The only drawback on having to blog on the last day of Baja is that I can’t pick what to write about! So much has happened in so little time! From Spanish lessons in the hotel to snorkeling with sea lions, we’ve had a very full two weeks.
Yesterday we got back from a 4-day sea-kayaking trip, which was crazy fun. For the most part, this is what each day looked like: we’d get up with the sun, have lesson study, and then have breakfast. After breakfast, we’d begin packing up tents and personal gear to load them into our kayaks. Once everything was ready to go, we’d gather in a circle to stretch and look at the map. Then we’d get in the kayaks and start paddling to our next campsite. The campsites were around 3-5 miles apart from each other.
When we reached the new spot, we’d unload, set up shade tarps, and eat lunch. After lunch we’d have downtime, during which we could snorkel, fish, or do whatever we wanted. Snorkeling was fun, and I really liked to go snorkeling and look at each new underwater neighborhood.
It took me a bit to get the hang of. It was a very new experience to be underwater and be able to breathe. I had to remember that I couldn’t use my air tube while I was more than 6 inches or so underwater, or I’d get a nice mouthful of saltwater. However, once I got the hang of it, snorkeling was the highlight of each day.
Those of us who consistently snorkeled had a lot of fun with the “puff” part of “pufferfish”, especially on the
first day. Downtime would end when dinner was ready. After dinner, the day’s blogger would read his/her blog, and we’d play a group game. A couple nights, Sergio, one of our guides, gave us an astronomy lesson and a legend. Those were really cool. Then we’d go to bed to wake up and start over again!
For our last day in Todos Santos people kind of did their own thing, whether it was going surfing, lounging on the beach, or horseback riding on the beach.
I went horseback riding with 4 others from Link. Bryan, one of our guide’s wives, drove us to the place. When we pulled into the driveway, we saw 7 horses ready to go with Kaya, the lady who owned the horses, and Luis Alberto, her friend, waiting to greet us. We got on our horses and Bryan took a picture of us before we headed out to the beach. My horse was named Dorado. He was a bay Mexican horse. Dorado had the pranciest trot I’ve ever experienced! It was hilarious! Anyway,
we made our way to the beach, where we met up with Dave, who wanted to take pictures for us. We “gallope”ed down the beach while he snapped shots, then turned around and “gallope”ed back. (Gallope (gah-loh-pay) is the Spanish word for cantering and galloping.
After the photo shoot, we continued on our way down the beach. Every once in awhile, we would break into a lope/gallop for a couple hundred yards, then walk again. It was like a dream come true! Galloping down the beach, without helmets, hair flying in the wind…. It was AMAZING!!!! I wish we could go again, but alas, we’re leaving tomorrow. =(
After horseback riding, we spent 3 or so hours in town hitting up the shops. Then we came back to the hotel, had downtime and lunch, during which my friend learned that Baja is in fact, not a continent, but a state, nor is Mexico a continent, but a country!! Everyone who was present for that conversation found it highly amusing. That afternoon we were given journaling time, where we could write on two prompts. We thought about our experiences and what we’d learned.
So now, after 2 full weeks of school on the beach, we’re at our last night in Baja. I can’t believe we’re leaving tomorrow! We have to say adios to 75 degree weather, and say hola to
20 degree weather! Yay. Looking on the bright side, we can always go snowboarding, though it doesn’t compare to the beautiful beaches and terrain of Baja, where it was like living in a dream.