Archive for December, 2009

December 17, 2009

We arrived today in Cobol San Lucas, greeted with weather in the high 70’s

It’s the beach!

and the sun shining.  It was great to feel a warm climate and to be in the sun, because this morning we left Colorado’s winter behind, with numbing temperatures below zero.  Our guides,

Lagoon below Todos SantosLagoon below Todas Santos

Sergio and Mauricillo, met us in vans at the airport entrance.  They were enthusiastic and ready to teach us a lot about Baja.  We drove north for about an hour and turned down a bumpy dirt road to a beautiful beach to eat lunch, but before a bite was taken our feet had to go into the warm crashing waves.

The hotel is at a really cool spot on a cliff overlooking a fresh water lagoon.  The hotel is family-owned by the guide service.  They have a few dogs as pets and there are a few new puppies that are very spunky and are always running around. When we got to our rooms we exploded our packs and quickly organized ourselves to head to town for a history lesson about Mexico and Baja.

Villas La Mar in Todos Santos

Our guide knew a lot about Mexican history and I think that everyone learned quite a bit of new information.  After our tour of the town, we followed a path down the hillside from our hotel to the beach that it overlooks.  We learned that some beaches can be very dangerous, and that this was one of them.  The water acts in such a way, that if you get caught up in it, you can get pulled out to sea and drown.  At first it was hard to conceive the power a wave can have, but as I sat there watching the waves, I was struck by the raw power water can process.

Lurking in the night Lurking in the night

After we left the beach, we had a Spanish lesson and dinner.  The lesson was good  – I learned a lot about how to present myself using Spanish and how to say numbers correctly.  Then after dinner and a group meeting, it was time to hunt for bugs!  We found many species, and from the pictures, we could see that some were even dangerous (scorpions, poisonous grasshoppers, spiders)!

Overall, it was a great first day, and I am looking forward to spending this time in Baja.

Ocean Beauty

December 17, 2009

OCEAN BEAUTY

I stare at the reefs, caves and coves I wonder where they will all go

Twenty years from now It wont seem very real, now

Sitting here, ocean pristine it is like a most vivid dream

A dream that doesn’t seem real Until you feel, flowing and crashing The abundance of waves, making underneath you, these vast ocean caves.

I want this place to stay like this made out of sand and happiness a place of no worries and woes.   A place for us to go

The ocean is an amazing place.  It means a lot to me and always has, but on this trip I learned even more about what the ocean means to me.  Something about oceans has always amazed me.  Especially when they are clean and are hugely diverse in wildlife.

On our trip we spent a lot of time on the ocean and the sea or Cortez.  These places were some of the best large bodies of water I have spent time around.  I liked learning about all the wildlife that presided in them, there are so much interesting diversity present.  I also really appreciated seeing people around me taking care of the environment that they were in.  Seeing this really proved to me that it is possible for humans to be considerate to the environment that they are in

I think that if everyone did a little bit to help preserve the amazing environment that is around us.  We are always taking from the oceans and seas, but we never give back.  We take and dump back out trash in the oceans.  This is not how we should conduct ourselves.  If you want to preserve the things in nature that you like, be conscience of how you act.

Baja

December 3, 2009

Only 13 hours till we leave link to head out from link.  I have been looking forward to this trip for a long time.  i have known about the trip since the beginning of the year.  i have been packing for the last few days.  I am excited and anxious about leaving.  Going to a different country will be very different.  There will be different laws, customs, foods, languages being spoken and people of different ethnicities.  I am looking forward to some of the activities planned.  For the first few days we are going to learn how to surf and take spanish lessons.  I am really happy to surf because it sounds fun and i skateboard, and surfing is similar in how you have to balance to i hope ill be able to stay on the surfboard.  I also really love to fish, and i am bringing down some of my gear to Baja to fish.  There are many exotic fish there and i am hoping to catch some.  I also really like take photos and i am taking my camera down there as well.  Last week i bought a cool waterproof case for it and hopefully it will keep it dry!  After a few days of surfing we are going to hike the Baja peninsula, a pretty hard hike down to the Sea or Cortez to sea kayak for a few days.  this is where i hope to catch some fish, and hopefully eat them.  Also when we are kayaking around we might see some whales, sea lions and manta rays. these animals will make good photos if i can get close enough to shoot some photos.  Overall i am really excited to travel with my school to Baja Mexico.