Baja Day 3
San Quentin to Catavina (Rancho Santa Ynez)
Here is a photo of one of the RVS that was staying at the park,
but not in our group. It was a converted military vehicle with a radar shelter
from the Dutch Airforce. The couple had been traveling in it for 7 years: all
over Europe and all the way from South America to their present location in the
We are lined up and ready to go on to our next destination
A little scenery on the road.
We of course had to travel through a few Military Checkpoints,
this being one of them. The Military is looking for drugs and weapons. We were
passed through without a search. John and I noted that the personnel are
extremely well turned out: boots, uniform, haircuts and manners were
excellent. These young men and women exemplify their pride in their
country. Truly a tribute to their beautiful country,
The vegetation we saw was unlike anything we had ever seen.
There are very few fences in this part of the Baja to keep the
livestock in, so you have to be on the lookout for critters.
Notice the tree John is standing next to sort of looks like an
upside down carrot top.
Called a "Cirio or Boojum Tree"
I am standing next to a "Cardon": It is the tallest
cactus species in the world, with a maximum recorded height of 19.2 meters (62.9
This one is probably a couple hundred years old.
We are now traveling through what they call "The
Badlands". There are no services for 200 miles and very few people. The
picture below shows vegetation growing in boulders, this is where two tectonic
plates meet and the upheaval caused the boulders seen throughout this area.
One of the most beautiful sections of the trip.
We have reached our destination for the day. We are dry camping
This is a working
We were dry camping so had to use our solar panels to charge
our batteries for our inverter/charger
As a side trip we were taken by John, Becky and Dustin to look
at some cave paintings and learned more about the local flora.
This particular "Cardon" had grown into itself and is
worth many thousands to collectors. It is very unusual.
John climbing into the cave to take a look at the paintings
We had dinner at the restaurant on the ranch. It was
delicious. It consisted of two beef tacos, one enchilada, rice and beans. We of course had to
have a Tecate beer to wash it all down.
We ended the day with a campfire and lots of good conversation
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