I began the day with a simple yet tasteful breakfast of toast, avocado, eggs, and cactus. We then packed our bags and headed out to the dock to meet our tour guide, Juve, who knows all about the island that we would be staying at for the next two days. We got on the boat and proceeded to see flying fish and dolphins in the first five minutes. We saw huge pelicans and schools of fish as we soared across the Sea of Cortez. After a couple hours or so of traveling on the boat, we arrived at our destination, Carmen Island, and pulled the boat up on a beautiful sandy beach on a beautiful deserted desert island.
We set up camp and basked in the sun for a while as we got settled into paradise. After a wonderful meal set up by out hosts, we decided to go snorkeling. We went to an artificial reef made from the shipwreck of an old fishing boat.
After getting situated in proper snorkeling gear, we dove into the shipwreck. We sunk into the water only to find the most diverse array of creatures fathomable. Strange underwater plants of all colors drifted in the current, making a home for the black and white needle fish darting through the wreck. Beautiful blue and yellow fish, over a foot long, drifted through the forest of thousands more fish. After about a half an hour of snorkeling, we headed back to dry off and talk about what happened today and what wonders would come tomorrow.
~Kai, Middle School Student
I woke up to the yellow and pink sunrise flooding into our tent. I sat up to look around and saw the sun that looked like it would melt into the sea and waves crashing against the shore. I knew it was going to be a good day.
Juve, Louis, and Tonito had made us a breakfast of tacos with chorizo, beans, and veggies to go along with the beautiful sunrise. Then, since we had gotten all our tents and sleeping bags put away, we set off to the ghost town and the salt mine. Along the way there we had a friendly competition to see who could pick up the most plastic from the beach. When we arrived, Juve showed us around the remains of what used to be a salt mining town, then took us to the salt mine where we were able to gather our own Sea of Cortez salt! We had to pick it off the rocks into our pans. After 30 minutes of hard work, all of us had lots of salt.
We went back to camp to have lunch and pack the rest of our things up. On the way back to Loreto there were more beautiful views of mountains and desert. While Juve was driving the boat he saw in the distance tons of little splashes. As we got closer, we saw that they were dolphins! They were right beneath the boat and on both sides of us. We were surrounded! Their fins sliced the water like butter. They jumped and splashed around the boat until we had to move on. I have never seen dolphins like that (that I remember) and I was thinking about why we were picking up trash earlier and drew the conclusion that if we don’t start picking up plastic and trash that we see then we might not be able to see these creatures in their natural habitat. My parents have always used the least amount of plastic possible and have taught me to do the same, but now I see what is happening on the beaches and in the oceans.
Later, the wind came up and we hit huge waves crossing back to Loreto. We sat in the very front of the boat and had amazing commentary on how big the next wave was going to be. I had so much fun. Then Rohan, Ava, and I each got to have a turn driving the boat, with Juve showing us how to steer in the big waves. It was amazing to see everything from that point of view. All of us were having so much fun. When we got back we tied up the boat and said our goodbyes to Juve, Louis, and Tonito. I went to the bathroom and looked at my hair. Let’s just say it was…windswept. We headed back to the inn and I took a nice long shower before dinner and evening circle.
~Bianca, Middle School Student