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Wildlife in Cabo
weather good, anchorage lumpy
04/04/2012, Cabo san Lucas

We had decided to stay in San Jose because although expensive, we thought that their marina prices ($56 US) were cheaper the marina than at Cabo San Lucas, where you are charged $18 just for the pleasure of anchoring in a rolly, noisy roadstead... turns out, over the last year and a half prices have dropped from $100 US to about $60 US for a boat our size at the Cabo Marina which is really much more convenient than the one in San Jose to shopping, and checking out with authorities. Although we stayed in the crazy anchorage, the marina staff were very helpful to us, helping us figure out the buses and get propane.

Spinnaker very useful... and it sails well too.
pretty calm
04/04/2012, En route to San Jose del Cabo

We left Los Frailes and motored down to San Jose del Cabo, where the plan was to splurge on a marina slip for the night to fuel up, water up and get some final provisions before checking out of Mexico at Cabo San Lucas. This accomplished, we headed out the next day, 20 miles further west to Cabo.

04/05/2012 | camilla
Ahh nothing like a good nap on a good sail.
Missing you guys as always and enjoying your great pictures and fantastic comentary. Still living vicariously. fair winds Lv, C&D
Our friends make the jump but we sit like lumps
as nice as ever
04/04/2012, Los Frailes

We saw a couple of more Polynesia-bound boats come and go while we were in Frailes: Ladybug II from Vancouver Island and a singlehander from California on a Lapworth 36 called Clover. At the time, it felt right for us to keep puttering away on little projects and wait it out - probably a good choice as the boats that left that week had to put up with about four days of very calm conditions off the Baja: as Don put it on the nightly radio net, they just parked the boat and flopped around for a couple of days.
The 'puddle jump' radio net has been a great source of info and entertainment for us - boats that signed up for the Latitude 38-sponsored Pacific Puddle Jump got together Buena Vista did a great job of organizing an SSB nightly net where everyone who is at sea can check in and give their position and weather conditions. It's pretty cool to hear your friends hundreds of miles away! There is a different net controller every night who directs the traffic, so to speak, and Marni had done it three times now - a good way to get over radio shyness.

Lovely Los Frailes
so nice
04/04/2012, Frailes anchorage

We ended up staying a week in Los Frailes, and so said farewell to Buena Vista and Chapter Two, the island packet, who left after a couple of days there. They are now more than half-way to the Marquesas! We did a bit of hiking and snorkeling in this really lovely and peaceful spot. A highlight of staying there were the constant displays of schools of jumping manta rays - they seem to just be cavorting around, leaping out of the water three or four feet, flapping their 'wings' wildly as they get a few seconds of air time. Some of them do somersault flips! These displays went on all week, sometimes just a ray or two a time, but on some days they all got together in groups of 20 or so and splashed around like mad for 15 minutes at a time.

04/05/2012 | Mom/Susan
I do hope you are getting pictures!! Glad to hear your boating buddies are doing well on their trek across the Pacific. Think about you often. Take care, Love Mom/Susan
I don't know about the other two, but we were racing..
strangely cloudy for one afternoon
04/04/2012, En route to Los Frailes

Our day started out calm as the three 'puddle jump' boats left Bahia de los Muertos, but a nice breeze filled in and we had a great broad-reaching sail in 12 to 18 kts for about 30 of the 50nm to our next anchorage, Bahia de Los Frailes. Near the end of the day we had the familiar old Sea of Cortez 'buffaloes,' steep short-period wind-waves to bobble us along. We are convinced that Picara won the 'race' on corrected time as we were traveling in company with a Peterson 46 and an Island Packet 42. The Peterson passed us just as we got to the headland and the three boats came blasting into the anchorage together under sail, quite a sight I suspect!

Sunrise in Bahia de los Muertos
always great
04/04/2012, Bahia de los Muertos, Baja

Well as it turns out we weren't quite ready to leave, in the sense of really leaving Mexico, after our last post! But all has been well on Picara, we are just tending to a few minor details and are not in a rush... as usual.
After tearing ourselves away from La Paz, we first headed to Bahia Falsa, about 10 miles north. We caught our breath there and the next day motored north and through the Canal San Lorenzo which divides the Baja Mainland from Isla Espiritu Santo to the north. Once around the end of the peninsula, we swung south and down through the dreaded Cerralvo Channel, where we got some breeze and crazy tidal chop as we got close to the famous wind sport spot at La Ventana. That night we anchored in Los Muertos with our friends Deb and Don on Buena Vista and another Marquesas-bound boat out of England.

04/05/2012 | Mom/Susan
Oh wow! what a sunset. Almost as good as ours!! Enjoy life!! Mom/Susan xoxo

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