He's back at it!

People who know me know that I belong on the Trail. I've thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (twice),the Pacific Crest Trail and the mighty Continental Divide Trail. I've hiked many of the long trails here in Michigan including being the first to hike both the Ironwood Trail and the Great Lake To Lake Trail. In 2017, I hiked the Israel National Trail and the Golan Heights Trail. My next goal is to be the first person ever to hike the Baja Divide Trail.

The purpose of this blog is to keep anyone who is interested informed of my progress and to encourage those who are able to support me in this endeavor.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The BDT: The Sea of Cortez!




I finally made it to the Bay of Los Angeles on the east side of the Baja peninsula. This last stretch was a long one but it mostly followed the Pacific Coast which was not only beautiful but provided nice, cool weather. 

The Sea of Cortez has a different vibe all together. Much calmer and warmer; Full of islands big and small. The trail has me follow this coast for a few days before cutting back inland. Next stop: Vizcaino!

In the meantime, pics from the trail!



Lots of gear to be mended including this mouse hole in my food bag. 





If something only has one use then it’s USELESS. Dental floss doubles as suture. I fixed the hole in pants AND they smell minty fresh!



On the map, this was a giant blue lake. Hmmm..... Not so much. 



Every plant down here want to hurt me! Especially this species of cactus that drops golf ball - sized nuggets with some of the toughest needles anywhere. I don’t care what kind of shoe or boot you’re wearing, these things will jab right through the sole and into your foot. Nalgene bottle for scale (and shameless promotion). 



Ten miles to town and you’re out of water. Do you drink this? Sure, it has a little algae and some cow poop in it but it’s still water. 



Purple flowers everywhere. 

And lastly, the obligatory sunrise/sunset shots:






Please leave a comment below!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The flowers are lovely. Glad you're finding water, despite the condition. Love the updates, from Mavis

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks for the comment!

Lynda Fraser said...

Looks Great Chris, hope you have fun on the next leg of your trail...Keep us updated, as I know you will....

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks, Lynda, I will. I should hit Vizcaino in about a week. I’ll post again from there.

Jim Stafford said...

Glad you are having a good trip

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks, Jim! You know I appreciate the comment.

Ian C said...

Love reading about your adventures

Unknown said...

I still think the Alpacka, cow, chickens, two or three children, a shaved St. Bernard, a few Spanish lady's would of made it a much more enjoyable trip.

Christopher Hillier said...

Thanks, Ian! I miss our old cath lab days!

Christopher Hillier said...

Tom?! Is that you? I almost got arrested trying to hire some Mexican kids to carry my stuff!

Thomas Lynch said...

Lol, yeah...stay out of Mexico jail system.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris, This is crazy you made your plans real. I remember this trail was only in youd thoughts. YOU ARE CRAZY!! :))


Your frind from israel, which still waiting for invitation to hike to michigan ail trail.

-N