Baja Sea Turtles, Fathers Day 2018

17 June 2018, mako-ville 5:30 am.  I awake the stars have fled the twilight skies of Baja.  In the quiet background the morning breath of whales can be heard in the distance.  The whales are passing between mako-ville and Isla San Luis is less then 5 miles away.  As the sun glides above the horizon the blows from the whales fly like faire dust into the cool morning air.  The sunlight illuminates them and they appear enchanted and alive.  What a spectacular way to awaken to a new day.

A couple of hours later I felt blessed at the wake up call I had experienced this morning.  Sitting at the restaurant awaiting my morning coffee and breakfast I could still sea the whales passing.  What a glorious morning to be alive.  Yes another great day to be in my beloved Baja.  My leg is healing and life is good.

After breakfast I took a ride in the Rhino to an overlook behind Punta Bufeo this viewpoint is about 4-5 miles from mako-ville.  You are about 100 feet up on top of a cliff overlooking the Sea of Cortez.  If you look to the north you sea Isla San Luis about 8 miles away.   Looking to the south in the fresh morning air you can clearly sea Puerto Refugio and the Isla de  la Guardia about 55 miles away.

This place was magical this morning, you could still sea spouting whales and looking down at the reef below there was a small school of yellowtail chasing bait just outside the rocks and boulders.  Over the reef itself I spotted a couple of cabrilla sitting and sunning themselves over warming rocks in maybe 5 feet of water.  What a view.  Baja magic, but my father’s day was not to be over just yet.

Little did I know how special this day was to be.  In the afternoon I returned to camp.  Having had a full morning, I hydrated and took a nap.  I slept until 4 in the afternoon.  Freshened up with a HOT solar shower just installed by my friend Kai on his last trip through camp a week earlier.  AWESOME.  At dinner time, 6 pm I headed to the restaurant where Clementina was preparing Chile Rellanos stuffed with cream cheese, shrimp and jalapenos, a new favorite of mine.

The magic of Baja struck as I was sipping on a diet coke.   Looking out the front arched windows I saw motion, and it took me a few seconds to realize what was happening.  On the beach in front of me a sea turtle had made her journey from her home waters to the top of the beach.  She crawled over a hundred feet and started digging her nest.  It was the first few flippers full of flying beach sand that had attracted my eyes.

Yelling to Luis and Clementina to come from the kitchen to sea what was happening on THEIR beach.  They were followed by Mari and Ana their kitchen help.  Also present were two residents from Punta Bufeo and sitting on the porch steps were 3 mexican commercial fishermen.  Also there was a family of 8 renting the new house on the beach.  Luis told them all to wait a while and allow her to lay her eggs BEFORE approaching her.

Over an hour later she turned towards the sea and everyone except me went to sea her off.  The three kids from the house had just experienced a small miracle, the birthing cycle had started.  ALL the people on the beach, EVERYONE of them collected big rocks and put a barrier around the nest.  Hopefully 60 days later her eggs will emerge from the sand and travel back to the sea.  Yes I plan on being there.

Many years ago while stationed in Panama with the USAF I experienced a group of sea turtles on a beach on the Island of Contadora.  That too was near sunset but there were many turtles that evening.  This Fathers Day there was only a single turtle, none of her sisters came ashore with her.  She was ALONE.  Last year a turtle laid her eggs in a nest in front of a house at Punta Bufeo and nothing hatched.  This year we will closely observe the nest and maybe this nest will hatch out.  We can only hope, the rest is up to our maker.

I do not know why the Lord graced me with the wonders of this day.  But I feel so humbled by his blessing.  But I do know we as a race are killing our planet, Our seas are dying, our mother ocean is sick, we are raping her.  OUR days are limited by her health.  Wake up people BEFORE it is too late.

I believe the turtle was a green sea turtle, she was about 3 feet long maybe 24 inches wide and weighed about 80 kilos, or almost 200 pounds.   May she prosper, live long and produce MANY offspring.  Turtle populations are dying off all over our world, and MAN is their biggest predator.  They are ALL endangered.  The information below was copied from internet sites and is not mine.

 

 

 Turtles: Five of the world’s eight species of marine turtles feed in the Sea of Cortez: loggerheads, leatherbacks, green sea turtles, olive ridleys,   and hawksbills. Turtles like to hang around dive sites at wrecks. Many migrate from Baja to Japan and back – thanks to conservation efforts.

