Our Country Home and Our City Home
28 July 2016 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
We've settled in to a very comfortable routine here in the Sea this summer traveling between the semi civilization of Puerto Escondido (our "City" home) and the lovely anchorage of Bahia Marquer on Isla Carmen (Our "Country" home).
Puerto Escondido offers services -- laundry, showers, water, fuel, WiFi, garbage and a small store for fresh food, while the anchorage at Marquer has beautiful clear blue water for swimming and snorkeling, long beaches to hike, a spectacular view and wildlife (whales, dolphin, rays, big horn sheep and jack rabbits and millions of colorful fish).
So we've been enjoying spending days at Marquer then making the short hop back to Puerto Escondido whenever we want to replenish supplies -- or tie up to our secure buoy when inclement weather approaches.
This year we have been lucky. It is hurricane season and so far the 5 named storms that have brewed up (4 reaching hurricane status) have been well south of the Baja and have traveled WNW towards Hawaii and we hope that trend continues. But it's nice to know we have this secure buoy in this protected harbor waiting for us if something ugly heads this way. It's even been nice to scoot in to Puerto Escondido a couple times when night time thunderstorms (Chubascos) are likely to happen. Last night was one of those times, so we left our lovely anchorage on Marquer for the security of our buoy in PE. You never know how nasty these squalls might be so it's better to be safe than sorry. We had some winds, lightning in the distance and now some gray drizzle.
And we had a special treat on our motor back to PE yesterday afternoon as a Fin whale surfaced several times around us (at a comfortable distance this time!).
For the most part this summer in the Sea has been much better than expected. Not only have the hurricanes left us alone, the Chabascos have been few and even though we've had temps in the 90's we've had nice breezes keeping us cool and comfortable aboard Cetus. We've felt very blessed and just hope this pattern continues for another month until we drive north to the PNW for a short visit in September.
Just hanging out in the Sea of Cortez.... the Cetus Crew