Valle San Rafael

When I got back to pavement again (Highway 1), it started to rain! The desert rain continued as I drove south through the cactus forests of Valle de los Cirios, and then east to Bahía de los Angleles. There, I filled up with gas, and made a quick internet check-in, before continuing southeast along the coast. I reached a beach north of Campo San Rafael just before dark, and camped for the night. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 28.6014, -113.1310 

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The next morning, I met Pancho — out for a walk with his dog Lobo. Pancho told me he has been a resident for the last 22 years, and walks the beach every day.

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Heading further southeast through Valle San Rafael, the desert plants were beautiful in the early morning light. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 28.5460, -113.1478 

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Mules wandering in the desert.

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In the Puerto el Portezuelo area, an interesting cracked rock formation that looks like a stone wall. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 28.3754, -113.1034 

Puerto el Portezuelo - Rocks - Looks like a Wall

A quick visit to check out the community of San Francisquito.

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There was a curious partially disassembled airplane at the end of the San Francisquito airstrip. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 28.4200, -112.8639  (Here's the story!)

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