We were blessed to once again, embark on an epic camping trip! This time, we decided to camp at Mike’s Sky Rancho, which is between Valle de la Trinidad and San Matias at Baja. The aventureros consisted of Leopoldo, Choche, Enrique, Giovani, Chuy, Rigueti, JuanPe, Eusebi, Javier, and Bongo (Polo’s aventurero dog).
The morning started early, as usual. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and arrived at Polo’s house at 5:45 a.m. and to the group's surprise, Polo wasn’t quite awake, nor responding to his phone. So, I took the matter into my own hands and used a tennis ball and rad climbing skills to shoot it at his window and scared the living scheisse out of him. We left at 7:45 a.m. towards Ensenada, and stopped at PEMEX (mexican gas stations) in Rosarito.
After departing from PEMEX we drove all the way to the magical place of Ensenada, where decided to have breakfast at Victor’s, Their most famous dish is the Machaca Seca. The place is very good and has security in the parking lot. Anything you order comes accompanied by two delicious pancakes (sweet!).
When we were done with that exquisite breakfast we continued our journey towards Mike’s.
The road towards Mike’s was very relaxing and kind of smelly because Bongo was at my side most of the time, so we voted on sending him to the back with all of our equipment. I know what you are thinking, “What!? How could you guys send a poor doggy to the back!” but believe me, he had the most comfortable seat in the car. You should have seen him looking at the highway on the side of the truck and enjoying the fresh air!
We finally arrived at Kilometer 138, which is the entrance to Mike’s Sky Rancho. Aguila Negra (Enrique’s code name) went ahead of us to go faster. We, on the other hand, decided to go slower in order to take some pictures and enjoy the ride.
Our friend Enrique (who is always prepared for a zombie apocalypse) brought a small gasoline saw to cut down some dead wood that was in the middle of the road.
After playing lumberjack for a while we continued our journey towards Mike’s.
After off-roading for about 40 minutes, we arrived at the river crossing that is the entrance to Mike’s.
The water made us realize that our hike was going to be very fresh and relaxing. So, after crossing the river we headed towards Mike’s office to pay our camping fee, which was 20$ per car.
As soon as you walk in, you get a sense of tranquility with a feeling of freshness in the air. Hundreds have been in the same spot and you are amazed by the number of pictures, shirts, posters, and living memories of so many people.
The sound of English and Spanish represents a place that welcomes both the Mexican and American culture, where like-minded individuals of different cultures share the same language of Baja.
After relaxing for a while on those comfy sofas we decided to start looking for our camping spot.
We decided to camp at a spot that was surrounded by trees and covered by grass. It was a scene that was not only blessed by the views but was also pacified by the sound of the river nearby.
After setting up camp and gearing up we decided to go for a hike at 4:30 p.m. We followed the river and got a little lost, but after a while, we finally arrived at the waterfalls. The trick is to follow the river and stay close to the fire road, which will be on your right, this trail will take you to the waterfalls without getting you lost.
The road was arduous, the mosquitoes merciless, the water cold, the plants impeding our way, but at the end, we arrived too our destination!
After having an amazing hike we felt the strong urge of eating something. We quickly returned to our campsite where we made the most amazing chicken, hamburgers, caramelized onions, and maruchans (ramens) ever! I was in charge of making the fire!
The night was filled with laughter, games, a cold breeze rushing towards us, and a view that not many are blessed to enjoy. The night was not only beautiful because of the fact that we were camping, but also because of the company of like-minded individuals.
The next morning we woke up early and prepared a delicious breakfast, and after eating like champions, we quickly jumped into our noble steeds and went to the waterfalls.
After that chilly shower and hike to the top, we went back to our camp and finished getting everything ready for out trip back.
We left Mike’s with a satisfied soul and hoping to come back soon.
Polo came up with the brilliant idea of eating burritos in San Matias. The place is legit and has original Mexican burritos, not the radioactive humongous burritos you get in America (okay, I might have overstepped a boundary here, but once you try burritos in Baja... there is no going back.)
We also arrived to the Tacos Mi Ranchito El Fenix in Ensenada, which are the best darn fish tacos you will try in your mortal human life! Don't judge, we love fish tacos in Ensenada.