Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico

Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
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Trip End May 20, 2010


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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

About an hour south of Catavina I turned off the Transpeninsular Highway on a side road to Bahia de Los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez.  Although armed with Benadryl I was absolutely miserable from something in the air stirred up by the wind to which I must be violently allergic.  I think it's those funny trees called Copalquin or Elephant Trees, strange trees that grow deep in the desert and are covered with some funny-looking orange fuzz that must be their way of flowering.

Bahia de Los Angeles has as stunning location among seaside cliffs, barren mountains, and islands and an impossibly blue bay, a setting that reminded me greatly of many places I visited on Egypt's Red Sea coast.  Numerous campgrounds full of gringos in RVs ring the bay, people here for sun and play in three primary sports - deep sea fishing, dirt biking, and sea kayaking.  The last of the three is the only one I'd be interested in engaging in, but sea kayaking probably wouldn't be a good idea on such an unusually cold windy day

The town of Bahia de Los Angeles itself is dusty and depressed-feeling, and I got a real sense of a place out of John Steinbeck's "The Pearl".  Steinbeck actually set his novella further down the peninsula in LaPaz, but as LaPaz has become a substantial and rather prosperous city, Bahia de Los Angeles is for me where Kino and Juana and Coyotito lived and "The Pearl" took place.

My seaside campsite at Daggett's Beach Camp was fortunately sheltered by a palapa, but my tent was still buffeted by high winds through the night and I woke up in the morning to find myself rolling around in sand.  It felt like time to move on.
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