Days 2 and 3 of the Baja Dark Skies Expedition

We've already told you about  Day 1 of the Appetite 4 Adventure Baja Dark Skies Adventure.  While Day 2 and 3  do not cover as much distance or elevation, these days are completely on dirt:

On the map, day 2 looks like an easy day from our camp at Meling Ranch to Mike’s Sky Ranch.   We’ll only cover about 35 Km and 700m of climbing today, but  the  distance  is deceptive. every meter will be off road on trails and dirt roads that will often be rutted and covered in soft, loose sand. On top of this there will likely be multiple rivers to negotiate our way around, through or over. Having climbed mountains and forded streams and almost certainly done our best Julie Andrews impression en route  we will arrive at Mike’s sky ranch.     Hopefully we’ll get there early in the day, with plenty of time to enjoy a couple of cold caguamas,  and some  delicious steaks on the campfire grill.    It will be easy to go to bed early, as  the only source of power is a small generator that  is turned off at 10PM.  That and the impeding uncertainty of the last leg should see us looking to get as much rest as possible.

By day 3 we should be settled into the routine. Get up early, camp coffee and breakfast, big day ahead.  We’ll begin with around 30K of  rutted, soft and sandy dirt roads as we descend back into the desert, there we  connect once again with civilization and hit  the San Felipe-Ensenada highway ( highway 3).  The fast smooth  pavement will be a short lived respite, and after only 25K we’ll turn off the tarmac and  once again onto the dirt. This time we’ll be  thousands of meters below where we stood on Monday and plotting our own trail through the sand and gravel of the Valle Santa Clara using a compass, the sun and our desire to get to San Felipe in time for fish tacos at sunset. On our route will pass across the dry lake bed of the “ Laguna Diablo” and then we will navigate to the Cañon  las Cuevitas in order to pass through  the Sierra San Felipe Mountains without another ,massive ascent. Once we’ve cut through the range we will emerge just a few miles from San Felipe and our goal of diving into the Sea of Cortez. Once we get back onto paved roads, all bets are off and the comraderie of the wilderness will be left behind. Iit’ll be a full on sprint to see who can be the first into the ocean and avoid buying the first round of beers and fish tacos. We’ll spend the evening enjoying some of the delicious seafood and spirits that Baja California has to offer on one of its gorgeous beaches. We’ll spend the night on the sand under the stars  before we load up the pick up and sleep in the back seat on our way to waking up back  in our day to day lives.