Ensenada to San Felipe

Driving southeast from Ensenada along Route 3 towards San Felipe, I passed one of the many enormous automobile junkyards I would see on my trip, and a wonderfully painted crocodile rock.

Ensenada to San Felipe on Mexico 3 - Junk Yard (12/29/2001 12:25 PM)Ensenada to San Felipe on Mexico 3 - Crocodile Rock (12/29/2001 12:47 PM)

Laguna Diablo

Twenty miles before Route 3 joins the north-south Route 5, I left the pavement See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 31.28055, -115.321  to take a "short cut" to San Felipe south over the dry lakebed Laguna Diablo. At the southern end of the dry lake, I found helpful signs to San Felipe painted on discarded appliances.

Ensenada to San Felipe - Left Pavement (12/29/2001 3:47 PM)Ensenada to San Felipe - Weathered Sign (12/29/2001 3:50 PM)Ensenada to San Felipe - Weathered Sign - close-up (12/29/2001 3:50 PM)Ensenada to San Felipe - Lake Diablo - Dry Lakebed - Another Car (12/29/2001 3:52 PM)Ensenada to San Felipe - Lake Diablo - Dry Lakebed - Playa Surface (12/29/2001 3:58 PM)Ensenada to San Felipe - Lake Diablo - Dry Lakebed - Cracked Mud (12/29/2001 4:07 PM)Ensenada to San Felipe - Southeast of Lake Diablo - Split in Road Signed with Appliance (12/29/2001 4:28 PM)

I camped that night in the desert, along the track heading east to San Felipe. This area, known as CaƱon las Cuevitas, had a panoramic view to the west where Picacho del Diablo (the highest peak in Baja California Mexico) was located. The bright light of the full moon dramatically lit the clouds above. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 31.01832, -115.0995 

Ensenada to San Felipe - Southeast of Lake Diablo - Sunset in the Desert (panorama) (12/29/2001)Moon Sky (12/29/2001)Camp Southeast of Lake Diablo - Morning - View from Hill (panorama) (12/30/2001)