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.

Friday, May 4, 2018

The BDT: Loreto




First things first: A sincere ‘Thank you!’ to everyone who clicked on that ‘donate’ button. The amazing outpouring of generosity was really heartfelt and now I should have plenty of funds to get me to the end of this crazy hike. My heart is full of gratitude and my spirits are soaring!

I’m also fresh off a great zero day with my dear friends Keith and Mary in Loreto. They were very kind to me and sent me back to the trail with a belly full of good food, clean clothes and a well-rested body. They blessed me with a head full of memories that will last a lifetime. 

I can’t tell if I liked Loreto so much because it really was the coolest town that I’ve visited yet on this hike or if it’s because Keith and Mary took such good care of me. 

Loreto sits on the Sea of Cortés and has a population of about 18,000 people (including many Americans). It’s actually 20 miles off the trail but it’s an easy hitch and the city has everything a thru-hiker needs including a well-stocked grocery store, several coffee shops with WiFi and some cheap motels.

The waterfront is fantastic. It goes on for miles and miles and features loads of ‘palapa’ which are little grass huts that you can use to get out of the sun. There’s a thriving town square with shops and restaurants and a good mix of locals and tourists. 

I would have liked to have stayed longer in Loreto but I’m excited to get back to the trail and see what new adventures await me!

In the meantime, mo’ pics!


Best food, so far, on this whole hike. Keith raves about this place and now I know why. 


What would you order at El Rey? Leave your answer in the comments below!


I can smell this picture. 



The town square was busy including these kids practicing for a formal dance. 


Miles of empty beaches and the Sierra de la Giganta mountains in the background. 


Loreto has a really nice marina and some beautiful (but expensive) hotels along the waterfront. 


Huge thanks to Keith and Mary for such a wonderful visit!








13 comments:

Beaker said...

That our Kieth & Mary from CDT? So cool! Now her back to that hike an enjoy yourself.

gary zaborowski said...

I was about to ask this same question!

Christopher Hillier said...

Yup. I’ve stayed in touch with them since ‘14. They were very kind to me.

Brian H. said...

Tripitas please. Just kidding.

Christopher Hillier said...

I ate it! It was great!

Anonymous said...

Looking great! Enjoy! -Suzette

Christopher Hillier said...

Thank you for the comment, Suzette!

Pat said...

The king of tacos? I'll have some of everything!

Christopher Hillier said...

That food was so good! I ordered to tacos on flour tortillas. Then, I built a small ‘salad’ on top of them at the ‘fixins’ bar. Top it off with a big glass of lime-ade and I was in heaven!

Roberta McCoy said...

Finish strong.... can't wait for the live stories... miss you

Christopher Hillier said...

Miss you, too, Roberta! Thanks for the comment!

Oky said...

Hi Chris, almost near the finish line, keep up the hardwork. Here it is the video when we meet you at Santa Rosalia.
https://bit.ly/2rGmOc3

Christopher Hillier said...

Oscar and Felipe! This video is very well done - nicely produced! I love the drone footage. Thank you for sharing it!