Baja Dry Run

Trip Start Jun 13, 2005
Trip End Aug 07, 2005

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Friday, June 17, 2005

Baja California is awesome. It was my first time being in "real" mexico, away from all the tourist zones. Basically, five of us went down on an expedition to solidify the itinerary for the surf scuba safari we will be leading this summer. It was a blast and I now know why real Baja wave explorers have lifted trucks. We did well driving one of the company's 15 passenger stretch vans that we'll have on the trip, as well as testing all the other gear we will be using. Mostly we explored the coastline, looking for a few perfect breaks for begginning surfers.
After crossing the border and making a quick stop in Ensenada we camped at a secluded beach just south of Punta Cabras, near the small town of Erendira. It was incredible to sleep to the sound of waves just down the beach. Tuesday we drove for a long time on a dirt road next to the coast checking out spots. We didn't find anything we liked for the camp, but I did learn where Shipwrecks (a pretty famous surf spot) is. After checking out the sand dunes near Solita Linda we camped near El Rosario. The beach was called La Bocana and we had a cool evening surf session. Wednesday we did a lot more exploring, with many more cool dirt roads and interesting stops. One that really sticks out is Catavina, which is strewn with boulders of all sizes and cacti as far as you can see in all directions. Really awesome and i'll post a picture when we go back there in a couple weeks. That night we stayed at a mission called San Borja. To get there we drove about 45 minutes on a dirt road deep into a valley. The mission is an oasis settled in the back of a valley by two mountains, complete with hot springs, 5000yr old indian paintings, and an incredible family. It's a magical place and we all felt calm and relaxed the whole time we were there. We'll be spending more time there on during the trips, and I can't wait to get back. Thursday we drove back, checking out the spots we missed and finalizing the trip itinerary. Kevin, Nick, Mioro, and Allison are awesome and I know that we'll have a cool summer showing kids (15-18) a beautiful lifestyle. Although we didn't get to Bahia de Los Angeles, they describe it as beautiful. During the two 9 day sessions I'll be there we'll be scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and all kinds of cool stuff.
I probably won't update this after our Colorado training session with AAVE (mostly team building skills, ice breakers, first aid procedures, and all that good stuff), but will definitely get creative with the writing and photos after each 18 day session. Until then, pEace.
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