We’ve been on the road for 4 days now and it has definitely been an adventure.
We left San Diego bright and early Tuesday morning and headed South. The boarder was completely empty and we were able to get in and out within 10 minutes.
From there our plan was to head straight to the small “town” of Catavina, in the middle of the Catavina desert in Northern Baja. The Catavina Desert is one of the most desolate places I have ever been, just miles and miles of nothing. We stopped in the town of El Rosario, just before the entrance to the Desert, to load up on gas. There wouldn’t be another gas station for over 300 miles.
When we got to Catavina it was still pretty early and very hot, so we decided to keep going and try to make it to Abreojos before dark. We were about ¾ of the way through the desert when we started to question whether or not we had enough gas to get us through. After much debate and a u-turn we bought a couple gallons from a man on the side of the road… very expensive but good for our peace of mind.
At around 4pm we realized that we weren’t going to make it to Abreojos. Luckily Jamie knew of a surf spot that was close so we headed out towards the coast in search of a nice spot to camp for the night. This would be our first encounter with the dirt roads of Baja. Oh my goodness was it a bumpy ride! It took us about an hour to find the campsites. It was pretty chilly when we hopped out of the truck, a definite change from the hot drive through the desert.
By the time we got everything out of the car and set up, the sun was long gone and we were cooking dinner by headlamp. After the long drive we were happy to hop into our nice warm bed and sleep.
The next morning we woke up nice and early and did a quick wave check. There weren’t any waves to be had so we hit the road heading for Abreojos.
Jamie had brought it to my attention numerous times that Abreojos was notorious for having a ton of flies but I was being stubborn and not taking no for an answer. At around noon we stopped at the turn that would take us out to the coast and Abreojos for some lunch. The second Jamie pulled the parking break we were covered in flies. I have never seen so many flies in my entire life. Of course Jamie gave me the “I told you so” look and we hightailed it out of there fast.
From Abreojos we had been planning on heading to the gulf side to check out Bahia Concepcion but because of the change in plans and the set Jamie had heard was coming in, we decided to head out to San Juanico, better known as Scorpion Bay.
We hit the dirt road at around 12 and at around 3 we ran into a couple that had come from San Juanico. After chatting for a bit we realized that we were not going to make it before sun down. It had taken them 6 hrs to make it to that point. We knew that it would probably take us a bit longer because of our heavy load so we turned down a dirt road in search of a place to stay for the night.
We definitely picked the right dirt road! We ended up at Campo Pichico, an eco camp spot on the shores of Laguna San Ignacio. We pulled in and were greeted by two dogs and their owner Jose, better known at Rana. We asked Rana if we could set up camp for the night and he generously offered us a spot for free. This spot was so amazing. There were 5 little casitas and Rana was in the process of building a little cantina using all recycled materials.
San Ignacio is known for Gray Whale sightings and Rana has 5 boats that he takes out during the season. Unfortunately we came a little too late for the whales.
The next morning we hit the dirt road in search of some waves. We had planned on leaving at 7 but didn’t actually leave until around 9. Which meant we were probably not going to get to San Juanico until around 4. Luckily we took the salt flats and cut about 2 hrs off off our time. The final stretch was a bit tough on us and the Yakima Storage Box on the roof. We had to stop numerous times to re-tighten the bolts so that we didn’t lose all of our stuff. Hopefully Jamie can get it fixed before we leave.
The second we arrived in San Juanico we knew we were going to love it. Lots of sun, sand and 3 point breaks to choose from. In fact, once we paid for our spot and got the tent set up Jamie was in the water.
Now that we are here the plan is to finally slow down a bit and enjoy it. Jamie is going to teach me how to surf and we actually have internet access! 🙂
Here are a few pics of the drive and San Juanico! More to follow once the internet picks up again.
Here’s to slow living…Finally!