Buenos Dias! We’ve decided skip a month of using our Telcel USB modem to save a little money, so, short post it is, but I’ve included lots o’ photos.
We have refrigeration! After Todos Santos, we headed to San Jose del Cabo to see if Wahoo RV could take a look at our refrigerator. Master refrigeration guy, Chuck Schmuck (yeah, really, that is his name) saved our butts and got us up and going.
Thanks to the Internet, we had been following a south swell that was expected to reach the East Cape within a few days. We hadn’t expected to surf on the East Cape at all on this trip, as it typically only works in the summer, when the South Pacific (like, real south – Antarctica) generates storms that send waves our way. So, crossing our fingers, praying to Neptune and thinking good thoughts, we headed to Nine Palms, on the East Cape. What we found was beautiful, pristine beaches, blue-green water and yes – some fun waves. However, the curse of surf forecasting and technology also brought more surfers into the line-up – 18 people one morning.
Melanie and Lawrence Fisher met up with us and we continued on to Cabo Pulmo. Cabo Pulmo is the only coral reef in western North America and is a designated Mexican National Park. As luck would have it, richter level winds blew while we were there, making the ocean look like the north Atlantic. While we got waves at Nine Palms, we missed out on snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo.
Los Barriles was our next stop, to say hi to our friend Todd, who is a mountain bike guide for Vela Windsports (irony, as you might know our stance on wind). Barriles was by far the most gringo town we have been in so far, but the company was great, the food was fabulous, and Chris got to go mountain biking with Todd and check out the trails in the area. We’ve had a great time with Mel and La, sharing travel stories, taking photos of every meal (Mel takes a photo of every meal while traveling), and drinking happy hour margaritas. However, we are so ready to get the hell outta Dodge and get back to the empty beaches and waves. This civilization stuff is too much for us!
Chris here. I’ve hijacked the blog from Bryce.
After over two months of life on nearly deserted beaches we now find ourselves in the Todos Santos area, which is rightfully so, a very popular Gringo ex-pat area. We arrived at the main beach of Los Cerritos on what seemed to be the busiest day ever. There was a large dirt parking lot filled with rental cars, ATV’s and local pickup trucks. The beach scene was something we had not yet seen on the trip; full of Gringos, umbrellas, local vendors, smells of sun tan lotion, a surf shop on the beach with rental boards and surf lessons, and our favorite: kids running and throwing sand and screaming everywhere.
Well if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em. A fellow camping couple helped us find a spot to park our camper and we set up camp and hit the beach with chairs, umbrellas and beers… hey we’re Gringos too, we can do this!
We hung out for a few days of surfing and beach time at this popular beach. We ran into Jeffe who owns Parrilla Grill, the local burrito shop down the street from us in Bend – small world. We also hooked up with Dave and Brooke from Bend who we had just met prior to leaving on this trip. The waves at Cerritos were large and dumping and within a day or two my body was taking a beating. How is it that this learning curve called surfing can still be growing on the horizon like a pounding cleanup set wave? Shouldn’t we be getting the hang of this? Katy charged a couple nice big waves, happy to be back on her “magic” fun board; while I seem gifted at finding pounding closeout after closeout wave. Still though, we find Cerritos a fun beach to hangout to enjoy the light winds and warm sunshine. The water is the warmest of the trip, but even this far south we notice the cool mornings and shorter days as we get near winter solstice.
While at the beach at Cerritos, we met a very nice couple from Missoula, MT that seem to have taken a liking to us and offered us a place to stay and a change of scenery at their place just north of Todos. The hook was set when Aldo told me of the mountain bike trails above his house and offered to take me on a ride on his spare bike. So we moved up to their place, which is a great little house if you’re ever looking for a place to get away from winter: Maritas Casitas.
Those of you that know us seemed to find it most surprising that we left our mountain bikes behind and even went so far as to sell some of our bikes when we left Bend. Sure it would be nice to have bikes with us, but the hassles of dealing daily with bikes on the rig would be a serious pain in the ass. So it’s been three months since I’ve ridden a bike. Aldo and I left his house at 6:30AM to meet up with some of his gringo neighbors for a bike ride. I was provided with a K-mart quality bike, and off we went into the desert on bikes! Oh, what joy to be doing something so easy for me as riding a bike again. It’s true; you really never do forget how to ride a bike. So we went on short little ride for probably an hour and a half. The riding was easy, not steep, not too technical, just good fun double tracks and single-track trails, with lots of ocean views. I need to get out of here ASAP before I find myself working on expanding their great trail system.
Over the next couple days we’ll make our way down around the tip of Baja to the East Cape. We are watching a swell approach from the south, so we hope to greet some mellow waves while we are there. These will be some of the last opportunities for us as regular footed surfers to go our preferred direction – right. Soon enough we’ll be taking the ferry to the Mainland where we’ll find almost exclusively left point waves which is on our backhand. Boo-hoo. We’ll also be meeting up with a few Bendite friends (Melanie and Lawrence Fisher) who will be flying into Cabo in a few days, as well as Todd Simmler, who is currently working as a kiteboarding and mountain bike guide in Los Barriles. Gulp. More wind!
Chris and Katy
We have four weeks to go! Big stuff this week – Katy has two more weeks of work left, Chris is giving his notice at work, our renters start to move things into our garage, and we get cracking on our to-do list. Speaking of our list, every time we cross something off, three more things get added. The interesting thing is that most of the stuff we need to do doesn’t have to do with the traveling part, but more like the leaving home part. Like – how are we going to do our taxes? How do we pay some of our bills while we are gone? What’s the best option for health insurance? What do we do with our cars? What do we do with our stuff? It’s almost like we are forgetting that we are going somewhere.
We did take a break and spent this last weekend at MBO (Mountain Bike Oregon) in Oakridge as mountain bike guides. It was a fun-filled time with beautiful trails, hot sun, big trees, and cool rivers. We also got to see many friends that we don’t see very often and won’t see for a while. Thank you Oakridge for always coming through for us.