I think I know a shortcut out to the beach without going to Punta Lobos, a place we can be more alone. It’s an ultimate Baja road, one where someone would have to back up a long way if two vehicles meet and high clearance is a must. I’m sure we walked this way once before. Finely the trail leads to the beach, yes. We walk out as far as we dare toward the rising tide, lay out a towel and wait to see what happens. I think I caught for the first time the florescent green flash that sometimes happens just at sunset while looking out to sea. I’m not making any of this up! Heidi says she sees what looked like heads of divers, I question her sanity. For the next fifteen minutes we’re watching two sea lions surfacing, flipping and popping straight up out of the water right in front us. Heidi says “They see us and are waving at us” We wave the next time they come up. No kidding, next we see a whale blowing and surfacing in front us.
WHAT DO WE DO? People I know have always asked me what I would do with all my time if I quit my regular job. Heidi and I have been here in Todos Santos now for a month and have another month before we hit the road again. It’s not a lot of time but we’ve had to try to work out a routine for our day to day. Hey, who said the good things in life are easy? And then there’s the technical stuff like when to be at the beach for the best waves, this all takes a lot of planning and constant tweaking. We pursue this like a fictitious job that has workdays weekends vacations and if we feel like playing hooky, days I call in sick for one or both of us.
A normal work day:
- Coffee, computer time and a run before Heidi wakes up in the morning. 2 – 3 hrs.
- Big breakfast or blended health shake. 1+ hrs
- Get to the Gym to lift weights and/or aerobics. 2 hrs
- Light lunch and time around the pool. 1+ hrs
- Beach walk and/or desert mountain hike. 2 – 4 hrs.
- Surfing and hanging out at the beach. 1 – 5 hrs.
- Fishing and hanging out at the beach. .5 – 1 hr
- Reading, practicing Spanish, computer and digital camera play. 1 – 3 hrs.
- Shopping. Not always easy, sometimes having to drive 6 miles to get papaya. .5 – 1 hr
Obviously we overloaded our days, no way can we possibly fit everything in every day. After all this we like to end the day spending a little time around the pool for unwinding and socializing with people at the hotel. Ahhhh… we went from 40 hr. weeks to 90 hrs., the stress is unreal at times! To the beach, but what beach? We have the choice of several, all a short distance away. One beach has a good break in a NW swell but has rocks and is not great at low tide. Another has hot showers, nice bathrooms but we have to pay $1.80 to park on the beach. Sometimes we need to tweak our day mid stream because maybe there’s no wind and it’s already late morning and that means the waves should be good so we should go to the beach now instead of later. People think this is easy, it’s not! At a normal job most of your day is laid out ‘for you’. Here we’re on our own and it’s up to us to design our day to be productive or not, not as easy as it sounds. The beauty of adventure travel is that you have control of all your time which gives you the opportunity to do something great with it!
Lots of pic’s of our days in and around Todos Santos, Baja Mexico:
Morning run: Some days I run with company. This day I had the same 4 dogs that went on our hidden bay hike. This one on the right is always so fired up every time I see her.
These dogs are so well behaved and always get off the road when a vehicle comes.
Punta Lobos in the distance. That’s where all the fishing action takes place.
When I get to the beach I see Rubia (We like to name the dogs we meet) a dog I’ve met before and another dog I haven’t met. These are beach dogs and I’m running with city dogs? Then it hits me, this could be bad.
All 6 dogs got along great, not one aggressive display, I could not believe it. The two beach dogs ran almost all the way back with us. I love running with dogs.
Fisherman launching boats in the surf: The boat on the right just threw a rope to the one on the beach.