S: The Nature of Baja
BC: and...the Magnificent Ospreys
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1: Baja California The peninsula is a charming, exotic, rugged pristine land. Thousands of miles of coastline filled with unspoiled beaches are home to rich desert vegetation with over 700 endemic species, migrating birds, gray whales, lush oasis, jagged mountains, cave paintings, Spanish missions and quaint peaceful villages. Baja California...truly a "land of contrast"...our journey there was life-changing ~ Susan Kline | The Gray Whale | Thank you to Andiamo Travel, Eric Z. and photo collaboration of the Whale Pirates....especially Cheryl Rogers
2: The Sand Dollar Beach, San Quintin
3: Hotel Mission Santa Maria, San Quintin
4: San Quintin is home to one of the largest bays on the west coast of Baja. Hundreds of Cochimi Indians were living here when the first white man, Rodriguez Cabrillo, stepped into this area in 1542. Today this is the vegetable garden of Baja with exports of tomatoes and strawberries. The quiet bay houses oyster farms, fills in winter with migrating birds, and is a favorite fishing destination.
6: Desert Wonders
8: Elephant Tree Vizcaino World Biosphere | Boojum Tree Cirio Reserve
11: Painted Cave near Catavina
12: Desert life
13: The Boulders of Cataviña
15: Bird preserve in the salt marsh by the old salt plant Guerrero Negro
16: In pre-mission days, the local Cochimi Indians called the sheltered arroyo formed by the Rio San Ignacio Kadacaaman, meaning "Creek of Reeds." Fed by an underground stream, this fertile palm oasis on the southern end of the Vizcaino Desert has supported mission crops of wheat, figs, grapes, pomegranates, oranges, corn and dates for over 200 years. The sleepy town of San Ignacio is a cluster of stuccoed, pastel-colored, colonial style buildings and small rancherias centered around a plaza filled with huge Indian Laurel trees and dominated by the imposing 1728 Jesuit Mission of San Ignacio Kadacaaman, one of the best preserved in the peninsula. Hemmed in on all sides by mesas, San Ignacio's palm-oasis ambience and ongoing resistance to change have made it a favorite stopover. Like Guerrero Negro, it is also the departure point for many travelers on their way to see the gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon located 40 miles to the west on a rough graded road.
17: San Ignacio | San Ignacio
18: Mission San Ignacio
19: LONGTAIL BOATS OFF THE COAST OF MAYA BAY | November 13
22: The Designs of San Ignacio...
23: The Designs of Baja ...
24: Travel Fearlessly | Travel Humbly
25: Travel Courteously | Travel Relaxed
28: San Ignacio Lagoon