Beached in Baja
After a couple of weeks of staying overnight in RV trailer parks and campsites we had had enough of noisy neighbours and dirty bathrooms and, more importantly, especially for Dave, the cost, so it was time to boondock, ie. finding places to park overnight for free. Most of the time we managed this throughout Canada and the US, and now felt comfortable doing it in Mexico. We have stayed in the desert and many beautiful beaches on the Baja peninsula, sometimes on our own or with other campers. Last week we found a spot between 2 luxury spa hotels which was amusing, we were tempted to use the pool and hot tubs, but thought it would be a bit too cheeky, but the toilets were great!
Yesterday we turned off the road and headed down a dry riverbed to the beach, being cautious, we stopped and walked around checking to see how solid the ground was, found it to be OK and chose a nice flat area to park Red. There was a bigger, heavier truck camper parked across the riverbed which also made us think the ground was solid. However, we soon discovered that the hard sand was only a few inches thick and the sand beneath was soft and the back wheels quickly sank and started to spin. After a lot of swearing and scratching of heads we got out our snow shovel and started to dig, collected driftwood to provide some traction. After double checked that we were in low ratio 4WD we tried to coax Red out of the hole, no luck, it just got deeper and there was not a lot of space between the sand and the axel. Oh Bugger, we have got to get it out next attempt or we're properly screwed, miles from anywhere and we only have 5 days food and a few cold beers. The owners of the other camper appeared and gave us a helping hand, digging, collecting more wood and some sound advice. We lightened our load, let air from the back tyres, spread the wood everywhere and crossed our fingers. By rocking back and forth slightly Red finally gripped the wood and climbed out of the sand, much to our relief. So a big thank you to Andrew and Pattie for their help.
It has been an interesting last 4 days of 2018, we snorkeled in cold choppy seas, took part in whacky boat races out to the Southern tip of Baja, nearly drove into an underground supermarket carpark which would have scalped the top off Red, exchanged national drinks with the locals on the beach - mezcal for whisky and got stuck in the sand. Never a dull moment, that's for sure.