Information About Sea Turtles: Green Sea Turtle

Common Name: Green sea turtle – named for the green color of the fat under its shell. (In some areas, the Pacific green turtle is also called the black sea turtle.)

Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas

Description: They are easily distinguished from other sea turtles because they have a single pair of prefrontal scales (scales in front of its eyes), rather than two pairs as found on other sea turtles. Head is small and blunt with a serrated jaw. Carapace is bony without ridges and has large, non-overlapping, scutes (scales) present with only 4 lateral scutes. Body is nearly oval and is more depressed (flattened) compared to Pacific green turtles. All flippers have 1 visible claw. The carapace color varies from pale to very dark green and plain to very brilliant yellow, brown and green tones with radiating stripes. The plastron varies from white, dirty white or yellowish in the Atlantic populations to dark grey-bluish-green in the Pacific populations. Hatchlings are dark-brown or nearly black with a white underneath and white flipper margins.

For comparison, the Pacific green turtle (aka Black Sea Turtle) has a body that is strongly elevated or vaulted and looks less round in a frontal view than other green sea turtles. The color is where you see the biggest difference with Pacific greens having a dark grey to black carapace and the hatchlings are a dark-brown or black with narrow white border with white underneath.

Size: Adults are 3 to 4 feet in carapace length (83 – 114 cm). The green turtle is the largest of the Cheloniidae family. The largest green turtle ever found was 5 feet (152 cm) in length and 871 pounds (395 kg).

Weight: Adults weigh between 240 and 420 pounds (110 – 190 kg).

Diet: Changes significantly during its life. When less than 8 to 10 inches in length eat worms, young crustaceans, aquatic insects, grasses and algae. Once green turtles reach 8 to 10 inches in length, they mostly eat sea grass and algae, the only sea turtle that is strictly herbivorous as an adult. Their jaws are finely serrated which aids them in tearing vegetation.

Habitat: Mainly stay near the coastline and around islands and live in bays and protected shores, especially in areas with seagrass beds. Rarely are they observed in the open ocean.

Nesting: Green turtles nest at intervals of about every 2 years, with wide year-to-year fluctuations in numbers of nesting females. Nests between 3 to 5 times per season. Lays an average of 115 eggs in each nest, with the eggs incubating for about 60 days.

Range: Found in all temperate and tropical waters throughout the world.

Status: U.S. – Listed as Threatened (likely to become endangered, in danger of extinction, within the foreseeable future) under the U.S. Federal Endangered Species Act. Green sea turtles were downlisted from Endangered in 2016.  International– Listed as Endangered (facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Threats to Survival: The greatest threat is from the commercial harvest for eggs and food. Other green turtle parts are used for leather and small turtles are sometimes stuffed for curios. Incidental catch in commercial shrimp trawling is an increasing source of mortality.

Population Estimate*: Between 85,000 and 90,000 nesting females.

Nesting Sites:  All over the world.

Post Amputation Day 95

Such a long time it takes some diabetics to heal.  Blood sugars are in check, NO bone or other infections.  The stump is looking much better.  And the wound is healing faster.  Thank the Lord.

Now over three months after the amputation I can sea the light at the end of the tunnel.  I took my ten WHOLE days in Baja.  Before I left my wound care doctor put me on antibiotics, he said just in case.  I covered up pretty well but still burnt my nose.  On returning to sea him after my trip he was excited at the progress made in two weeks.

The wound was closing much better and faster.  Baja was healing me!!!!!   The smaller part of the wound was ready to use a different technique on.  The doctor placed a piece of cow collagen in the wound, used glue to hold on a bandage over it then used tape over that.  Told me not to touch it, he will look at it again on this Thursday.

He told me to continue treating the rest of the wound as I did in Baja.  Thursday when he seas me again he will be happy as the open part of the wound is still healing well.  I can sea it growing smaller every day.  Baja was good for me.  Physically, emotionally and spiritually, I was healed by her open arms.

So I ask myself how to keep this going?  My answer is another trip to mako-ville scheduled for the 15th of June,  I will be there until the 20th.  Then cross through Coco’s corner to San Quintin to fish the halibut tournament on the 23rd of June.   And to celebrate my 70th in paradise, then back to Gonzaga for a day or two before returning home on the 26th.

While in mako-ville I hope to get the windows installed on the upstairs bedroom which we are building.  We found an air conditioning unit which will run on our solar system all day long without drawing power from the batteries.  Then we turn it off until we go to bed then on for an hour or two should be all it takes.  That should give us cool, sweet Baja dreams.  Tight Lines amigos.

