Random Baja Photos, Pre- and Post-1000

This is a collection of random Baja photos taken the days before and after the 1000. Photos were taken in Loreto, Bahía Concepción, the beaches around Ligui, and along Highway 1.

Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó was founded on October 25, 1697 in the present city of Loreto. Established by the Jesuit missionary Juan María de Salvatierra, this earliest successful mission in Baja California is sometimes considered "head and mother of all the Spanish missions in Upper and Lower California."

Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó was founded on October 25, 1697 in the present city of Loreto. Established by the Jesuit missionary Juan María de Salvatierra, this earliest successful mission in Baja California is sometimes considered “head and mother of all the Spanish missions in Upper and Lower California.”

The Mission is still a working Catholic church.

The Mission is still a working Catholic church.

Bahía Concepción right about here.

Bahía Concepción right about here.

Fresh dorado tacos at Rancho Buenaventura on the Sea of Cortez. Olivia always makes the best food.

Fresh dorado tacos at Rancho Buenaventura on the Sea of Cortez. Olivia always makes the best food.

A dog obsessed with a pool ball at Buenaventura.

A dog obsessed with a pool ball at Buenaventura.

A race team was camped at Buenaventura. We were told that this crew member got after it a little too fast, a little too early in the morning. The photo was taken at 2 p.m.

A race team was camped at Buenaventura. We were told that this crew member got after it a little too fast, a little too early in the morning. The photo was taken at 2 p.m.

We visited Bertha's Restaurant for a couple ballenas at Playa El Burro, located right about here.

We visited Bertha’s Restaurant at Playa El Burro for a couple ballenas, located right about here.

A palapa at Playa Santispac.

A palapa at Playa Santispac.

South of Loreto, scenery along the highway was spectacular. A recent visit by hurricane Paul dumped lots of rain on the area, so the desert was green and blooming.

South of Loreto, scenery along the highway was spectacular. A recent visit by hurricane Paul dumped lots of rain on the area, so the desert was green and blooming.

Steve and I take a break along Highway 1 - Monserrate and Santa Catalina islands are in the background.

Steve and I take a break along Highway 1 – Monserrate and Santa Catalina islands are in the background.

Taking another break from Highway 1, we drove down a wash to a remote beach at Ligui, right about here.

Taking another break from Highway 1, we drove down a wash to a remote beach at Ligui, right about here.

And who shows up? COPS Team people Manny and George. Great minds ...

And who shows up? COPS Team people Manny and George. Great minds …

The verdant, leafy desert around Loreto made it look Kauai-like.

The verdant, leafy desert around Loreto made it look Kauai-like.

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One of the half-dozen Federal checkpoints along Highway 1 in Baja. This one is located just north of San Ignacio.

One of the half-dozen Federal checkpoints along Highway 1 in Baja. This one is located just north of San Ignacio.

Boojum Trees in the central Baja desert.

Boojum Trees in the central Baja desert.

Drifting onto the non-existent shoulder on Highway 1 can be problematic.

Drifting onto the non-existent shoulder on Highway 1 can be problematic.

The Baja desert near Catavina.

The Baja desert near Cataviña.

Baja's Highway 1.

Baja’s Highway 1 – not for the squeamish.

 

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