12/13 – 1/1/21 La Paz to Loreto, BC

First stop after La Paz was the beautiful Isla Espiritu Santo with its magnificent geology and clear ocean water. We were here all alone…

A short trip north of Espiritu Santo our next stop was Isla Partida where the geology and water continued to amaze.
Los Islotes Sea Lion Rookery

A highlight of our Baja experience was swimming with the sea lions at Los Islotes. They were so playful, friendly and felt like blubber! It was rumored that the babies will cuddle right up in your arms! Caution: when the big guys come around, it’s best to back off.

I can imagine that the cosmetic chemist at Chanel responsible for of the formulation of the 2021 color trends might derive immense inspiration from the dramatic kaleidoscope of color that the geography in the Sea of Cortez presents. ( to read more about this, see Katie’s Blog #6 above).

Our first Christmas aboard Samsara was spent at the bay at San Evaristo! Santa was nowhere to be found but we both felt amply gifted by our amazing adventure! Jeff roasted a rack of lamb with carrots, onions and potatoes. We drank a beautiful bottle of Revana, compliments of Sun and Kelly Choe. An attempt at key lime pie (from memory, no recipe) was desert.
The winds were howling 25 knots outside!
Sunrise at Agua Verde one of our favorite places, an idyllic cove south of Loreto where we spent 3 days and met interesting and well traveled adventurers who were camping on the sand one of whose grandfather invented the Ceasar salad cheffing at a restaurant in Tijuana many years ago.

We hiked and snorkeled, drank tequila on the beach and laughed!

On our sail north to Loreto, we saw El Mano de Dios…

At Honeymoon Cove we were entertained by eight dolphins lazily cruising the cove feeding at sunset. They were still around at sunrise!
Loreto, also known as Pueblo Magico, was the origina capital of Baja California. The first mission in Baja was founded here by the Jesuits in 1697. It is a delightful town of cobblestone streets and quaint old buildings overlooking the Sea of Cortez. We had a lot of fun exploring here and even ran into Frieda Khalo out shopping.

Known as the most well preserved of all the Baja missions. The church at San Francisco de Javier was founded in 1699 and still attracts a pilgrimage of over 2000 devout Catholics each year in December. The village and the mission are a 45 minute drive up in the mountains above Loreto.

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