Whale Watching in the Baja and What I Left at Home

Our weather hasn’t been balmy during this trip to Loreto Bay. It’s been sunny and bright but windy and cool so I’m glad I packed lots of pants and long sleeved shirts. Almost all are hot weather friendly linen, but they still give more warmth than cotton skirts and short sleeved Tee’s. It turns out I packed the strangest collection of items and left many obvious pieces at home.

  • All those fun tassel earrings which brighten an outfit…at home.
  • Colorful scarves and straw bags…at home.
  • Bright lipstick to wear with earrings and huge sunnies on a bad hair day…at home.

I know accessories are the easiest way to switch up your look so the fact that I left mine at home was a big fail.

I did bring three subdued colored scarves but lost one in a wind storm the first day here so the other two are seeing more than their fair share of wear. Friday, one rescued me from the worst hat hair of my life. I’m not one of those women who look chic wearing a scarf as a turban but I was desperate. Jennifer of A Well Styled Life whale watching in Baja Mexico

My brother drove us to the other side of the Baja to go whale watching. Fair warning –  this was not a fashionable day for me :D. I dressed for strong breezes, strong sun, and a bouncy boat ride. I wore sneakers, black pants, a long sleeve black tee shirt and a linen shirt which I topped with a denim jacket, then a borrowed windbreaker.

Jennifer of A Well Styled life and her brother whale watching in Baja Mexico

me and my brother Pete

I lashed my hat firmly under my chin and slipped the tie through my life jacket closure so it wouldn’t blow away. Goofy I know, but it worked. They take you out in little motor boats that have the hardest bench seats you can imagine. There’s nowhere to hold on except the edge of the bench and trust me, you grip for dear life because these boats fly, crashing down over each swell.

Our last trip here, people were able to lean over the side of the small boats and pet the whales…they were that close! This year they weren’t as many so we had to go further out into the ocean and that’s where they all were! We saw tons of mothers and babies which is the most amazing sight. I’m a land lover so the 6-8 foot swells were scary. I swear they were 10-12 feet but my husband assures me they weren’t. Each time we crashed down off one I wished we could turn around. This entire experience was white knuckle material for me, but seeing the Gray females with their calves made it all worthwhile.

Jennifer of A Well Styled Life outside a lobster restaurant in Adolfo Lopez Mateos

This colorful bag is a souvenir my husband found in St Lucia. It’s not my style so I never thought I’d use it. Surprise! It’s perfect for here. More and more I realize I should never say never when it comes to fashion.

After a rough two hours smashing around in the chop, we headed to shore. I was semi seasick, had a sore backside and terminal hat hair. I couldn’t keep my hat on for one more minute, so I did the only damage control possible before we went to lunch. My husband jokes that I look like Rhoda from the Mary Tyler Moore show with a headscarf. That’s OK, it was better than my hair.Sagura and cardon Cactus in Baja Mexico The long ride back to Loreto Bay took us through a literal forest of Saguaro and Cardon cactus. Mile after mile of winding roads, dry desert, and huge cactus change dramatically once you finally reach the Sea of Cortez.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life on seawall at the Sea Of Cortez, Mexico We stopped for pictures at several lookouts. I prefer the water when viewed from any spot on land.

I layered my linen shirt and denim jacket back on to watch the sunset from the viewing tower atop my brothers’ winter home here in Loreto Bay. The colorful houses and lush landscaping make this little community a favorite place to visit. I’m so lucky my brother will put up with us year after year.

We’re off to dinner in town and the local Art Walk tonight. Maybe I’ll find some earrings.

Post script- I found a very pretty pair of sterling silver and purple crystal earrings at the art walk. The tassel earrings all looked familiar so I opted for unique.

Have you been whale watching?

Have you tried covering your hair with an oblong scarf? How did it work out for you?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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  1. Kay
    March 18, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I think you look great in the turban!

