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What about those Jesuits?

In the 17th century, Spain sent Jesuit missionaries to the Baja peninsula.   They came to spread Christianity.  They did much more.  They came to a place populated by hunter-gathers who had lived in these dry lands for as much as 10,000 years. They brought agriculture and ranching and forced people into these new modes […]

Whale watching from Loreto

We took these photos about 10 km off Loreto between Isla Coronado and Isla del Carmen. We saw first humpback whales with one breaching, then some fin whales, and finally 7 blue whales.  Intermixed were hundreds of common dolphins and miscellaneous sea birds. How does one tell a blue whale from a fin whale?  First, […]

Returning to Baja

We return to Mulege – 30 years later.   Halfway down Baja’s 1000 mile Highway 1, one drops out of the huge Desierto de Vizcaino through the tops of thousands of unexpected palm trees and lands beside the Rio Mulege. The little town sits at the head of a 2 mile long estuary that links […]

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