Baja California
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Following a Prickly Path Through Baja California

Flash floods are among the components of adventure that is driving in Baja. Here, water covers Route 1 after a storm. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
Baja’s Central Desert life is reflected in a pool of water from heavy rains. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
In the outpost of Cataviña in Baja California’s vast Central Desert, the Boulder Field is a jumble of wind- and rain-carved rocks. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
A horse is tethered in a nopale cactus patch, off the beaten path in Puerto San Quintín. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
At San Quintín, a sheltered estuary is known for bird-watching and fishing. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laguna Ojo de Libre is part of the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve. It’s an important breeding and wintering site for the California gray whale, marine birds and four species of endangered sea turtle. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
About 1,500 California gray whales migrate south 6,000 miles every year to Laguna Ojo de Libre from the Bering Sea. Group tours in small boats ply several lagoons along the central coast. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
A lone coyote crosses the salt flats at Laguna Ojo De Libre, also called Scammon’s Lagoon, which encompasses bays, lagoons and vast expanses of the Sonoran Desert. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
In the Parque Natural del Desierto of Baja’s Central Desert region, the Cirio cactus, right, and other desert vegetation define the landscape. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
The Transpeninsular Highway (Highway 1) cuts through the Central Desert on the Baja Peninsula, where about 120 types of cactuses are found. Some grow to 60 feet tall. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
The pace is leisurely in northern Baja towns such as Colonet, on Highway 1, where fruit vendors and their friends hawk their goods on the side of the road. (Gail Fisher / LAT)
Much of Mexico’s Baja California remains isolated, although the completion of the 800-mile Transpeninsular Highway 1 in 1973 made it possible to drive from the California border to the Baja tip at Cabo San Lucas. (Gail Fisher / LAT)