 

Yesterday

Past, present, future.  Yesterday, today, tomorrow.  Your life rolls on, day by day, week by week.  The “past” is all of your yesterdays.  The “present” is today. Your “future” starts tomorrow.  What will it hold.  Most of us do not know.  I know that Baja is in my future.  And for a friend of mine, Steven Green, chemo starts very soon.

The things you did in the past and are doing now, you may not be able to do in the future.  As time goes on how will you adapt to life’s changes?  How will you cope?  Can you continue to live the life you want?  What can you do to insure your life does not change too much?  These are the questions that worry me.

I now know they will take my infected foot.  The call the surgery a BKA.  Below the Knee Amputation.  Basically they cut the leg bones above the bottom of the calf.   Then they fold over lower part of the calf to cover and protect the bone ends, stitch it up, wait for it to heal.

As it is healing it is “shaped” to fit a socket for an artificial leg.  As the shaping is taking place the STUMP is desensitized.  After it is healed the prosthesis is fitted and you relearn how to walk again.  This process takes time.  Some are walking in 6 months.  This process takes most people longer.

The initial wound will usually surface heal in a month to 6 weeks.  Shaping the stump and reducing the sensations in the leg, maybe a two to four months.  Then the fitting of the new appendage and finally learning to balance and walk again.  It is a long process, wish I could have started yesterday.

As you learn to walk again, confidence must be built.  Walking on a flat, level surface is tough enough, but I want to be able to walk on SAND, beach rocks, desert roads too.  So I know there will be a long road for me to walk to return to Baja.  But Baja makes my life worth living, so I will walk that road with a smile on my face no matter how much it might hurt.

Yesterday they told me my surgery would take place next week.  The past, yesterday is history, and today leads to tomorrow.  Getting back to Baja and my future for me will be a long bumpy maybe painful road.  But get there I MUST.  “Baja or Bust” is moore then just a slogan, for me it is a way of life that I share with my friends.

Speaking of friends, a couple have asked me lately if there was ANYTHING they could do for me.  I told them that I have a friend in need, Steven Green, AKA “landwhale”.  So help me help Steven.  PLEASE go to the “A chance to help Landwhale” thread on BigWatersEdge and donate what you can.  Or maybe someone can post the link here for me.

Having beat cancer Steven is now fighting a brain tumor.  Anything you can give will go to medical his expenses.  Thank you for helping me help a friend, as to me that is what friends are for.  Steven I hope to sea you on the water soon amigo.  Tight Lines.

 

 

FOOT be GONE

Foot be gone is a post to help others get over this bump in their road to Baja.  I hope it will help others meet this challenge head on.  Infection in the bone, needs to be surgically removed if the drugs can not kill it.  Sooner is better as the infection spreads daily.

When it was decided to take the toe, no one did an MRI to check to sea where the infection had spread.  So now it is foot be gone time.  Yes they could SAVE the heel of the foot but not 100% sure that would get all the infection.  Foot be gone!  Many have a little taken and then moore and moore again.  I rather try to get it all at once.  Not just a little at a time.

They will do the amputation just below the calf on the left lower leg.  That should get it all at once.  The Dr’s like to save as much as they can.  Hence they take a little at a time.  They cut, my body heals in a few months.  They cut again, and I slowly heal.  And again, and again.

At almost 70 years of age I have very few years to try to enjoy my life and Baja.  I CHOOSE not to spend them healing over and over. Foot be gone, let me heal one last time and enjoy what little time I have left.  Baja calls me.

Had I come to this realization last year, I would be walking on a prosthetic right NOW and not waiting for them to cut again.  Yes it is a mental hurdle to accept this.  No it is not easy.  But by planning, and thinking ahead you can get yourself mentally and physically.

Lets get on with my life.  Next week it should be foot be gone.  6 months later I should be walking with one good leg and one artificial leg.  Off to Baja I go, living what is left of my life to its fullest.  Doing everything I can, every day, for as long as the good Lord gives me.  BAJA here I come.  Tight Lines amigos.  If you have questions please contact me at r.moore760@gmail.com

 

2018 trips to mako-ville

Here are the trips I am planning to take to mako-ville this year.  If you want to join me in paradise please respond to me here, or at r.moore760@gmail.com

On short notice I sometimes just decide to come down and add that here.  Feel free to join us on any OPEN trip.  Feb thru April are spur of the moment unless someone gives me dates they want to take a SPRING break in paradise.

