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Playa Junk, Baja California

Written by Robin on Thursday, October 9, 2003
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When we left Guerroro Negro we decided to take a side trip to a peninsula that is the largest eRobin Swimmingcological reserve in Mexico and Central America. It is home to the endangered Pronghorn deer, or “Berrendo” in Spanish – an antelope type creature. Our first stop was Playa Malarrimo, a beach that is home to the end of the “longest river in the world.” This river is an ocean current that flows from the Phillippines all the way down to the west coast of the Baja (14,500 km’s). It carries all kinds of junk with it and washes it on shore. There are stories of people finding everything from barrels of whiskey to World War II mines, but all we found were plastic bottles – a sad commentary on the 20th century consumerist revolution.

A man came to Playa Malarrimo who works as a Berrendero (a person who works with Berrendos) scouting for more of the deer. He spoke no english, but we did manage to communicate enough to understand that we were to head for the base camp this evening to see some of the Pronghorn deer. He drew us a map in the sand.

Viscaino PeninsulaThat evening, by folly or by luck, we stumbled into the Berrendo Campamento. What a great fortune it was for us. There we met Marina, a biology student completing her thesis for her degree. Her job was to work on the photo identification of the Berrendo so that they could keep good track of new found animals, and maintain an accurate count of the existing numbers. She introduced us to Eufracio (“Facho”), Ramon, and Vicente who worked with her.

Marina spoke fairly good english, while the others knew none or only a few words. It was a great time to learn Spanish for us, and English for them. We talked until late at night with Marina translating and all of us learning new words. We exchanged customs and ideas, what Canada was like and what Mexico was like. We found many similarities in our points of view even though the two countries are very different.

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