Having waved a fond farewell to Matt and Mel in Loreto we were stunned when just a few miles down the road Mel overtook us, in a pick-up truck. No time for explanations, but lured by his enticing offer of fish tacos we dutifully followed him into Ligui.
Turns out Mel had hooked up with an old pal from California and instead of spending the day sweating in the saddle he’d gone spear fishing with Dan. Before we’d even introduced ourselves we’d been ushered into the home, invited to stay for fish tacos and to camp in the yard. Dan and Mel had caught cabrillo – monster fish as demonstrated in time honoured fashion here by Dan.
Darlene (Dan’s mother) and her partner Frank have been living in Baja for 21 years – her expert coordination of the fish taco supper a testament to how long she’d been here (and to her generosity). Fresh fish, caught that very afternoon, plus all the trappings put together in a big team effort = a perfect Baja experience and a jolly good time had by all.
Darlene and Frank are special people – they are pillars of the community in Ligui. They have built a school and help sponsor kids from rural communities to get a good education so they can follow their dreams. They are also helping to protect the extraordinary biodiversity and resources of the Sea of Cortez through AsistED. Spending the evening with them, plus ex-model turned pro-diver, Dan (and of course our amigo, Mel) was a memorable time and a highlight of our trip down the peninsular so far.