May 20-28 Gonzaga Mr PukaShells trip OPPEN TRIP.

April 21-29  CORVINA EXPLORATORY  We will start fishing somewhere north of El Dorado Ranch, outside of San Felipe.  This will be a beach camping trip, roughing it.  We will end up the last couple of days camping in mako-ville, with hot showers and eating at the restaurant.  This will be an OPEN TRIP.  Kayaks and fishing from the beaches, we will take all our cooking gear and community cook meals.

20-28 June  HALIBUT TOURNAMENT in San Quintin.  20 June I will spend in mako-ville, 21 June I will drive to Don Eddies in San Q and get ready for the tourney on the 23rd.  This is my annual BIRTHDAY Trip.  I will again host a sea food dinner that FRIDAY night the 22nd at Don Eddies.  We fish the following morning.  The dinner, NOT DRINKS is free to each paid tournament entry.  This year I will open the tourney to all boats, kayaks, canoes, float tubes with or without motors, local residents and panga captains too.  Everyone on board the boat must be a PAID  entry except the captain, mate.  HOWEVER if the captain and mate wish to fish they too must be paid.  ANYONE who wants to put their money in the pot can fish.  All fish MUST be caught on rod and reel.  BIGGEST HALIBUT wins.  PUT in the water at 6am and MUST be at Don Eddies to weigh in no later than 6pm.  This is OPEN to all, after tourney I return to mako-ville for a few days of fishing.

September 4-13  CLOSED PRIVATE trip to Lake Powell.

October 1-7 to Gonzaga Closed Private Trip for SDKF.

October 13-30 Gonzaga on the FLY.  OPEN TRIP,  sign up for week one or week two.  ROOSTERFISH  OVER 50 lbs last four years on this trip.

November 6-13 EXPLORATORY.   We will beach camp for four nights as we paddle and fish from  PUERTOCITOS back into camp at Mako-ville.  The extra days we will just FISH!!!  This is an OPEN TRIP and will cover 35 miles of PRISTINE, seldom fished waters.

November 20-28,  Thanksgiving in ASUNCION to visit my friend Rossman.  Fishing Yellowtail and world-class CALICOS.  OPEN TRIP.

Dec 26 through 3 Jan 2019  NEW YEARS in Gonzaga.

Child of the tides

Are you a Child of the Tides?  Born of the ocean, sea water running thru our veins, some of us are really Children of the Tides.  The ocean is a part of our daily lives, affecting many of our actions.  Can YOU feel the pull of the tides within the structure of your life?  Can you hear the beat of the Sea within your ears as the heart beats in your chest?  Do you know that the sea rules your life?

Answer yes to some of these questions and you too might be a Child of the Tides.  If the ocean calls you to daily prayer, meditation, a quick swim, a surfing, diving, fishing, paddling or pedaling session then embrace the Tides flowing through your life.  Feel the push and pull of Mother ocean.  Know her embrace, the POWER she exerts on your every desire.  Keep her close and listen to her music as you are lulled to sleep at night.

Once we understand the effect of that Tide on our lives, life becomes simpler.  For some reason Baja opens my heart and mind to knowing that the Tide rules my life.  That voice is much louder in the Baja.  My ears hear moore and my mind understands just how the Tides control my emotions.

My pulse beats rapid near the ocean, I feel moore alive and in tune to the tides moving within me.  The tides within my soul are in perfect harmony to the tides of the sea.  Both beating to the same tune, the pulse of the tides.  The rise and fall of Mother Oceans breath, that is the same beat as my heart, together, or apart.  A melody of ocean life.

The tide rises and the sea kisses the beach and rolls away only to return and kiss the sand over and over again.  A non ending set of kisses, all day and all night too.  Forever that rise and fall, beating a tune some of us feel to the core of our being.  Children of the Tides know our lives are better when we are near or one with the Ocean.

If you feel that call of the ocean maybe a Child of the Tides are you.  Do you appear happier on or in the water, do you feel safer within Mother Oceans tender embrace.  Is your life fuller and moore peaceful around the sea and her tides? Can you feel the pulse of a fuller life within the confines of her arms?  REJOICE that makes us Children of the Tides.

 

 

Bonefish in Paradise

Baja has bonefish?  You better believe it.  From San Fransisco to Panama they swim our bays, estuaries, mangroves and sandy beaches too.  Great fighting light tackle fish.

San Diego in the back bay has a population.  Bahia San Quintin has a very healthy population.  They are found in most of the lagoons and mangroves on the pacific side of Baja.  The sea of Cortez also has its fair share of these fun fighting fish.

