Subject: Road Warriors Road Trip Baja – February 2017
This year I turn 62 and since I don’t have to work within the confines of vacation time I decided to take a little trip down baja way – to see the grey whales. My trusty steed, a road worthy 2004, 4Runner, also known as the Road Warrior is fast approaching 180,000 miles; similarly equal to my 61-year-old stature, except that the warrior looks much better.
And almost at the last-minute I make a command decision to pick up a passenger whom I’ll call Johnny Reb; an expat now living in Ensenada, aboard a 50′ fishing boat. And just like that we go from a simple drive to La Paz to stopping to see the grey whales in San Joaquin or San Ignacio, the Western Flyer (41′ Defever trawler), possibly a visit to Copper Canyon, La Paz and other adventures in baja land, Mexico. Perhaps this tag team duo can put a smile on your face or take you along on this adventure. Only time will tell.
The Road Warriors – Update: My 2004 4Runner made it to 181,000 miles before she was traded in for a brand new 2017 4Runner.
The rest of the story: The trip was a total success without so much as a break down or near death experience. Also without making reservations we showed up unannounced at San Ignacio and camped out the night before. The next morning after a wonderful breakfast John and I boarded a panga with a third paying passenger, a guy on a KTM adventure bike touring baja. $50.00 each and well worth the trip. Within 30 minutes a three year old grey whale came by acting like a puppy dog that wanted and needed to get petted.
And then we drove some more eventually making our way to La Paz.
And in La Paz we swam with the whale sharks. $60.00 and a panga picked us up right at our dock.
Since earlier I stated that this is the rest of the Baja story then I need to include here that my crew (Jeff and Robert) and I bashed our way up in 2017 aboard the Western Flyer. The Western Flyer is now in her new berth in Huntington Harbour and with a new owner who is taking excellent care of her. And in case you want to know spring time is not the best of times for bringing a boat up the baja coastline. 15 foot seas and crappy conditions prevailed. For a while it felt like I was on a roller coaster ride that we could not get off.
For me the voyage started in Portland, Oregon. We made it as far as La Paz and now a return trip to Huntington Harbour, where we parted ways.