Cruise West Cruise on the Sea of Cortés and Rail Excursion to the Copper Canyon
24 Jan. 2002 to 6 Feb. 2002 * Click on thumbnails for a larger view * by Jack Yeazel
Part-I Baja California
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In these Street Atlas maps, red is the flight from Atlanta/Houstom to Cabo (cape) San Lucas,
Blue is the cruise on the Spirit of Endeavour, black is tour by bus, and green is transportation by rail.

Down and Out in the Hotel Finisterria (end-of-land) in Cabo San Lucas
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    This hotel was so elaborate, I thought we were in some kind of James Bond movie.

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Just swim right up to the bar and cone-shaped plapa restaurant -  'Cliff dwellers' behind the hotel.

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Scenes of the palapa restaurant from our balcony - Some little hilltop weekend getaways - San Lucas Bay

Glass-bottom Boat Ride in Cabo San Lucas Bay
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Glass-bottom Boats in Distance - Lots of Fish ° "Inverted Baja California" Rock  ° CNN's Version

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Interesting Blow Hole  °  Cabo's Arch - Ours, Theirs, Fake 'Rabbit'

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  Blue-footed Boobies °  Sea Lions too (King of the Hill?) ° An "Altered" Pelican

Start of Cruise from Cabo San Lucas to Isla Espiritu Santo
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100-Passenger Spirit of Endeavour - Cruise Guests and Captain Kay - Maps are Garmin GPS WorldMaps

Stop at Isla Espiritu Santo (Island of the Holy Ghost)
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Blue Whales spotted in this area - Water taxi to shore - Beach Combers Galore - Nature Guide, Molly

Cruise from 'night anchor' to Puerto Escondido Dock and Loreto
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Sun Deck Lecture from Dr. Ed on fishes and whales, of which there were several in this area

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The first mission in Baja, built in 1697 - Beautiful shaded walk - Restaurant where we made Ceviche

Cruise from Puerto Escondido to the "Kayaking Island" and the "Mulegé Beach Landing"
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First we went kayaking around Isla Barga island. Mulegé doesn't have a dock, so we had to take the
water taxi (DIB) boats to the beach, shown in the background of the kayakers.

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Mulegé's "Times Square" - The only free-flowing river in Baja comes from a spring
Baja's Second-oldest Church, Mulegé Mission - Louisantos explains the history of the church

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A lunch of local wine and cheeses at the church - And a nun sang old Mission songs for us
Back on the beach, palapa cabañas - And when the tide is out, one must WADE to the water taxi!

Bus Tour from Puerto Escondido Dock across Baja to Puerto Lopez -and Whale Watching
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Bus trip across the peninsula - Rain Clouds, Whale-watching Boats - Nice lunch at a local restaurant

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Jack and Tak - Gray Whales Spy Hopping for a Look at the Whale Watchers (by Harold Lack and Jack Schmidt)

Cruise from Puerto Escondido to Ensenada Bay
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Strange "teeth-looking" Rocks (and map!) - View of the Bay and a Rugged Nature Walk - Big Cactus

Cruise from Ensenada Bay to La Paz
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A Cool Drink in the Lounge after 'Rugged Nature Walk' - Ship Track to La Paz and Visited Places

La Paz (City of Peace) -with the Indians!
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Two Views of the Waterfront - Native Weaving Demonstration

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The Serpentarium Cactus Garden - Poisonous Gila Monster - A Friendly Boa Constrictor - Jack's King Snake

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Lunch at the Governor's Mansion - Dancing Troupe with Beautiful Costumes - Guests ALSO dance!

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 Ship's Photographer Group Picture - Last Dinner aboard the Spirit of Endeavour - Flight to Los Mochis

Part-II the Copper Canyon
Los Mochis to El Fuerte (fort) by Bus and Stay at the Hotel Posada del Hidalgo
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Upper and Lower Courtyards - Original Mansion Room with Carved Wooden Shutters - City View
This hotel was originally a mansion built in 1903 and later converted into a hotel

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Town Plaza - Boat Float down the River (guide Rebecca in rear) - Bird Life Teems Here - The Fort

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Yellow is a GPS track recorded on the train from El Fuerte to Copper Canyon
The train  (two tunnels visible) is the only transportation available from the west coast of Mexico to the Copper Canyon

Hotel Posada Barrancas Mirador overlooking the Copper Canyon
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Hotel Appears "Bolted" to side of Cliff! - Interesting Rooms - Mexican and Native Music Entertainment

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Balcony Scenes - About 1,000-foot dropoff behind Jen - Cloudy Sunrise foretells bad Weather Coming

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So, first it rained, and then it snowed, and then the power went out in the Hotel!

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But the big fireplace kept us warm and the hotel staff managed to serve a HOT breakfast
Guest and Picture of Hotel Owner "look alikes" - Tarahumara Indians sell their Baskets at the Hotel

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A bus ride to Chihuahua and stay at the Westin Hotel - Dinner with Mexican Dancers and Music
We flew home the next day and marveled at all the things we did in just two weeks
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Photos taken with a Nikon CoolPix 990 and adjusted by PhotoDeluxe
Additional photos by Harold Lack, Tak Momoda, and Jack Schmidt