Personally I have fished them from Carlsbad Lagoon all the way down to the Panama Canal.  Light spinning tackle or fly rods are best enjoy their power.  A 6-7 foot spinning rod, reel loaded with 4-6 pound line works for bait fishing.  Their first run can be sizzling on light tackle.

Your bait can consist of many baits, ghost shrimp, blood worms, clams, crab pieces.  Inn keeper worm strips, mussel all work as does market shrimp if you have nothing else.  Cast your bait into the channels along the eel grass beds.  I find that a slowly moving bait catches better and bigger fish.  A subiki rig also works to catch them.

My favorite way to catch these speedy silver bullets is on a fly rod.  Any fly that mimics a shrimp or small crab pattern will catch them.  Smaller clousers and decievers in a tan to pink color work well.  I like a 5-7 weight rod for these speedsters.

Bonefish like the back bay in Gonzaga Bay.  While not abundant they can range to 12-14 inches.  In this same area you will also find corvina, spotted bay bass, and small roosterfish too.  We have caught them at the beach at mako-ville.  And I understand they can be found in the San Felipe area.

And their range goes down the main land side of mexico all the way to the Yucatan and further south past Panama.  So when the winds of Baja pick up, try the bonefish.  Find a protected bay or lagoon and have a lot of fun.  Tight Lines amigos.

 

 

 

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Beep, beep, Roadrunner the Cuckoo bird of Baja,

A road runner will  mate for LIFE.  They reach lengths of about 2 feet, beak to tail.  A member of the cuckoo family.  They have a top speed of over 15 mph.

Food consists of lizards, insects, scorpions, mice, small birds and snakes.  They also eat fruits and seeds.  They can fly short distances but spend most of their day on the ground.  Lizards are a favorite food.

Lizards seem to almost fly over the hot desert sands.  Our favorite bird can outpace them.  The diet of the road runner contains enough moisture that he does not need to drink water his whole life.  Excess salt is ejected through glands near his eyes.

The nest is a raised platform made from sticks.  Usually built by the female a few feet off the ground in a cactus or desert shrub.  The male supplies the sticks, and the female does the actual construction.  The nest is lined with everything from feathers to snake-skin to cow manure.

Between 2-6 white to pale yellow eggs are laid in the nest.  They hatch out in less than three weeks.  Chicks are fledged in another three weeks.  Mom and dad will feed them for about another month.  Then they are able to forage for themselves.

The myth of road runner outrunning Mr Coyote is just that, a myth.  To escape he needs to get off the ground and into a tall shrub or cactus.  The coyote is twice as fast and has moore endurance.  Last year was wet for our area of Baja.

That meant moore food was available.  There were two road runner family’s running around in our part of paradise.  It is nice to sea them in the area.  However they are tough on the local quail populations.

For them catching a baby quail is just a walk in the park.  After the quail can fly it is a different story.  Up, up and away.  Then our road runner once again has to run for his food.  Lizards, lizards and moore lizards.  I cannot seem to catch them but he sure can.  Tight Lines and thank you for following us at mako-ville.

 

 

 

Pargo Heaven 1992

25 Years ago while on a Baja exploratory trip to La Paz. A friend and I took a panga to Espritu Santo.  Looking for pargo rojo.  Rumors said they could be found there.

We asked around and found a local La Paz fisherman willing to take us fishing.  Early the next morning we headed out.  There was no wind so the crossing was easy.  We rounded up the right side of the island a couple of miles.

Our panguero named Juan pulled us up to a rocky/sandy shore line.  He took a wooden plug from the floor in front of the bow seats.  Instantly water flooded the front compartment.

With us behind him he jumped onto the front seat area.  Juan grabbed a castnet from the seat compartment.  Standing tall he stomped his feet on the seat deck.  Then cast the net to the sandy area near the rocks.  He quickly jumped down and backed the boat out about 10 feet.

Back to the bow he went, the cast net was retrieved.  must have been 60+ small bait fish in the net.  He shook them out of the net into the front compartment which held about 10 inches of salt water.  He did this 3 times, each time stomping before each throw of the net.

Asking why he stomped he told us that the bait hides under the panga. Stomping sends them away from the panga in fright.  Making them easier to catch.  We would need them for pargo he promised.

He told us his fishing reef was 30 minutes away.  Pete and I settled into a stand up position and brought out our breakfast, made the night before at a street taco stand.  We had 8 so offered a couple to Juan.

