some very special catus that can not be found anywhere else but in this very small part of the world.
The Mision San Francisco de Borja was founded by the Spanish Jesuit who had walked the length of the Baja to establish missions all along their route. First off, you can't imagine how remote this location is from either coastline, and how deep into the rugged catus filled mountains they had to WALK... Not long after establishing their following with the indians in 1759, they started building the mission. In 1801 they had to rebuild and then in 1818 they closed it due to the decline of the indian community. Today the family that watches over it (and lives there with their closest neighbors living about 2 hours away because of the remoteness and the tough roadway) have found a way to survive and serve. The family we met today was the 8th continuous generation and they hope it will be 8 more at least...
We arrived at the campground in Bahia de Los Angeles and almost immediately started celebrating John's birthday. Thank God it seems that we have finally out run the rain.
The morning we pulled out of El Rosario we ha spent a night of heavy down pour which left the camping area and everything that wasn't paved in a sea of mud. Our first concerns were whether we could get onto the roadway before getting stuck. As it turned out, there was no reason for getting all concerned, the only negative was we all picked up enough mud getting out that we looked more like a mud pie making our way down the highway than the spic-n-span rv'rs we are... We had been in heavy rain fall even before we pulled out of Yuma and we had hoped to leave it behind by the time we pulled out of Ensenada but that just didn't happen. After leaving El Rosario our next stop was Bahia de Los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez. Fortunately the rain was left along the highway someplace but we have picked up a STRONG wind that damn near blew us into the sea that first night in B.LA... Now we are all settled, no more rain, no more wind, but just some long awaited sun, sand, and surf and an enjoyable mid 70 degree temperature...
Wellll, we had a little rain last night... All is well but we may stay another night here in El Rosario, BUS just hoping to dry out a little more.