Sometimes one needs to slow down. Sometimes one needs to stop, breath, look around, smell, hear and feel the quintessence of nature. Nada mas. I am a strong believer in “everything happens with a reason”. I now have time to wake up early in the morning and go for a walk on the beautiful beach with water lapping upon the shore, feel the soft golden sand among my toes and let the playful sun rays and the breeze tangle my hair.
…or walk on the beach after a strong wind and see our footprints only in the sand.
I can go and walk among the hundreds of seagulls and pelicans that are not even trying to run away. I guess humans are familiar to them. It’s like a little fauna paradise. And I am actually not surprised, since Mar de Cortez (Sea of Cortes) is one of the most diverse seas in the world, home to more than 5,000 species of fish, plus lots of other species of birds and other creatures. And that’s why it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I can see all the exotic fish washed on the shore after the tide. We even saw a fairly large sting fish washed ashore.
This might just be sea creatures that are out of luck and get stuck in the fishermen’s net, and that are just thrown back into the water, since they’re not edible. Locals say sometimes they even see huge whales that wash ashore, and they have to call the military to blow them up, so they can decompose faster, since in this heat, a dead creature that size, it’s nothing pleasant.
I have time to talk to all the people in the campsite and hear the local stories. Like the one about the hospital that was closed, and that apparently has $2,000,000 USD worth of medical equipment, but it’s all locked up for political reasons; meanwhile the current clinic here does not even have an x-ray.
Every day we walk to town and back on the beach. And sometimes this is how we get around:
People are very friendly and chatty. And they are all willing to help you improve your Spanish:) They say hi to you on the streets, even if they don’t know you. It’s like a small family community, very nice and cozy.
We go and eat at Rositas, a little restaurant on the seawall, that has the best food in San Felipe, at very decent prices. We try every day something new: Huevos Rancheros, Huevos Divorciados, Caldo 7 Mares (Soup 7 Seas), Pollo en BBQ (BBQ Chicken), Camarones al ajo (Garlic Prawns), Almejas (Mussels) and we never went wrong so far. Of course, las cervezas and las margaritas were present too.
Caldo 7 Mares
Los famosos nachos:
Pollo en BBQ y huevos a la mexicana, cerveza y margarita:)
Vasile can go fishing in the sea and catch and release a diversity of fish, or sometimes a crab that will fight back. It’s an incredible lesson that we can learn from this little creature. It doesn’t matter that they are a thousand times smaller than us; they would still fight back with no fear.
And then we can watch the famous Baja sunset with its amazing colours, wrapped in the warm air like a soft silk, while re-winding in my mind the song that has been our song of the season here:
“You only need the light when it’s burning low,
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow,
Only know you love her when you let her go.
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low,
Only hate the road when you’re missing home,
Only know you love her when you let her go,
And you let her go…”
(Passenger – Let Her Go)