04/22/2012, Bahia San Marte
We had a very uneventful sail from San Telmo to San Marte this morning, with flat calm seas, virtually no wind and 75 degrees at 9:00 AM. we saw lots of fish, dolphins and Manta rays. I got to see the largest Manta I have ever seen as we sailed right past it. It was huge!!
I am writing this at 5:30 PM local time, and it is 89 inside the Cabin and 90 outside. We just got back from a long snorkel, where we saw a few less species, but many much larger fish than yesterdays trip. Some of the larger grouper and Pargo are well over three feet long. I guess I better get a spear gun!!
Jeanne pulled out a couple of Mahi-Mahi steaks to grill for our dinner, along with some rice and a canned veggie of some sort. we are pretty much out of most fresh salad type veggies, just having potatoes, onions and cabbage left.
We have planned on staying here for 3 or 4 days, and then moving on to Aqua Verde for a few days We will keep sending notes on the Ham radio until we get to some internet service....probably May 1st.
04/21/2012, Punta San Telmo
.....was pretty awesome! After short sail from Los Gatos, we got the anchor set, had a nice breakfast and did a few minor chores. This was followed by a short siesta, something i have nearly perfected. We got the kayaks put in the water, and just as we were getting ready to get into the kayaks, we had a visit from nearly 25 Bottle Nose Dolphins, swimming right up to the boat. Jeanne jumped into her kayak, and paddled out to them. They swam around her, with in 6-8 feet, all while I was back on the boat taking pictures!
After they left we continued on our planned kayak trip around the bay. We visited a few small sandy beaches, found a few cool shells and took a few pictures.
When we got back to the boat, it was`time to get the snorkel gear out, and explore the reef that was right behind the stern of the boat. This reef set an all new standard for me with the incredible colors, both in the plants as well as the fish. We saw a couple of kinds of rays, at least 30 kind of different fish, including Pargo, triggerfish, Hawkfish, chubs, grunts, Mexican Goatfish, 3 kinds of Pufferfish, Snapper, Sargent major, trunkfish, Wrasse, Sheepshead, Moray Eel, Bullseye Pufferfish, Porcupine Fish...there where more, but you get the idea.
We got back to the boat for a nice hot shower, a dinner of pasta with red sauce, cheese bread and a we opened our last bottle of nice red wine. Tonight we will try ti stay up late enough to enjoy the peak of the meteor showers that start tonight around midnight!
04/21/2012, Ounta San Telmo
Just before breakfast we made the short hop (2 miles) around the point from Los Gatos to the small bay called Punta San Telmo. This really nothing more than a small bay formed by a long rocky point, or reef. A good portion of the reef is covered by water at the higher parts of the tides.
Just as we sailed into the bay, Jim and Chrissy Hodges on their sailboat Loomba Loomba were sailing out, heading north. They are from Rollingbay on Bainbridge Island. At one point we had six boats in Los Gatos, with three from the Seattle area, and three from Oregon. A complete PNW fleet!
We did hook a fish this morning on the run over here, but threw it back. it was a Mexican Houndfish, about 3 feet long. After throwing it back, we had second thoughts as it might have been ok to eat. We have so much fish right now we can be at least a little picky.
We only plan on staying here over night and then sailing the 14 miles up to Bahia San Marte with the predicted southerly winds tomorrow.
04/19/2012, Puerto Los Gatos
Today marks a huge milestone for Eagle and her crew...one year since we cut the dock lines in Des Moines set sail for distant ports. This day finds us anchored in Puerto Los Gatos, a small and beautiful bay, with amazing rock formations, in black or red colors. 12 years ago when Jeanne did a kayak trip in this area, this was one of the locations they spent a night in. Because of that, this holds some very special memories of her trip she shared with her great friend Sharon.
Jeanne was up before sunrise this morning talking some early pictures of the colorful rock formations, and then after I got the weather off the Ham Net at 7:45 AM I joined her on the beach where we kayaked and explored the various little beaches in the area. We collected some incredible shells, took a few more pictures, and looked for some of the geodes that are rumored to be in the area....nope, we did not find any!
The highlight of our dinner celebration tonight was.....drum roll please.......our last, and carefully reserved package of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies!! So if anybody from Auto Paint Specialty see this, say hello to James and let him know we still had a package of the cookies he sold me!
That is all for now, as Jeanne is putting together a complete re-cap of the year, with photos that we will post around May 1st when we get to Puerto Escondido, near Loreto.
04/18/2012, Puerto Los Gatos
Jeanne and I both woke early this morning and decided to go ahead and get an earlier start than planned. We had the anchor up and had left the beautiful harbor of San Evaristo at 5:00 AM. We have made many great new friends there, and learned a lot about the daily occurrences of a small Mexican fishing village. When we left Seattle, one of our goals was to not just be "Gringo Cruisers" and actually insinuate our selves in the Mexican culture. We got to do that to some small degree in La Paz, but here in San Evaristo it was truly a treat to learn about the customs, values and way of life. Evaristo is a small fishing village, with one Cantina, someone's house, one Tienda (grocery store) someone's house, one place to buy gasoline, again someone's house and one small school with 9 kids enrolled. There is a dirt road that goes to La Paz, but it is a 4+ hour drive, and trucks or jeeps only!
Steve and Charlotte off of the sailboat Willfull Simplicity have lived most of the year in Evaristo for 3 years now, and are regarded as either the Ambassadors or the Mayors of the town. They help with English lessons, translate for visiting cruisers, and do fund raisers for the local school when they are back in La Paz. We have enjoyed their friendship, the help they gave us learning about Evaristo, and many nights with a glass of wine and a game of Farkle!! We hope to see you both real soon.
While is was sad to be leaving, we know that there is so much more for us to see here in the Sea of Cortez. The run up to Los Gatos started with flat calm seas, and zero wind, then the wind built up to nearly 15 knots from the stern, so we sailed, then it slowly died down, and we put up the spinnaker for a short while, then it died completely. Motor time!! It was a great morning, we had the anchor set by 11:30 AM, and will set off to explore in a few minutes...I have to go launch the kayaks!!
04/16/2012, San Evaristo
It sounds like there will be a possible break in theses strong northerlies on Wednesday. If so we will make a run for it, and try to get into Los Gatos. Besides, the fishing here has slowed down a bit, but none the less, we told John out fishing with us this morning and kept 16 really nice sand bass. Tonight the water was pretty rough and both the tuna and the barracuda just were not biting. We did land a Bonefish and a Half Beak fish.
By the way Sharon, if you are reading along here, this is the infamous location of the run away sleeping bag!
We are told that this anchorage at Los Gatos is very unique and beautiful with it's red rock formations. If we do move we will make sure and send a note!!