Loc: camp Los castros
Acc: tent Hilleberg Keron 4
Dist: 33,7 km
Start: 7:00 End: 14:00
Fylkir is writing:
After sleeping quite well, we woke up at around three o´clock by a visit from the cayote we saw yesterday. It sounded like he had taken a friend with him. Both gave a big hooowl noise and some smaller ones, quite impressive sounding, even though it did not last all that long. We understood it like “hey its our teritory, not yours” – we got the message and slept on for couple of hours.
It was crucial for us getting to the Baja Discovery whalewatching camp as early as possible, to be able to get through the inlet on high tide. We started with the tide coming into the bay, but strong headwinds of 25 knots. Still we could paddle in good speed, and crossing some moderate tideraces was no problem. An hour of paddling and we arrived at the camp, and were greeted by the man in charge. Pepe knew we were comming and has been waiting for us. After introducing us to the whole group of people in the camp, we were invited to refreshments as much as we wanted – what a welcome! Thanks! We got the parcel with our paddles, and also some chocis from Jen Kleck – thank you so much to arrange the shipping! And thanks to Lorna Hill to fly them down!
We spoke with some of the guests at the camp, people from different places of the world were present, all very eager to hear about the trip, and how we were doing things. After photoshooting and saying thanks and goodbye, we were back in our kayaks at 9am.
We had decided to paddle the inside of the lagoon, but just had to find the entrance! Not that much of a problem, a little bit of dragging was needed to get inside, as the tide was still rising. Reaching mangrove areas was a pleasant sign, and our speeds were quite good as we now had tailwind pushing us to the other end of the lagoon. It was still a little bit unclear where the outlet of the lagoon was, and if we still had to drag over shallows. As we got closer and closer to the end, it came clear we had enough water under the keel until the end., thank goodness. The outlet is small, just besides is a large fishing camp. It looks quite easy and open when we will paddle out the exit tomorrow. It has a deep narrow channel with unbroken water. The tide turns at 6 am, so we have to hurry to get out!
We saw again plenty of whales in the section before the whale watching camp (where else…), it looked like these were different ones to what we have seen before with the Gray Whales. These here are black and white spotted, larger, and seem to be more actively spy hopping out of the water. What a sight! Many large dolphins were feeding in the last entrance upfront our camp. A dozen sea turtles floated past our paddling path. Allover not too much of a bad wildlife day, in wonderful mangrove wetlands in the lagoon.