Baja California - Landscape and Rural Areas

This is our ship, the Wilderness Adventurer. We took this shot from our sea kayaks. The wind had come up as we were out kayaking, and the ship had to send the zodiak out to tow some of the kayakers back in. This is the cove at Isla Del Carmen where we spent our first night. The cove was well sheltered and very beautiful. This overlook as on the highway between Puerto Escondido and the City of Loreto.
Another view from the same overlook. This pretty little chapel was on the "road" to San Javier. The road was a long, twisty, bumpy road that wound its way through switch backs with no guardrails to speak of. It was a fun trip! The Mission De San Javier was founded in 1699. The town is very small and very remote. But it was clean and they were in the midst of refurbishing the Mission in preparation for it's tricentenial.
Another view of the Mission. A large Cardon cactus. These commonly grew to heights of more than 40 feet to a maximum of 60 feet (18 meters) A home in San Javier.
Another home in San Javier. The town has a population of around 150, supported mostly by fruit farming. A fresh water spring allows for irrigated farming, and the streambed is a long oasis with date palm trees. The small cantina located in San Javier We went for a hike up a canyon from where we were anchored in Puerto Escondido. We kept going further up the canyon, and every time we thought we would be stopped by a rock face we'd find a way around it. We found small pools of stagnent water still hanging on even though it was bone dry elsewhere.

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