08.30.2018 - 09.01.2018
And our trip down the Baja continues.
Day 3: San Ignacio to Mulege
LAGUNA DE SAN IGNACIO
Prior to heading out, we decided - well maybe I decided - that I wanted to see the Laguna de San Ignacio before we moved on. It's a very popular grey whale watching spot in the winter. There was a sign on the edge of town pointing to it and I just assumed it was - you know - right there. Well 50+ km later we finally found it. We don't call it Arrradventures for nothing! The drive out was stunning as you cross the desert and then hit the extensive salt flats before actually reaching the lagoon, even if about 20 km was rough dirt road!
We saw some of the biggest cactus of the entire trip in this stretch.
Tree Cactus (Joshua Trees)
Thankfully, after that adventure, we had planned two short driving days so we could enjoy some of the oasis towns on the Sea of Cortez. But first lunch. Fish Tacos!
Mulege was the first stop and the road to it was highlighted by views of Volcan Tres Virgines. It dominates the view for miles before you actually got to it.
Mulege is another oasis, this time on the coast where a river empties to the sea. It was the first real river we saw after tons of dry river beds all throughout the drive.
As a side note, I would love to see the landscape when these rivers are flowing.
We had heard Mulege was a beautiful town and it was pretty but - well - not all that. It has a lighthouse and a mission that are interesting and it does have a small beach.
We had not booked in advance here, thinking we would try the "let's just see what we find" approach. After an hour and a half trying to find something, we decided we really don't like that approach! We finally found a small hotel with a pool for $25/night and were very relieved. It gets soooo hot here (even for us) that afternoons are best spent doing nothing and sitting in the shade. Add a pool and a cold cerveza and all is right with the world.
Once it cooled off, we set out for dinner and had surf and turf with some of the best langoustines ever and a wonderful sunset.
After dinner, we happened upon an indoor soccer match and sat and watched for awhile.
Day 4: Mulege to Loreto
This was also a short drive day and maybe one of the most beautiful. Our route took us along the Sea of Cortez and Bahia de Concepcion for some stunning views.
We stopped at the first cove we hit on the Bay, Playa Santispac, and had breakfast at Restuarante Ana.
Later in the day we saw this "sand tornado" moving across an open area of desert!
Loreto is a beautiful town on the Sea of Cortez. It's bigger than the others along the way and has a lovely Malecon. We treated ourselves and stayed at a hotel with a bar and restaurant right on the beach. Of course, after a swim and some sun, Margaritas were in order to accompany the sunset.
Then a walk down the malecon to the Loreto sign. Many towns along the coast have these colorful signs.
The next morning treated us to a spectacular sunrise and we were on our way.
Day 5: Loreto to La Paz
Our last day and another long one. It was highlighted by more spectacular mountain passes as we had to cross back over the Eastern ranges to the center of the peninsula for the run south. The middle was dominated by very long, very straight stretches of road through the countryside, farmlands, and two significant farming towns before cutting back across the mountains to the east coast and La Paz.
And we made it!
We have a wonderful little one bedroom apartment a half a block from the water and the Malecon in the historic center with tons of restaurants, bars, and shops. More to come on life in La Paz...
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