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!