The Cruise of Mariposa

24 November 2009 | Fondeadero San Carlos, Baja California Norte, Mexico
20 November 2009 | Turtle Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 November 2009 | Bahia Asuncion, Baja California Sur, Mexico
18 November 2009 | Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
02 November 2009 | Bahia los Frailes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
01 November 2009 | Ensenada de los Muertos, Baja California Sur
30 October 2009 | Playa Pichilingue, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 October 2009 | La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
16 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
04 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
03 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
09 July 2009 | Puerto Los Gato, Baja California Sur, Mexico
07 July 2009 | San Evaristo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
04 July 2009 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 June 2009 | Southern Baja
22 June 2009 | Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
19 June 2009 | La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 June 2009 | Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico

San Evaristo

07 July 2009 | San Evaristo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Eric/Calm
Mexico's considerable wealth has always stemmed from its extensive mineral deposits. In Precolumbian times Mexico was a major source of obsidian, essential for tools and weapons. The conquistadors brought Spain great quantities of gold. By the 18th century the minerals of choice were silver and copper. And today, of course, Mexico is a leading exporter of oil to the thirsty United States.

Baja never provided much of any of these products, though plenty of attempts were made in the 19th century. Today, the mining is for more pedestrian essentials: Salt and gypsum. The pearl beds have been gone for a hundred years, and fishing is on the decline as huge commercial boats scour the Sea of Cortez, leaving a more and more barren seascape.

San Evaristo is a small fishing village perhaps fifty miles north of La Paz, with some small ranches and a salt farm. The village surrounds a pleasant and well-protected bay; a short walk to the north is a wide-open bay where the salt farm faces the San Jose Channel. We took a very pleasant stroll among the cardon cactus to get to the salt flat, which glimmered like a pink-and-white jewel against the backdrop of black rock cliffs of the Sierra la Giganta mountains behind it. Cattle loafed in the shade of the date palms that line one side of the salt, and at night we could hear goats chuckling around the village. The villagers seemed shy, and we scarcely shared a syllable with them. Yachts stop there often; perhaps they've had enough.
Comments
Vessel Name: Mariposa
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Ta Shing Baba 30
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Sarka & Eric
About: Sarka and Eric are on a 12-18 month trip to Mexico and the South Pacific.
Mariposa's Photos - Main
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 14 June 2009
1 Photo | 12 Sub-Albums
Created 14 January 2009
7 Photos
Created 4 January 2009
1 Photo | 18 Sub-Albums
Created 22 November 2008
58 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
These are photos from our departure and trip down the California coast
28 Photos
Created 20 October 2008

Who: Sarka & Eric
Port: San Francisco, CA