Baja 1991 - Eclipse - Kent's pictures
This page has pictures taken by Kent LNH.
There is an interesting oasis right in the middle of the peninsula
called San Ignacio, which has a church made of blocks of the local
lava rock. Here's Paul standing near the stairway up the outside
of the church. Even in midday, the inside was cool, probably because
of the thermal mass of those thick stone walls.
Gustav Eiffel, in addition to his better known tower, also designed
a church that could be built from a kit. Apparently, these are all
over South America, but this one is in the coastal copper mining
town of Santa Rosalia. You cannot believe how hot it was inside
this all metal church!
Our base of operations for eclipse viewing was La Paz, which put
on a big welcome for eclipse chasers.
There were posters and T shirts for the occasion.
We camped at a nice campground primarily aimed at RV's but which
was nice for us, sleeping on cots. Down sleeping bags may not have
been the best solution.
The campground was near the beach, so we did some swimming and
tried out Paul's windsurfer.
Here's our carefully chosen observing site (near Torre Microonda
number X), with the sun shade up in front of the van. That sun shade
was really nice, given the 40C (100F)+ temperatures.
We weren't the only ones there. There was a couple of eclipse chasers
from Austria, of all places as well (probably foreshadowing our
own eclipse chase in 1999 to Salzburg). Gosh, I wish I remembered
Here's some eclipse pictures taken by Kent.
We had lunch at a restaurant down on the Malencon of La Paz. Little
did we know that we would wind up on TV from this, with a location
crew from KGTV-10 (in San Diego) doing on-the-spot interviews.
That's Sally, Jim, Jane, Doug, and Paul around the table, with
Kent behind the camera.
There are numerous gorgeous bays and inlets on the Sea of Cortez.
Gorgeous to look at, perhaps, but distinctly unpleasant to camp
at! (no wind, hot, sticky, etc.)
Kent commemorated the show with a statistics slide: