Winter in Baja Day 80: Livin’ on Taquitos and Tostitos

Bahia de los Angeles  //

Are you stranded somewhere if you don’t feel like you’re stranded?  This I can’t decide.  Even though we can’t leave this town until the next delivery of diesel arrives at the gas station, we’re pretty happy where we are.  So far the wind that was predicted overnight never came.  This morning I enjoy a long walk down the beach while Mark hangs back and reads a book.  Many hours mid-day are spent editing photos until Mark pulls me away with the invitation to go on a hike.  The small mountain that we’re parked at the base of just happens to have an established trail carved in to the hillside leading all the way to the top.  Along the way we notice a variety of wildflowers that have begun to bloom in the desert and once we reach the summit we enjoy a magnificent view of the Sea of Cortez stretching out before us.  

We arrive back at camp to see that the bees have found us.  We’re learning that spring has sprung in Baja and no matter where we camp, it takes about a day for the local honey bees to be alerted to our presence.  Even the smallest amount of fresh water is enough for them to swarm by the dozens.

For the second night in a row we eat taquitos and refried beans for dinner.  The only challenge to being stuck in this town that currently has no fuel…they don’t have much food either.  Don’t get me wrong, we most definitely won’t starve.  Rice, beans, canned food, eggs, and chips are widely available but fresh food of any kind is practically non-existent.  Taquitos and Tostitos have been the bulk of our diet since arriving here and I’m starting to daydream about my first grocery shopping trip after we arrive back in the States.

We end the day with an unanswered question.  Do we leave in the morning and head to the gas station so that we can claim a tank of fuel even though we have no idea when it’s being delivered and may have to hang out and wait?  Or do we stay another day, risking all the fuel being bought by locals in need (we have no clue if this is an actual possibility) but don’t have to sit around and wait for it to be delivered?  Hmm.  I guess we’ll wait and figure it out in the morning.

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  • That’s an interesting conundrum with fuel situation. Might be you only get half a tank to tide you over to your next stop. And the bees are interesting. I have to wonder if there is a drought there and the normal water supply is gone. Greens, yes after being in the desert for awhile I start thinking about salads. Safe travels!

    • It was indeed an interesting conundrum but worked out fine in the end. As for the bees, I would love to know if that is an annual thing or if it’s worse this year for some reason. And you’re spot on, we’ve been eating a lot of salad since we got back!


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