You buy a burritos today and it weighs 1-2 POUNDS and is full of……….     These were Baja burritos.  Spiced meat with a little onion, wrapped around a homemade flour tortilla.  These were flat each wrapped in paper and only a few ounces each.  Old school Baja burritos.  I can still taste them.

Arriving at Juan’s secret spot we saw two other pangas.  Both were just the panguero fishing, no help, no gringos.  We saw one pull a nice pargo and knew we had hit the jackpot.  We pulled out our tackle and got rigged as we drifted.

Juan said we were not going to catch them on the gear we had set up.  He cut off our tackle, pulled out a large hook for both of us to tie on.  Just the hook, nothing else.  Juan showed us how to hook the baits.  He then squeezed a half-dozen minnows and threw then in.

Up they came, brown red streaks flashing through the water.   Juan told us not to put our baits in the water yet.  He tells  Pete to pull 20 feet or so of line from his reel and please do not stand on it.  He picks up the scoop gets some bait, grabs Petes hook and bait and throws the whole mess in the water.

Again the snapper flash towards the surface grabbing the minnows.  Including Petes.  Fish on, straight to the bottom and almost instant rock.  Same thing happened to me, four turns in a row.  Pete got the first one, about 20 pounds.

A Penn 4/0 with a very tight drag and 50 pound braided dacron could only stop the smaller ones.  The bigger models were unstoppable.  We got 7 that day all between 15 to almost 30 pounds.  One we kept, the others went to Juan’s family.  It was a day to remember, pargo were all over.

I believe these were dog-tooth snapper.  But they might have been cubera snapper.  They were pargo rojo, and fantastic eating.  A little cafe/kitchen cooked them up and we feasted on pargo grilled with garlic.  memories make in paradise.  They forever live in my aging mind.

 

 

Kayak camping BAJA

Kayak camping in Baja is ALL logistics.   Weights must be kept down.  How do you shuttle to your destination?  Where to camp and how to set your camp up all need to be planed out ahead of time.

As you plan there is a lot to think about.  Is this a nature paddle or a fish trip?  Is it a solo trip or are you going with a small group of friends.  What will you take for food and camp gear?  How will you cook?  What about a hot shower?

To start, pick a safe place to end your kayak camping trip.  A place with an easy beach landing and parking for your vehicles.  This will be both your starting and finishing location.  I use mako-ville for it is a safe and secure area.  Friends to watch your truck and gear are important.

kayak camping anyone?
kayak camping a safe place to park

Pack your gear, camp stuff will be distributed among these going.  Community gear you will need should include the items below as a minimum.

A sturdy grill to use over an open fire.  Small stove to heat water.  Tongs, meat fork, cooking spoon, and a spatula.  The skillet needs to be big enough to cook a meal for the whole crowd.  A pan or two to boil water or to cook a one pot meal.  Lighting for use at night.  A coffee pot?

Oil, aluminium foil, spices, and food for the trip.  Corn on the cob, cabbage, onions, carrots and potatoes and packaged tortillas all keep well, without refrigeration.  Pastas and rice take up little space and can be prepared with SEA water.  Powdered eggs, make breakfast burritos quick and easy.  One Hobie PA needs to carry an ice chest.  Bring pasta sauce or makings for an easy meal with or without protein.

The ice chest will carry frozen gallons of drinking water.  It will also carry along the frozen vacuumed bagged meats for one or two meals.  If room allows bring a couple of pounds of frozen bacon, it can be used many ways. You will catch fish, gather clams or find a shrimp boat to cover your other protein needs or go meat less.

The above items will be shared so keep everyone’s weight down.  Personal items need to be kept lite.  Layered clothing and outer jacket or rain jacket.  Your sleeping bag, ground cloth and pad will come in handy.   Sun protection, hat, long sleeve shirts, and tarp.  Leave room for your tackle.  A sun shower can be filled with salt water and you can have a hot shower in the middle of no where.

I can pack 3 kayaks, 2  people, and myself with gear and supplies into my truck.  PLUS a driver to bring my truck back to camp.  We drive to a beach 1/2 to our halfway point and stash a couple of gallons of emergency water.  Then head to our launch point.  Unload and yaks in the water, the ADVENTURE begins.

If things were planed properly it is 4 days in paradise.  Kayak camping the Sea of Cortez.  We leave the world and its pressures behind.  Stand on a beach few others have ever seen.  Live your life to its fullest.  THRIVE.