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Sneak Peek at Grey Whales in Guerrero Negro

The following is an excerpt from a blog by Baja Amigos and contributors Dan and Lisa Goy, who visited Guerrero Negro in central Baja California in March, 2012.  This is a peak time to experience first-hand the grey whale migration that occurs like clockwork every year. The whales begin their migration from Alaska during the fall, arriving in the Guerrero Negro region beginning around November, with the goal being to give birth to the baby whale calves.  Although whales are present in the warmer Baja waters during that period, the best time to visit Guerrero Negro and neighboring San Ignacio Lagoon is during the spring.  But, as the blog warns, watch out for those pesky March winds!

Grey whale tail. Image courtesy of Carla White.

Time sure flies when you are having fun and enjoying the sun on Baja! We just said goodbye to our last group (of caravaners) last Saturday morning on a very warm and bright morning on the US side of the Tecate border crossing; They were a great group, for sure, and really enjoyed their experience in Mexico’s frontier.  Lisa’s mom Sylvia returned with us after spending a month in Cabo San Lucas at the RV Park, after traveling down with us on our January Tour.

We expect many from this group will be returning in years to come for sure. Our tasting and tour of the Casa Pedro Domecq Winery for the first time was a big hit and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We have already made our reservations for our March tour and are confident they will also be impressed.  The tour and tasting at both LA Cetto and Casa Pedro Domecq provide our tours with a strong finish and a complete Baja experience.

Today our group heads out to see the grey whales, lots of mothers and calves, well over a thousand (1000) whales in the lagoon.  This will be an experience we will remember for some time!  The wind is down and the forecast calls for sunny skies and warm temperatures, a high of 26C predicted today.

Speaking of winds:  Wow, did we get some over the past two (2) days! It was quite windy when we arrived at Fidel’s, however, that died right off, as usual, in the evening. The next day as we drove to Catavina, the wind really picked up and our drive was scenic and slow. Around midnight, we experienced gale force winds which woke everyone up and rocked the RVs.  In the morning the wind seemed to have abated but soon returned with a vengeance once we hit the road, heading for Guerrero Negro.  As we approached El Pedregoso, awnings on slides of the A Class Motorhomes started to unfurl and we had to make a quick stop to rectify the situation, luckily we were able to find a place to pull over and made the repairs necessary to continue on. Everyone was very relieved to reach our body break stop at the Bahia de los Angeles Junction and the winds had finally calmed down.

Baja is always an adventure!

Be sure to check out some of Dan and Lisa’s other RV adventures in La Paz and Mexicali.

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