Baja California Sabbatical
In 2003 we took my 26 foot sailboat, the SV Annie K to Baja California on a 3 month sabbatical from my teaching position in the Washoe County School District. We, that is myself and my daughters, I towed our 26 foot Clipper Marine sloop to Bahia De Los Angeles, Baja California where we launched into the Mar de Cortez to sail down the coast and conduct a 3-month survey of the Scientific, Natural, and Cultural History of Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. Stuffed with food and gear, carrying 35 gallons of water and 10 gallons of gas we launched at Bahia De Los Angeles, and sailed south, shuffling my truck along, we visited Santa Rosalia, Mulege, Santispac, Loreto, Puerto Escondido, and finally, the small fishing village of Bahia Agua Verde where I got deathly ill, With minimal help from me the girls sailed Annie K back to my truck at Puerto Escondido. Where we pulled the boat out of the water and drove to La Paz where I recuperated.
We sailed during the day and each evening anchored in a cove and swam and snorkeled and slept and hiked. Since we had the truck we also toured inland to historic missions and sites. We recorded our discoveries and adventures and uploaded them to my website where students in schools across the country as well as in the Washoe County School District could follow along, and ask us questions. The internet was primitive in those days, I had to find an internet cafe in towns along the way and upload from my computer to the internet, usually a very slow process. Fortunately, some of the internet cafes were bars! There were quite a few American yachts in the Sea, as were the smallest boat, they watched out for us, and reported our locations on the Sea of Cortez SSB net. It was an adventure the girls said helped them become the women they became.