  2. Barbara
    March 18, 2019 / 1:39 pm

    I’m liking the turban, too, but am really admiring that bag your husband bought. Just my style and a great color pop with a single color column. It looks so versatile because it includes many colors. Good choice, Mr. AWSL!

  3. Mumbai
    March 18, 2019 / 10:55 am

    You look very extra ordinary with this hair scarf. Totally different as we know you but it suits you very well and is a good
    solution for bad hair days. I use it nearly every day congenial to my dress as my hair is difficult to mange and I feel always comfortable
    Whale watching was one of my most excited adventure I did it in Australia and we were very close to these

  4. Laurel
    March 18, 2019 / 8:54 am

    That scarf as turban is really cute! As others have said, I’d love to know how to tie that!

    I feel your pain re: not having some things on vacation I should have packed. We’re in No. AZ and it’s been much cooler than I expected with wind! I’ve learned from this, though, for future trips! 🙂

  5. Marie Selders
    March 18, 2019 / 6:50 am

    On a trip to Hawaii many years ago we were met at the airport by friends who arrived a day earlier. They had a convertible rental car which was fun but the entire week of my vacation I was in the back seat with my hair blown to bits. I wish I had thought I’d the turban scarf. It would have been a lifesaver. You look great Jennifer, hope you are having fun!

  6. March 18, 2019 / 6:37 am

    I always admire women looking chic in a great turban, but I’ve never been able to master the art.
    While you may not have felt totally chic in your whale watching ensemble, I think dressing appropriately for the occasion shows your intelligence!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:39 pm

      You are so kind Stormy…thank you xox

  7. Susan Gowan
    March 18, 2019 / 4:58 am

    Whale watching in the St. Lawrence in Quebec with my hubby and daughters was a highlight of 2011. Saw about 50 different marine animals, many of which were whales. When I saw you in that turban, it reminded me of my chic momma who wore one in the 50’s and pulled it off. You did too. While I am a 4 season hat girl, a turban is not my style. But I love the denim jacket and linen shirt you wore. If I forget accessories especially earrings it gives me the opportunity to visit jewellery stores on my travels! Have a great week! Spring is in the air, even in Canada!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:38 pm

      I like how you think. I did buy some earrings as a matter of fact and am really happy with them.

  8. Mibs
    March 17, 2019 / 6:48 pm

    I agree with the others, you certainly have style, regardless of the blowy sea weather! Whale watching, yes…did that about 20 years ago on the St Lawrence River on a dinghy with a 20 something driver who had a need for speed! As for dress, it wouldn’t have mattered what I wore. We were all given a wet suit of sorts….rubber jacket (you know, the yellow ones) over same overalls, and rubber boots! You did well 🙂

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:37 pm

      I do know those yellow suits. Not the comfiest things to wear>)

  9. Eileen
    March 17, 2019 / 12:11 pm

    Jennifer, thank you for showing how to look great even if you didn’t pack for the weather you find yourself in. With family in Texas and Florida, I frequently find myself with the wrong clothes. I will remember your solution of layering.
    You look quite chic in your turban. Reminds me of how a French woman would cover up a bad hair day. How chic Madame!

  10. Katrina
    March 17, 2019 / 12:11 pm

    We went on that whale-watching trip last year. We both petted/touched the whales – I’m sure we bonded with them and had a lovely time. I just gave up on the hair & outfit business – I clipped it all back out of my face and totally enjoyed the sun, wind & waves. I announced to all my friends that I was sure that touching the whale was a religious experience!!!! ;^) We are boat & ocean people so we drank in every minute of it. We spent 3 months in La Paz and plan to return. Glad you survived the adventure!!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      My husband petted them last year so I was really hoping I could. Maybe next year.

  11. March 17, 2019 / 12:02 pm

    I’m with you on the ocean and boats – not a water baby at all. I do like lakes but the ocean terrifies me, hence I’ve never been whale watching! We haven’t been to Baja in years, we used to go to San Felipe every year and we’ve been talking about going again soon. I’m echoing others’ comments – we need a turban tying tutorial!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:34 pm

      LOL, who knew? I will make a video for you

  12. March 17, 2019 / 11:45 am

    I think you look very stylish in all of these pics, Jennifer, and I absolutely love the “turban” you fashioned with the scarf. I would love to know how you wrapped and tied the scarf to create this look!

