Our well-laid plans of breaking camp and leaving Los Dolores has been
foiled by strong winds. We appear to be stranded for another day,
possibly more, if the weather continues to blow. Our departure is
further complicated by the delay of the bigger boat that was due to
arrive here, but is reported to be down with engine trouble in Loreto.
The back-up plan was to transport people by our three smaller pangas;
however, our luck seems to have run out with a strong north wind
While we have plenty of food and water, our base-camp is packed and
ready for transport. Juan Carlos Telechea, our panga captain, is hoping
that the afternoon will bring calmer conditions, but this is uncertain.
For now, the researchers and logistics crew are settling in on the
beach, reading, catching up on notes, and taking short hikes up and
down the coast. If the wind clears, or if the bigger boat shows up with
a working engine, we’ll need to ready to go in a moments notice.
We’ve been using our satellite phone to post messages at our
information center in Cuidad Constitución at ABC Grupo Baja Sur, Inc.
with Fernando Gutierrez. The second set of research teams (Team Mammals
and Team Birds), who left yesterday from San Diego and Ensenada, will
hopefully check in at the information center before moving on to the
San Evaristo base-camp, which will surely be delayed. I’ll do my best
to keep everyone posted of our status. It seems to be a waiting game
now. I can assure everyone that we our safe, happy, and have plenty of
From camp at 11:50am
Saturday, November 15, 2003 UPDATE
Window In Weather Gets Some On Their Way
The afternoon winds died down somewhat to allow 13 of the researchers
to head to Ensenada Blanca and then onto Loreto. Dr. José Delgadillo,
Dr. Oscar Flores, David Faulkner, Maggie Reinbold, Jorge Villaviencio,
Maura Maher, Cynthia Jauregui Patricia Beller, Carlos Flores, Chris
Pyle, Eric Niiler, and Milan Kovacevic put on their life jackets and
headed north in three pangas.
The remaining researchers and base-camp logistics crew remained behind
and expect to return to Ensenada Blanca in the morning, should the
weather stabilize and the seas remain calm. The bigger boat from Loreto
is still down with engine trouble, so the remaining sea transportation
will be completed using the smaller pangas. Team Mammals and Team Birds
emailed from the information center in Ciudad Constitución after
receiving the news of our delay.
We have been enjoying the solitude and beauty of the Los Dolores area.
Now that we are stranded, we have the unplanned time to relax in the
From camp at 5:00pm
Research Team at Los Dolores.
Panga captain, Juan Carlos Telechea, waits for wind to subside.
Panga and gear delayed.
Researchers looking for the bigger boat to come.
Launching the panga during a window in the weather.
Maggie Reinbold muscles the boat towards the water.
First panga heads out.