|Now this is living! Sea kayaking on Isla del Carmen. We snorkeled here, too.|
|Danielle Rodier of New York City took some great photos and video on our trip.|
|Light winds made for easy going paddling between the islands. We were lucky!|
|Wendy counted more than 61 bird species on our trip, including a peregrine falcon on the last day.|
|We saw lots of tropical fish ... never saw a sea turtle, tho ...|
ROW Adventures is based in Coeur d'Alene. They do Idaho raft trips and all kinds of cool stuff all over the world. Wendy and I know the owner, Peter Grubb. We like their style of trip, focusing on adventure, comfort, a strong component of education and interpretation, and most of all, fun!
|Sea of Cortez is on the right side of the map; Pacific Coast and Magdalena Bay on the left ...|
Over three days, we had multiple two-hour whale-watching sessions. On the second day, we had our best session with multiple female gray whales sidling up to our boat with their youngsters, coming up for pets, and smiling at us, showing us their big tails and the whole deal. It was such a treat!
Our sea-kayaking trip was just as wonderful, if not more because we got to explore the islands in the Sea of Cortez, go snorkeling every day, and enjoy beautiful weather. We visited two islands as part of our journey. The secret coves and caves we visited along the way were very cool. The water is turquoise and gin-clear, so it's like you're paddling with a glass-bottomed boat. Most of us paddled two-person kayaks, which handled very easily, and with smooth fiberglass bottoms, they were sleek and fast. Our support guide went ahead of us during the day in the motor boat, set up lunch at our lunch stops, and set up tents and the kitchen area before we arrived. Very cool.
|We did some neat side hikes from lunch or camp.|
|Tarantula seen on one of our side hikes.|
See the sea shell fossil in the rocks?