Ok, Ok, I just can’t get my posts down daily. So be it. I must mention Carnival again as we hung around La Paz to see the 1st parade (or threee). Entertaining, a family event, unlike my supposition of other Carnival’s and Madi Gras of the world. But, having never been to any others, I can only speculate. I had a front row “stand” for the parade and as the trucks were so big pulling the floats, perhaps being farther back would have been better. Fun though!
We have moved on to Loreto – further north on Baja. Gorgeous territory! In the desert mountains, on the Sea of Cortez! Love this environment and the weather is lovely! No wind finally! The drive up from La Paz was very enjoyable.
Today we did a nice bird watching activity around the… golf course at a resort. 44 species with an entertaining Grngo. Then, into the hills/mountains to see the San Javier church, the 2nd oldest on Baja – founded in the 1600’s, but the church was moved to support agriculture in the 1740’s. Very peaceful little pueblo with a lovely drive. Steep mountains with amazing gullies that, if and when it rains, must be spectacular gully washers that wipe out the road.
Our real goal for the day was to see the cave painting in Santa Domingo. There is lots of rock art on Baja and this was not the very best of the best, but nice to see , out first, and a fun adventure in the car to get there and a half mile climb up a talus slope to see it.
The best part of this trip was our visit with Humberto (who found this particular art and guided us to see it) and his wife Rachel and their rancho. These two live totally off the grid and always have, 25 miles out on a rough dirt road. They primarily live off the desert, goat meat, goat milk, corn, cilantro, fruits, chickens, honey from their farm/ranch in the desert using well and river water, coffee from a farmer farther down Baja, ….
Humberto talked about his organic farm and was very proud of not using chemicals and living off the land. They always have. Organic and a small solar panel is not what I expected from an old time farmer living off the land. Something that will not last another generations.
Tons of fun, talking in Spanish (they speak no English) with then, touring their rancho, drinking coffee with fresh goats milk, and even translating to Spanish a couple pages talking about their ranch from a guide of hiking near Loreto . Us as translators!!!
We have mixed feelings about Baja; the many people living here who speak little or no Spanish; the beautiful desert landscapes and sea; the Americanization of the various towns; the Mexicanos we have met visiting around Baja who are so warm and friendly; the resorts that are Gringo only and could be anywhere. The incongruities remind us, there is a reason we have not been to Baja before. The mixture and confusion has kept us from coming and continues to perplex us.
Tomorrow we go to see the gray whales.