As most of my friends will acknowledge, I am a pretty good hiker. Trekking with Chris, however, has put a whole new meaning to exploratory hikes and sometimes leave me wishing for the well trodden trails of the northwest forests where I used to roam with the Cowichan Outdoor Group.
In the Baja heat we venture into the desert, scramble up scree encrusted hills, hop rock to rock and dodge the prickly bushes and cacti in the steep arroyos where rain water once tumbled down the mountains. The anticipated three hours become six and we return with wearied limbs covered in spidery trails of dried blood. Chris rarely complains despite suffering more than his share of this abuse ( he rarely pays attention to that old addage “look before you leap” ).
|Dos Amigos on San Gabriel beach|
|Off on an adventure!|
|Making new friends on Bonanza Beach|
|Puffers can be cool too!|
|John with staff|
|Multitude of life under rocks|
|Brittle Star hiding under the rocks|
|Shells living in the rock pools of Bonanza Beach|
I should have warned our friend John of sv Time Piece before we invited him on a cross-island hike on Isla Espiritu Santo.The first leg of the trek from San Gabriel Bay to Bonanza Beach was an easy hike through a well traveled arroyo but the return leg was a detour directed by Chris.
Along the way, Chris invited John to follow him in his "Thelma and Louise" leap off a large dune. Unfortunately, I did not catch the action on my camera, so Chris repeated this twice for my benefit and had a prickly landing on the third attempt. John used his safety training skills to extract the cactus spines from his foot.
|Let's follow the coyote trail|
|But, first, let's go up this dune and jump off the top!|
|Chris ran into this beastie at his third run down the dune :(|
We think he ran up to beat us to the dinghies as he managed to disappear rather quickly from view. While hopping along the rock slides and crawling down crumbling sandstone scree, we amused ourselves by inventing stories of encounters with wild cats and near death escapes that we would later recount to our very own Captain Bligh.
|"We just have to go over one more ridge , honest!"|
|Cardon Cactus in arroyo|
|Boats beyond the frigate colony|