Next morning we headed south and entered the road east to National Park San Pedro de Martir in San Telmo. From nearly sea level you go 80 km up more than 2400 meter to the campground. We were a bit lonely on the narrow road, because only two cars passed us and one we passed again. The engine of the car overheated about 20 km before they arrived on top. Our help with water and tools was not enough and so the couple said, we shall continue. They will wait until the car work again.
We had seen only desert the last weeks before and were surprised (or glad 😉 ) to find mostly pines on top. Combined with the rounded granite stone formations it reminded us to our home in Austria. This park shall be the only place in Mexico, where you can find snow in winter. At the reception we had our first problem: An elder man was only speaking Spanish! Our little vocabulary was not so special, to talk about camping, rules, hiking trails, … But with gesticulating and our few phrases we got our information and a camping site.
It was already late afternoon, because the workout of our 508erin up the mountain took longer than expected. It was Saturday and only two families and a couple were camping there, because it was out of season. So we collected firewood, prepared barbeque, enjoyed some beer and listened to the howling coyotes. Next morning while we were drinking coffee, one of these shy animals passed our van.
Our sleep was in cause of the heat really bad the last weeks. So we enjoyed the colder temperature of 8 °C in the night and slept until late morning. That day we wanted to visit the astronomical observatory on the top, but we arrived too late for the visiting hours.
So we decided to do a hike to the “Mirador Al Altar”. It was just an 8 km roundtrip, but our lungs were burning. You make elevation of about 300 m, climb up to close 2700 m and the last two weeks we stayed at nearly sea level. Looking forward to see maybe a puma, only wild cows passed our way. But at least at the summit we got an amazing view.
Next morning we drove to the entrance gate of the astronomical observatory again. Both too stupid to read the sign correctly, we walked up the road to the top. You usually need a registration and go up by car with a guide. Senseless hiking, but even with a guide you can’t get it inside. Only pictures from the building! Pff … Back at our campsite we hiked a short 6 km roundtrip at the “La Torro De Piedra”. It was also a nice view from the platform and a relaxing hike.
A campsite in San Quintin was our next destination. We arrived early the afternoon, but nobody was there. Only empty palapas with fire places and two little houses under construction remembered to a campsite. We drove around to search for the owner of this site to ask how it is with camping. Then, what the f…, we got stuck in the sand. Digging and trying everything to get out, two bricklayers, who were working near watched our show.
Far away we heard their laughs, but then they came over with their van and helped us. After half an hour hard work we got out of the loose sand and were so glad about their help. They knew the owner, called him and it was no problem to stay there, but without water and facilities. Water is really rare in the desert of the Baja, especially when the rain season starts in November.
Rest of the day we enjoyed the lonely beach and cooked a chili at the evening. After the good morning swim in the ocean the owner of the campsite occurred. Without any English he showed us the uncompleted facilities and told us to invite all of our friends to his place. The RV-Park opens at beginning of November and that was in three weeks. 😉 A real confidence attitude! It was a cheek to count us 100 peso for only parking without facilities. Maybe in cause of bad conscience he gave us six fresh caught fish. Perfect for dinner!