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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 09:08 AM
Paddling South


Continuing my Sea of Cortez paddle south from Loreto after I enjoy Thanksgiving in Bahia de los Angeles. No goals, no hurry, just getting away from it all and re-living hiking the same coast back in 1983-1984. Had a few problems on the Loreto to La Paz stretch.

Now on my rather overloaded sit-on-top Cobra Tandem I can carry a lot more than I did backpacking... including a hand pump desalinator and, of course, my SPOT satellite transmitter which tells the world where I am... and hopefully that I'm OK.

Started in Bahia Gonzaga a few Novembers and two kayaks ago and made it safely down sticking close to shore and only paddling when seas are calm or ideally with a moderate tail wind. Unbelieveably beautiful. But always conscious that with one bad decision or medical emergency it can all go wrong.

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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 09:13 AM


Great to hear from you Graham!

Your trips are always fun to read about.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and great paddle.

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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 09:22 AM


Have a safe and wonderful adventure Graham.
Watch out for rabid burros near Los Dolores!
I gladly will post your location as you move on down the coast (per our email exchange) so we Nomads can all provide at least spirited support from our warm and dry homes!
Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you find a Guinness along the way!




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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 09:37 AM


Thanks Scot and David. Will be interesting to see if the fisherman who shot that burro for me are still around.

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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 09:42 AM


Another wonderful adventure, thanks for sharing and have a great trip.
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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 09:57 AM


Graham,
I wish you a most splendid adventure.....again.

Your first book was part of my inspiration for my first Baja trip in 1989...10 days unsupported kayaking on west side of Espiritu Santo.

Thank you. Smile at the dolphins for me, please.




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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 11:31 AM


That sounds like alot of fun. Enjoy.
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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 01:01 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Graham  
Thanks Scot and David. Will be interesting to see if the fisherman who shot that burro for me are still around.



Good luck on your voyage. Why did the fisherman shoot the burro? A vicious attack burro?

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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 03:06 PM


Hey Graham-- Wishing you fair seas and a following breeze. Fresh fish, fresh water, sunshine, good health and a great adventure!



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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 03:42 PM


Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
Quote: Originally posted by Graham  
Thanks Scot and David. Will be interesting to see if the fisherman who shot that burro for me are still around.



Good luck on your voyage. Why did the fisherman shoot the burro? A vicious attack burro?

John


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Watch out for rabid burros near Los Dolores!...



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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 06:39 PM


Thanks everyone for the good wishes... and BornFisher I would definitely love those fair seas and a following sea. The black burro was foaming at the mouth and chasing anyone who came near... as I found out.



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[*] posted on 11-20-2018 at 06:59 PM
inspiration


Our man in the kayak wrote one of the books that gave me inspiration for my first trip to Baja, 12 or so years ago. Crosby was the another.

I searched for the oldest book on Baja in the library. The fed sent a man to take a look at Baja and report back as to what it was. He ran out of water and was saved by the indains. He went ack to Washingon and lied for them, so the fed would leave them alone. I sure can not remember the name of that 1850 ish book,13 years later.
but,
If it is worth lying for, there must be something good here. He told the fed it was a useless waste land, to protect his new friends.

That is not why I am posting here today,
I want to know something.

Mr kayaker,
That is a small looking boat, are there sharks out there bigger than your boat?

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What if he gets stranded on Isla Monserrate with very little beer?



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[*] posted on 11-21-2018 at 02:44 AM


You are VERY courageous and we wish you the bestest trip ever!


I am going to reread Into a Desert Place. Don't remember the foaming at the mouth burro.





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[*] posted on 11-21-2018 at 07:42 AM


Tell us a little more about your pump desalinated please.
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[*] posted on 11-21-2018 at 07:43 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Graham  
The black burro was foaming at the mouth and chasing anyone who came near... as I found out.


You thought they were serving machaca rapido not machaca rabiado!
Safe travels.




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[*] posted on 11-21-2018 at 08:20 AM


Looks like an awesome adventure. Safe travels!



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[*] posted on 11-21-2018 at 08:39 AM


Hopefully, all these kayaking adventures will be combined into a future book!

Books by Graham Mackintosh:

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[*] posted on 11-21-2018 at 08:44 PM


A boat might be eaiser to care for than a donkey,

but

I am scared,

of


giant sharks

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[*] posted on 11-21-2018 at 09:36 PM


Have a great expedition Graham!
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[*] posted on 11-22-2018 at 10:15 AM


Thanks everyone. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Will be thankful if my paddle is gentle and easy and uneventful... of course, it never is in Baja. More worried about getting beyond Loreto and where to land in La Paz than giant sharks... would hate for one to get a Tandem kayak stuck in its throat.

Grateful to have my SPOT, Katadyn Survivor 35 desalinator, and Marine VHF radio... could have done with those on my 1980s walk around Baja.

Thanks David... book planned, maybe an ebook this time. But just happy to be relaxing and experiencing the Sea of Cortez while the world gets by without me.




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