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... first hurricane ever to make landfall in Baja before the month of July.)
The last time such a storm approached was 1958, fifty-seven years ago. Friends write, commenting on how "storm free" they hear that it is down here in Baja this year. I laugh. This is evidence of how much we filter news through what we are experiencing in our own domain, and how vastly different the "on the ground" local story may be from the national and international ...
... with whom to travel further afield.
The mules I have wanted to ride, the trails that lead to waterfalls in the middle of dry stone: these are right here, with guides to boot, and no fees to pay. But I don't go, though I heed the "chance of a lifetime, perhaps never again" friendly admonishment to move my butt from chaise lounge to saddle. Little do others know the wild horse I am already quietly riding. The screen in my lap, the tool for my later writing, is a ...
... but being not yet known well enough to be included in cozy celebrations between tight circles of friends who have lived here a long time.
This is not really strange. In fact, it mirrors my year-end experience in Canada where I too prefer, on New Year's Eve, to be in blissful solitude or else in intimate reflection with those who know me well.
Getting sick has made me crave the comfort of familiar faces and ...
... is the only route over some falls.
Some hikers say don't do it if you are without tough gloves. Others simply go, and shred their boots and their fingernails along the way -- but with glee, given the spectacular views and the cool soaking pools and waterfalls at the end of the hike.
Tabor Canyon is but one of many hiking prospects in this area.
I came to Loreto fully intending to hike ...
... Every bedroom, in every casa in Loreto Bay, opens to the outdoors. One need only step outdoors, one, two, three steps, and move no further. There are no high-rise towers blocking sky views here. In many houses, ours included, sunrises are visible from bed, with no stepping required.
But a superb sunrise perch is on the headland, past the long mellow curve of the big bay, over the green and around the smaller curve of the pelicans' fishing bay, around ...