Arrival and recap
15 February 2011 | Bahia de Navidad
As dawn broke this morning, we found ourselves nearing Bahia de Navidad with our actual destination of the Lagoon at Barra de Navidad about 15 miles away. As we were listening to the local morning cruisers net, we heard our friends on Blue Rodeo checking in and after the net we gave them a call. We first met Mark and Anne way back at Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island and hadn't seen them since we left San Jose del Cabo. We had gone north to La Paz and the Sea of Cortez while they had gone south to the Mexican Riviera where we are now. Blue Rodeo was anchored in a small bay just around the corner from Barra. They were planning to go into the lagoon the next day and we chose to anchor for the night and follow them into the lagoon the next day since they have already experienced the shallow entrance channel to the lagoon. The bay that we are anchored in is gorgeous...a beautiful beach with a couple of nice hotels. The vegetation is lush and tropical, a far difference to the dessert like landscapes of the Baja side. And the humidity? It must be 90% with the air temps in the 80's making the weather nice and "sticky" also a far cry from the dry conditions and comfortable 70's on the Baja side. No complaints here, though as it is a completely part of Mexico that we now get to explore.
Our final day and night of our passage was eventful. While the day lended itself to good sailing conditions, about 4 pm in the afternoon, the wind started to increase and within a few hours we had winds in excess of 25 - 30 knots and high seas. We reduced sail and made the best of the conditions, a wild and rolly ride. About 4 am in the morning, the wind started to subside and eventually died away to nothing allowing us to motor the rest of the way into the anchorage in lumpy seas.