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.

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