|Exploring the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez|
Last month I had the unique opportunity to spend 4 exciting days with several of the folks from Johnson Outdoors, the manufacturer of Ocean Kayak, Necky and Old Town, sea kayaking along the beautiful coast of Baja. We began our journey in the quaint city of Loretto, which is centrally located on the east coast of the peninsula. We paddled between 10 and 20 miles each day in almost ideal conditions, minus the strong breeze encountered a couple of days. Paddling in such pristine areas is fairly new to me, not to mention four straight days, however, the time flew by while paddling with the pods of dolphins and the couple of whale sightings made me stare in awe.
Our guides were contracted through Sea Trek in California and worked in conjunction with local guides from Baja and could not have been more attentive and helpful. We were prepared meals of daily fresh seafood plucked straight from the sea. Our long paddles of the day were easily forgotten while sleeping on the beach during the cool spring nights.
Our trip ended in the city of La Paz about 65 miles off Los Cabos and while fairly exhausted (never haven paddled this much in four days) it was actually a little sad to come to an end. This was my first time in Baja, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The terrain was varied and beautiful and the locals could not have been more friendly! I definitely recommend Baja for both a paddling excursion or even a land trip, you won't be disappointed.
It was so great meeting everyone at the Austin & San Marcos demos the last two weekends. It truly is the best opportunity to meet our great customers and talk kayaks.
We hope everyone that made it down got to test paddle all the boats they wanted to and talk with the vendor reps or our employees about the different kayaks. Having close to 50 models out there really helps with the decision making.
Look for our next demo weekends in September.