  13. Candy
    March 17, 2019 / 11:00 am

    PLEASE, Jennifer, show us how to tie the turban! Sooo cute!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:33 pm

      I will make a little video soon for you

  14. Sandy
    March 17, 2019 / 10:23 am

    If it were me, I’d feel the same way about the turban scarf, but honestly, it looks cute on you. Maybe I’ll give it a try. I completely understand about NOT ONE MORE MINUTE with the hat on. I’ll be interested to hear about your next trip and your organizational plan not to leave things at home.

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:33 pm

      I have another trip coming up so I share my process with you. I was just too crazy busy to do it this time before we left

  15. Kate
    March 17, 2019 / 10:09 am

    I also think you look great in the turban. I’d love a tutorial on how to fold and wrap it!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:32 pm

      It’s coming soon, stay tuned

  16. Joanna
    March 17, 2019 / 9:06 am

    First off, I think you look quite Chic in your turban. Wear it, girl!
    I don’t like the big waves either but like to be out on the water. It reminded of younger days when we had a Bowrider and spent every Saturday out on the Strait fishing. The salmon were plentiful then and the day relaxing. We’d scoot over to Lund, racing with our friends, to enjoy a sandwich and beer on their patio. Good times!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:31 pm

      Thanks, Joanna. Those do sound like fun times. Memories are so precious.

  17. Kathleen O'Brien
    March 17, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I’m with everyone on this post – the turban is cute and unique. First thing I saw – and wanted to know how you tied it! There’s times I need to get this hair outta the way and outta my eyes and face and this is the perfectly chic solution. You still managed to look sleek and fun loving.

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks so much Kathleen

  18. Karen H.
    March 17, 2019 / 8:01 am

    I think you look very chic in all the photos. Would you give us a link to that cute and comfy black long sleeve tee? Thanks Jennifer, and have a great trip!

  19. Robi
    March 17, 2019 / 7:53 am

    I think you look very chic with the scarf/turban! And being flexible in your fashion choices makes you even more relatable and relevant to your followers!

  20. Sue L. Petersen
    March 17, 2019 / 7:39 am

    I think you look great in your turban! I don’t feel that I look the best when I am on vacation because I am usually so tired. I use a baseball cap to cover my hair on vacation. I do have some other sun hats that I use for warmer climates. Some of my travels are on the back of a motorcycle so I have learned to pack very little but enough to satisfy me. My husband always says if I forgot to pack it, we can buy it. I also would like to see how you wrap the scarf for the turban. I don’t know how I would look in it but it would be fun to try.

  21. Cindy
    March 17, 2019 / 7:37 am

    Love seeing all your pics. But I disagree with you…..I think you look quite chic with the turban! I have very fine hair and now it’s also quite thin, so managing my hair while traveling is always an issue for me. And knowing what to pack is another problem I have. When we went to Italy for 16 days everyone in our group only took a carry on, and we all survived. I did miss having more clothes, but it was so much easier not dealing with a lot of bags.

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:26 pm

      Thank you. I find it’s easier to have fewer clothes than far too many. It takes some creativity but is worth the effort

  22. Janet
    March 17, 2019 / 7:19 am

    It never fails that my vacation photos are more like the ones of you on the boat vs. the ones where I am looking put together! I guess that means we are having fun! My husband and I rented a convertible last summer on our vacation on the east coast of Canada. I could have used that turban for the drives and our whale watching trip. We were lucky enough to have calm waters and could reach over and touch the baby whales who were close to the boat. Glorious!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:24 pm

      How marvelous! That’s such an exhilarating experience.

  23. Ellen Frank
    March 17, 2019 / 7:07 am

    I think you look great in the turban. I wish I could rock one like that.

