Many people would probably celebrate the lack of winter in Alaska this year. But for me and my wife Nancy which love snow, cold, and backcountry skiing it was quite depressing with rain, warm temps, and a thin crust of dirty snow in the backyard. Photographically it was a disaster, how do you convey the feeling of winter when the snow is dirty and there is dead brown sticks everywhere?
The solution escape to Mexico where there is no expectations of snow. We started out with a week long backpack trip in the Laguna Mountains, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The friendly rancheros that live in around the mountains was a highlight, especially Prisciliano at Rancho Ecologico Sol de Mayo. Most tourist come here for a few hours to see the amazing waterfall, but be wise and spend a few days, explore the area, learn from Prisciliano and enjoy the amazing hospitality.
Yet – another amazing swimming hole. Please be careful to not contaminate the precious desert water with sunscreens, soap, and other chemicals.
Yes – we actually got three days of straight rain, and in our infinite wisdom we didn’t bring a rainfly to our tent as it never rains in the desert. Luckily this boulder had a great overhang that sheltered us for one of the nights.
The terrain is steep and rugged with granite slabs and boulders, surrounded by lush and very diverse vegetation.
The higher elevations has an amazing forest with Oak and Pine tress mixed with Joshua trees, and covered in lichen and moss communities.
After crossing the range from east to west, we enjoyed another stormy night on the Pacific Ocean.
With sore knees and feet the ocean was calling us, and we went sea kayaking around Isla Espiritu Santo.
Amazing sunsets was one of the highlights, but so was the wildlife. Fun to see the American Oystercatcher patrolling the beaches, and the Magnificent Frigatebird at their nesting colony.