This morning we packed up our car and ventured about 5 hours further south down the peninsula of Baja California.
I've never seen the Baja so green! It's gorgeous right now.
A few months ago green wasn't a color that naturally occurred in nature. Green was a very rare novelty among the shades of grey, browns and reds that typically make up the landscape.
We have never ventured much further than San Quintin.
Destination Bahia de Los Angeles.
Green hills aren't the only evidence of heavy rains this winter. This is just one of the many bridges that were washed out recently.
The scenery doesn't get dull with so many unique looking plants, terrain and cactus along the way.
We stopped for a little "rest stop". Mexican rest stops offer only the finest facilities. After miles of nothing but very low scrub brush and narrow cactus the privacy giant boulders offered looked fairly appealing. We all took our turn using the facilities and explored our surroundings a bit. The terrain was breathtaking.
The boys wanted to climb and explore so badly but because of the very real danger of various desert creepy crawlies we kept them fairly close. We did see one good sized snake though.
These are our friends that came with us for the weekend. Richard and Olga were brave enough to join us on this little vacation. They may live to regret their courage.
The highway was good but very narrow and very winding. By narrow I mean that there is no pavement at all past the white line and the actual lane is only just as wide as a car, which makes sharing the road with larger vehicles a little sketchy. I would certainly never advise driving it at night. Because I had heard the road was curvy I gave each of the kids a little Dramamine before we left. I regretted not taking one too, but I didn't get too severely car sick...just mildly car sick-ish. The Dramamine worked well for the kids...until it wore off about 5 minutes before our destination. Poor Silas didn't quite make it all the way there. I was glad that I had packed a coffee can, "just in case". Rule # 1 when road tripping with children , always pack a puke bucket. I have cleaned out too many car seats to forget to pack one. Anyway what the coffee can didn't catch Olga did. Thats how we initiate new friends.
Sometimes I wonder why we don't have more.
After we got everyone cleaned up we rounded another bend and saw this.
The Sea of Cortez, (Gulf of California) and all the little islands that make up Bahia de Los Angeles.