  24. March 17, 2019 / 6:40 am

    That sounds like something I would pack all the wrong things! You look adorable in the turban!

  25. Bonnie Hall
    March 17, 2019 / 6:09 am

    Great look! Stronger stomach than I have! And braver! 😮 How awesome though!

  26. Beth M.
    March 17, 2019 / 5:44 am

    Please don’t sell yourself short, Ms. Jennifer! You look plenty chic in your scarf turban!

    • Valorie
      March 17, 2019 / 8:48 am


    • March 18, 2019 / 5:22 pm

      You’re too sweet, thanks

  27. Jane
    March 17, 2019 / 5:28 am

    I agree – can you post a video on Facebook on how you made the turban? Thx!

  28. Cindy
    March 17, 2019 / 5:13 am

    I have fine, thin hair that doesn’t do well in wind! I’d use a turban but I have no earthly idea how to tie one!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:21 pm

      I will show you how in a short video on Facebook

  29. March 17, 2019 / 5:10 am

    Hey Jennifer….you are real trooper, and you look wonderful despite all the wind, choppy seas, and hard seats. Hurray for turbans!

    I have been on many Whale watching trips off the Cape (cape cod), a short drive from our summer cottage there. The difference is we are on larger Research Vessels, not a small boat. The whales gather all around and seem to view our boat as a friend…..leaping, spraying and acting playful. Such fun!

    • Sharon
      March 17, 2019 / 9:43 am


      I agree, a larger vessel minimizes seasickness and makes whale watching a great experience.

      I love your scarf and black comfy outfit with the touch of colorful scarf.


  30. Lezlie
    March 17, 2019 / 5:08 am

    Please show us how to tie the scarf in a turban!

    • Bonnie Hall
      March 17, 2019 / 6:05 am

      Yes, yes! My thoughts too! Would love to know how also! 😀

      • Julie Anne
        March 17, 2019 / 8:15 am

        Mine also.

        • Deborah Davis
          March 17, 2019 / 10:34 am

          Mine as well!

        • Deborah Davis
          March 17, 2019 / 10:35 am

          I think you look marvelous in all the pics – vacation is all about relaxing and winding down!

    • March 17, 2019 / 11:57 am

      Yes, Tell us, tell us!

      • March 18, 2019 / 5:20 pm

        Video to follow when I get home and can film one.

  31. Wendy Dunbar
    March 17, 2019 / 4:56 am

    I absolutely love your style, your honesty and your self-deprecating humor! I find packing for trips challenging – with a steep learning curve! ???? I would cut myself some slack with regards to packing however, if I was in the middle of house hunting like you are. The couple we traveled with last week each only had one carry-on bag that fit under the seat; both looked great all week! (I don’t think I could go that ‘minimalist’!) The one item I forgot? A colorful scarf ????????!

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      Wow, under the seat only?? I have a long way to go for that and expect my whole wardrobe would be black

  32. Sharon
    March 17, 2019 / 4:39 am

    Hilarious post! How did you tie your head scarf? My hair would have been a mess.

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:18 pm

      I’ll make a little video for you.

  33. March 17, 2019 / 4:34 am

    Yes, Jennifer , I have been whale watching in Alaska and Hawaii and loved it.
    Both times we were in much larger and comfortable boats. And so, I chose to beg off last year in Cabo when our group was going out in the small boats. Small boats ???? , huge whales ???? and a sea sick Rosie ????, no thanks.
    Love your photos I need to master the headscarf.


    • March 18, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      I hear you on the seasickness. I am not too steady on boats either.

  34. Sandra Price
    March 17, 2019 / 4:25 am

    The black outfit looks so comfy for travel. Can you send details.

  35. Judy Casingal
    March 17, 2019 / 4:06 am

    Enjoyed your trip reporting and photos. Loreto Bay sounds like a great place to visit. Intrigued by your oblong scarf . How do you tie it?

    • March 18, 2019 / 5:17 pm

      I will try to make a short video of how I tied it

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