Sailing with Thor

09 July 2011 | Blaine Harbor
07 July 2011 | Montague Harbor, Galiano Island
05 July 2011 | Gabriola Island, BC
04 July 2011 | Musket Cove Marine Park, Hardy Island
01 July 2011 | Gorge Harbor, Cortes Island
29 June 2011 | Rebecca Spit Marine Park, Drew Bay
25 June 2011 | Octopus Islands Marine Park
23 June 2011 | Octopus Islands Marine Park
22 June 2011 | Walsh Harbor Marine Park
21 June 2011 | Roscoe Cove
20 June 2011 | Prideaux Haven
18 June 2011 | Prideaux Haven
16 June 2011 | Tenedos Bay
14 June 2011 | Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island
11 June 2011 | Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island
09 June 2011 | Princess Louisa Inlet, BC, Canada
08 June 2011 | Princess Louisa Inlet, BC, Canada
07 June 2011 | Egmont @Secret Bay, BC, Canada
04 June 2011 | Pender Harbor, BC, Canada
03 June 2011 | Smugglers Cove Marine Park

Anchored at Muertos

22 April 2011 | Bahia de Los Muertos
We are currently anchored at Bahia de los Muertos on the east cape of the Baja peninsula. We arrived here last night about 6 pm after our crossing from Mazatlan. The passage went well with light winds, no higher than 12 knots, but unfortunately right on the bow. In fact, the entire second day produced virtually no wind at all and very calm seas. Thus, it was a motorboat ride all the way across. We saw many turtles on this trip their wet shells glistening in the sunshine. They are floating on the surface, for what reason we have not determined. But when we get close to them, some are swimming and some are just floating, some will lift their heads out of the water for a look-sea, but very few will dive under the water when we approach. It was comical to see that some of them had birds sitting on them. We also had a fantastic encounter with porpoises. It had been awhile since we had seen any as they were very scarce on the mainland side. These were large, in the eight foot range and we had as many as a dozen swimming in the bow wave at one time. The water is so crystal clear that we had no trouble seeing them around and under the boat. Coming into the anchorage we also spotted a whale, but it only surfaced once before sounding and we didn't see it again.

This is our third time anchored at Muertos. This time does not compare to the previous visits. On our previous stops, the beach was deserted and not so this time. Being Easter week, hundreds of people, mostly families are camped on the beach. There are dozens of tents and shelters. It is a holiday vacation scene as kids frolic in the surf and people are out in pangas, fishing. There are one or two jet skis buzzing around, a few kayaks, a couple on stand-up paddleboards, and a few kids paddling around a small inflatable. On the beach, there are people kicking around a soccer ball and several riding ATV's. There is also plenty of music and a few campfires going at night. Quite a scene of activity! We opted to stay on the boat today and do a few chores and rest. I went for a swim this afternoon and cleaned the waterline of the boat and changed the prop zinc. It is still a mystery to me as to why the zincs are going so fast. I've heard several reasons; that it's the warmer water (maybe it changes the chemistry?), the zincs are inferior, they wear out more quickly because the boat is moving more, and anytime we are in a marina, other boats are causing it. Some other boats are experiencing the same thing and some are not, so it's hard to nail down a reason.
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Vessel Name: Thor
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 40
Hailing Port: Bellingham, WA
Crew: Marc and Lorrie Cascio
Thor's Photos - Main
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Sunset off the coast of Oregon
Old car garden
Hawaiian Chieftain and Thor
Hawaiian Chieftain crew furling sails
Grays Harbor Lighthouse
Gull overlooking Grays Harbor
Neah Bay
Sunset off Cape Flattery
Old Coast Guard Station in Grays Harbor now the Maritime Museum
Cape Flattery and Tatoosh Island
Hawaiian Chieftain
Tanker in the Strait of Juan de Fuca
 
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Various pics from our progress so far from Blaine to Coos Bay, OR
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Created 24 September 2010

Who: Marc and Lorrie Cascio
Port: Bellingham, WA