“Trying to remember the Gulf [of California] is like trying to re-create a dream… We know we must go back if we live, and we don’t know why.”
– from Sea of Cortez, by John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts (1941)
In 1940, American author John Steinbeck, his wife Carol, and marine biologist and friend, Ed “Doc “ Ricketts sailed and explored these very shores off the coast of the Baja California Peninsula to discover the sea that is “ferocious with life”. The Sea of Cortez will be our home for one week this October, and together we will celebrate the lives of the marine life that make up “the world’s aquarium”, our community of intrepid souls, and ourselves. Let’s dive in…
Fun Facts about Baja:
- The Sea of Cortez, our sailing home, is home all year round to 4,500 marine creatures.
- It is the only place on the planet where you can witness underwater sand waterfalls!
- French explorer, Jacques Cousteau once called the sea, “the world’s aquarium”.
- Biologists call this archipelago “the Galapagos of North America”.
Unsettled Facts about Baja:
- The Unsettled story began on similar waters with 40 friends sailing the British Virgin Islands.
- Mexico will mark our fourth country where we have sailed Unsettled. (We’ve chartered the waters off the coasts of Thailand, Croatia, and of course the BVIs many times!)
- Once we leave the dock from La Paz, Mexico, we are in the wilderness for 7 days and nights on a self-supported journey into nature. We will disconnect to reconnect. Are you as ready as we are?
Some more reading from our community about living Unsettled in Baja: