Friday, December 28, 2012

Mulegé and Bahia Concepcíon

    I'm woefully behind on posting pictures of our time in Baja, and am going to try to make a point of getting caught up over the next while! 

One of the beautiful beaches at Bahía Concepcion. At low tide you can walk all the way out to the island on the sand bar. Unfortunately we weren't able to get down to this beach, as rubble from a recent storm had left the road impassable. 
We camped right on the beach at Playa Santispac for three or four nights two different times. The water was shallow and warm and the kids had so much fun swimming and playing in the sand. They could go out really far and the water remained shallow, calm, and clear. It was a very relaxing and fun time. We didn't have electrical hook-ups, so to conserve our batteries we all settled down early, which was good since the kids seemed to be up with the sun every day! There was a restaurant on the beach and on Saturday evenings many people came from town for dinner and dancing. We took the kids one night and it was a lot of fun. Peregrine worked hard making jewelry from seashells and yarn, then walked around charming the women and selling his wares. He earned 200 pesos!
After three or four nights at Playa Santispac, we headed back to Mulegé, about 15 minutes north. We camped in an RV park there for a few nights so we could do laundry, dump our tanks, etc. before going back to the beach. Mulegé was a nice little town, a desert oasis near the ocean. Here we were high on a hill overlooking the town, exploring the old mission grounds.
Overlooking the river that flows through town.
Looking west from Mulegé, the mountain ridges fade into soft silhouettes. The eastern side of the peninsula had a real beauty. I have a soft spot for mountains.
On our way back north we spent one final night at Playa Santispac. On one end of the beach was a large mangrove swamp. At low tide we could walk into it and I stalked this bird in the evening. The next morning this was all underwater.
Mangroves are so interesting, providing habitat for all kinds of wildlife. I first learned about them from my brother Jacob when we were in Thailand together many years ago. There is a great book for kids called The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle that helps explain how important they are to marine ecosystems, and how they are being destroyed in many places. 
Our campsite in the early morning golden sun. It was such a lovely place to stay.
Good morning!

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