Sometimes its the Firsts that stay dear to our heart forever. That’s partly why we love Bahia Los Frailes so much.
We discovered Los Frailes for the very first time in January 2013 when we were camping on the beaches of Baja California with our rooftop tents and our youngest 7 kids.
We had heard about Los Frailes before we ever ventured out that way. Venture, I say, because its all back roads whether you come from the north from Los Barrilies or from Cabo from the south. There is virtually nothing but a few scattered houses along the way. No stores (well, a little one at Cabo Pulmo) or gas stations. Virtually no signage.
We approached Los Frailes in late afternoon when campers were starting to gather for their 5 o’clock drinks. Everette chatted with them to discover where we could camp and we settled in.
Settled in for 3.5 months!! We had a few short excursions from there. Up to La Ventana for Burning Man, La Paz for Mardi Gras, and to Aqua Calientes for some hot springs to warm up. But otherwise we were camped at Los Frailes for nearly 4 wonderful months.
We have memories of rattlesnakes (and Mitchell cooking it up…and wearing its skin), fairy lands, beach dogs, nasty mud wasps, whales breeching, sting rays, sea lion breath, flip-flops in dung, and so much more.
We met wonderful people there, some we’ve kept in touch with and even visited back in their home state. We were also shocked to meet people from the small town where we built our log house on Vancouver Island…Alan had been building his boat for years across the little creek in our back yard! Such a small world.
So now that we came back to Bahia Los Frailes by boat, it was a whole different feel. It was wonderful in its own way.
We had often sat upon the sandy beach admiring the boats that anchored in the bay. We talked about one day sailing here on our own.
And here we were.
We had to go snorkelling back by The Rocks where we’ve snorkelled with all our kids except Rauchelle. We walked thru The Trees to see if we recognized any of the camps (we eventually caught up with Ray & Audrey) and walked over to The Arroyo to discover Ivan and Shelly, Kayak John, and colourful Bernie still around and doing well. We spent hours chatting, rummaging around for parts, trying to get internet, and drinking beer of course. That’s what you do with friends in the heat of the day with little shade!
Bahia Los Frailes will always hold a special place in our hearts, that’s for sure.
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