05/16/2012, V-Cove, Isla Carmen
Our night in Bahia Cobre turned into a rolly, bumpy night by 2AM with 4 foot rollers coming right into the anchorage. Needless to say, they was to be no sleep the rest of that night, so by 4:30 - 5:00 Am we were up on deck getting the kayaks and dinghy stowed, so that first light we could be on our way to someplace calmer.
That place is V-Cove on the north end of Isla Carmen. The trip was 9.1 miles, of light winds, 3-5 knots, and very large seas....4-6 foot steady waves with a set of three 8 footers every now and then. Not enough wind to sail, so we motor sailed, with just the main up.
V-cove is a very small little cove, room for 3-4 four boats if everybody is anchored pretty close, or small. When we got here, SV Magic, a catamaran was already here, so we had plenty of room. The later in the day, we were joined by two small boats, SV Ann Marie and SV Simaril. The spacing worked out really good, and so here we will hang until these heavy southerly wind abate. We do not get any wind waves, swell or fetch here, but we do get the full brunt of the wind. we have had a steady 18-20 all day, and some nasty gusts to 38 knots.
Hopefully it will die down a bit so we can take Alan of off SV Magic fishing in the morning....
05/15/2012, Bahia Cobre, Isla Carmen
..Is this great little bay, that will give us protection from the southerly wind we are supposed to have. So, after an early morning start in the old towne of Salinas Salt Company doing the photography thing, we loaded up the kayaks and dinghy in order to make the 5.6 mile run just around the corner.
You will now find us in Bahia Cobre, a smallish little bay, surrounded on 3 sides by steep cliffs, all showing some amazing striations, that we are now finding unique to this part of Mexico.
We also found some amazing snorkeling, with some of the largest schools of fish we have seen so far.
Depending on the weather, we might just stay here one night and move on to the next bay, or maybe not........
05/14/2012, Puerto Salinas, Isla Carmen
The last few days, we have been getting some kind of idea of what our summer is going to be like. We have had mid 90's, light to no winds, and humidity in the 50-70% range. right now it is 10:00 PM, it is 86 in the cabin, 84 outside, no winds, and the humidity is down to 48%. The water temps are climbing though, with the water in the "pool" up to 75.9 this after noon for our snorkel. I bought a Hawaiian Sling, a simple fishing spear so that I might be able to get a fish or two that way......well, let's just say I am better at fishing with a rod and reel. I am pretty sure that the grouper that i was trying to obtain, stopped, turned a laughed at me!!
We are going to stay at least one more day here in Salinas. We went in to check out the old abandoned salt mine, and it's decades old buildings this morning. That place is so cool......it is truly an old company run town, with a medical office, Company store, admin. offices and bunk houses. I bet that this place was really something back in the hay days. Now it is a lot of crumbling building, but a photographers dream!
There is a bit of renovation going on now, with two new cottages, complete with air conditioning, landscaping, a dirt landing strip and a full time care taker. All this is due to the success of the re-introduction if the Big Horn Sheep on the island. The sheep have been so successful that they are now holding hunts for them right here on the island, and the hunters who are paying literally tens of thousands to hunt here, expect some decent lodging! The money, or so we are told, goes to support the sheep, who are being introduced in many locations around Mexico.
I would like to try to photograph some, but was told that the area is closed to all visitors, and that trespassers will be "Consigned To The Local Authorities" which sounds like something I want nothing to do with!!
05/13/2012, Puerto Salinas, Isla Carmen
Jeanne and I wanted to wish all our friends and family who are Mothers, a great day!!
Last we heard there was going to be some sunshine in the PNW, so you can enjoy some of the same weather we have been.
05/12/2012, Puerto Salinas, Isla Carmen
We had planned on staying at Ballandra for a few days, but the early morning weather on the Ham Net called for several days of northerlies. Ballandra is OK for north winds, but we really wanted to explore the historic salt mines at Salinas, and it is just as protected, so we pulled anchor and went around the north tip of the island, and down the east side to Salinas.
The first part of the trip, we had a light wind, from the north as predicted, but figured we would turn back south and have a nice sail. Nope...once we did turn south, so did the wind, so what little we did have was again right on the nose! With all that motoring, we made water, and did some fishing. Fishing...not catching.
We are now anchored in Salinas, with it's 2-3 mile long white sand beach. We are here with only one other boat, so I guess you could say it isn't real crowded.
We do plan on staying here for several days, but, well you see how our plans go!!
Just as I am typing this, the wind picked up, 12 knots out of the north!! Yea....the weather guessers were right this time!
05/11/2012, Puerto Ballandra, Isla Carmen
We left this morning, with every intention of going to Bahia Salinas, on Isla Carmen. But 5 miles into the sail, the wind stayed a steady 12-14 knots out of the SE, which would blow right into the bay at Salinas, so we made another Big Left Turn and headed to Ballandra.
Our good friends, Larry and Sue, on their Nordhaven M.V. Beverly S had planned on joining us in Salinas, so we got them on the VHF radio and told them our plan. That worked for them so the turned as well and have joined us here.
Also in the bay with us is SV Harmony, who are from Anacortes. Rocky and Renaye.....the said to say hello!!! The other boats here are Bob and Sherry, aboard SV Ponderosa. Many of you might know the boat from it's previous owner, Judy Naismith. Also here is SV Endeavor, from Olympia!! So lots of PNW ties here in this little bay, 3500 miles from Seattle.
We plan on hanging here for a couple of days and then doing a slow circumnavigation of Isla Carmen.