A couple of months ago I took a trip with my ex boyfriend out to Baja, we took the train down to San Diego, and a good friend of mine let us borrow his car to drive down to Cabo. We actually didn’t make it all the way down but we were out there camping it out for a week and made it out to Loretto which is 3/4 ways down.. almost!!
The idea was to take the least amount of food supplies so we only took tools, camping gear and kitchen utensils of course, but we basically ate whatever we caught that day out in the ocean. Seriously, if you didn’t catch anything you had nothing to eat.. (yes you could go to the closest town and buy something haha but you get the idea).. The good thing was you could dig your hand in the sand and there was an infinite number of clams, so you could at least subside of clams and mussels (and I am not complaining, I was a happy camper)..
It was like going back to ancient times, cooking on rocks, fishing with a spear, bathing with salt water, yuum! it was an incredible experience, got to meet so many people! I do speak a bit of Spanish so this wasn’t a big deal, but there were people who spoke English in the more touristy places, so that’s no barrier. We got to see the most amazing beaches, my camera got stolen so unfortunately I have a bit and there of the pics, but I can share my mental pictures!
I highlyyyy recommend you take a trip down there, especially if you are in the Cali area, its not that far, we drove out stopping on many beaches, rented kayaks and boats to travel to “undiscovered”, “virgin” spots or beaches.. (I like to say we discovered it 😉 but who knows). You have to dive into the water, so make sure you take your gear!
poor fishyy,. but you gotta do what you gotta do..
We drove straight to “Guerrero Negro” which is where you can experience the “encuentro amistoso”, which is only for 3-4 months a year that whales migrate to this particular spot and they are so friendly, they seriously come as close as possible to the boats just so you can touch them and play with them. I can’t explain what it feels like, having this huge animal innocently approach you and just want some lovin’.. pretty amazing. So make sure you plan your trip between Feb-April to experience it.
After that, like I said, we stopped at many beaches, Bahia de los angeles, Santa Rosalia, San Francisquito, Loretto and Mulege. Particularly in Mulege we found this beach “buanventura” , we found a camping site and a restaurant.. that’s all the beach had and this place was owned by some folks from the US (Cali if I am not mistaken), who had taken a roadtrip and just never went back to the US, I mean who would! This beach has it all.. We were lucky enough to befriend these people because they treated us like family; they would let us use their car and boat and got to see many local spots thanks to this. I am still in contact with them, that’s how special they were to me and vice versa I suppose.
What marked me the most on this trip was a couple I met. A couple from Germany who had come to Mexico City and heard of Cabo and wanted to visit. They had plans to open their restaurant and had saved up for the business but decided to use up their savings and travel within Mexico for 5 months! They though it would be more beneficial for their new business to have this culinary experience as well as personal one; things before the trip had not been so great between them due to family stuff and all the stress with the restaurant but I can tell you if love had a Profile Picture, it was this couple.. (cheessyy, I know)..
Their story was just so random I have to say, started out as the weirdest one night stand ever, meeting in culinary school and they have been together ever since.. That was 5 years before we met them.. Yikes!! I found it incredibly interesting to hear the same story from each one of them, separately I mean.. I got to see how different they are and how each one saw and understood and felt completely different things throughout their relationship.. taught me a lot.. (hence the breaking up with the last dude).. what they made me realize is that they both love each other for having such a strong passion and pursuing it but most importantly for sharing that same passion. Sure they both complained about the girl doing this, and the boy doing that so annoying bla bla bla.. but at the end of the day they were happy, and they both explained how they don’t know how it worked out if they both thought and felt so differently at the beginning but their passion for food brought them together and brought them to work things out..
This couple opened my eyes.. You could just tell how good they were together. I understand now how important it is to be with someone who shares your passion or at least understands and supports it no matter what. It’s hard to find but they’re out there..
What’s important is not to give up on your passion, sure we have to sacrifice certain things at some point for some one, but make that other person part of it, at least for a bit. You never know, it might make the experience way better.