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Baja California Sabbatical




















In 2003 We took our 26 foot sailboat, the SV Annie Laurie to Baja California on a 3 month sabbatical from our teaching positions in the Washoe County School District. We, that is, Laurie, Rachel, Cammie and I conducted a 3-month survey of the 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 sailing south, shuffling our trucks 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, Laurie and the girls sailed Annie Laurie back to our trucks 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 trucks we also toured inland to historic missions and sites. We recorded our discoveries and adventures and uploaded them to our 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, I have a link to the photos we took, 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. Some of the photos are of the annual Cruiser party at Puerto Escondido.. That was memorable, but we did not tell the students back home about that! The digital images did not wear well so some of the colors are off. Some images have disappeared, but the photos are fairly well sorted, if you hover on an image you should get a description. Baja Exploration photos

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