• Michael Phillips

Baja day 20

It’s complete blackness outside the trailer, the sound of the high tide waves are gently crashing from the sea of cortes on the beach, and the steady ‘oompah’ of a tuba keeping time for Mariachi cannot not be heard from a distance. The lights are dimmed inside and a grapefruit scented candle burns. Christmas day on the beach is coming to a close and I take note that I live a strange life.

Just a week ago I was with the Eddys in Cabo, the family that’s been hosting and babysitting for me during a nice little chunk of these odd 2 years. With them I experienced the resort life as they stayed with family at a timeshare. While I enjoyed the pampering of pool time, dinner out and drinks constantly, I always felt the pull of the road. When the Eddy vacation was over we both left for the same destination. They took a taxi to the airport. I hid the RPod by the Hotel Aeropuerto as I maintained the Jeep and trailer for the next leg of this journey. To be perfectly honest I could not get out of Cabo San Lucas quick enough, I’m just not good at being a tourist.

I meet people along the way, usually couples. Some are promoting their travel blogs or vlogs of van file, some are families on vacation, some are traveling with dogs and doing the best they can with their fur-baby baggage. I relish every conversation. It does get lonely on the road. Music and podcasts and books keep me company. Every day I meditate and workout and this too calms the mind and helps me enjoy every moment of my peaceful journey. And I certainly don’t know what I’d do without my camera, together we hunt and sometimes we find a proper target.

After a few days wandering the coast I’ve found myself in Playa Tecolote. I’m camped directly in front of a white sand beach along with a few other RVs. I feel right at home here and intend to spend 5 nights here to photograph, work on myself, and just be. This is the side of Baja Sur I wish everyone would take the time to experience. It’s as close to a Corona commercial I’ve found yet. From here I’ll make my way back north and really take my time doing it.

As usual I’m posting a few of the images I’m capturing along the way and I hope I’m doing work well worth the viewing. I wake early in the mornings and enjoy the magic of every sunrise. I’m grateful for everyone out there taking the time to read and view these. You are all here with me as I level my tripod and take a moment of gratitude for being alive.

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