The bog is dry! In 2010, it was 2 feet deep and the biggest challenge of that trip (as well was pulling Neal Johns up the Widowmaker and past the divide)! www.vivabaja.com/msm2010
When we finally reached the mission, 6 hours and 14.3 miles since leaving Santa Ynez, the sun had just gone behind the mountain. I took a bunch of photos at the mission while the others trickled in:
We gathered first at the mission and it was breezy so Phil took a walk down to the camping area by the palms, east of the mission and reported that was a better location for our camp and his cooking. Phil is a chef and owner of Bon Temps Creole Café in San Luis Obispo, CA. We are fed like royalty, right there on the King’s Highway in Baja California.
Around the campfire, Rudy told us the Bunda story. [I may get in trouble, since they said “What happens at Mission Santa María, stays at Mission Santa María”!]
My photos of camp, followed by the morning photos at the mission…
Once we pack up camp and load our 4x4s, we take a short ride east, turn around, climb the steep drop-off, park, and hike to a viewpoint of the arroyo and oasis below.
Now we have the very tough drive returning to civilization…