Spring is the time we head back to the Baja and work our way up to San Carlos to prepare Carmanah for summer storage. It’s also seems to be a time for visitors from home. We had the whole crew for the Banderas Bay regatta, and then Bob stayed on an extra week at La Cruz (until the Churros ran out). The day he flew home, our niece Ruby arrived to celebrate spring break from Colorado State University in the hot Mexico sun. She seemed to have had a pretty good week and managed to hit the hot spots in Puerto Vallarta with her friend Natalie from college. The same day she flew back to Colorado, her brother Sam arrived from Boise. Lucky Sam, we were preparing for the 400 mile crossing from La Cruz on the mainland coast up to La Paz part way up the Baja peninsula. He got to experience long hours of late night watches and part of one of the days pounding to windward. But all in all, a pretty good crossing and Sam is a really good hand to have aboard. Always interested in things, fun to talk to and knows when to jump in and help out. He loves to fish but unfortunately, it was pretty sparse in that department. We caught one 15 pound Black Jack that while impressive looking, is not great eating. He did get to experience some of the wilder Baja before we finally had to head in to La Paz for his flight back to Boise State University. We rented a car in La Paz to make the 90 minute trip to the Los Cabos airport to see Sam off and to pick up our next guests—Don and Emily from Bainbridge Island. The drive was fun and afforded us a much needed Costco stop and we also got to see some of the interior of Baja we’ve never experienced before. The quaint town of Todos Santos was our favorite stop along the route—lush and green and agricultural on the Pacific side surrounded by miles upon miles of desert. An oasis on several levels.
Don and Emily got the full wild Baja experience as we slowly worked our way from La Paz to Loreto (130 miles), not a single town between. Emily loves to hike so we did a lot of hiking on the remote islands adjacent to our anchorages—well, some hiking and a lot of bouldering, bushwhacking, and scrambling up slopes of scree. But saw a lot of amazing country and we achieved some amazing viewpoints. Don recently had knee surgery so had to be a little more careful. We ate very well even though I didn’t do well fishing with the new lures —- we but did quite well with the 100 peso bills down at the panga landings. We had no trouble finding fresh fish. D&E flew out just in time to miss Semana Santa –holy week—a wild, crazy and very loud time here in Mexico. We stocked up on supplies here at Loreto and are heading back to some of the more remote areas to celebrate in a quieter way. As soon as Donna hits “Send” on our Turbo Tax electronic form, we’re out of here.