Paula Keezer Outdoor Adventure Girl!

Baja Kayaker: Crossings

Those who are willing to exchange freedom for security deserve neither. -- Ben Franklin

We paddle into a beach where we spy a few kayakers.† Carefully we paddle around the live coral in the shallow water near the beach.† Waving, we recognize Hillary and Joel with their two tourists.† They have set up a multi day camp on this part of† Punta Baja and plan to paddle around to the east side later in the week.† Hillary mentions that there may be an El Norte coming in Friday or Saturday and that we should keep our eyes open.


Paddling a bit further down the beach we find a secluded spot to rest and investigate these amazing cliffs.† This is when I was thankful I had my Tivas!† The coral and shells that make up the rocks and beach are sharp and not fun to walk on!


Rounding the Punta Baja we find our campsite facing east.† Unloading the yaks and setting camp near a volcanic outcrop that seemed to have spilled out of the coral cliff.† Very strange.† I sit and wonder how such a formation occurred.† Was the coral there first?† The Volcanic rock?


With our kayaks empty we decide to go out and paddle a bit more before it gets dark.† Deb practices an Eskimo roll, then another and another, nailing each one.† I try and blow the roll twice!† Oh well, nothing like practicing in warm water!


Another sweet night of calm water, moon lit sky, good food, good company and our bottle of Hornitos!


Baja Yaker:† The crossings

The next morning Deb and I pack up the kayaks and paddle from a very calm beach around Punta Coyote.† We point our yaks at Luna de Muel on Isla Danzante and cut the calm water channel.† Itís a two mile crossing; the sun is still in the east.† Occasionally we see a school of fish jumping out of the water, being chased by something big below.† Pelicans soar inches above the water looking like Pterodactyls. As we

approached the northern point of Danzante we can identify caves in the rocks.† The rocks are dark and volcanic.† The small beach that connects the main island with this rocky point barely stays above water at high tide.† We stop and have a snack and investigate the caves that appear to have been made when the island was lower.† There were strong indications that there were several geological uplifts in this area.


Another two mile crossing and we reach Punta Arena.† Sighting across this channel was a challenge as we were two miles away.† We could just barely make out a light house and the rock cliff behind it but the light house was probably no more then a few hundred feet from the cliff.† We discovered that even a small change of lighthouse position relative to the cliff meant we were drifting a pretty large amount at two miles away!† Half way across we estimated that we were in a one knot north flow current even though the tide was going out (as the Sea of Cortez opens to the Pacific on the south side one would thing an ebbing tide would have a southern current!).† Fortunately we adjusted soon enough and hit our crossing mark at Punta Arena where we turned our boats south and paddled along the southern tip of† Isla Carmen.


We passed along more volcanic rocks, cliffs and caves until we came to a stretch called Punta Baja.† This point is nearly all coral, thrust up from the sea.† The point is about four mile long and pretty flat.† Lots of cactus growing on the plain that is about 25 feet higher then the beach.† Layers and layers of coral, ancient shells and volcanic rock mixed into a strange conglomerate type material make up the cliff.


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