Sea Kayaking Baja California

The second week of April, 2013 I packed up my skis and left Schweitzer Mountain, opted out of the employee day, and flew down to Loreto, Mexico for sea kayaking.

Recently ROW Adventures and Sea Kayak Adventures merged, creating an amazing opportunity for me to hop on a trip and see what the operation and trips are like.

Of course beach time was a high priority as well.

The trip left on the 15th and toured two islands, Isla Danzante, and Isla Carmen. Kayaking was relatively easy because the gulf of California is sheltered from the open sea. We only had trouble in one beach exit when the winds picked up.

The seas were clear and blue and provided my first snorkeling experience. After I got over the strange sensation of breathing while underwater I was able to enjoy floating along with the angel fish, star fish, scorpion fish and all sorts of other strange creatures.

An all Mexican crew of 2 guides and one panga (motor boat) driver ran the trip smoothly. Our Mexican guides were extremely knowledgeable about the biology of the region. They knew the name of every plant and animal and could tell you interesting things about their lives. So knowledgeable I felt like I am slacking as a guide back in Oregon!

Even with helping out a bit on the trip I was so relaxed by the end I didn’t know what to do with myself. I would loose myself on the beach picking up lots of strange shells, bones and rocks. You feel like a kid when discovering the treasures the beach has to offer.

I’ll let you enjoy the photos! 

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Isla Danzante Agave Flower

On the beach!

On the beach!

Starting out the trip right ...

Starting out the trip right …

View of campsite number two

View of campsite number two

They say each branch off these cacti represent 50 years of it's life ...

They say each branch off these cacti represent 50 years of it’s life …

Sunset at camp two! No, your screen isn't dirty. That's dust on my camera lens.

Sunset at camp two! No, your screen isn’t dirty. That’s dust on my camera lens.

This is the flower of the wild agave plant! I am in love with them. They only bloom once then they die.

This is the flower of the wild agave plant! I am in love with them. They only bloom once then they die.

 

Trees in the most unlikely places here ... where does it get its water?  Sorry the photo is side-ways, for some reason I can't correct it.

Trees in the most unlikely places here … where does it get its water? Sorry the photo is side-ways, for some reason I can’t correct it.

We found a little cave where the ceiling was covered in fossilized shells. zoom in for a closer look!

We found a little cave where the ceiling was covered in fossilized shells. zoom in for a closer look!
The seawater did wonders for my curls.

The seawater did wonders for my curls.

These puffer fish would wash up on shore and leave a quirky, yet sharp shell.

These puffer fish would wash up on shore and leave a quirky, yet sharp shell.

The trusty kayaks!

The trusty kayaks!

A view from Danzante on day one

A view from Danzante on day one

The support boat off the shore of Isla Carmen.

The support boat off the shore of Isla Carmen.