We went whale watching in Laguna San Ignacio, but before telling you more about that, we visited Bay of Los Angeles…
We arrived in Bay of Los Angeles and had to find a place to camp. We try to camp for free or at a really low price, so we can spend our money on adventures, tours and events… whatever we come across, that we don’t want to miss. We use a website and app called www.ioverlander.com (ioverlander), which works great when we have to find a cheap place to camp. We could camp at the beach for two nights for 5 USD. So we set up camp and made dinner.
Earlier that day we had come across a truck, that sold local fresh fruit and vegetables. So for dinner we had tortillas with cheese and homemade salsa with tomatoes, mango, lime and cilantro while we enjoyed the sunset.
The next day we woke up early and saw one of the most beautiful sunrises that we have every seen. We took a video of the sunrise, so please enjoy:
We relaxed in Bay of Los Angeles, bought groceries and Esben hang out with one of the local dogs… or the dog hung out with Esben…
…and we tried one of the local delicacies a big “Flæskesvær”, which is fried pork skin. It really reminds us about Denmark
From Bay of Los Angeles we rode south on a dirt road…
We did 140 miles on the dirt road, that was like a washboard almost all the way. Our bodies were just beat up, and I tried to find a new position the the motorcycle like half standing and half sitting on the big yellow dry bag.
It was not just the washboards, for the first time (and not the last) there were big holes in the road. The ones you see on the picture was marked, but a lot of the holes were not. Watch out and never ride when it’s dark – because we would not stand a chance.
We finally got the to the paved highway 1, and found out that Esben’s motorcycle also was falling apart. Nothing he couldn’t fix!
We talked a lot about the rough 140 miles, which had been hard on us and on the motorcycles… we have done a lot of riding on the dirt road during our earlier travels in the United States, but this time we came to the conclusion that the trip is not about riding on dirt roads all the time, it is more about traveling to the places were we want to go. This is a long and ongoing adventure, and we have to take more care of the motorcycles and ourselves. We will get on dirt roads when we travel to new places, but the main goal is not to travel on dirt, it is to experience the world, meet people and have memories for the rest of our lives.
We said goodbye to the dirt and headed for Laguna San Ignacio, which is one of 3-4 places in the world were it is possible to pet the grey whales, if we were lucky.
Before we got all the way, we hit a dirt road again, but this time it had a purpose “Whale watching”
We made a deal for whale watching and camping with a company called “Antonio’s Ecotours”. We sat up our tent and had dinner as the sun went down.
I don’t know what it is with Esben and dogs… they just seam to like him – A lot . Esben has dog treats in the tank bag… maybe the dogs can smell it.
We had our hopes up when we got into the boat the next morning… and we were not disappointed…
Here you can see a short video about or whale encounter. But make sure to read the rest of this post to see all the cool whale pictures too.
Two grey whales came to boat, a mother and her “baby” (se them passing underneath the boat in the left picture?)… just playing around while we were splashing water on them.
They were right next to the boat so it was possible to pet them… the gray whale arrive late December to early January in the calving lagoons and bays on the west coast of Baja California Sur. The three most popular are San Ignacio, Magdalena Bay to the south, and, to the north, Laguna Ojo de Liebre. Pregnant females and nursing mothers with their newborns stay in the lagoons for several months, not leaving before their calves are ready for the journey, which is usually from late March to mid-April.
The grey whales is also called “Bellana gris”. In Leguna San Ignacio the grey whales give birth and the newborn measure 4-5 meters (13-16 feet) and weight 500 kg. The mother is between 13-15 meters (43-49 feet) and a full grown grey whale reach a weight between 36-40 tons. The grey whales travel more than 8,000 km (4,970 miles) each year to mate and give birth, and in total the round trip is between 16,000–22,000 km (9,900–13,700 miles). They live between 55 and 70 years. A Calf gray whales drink 190–300 US gallon (720–1,140 liters) of their mothers’ 53% fat milk per day, and during the first 4 months they grow 1 meter per month in average. Females lactate for approximately seven months following birth, at which point calves are weaned and maternal care begins to decrease. The shallow lagoon waters in which gray whales reproduce are believed to protect the newborn from sharks and orcas.
…and even give them a little kiss
It was an amazing day – we were “Whale high” for several days!
We said goodbye to the grey whales… we loaded up the motorcycles and stopped in the town of San Ignacio before heading to Las Paz.
San Ignacio is a small oasis in the dessert. It has a Mission, which is really well maintained and worth a visit.
Buying local oranges and pomelos… love it
As soon as we left San Ignacio, we were back in the dessert riding towards Las Paz.