On the Gulf of California (aka Sea of Cortez) a few Mexican towns are known for their consistent winds especially during the winter months. A perfect setting for kite boarding rentals & schools along with a great collection of wannabes and those who have already taken up the sport. We’re actually neither of them. We’re here for a change of scenery and to locate the natural hot springs in La Ventana. We’ve heard about them bubbling up along the coast like we found near Mulege. And of course we’re always ready to meet interesting folks.
A huge advantage of the winds is the (near) absence of biting insects. After a week with the turtles and getting crazy-itchy legs our family’s ready for a reprieve. That’s exactly what we’ve found here where the wind blows in La Ventana…usually between 11 am and 5 pm daily.
We’re out of town about 5 kms (decent dirt road until the last little bit) camped on the beach for free. We spotted a ring of rocks further down the beach when we were scouting out the area but we can’t park there. Assuming there’s springs there. We’re pulled over in a glorified parking area with other campers; just a widening in the road.
No services…not even cell service. That’s what most of us are looking for out here…a little roughing it, less people, more peace & quiet.* Mexicans do come pick up garbage a couple times a week from receptacles. I also saw a propane truck drive in to service our neighbours…maybe Toby scheduled them? I’m surprised there’s been no vendors in the 5 days we’ve been here. Somebody could be making some money out here!
In town the kite boarders zoom in and out like a swarm of bees. Out of town here there’s so much more space. There’s a variety of water sports happening all at the same time, like whatever your imagination envisions, come do it here. There’s the odd kite boarder; more and more of them are hydrofoils instead of fins. There’s the jet skier towing what looks like a new-to-foil-kite-boarder getting a feel for it. There’s the SUP, kayakers, snorkelers, and this dude with his own motorized contraption strapped on his back for DIY-kiting.
During the day we venture out snorkelling in search of something new. The list keeps getting longer:
- Panamic green morray eels
- king angelfish
- guineafowl puffers
- spotted boxfish
- Chancho surgeonfish
- Mexican goatfish
- Panama Sergeant Major
- Cortez rainbow wrasse
- flag cabrilla
- various starfish, sponges, anemones
- long fish like trumpetfish or coronet but we’ve yet to identify them
- and the ever present sting rays hidden in the sandy bottom.
At night the luminescence have been pretty sensational. Most nights the family heads down to the beach. The kids, huddle together for ‘strength in numbers’ braving the pitch black waters in search of the glowing creatures. Even the waves crashing on the shore glow as they break. Everette and I cuddle in the damp cool night air watching the water glow, identifying where our offspring are wandering.
We Own the World
Within minutes of our arrival at this beach Toby had wandered over to meet us. Ten minutes later he returned asking us if we had a tarp…because he was filling a hot tub down on the beach. If we had a tarp we could use the heart-shape dugout and start filling it as soon as he was done filling theirs. We’re in! We didn’t bother setting up camp…we got right to the important things in life. A hot tub tonight!
Having been to this beach before, Toby and his buddy knew of the natural springs and brought all the supplies they needed to make hot tubbing as easy and comfortable as possible. PVC pipes, buckets, pumps, tarps, shovels. They brought it all.
The water was coming out at 114 degrees. Not bothering to wait for it to cool down Everette put about 5 buckets of sea water into it and we jumped in. Ahhhh!! The cloudy evening sky opened up to a starry canopy overhead. The waves crashed just a few feet away. We floated around the heart like we owned the world. That’s how this life feels, for the most part. Incredible!
P.S. Okay, so maybe we look like we’re dead, floating in the tub. But we’re just basking in the luxury. For these simple things are so much more appreciated when one lives a simplified life. Simple pleasures abound.
P.P.S. Everette and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary today (Valentine’s Day). What a ride!! The wind blows in La Ventana pretty consistently…and our life is pretty consistently awesome. Thanks, Everette, for sharing this incredible life with me. Here’s to many more (and even more) fantastical years to come.
*Friends of ours are camping in an arroyo close to town. A little tightly packed with the other RVers and their toys, they pay only 50 pesos a day, have access to toilets, showers, and a vendor that comes by with produce, fresh juices (greens, beets, oj, etc) and seafood. They can put a sign out on the main road and somebody will come down with a water truck and hose to fill up tanks. And they are close enough to walk to town. Sounds like a great deal if there’s room…ideal for smaller rigs.
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