Puerto Balandra, Isla Carmen
31 May 2011
Connie, warm and 12-15 knots of wind in the harbor
We motored on a calm morning 15 miles from Honeymoon cove to Puerto Balandra on Isla Carmen. It's a beautiful round bay with a narrow entrance so it's protected on all sides except one. We anchored in about 15' of turquoise water with a white sandy beach and hills all around. We went ashore and found that there was a lagoon behing the beach that emptied out into the bay. When it was dinner time, bees came for dinner! They were very pesty and kept flying around me and getting in my face when I was trying to cook dinner, so Ed had to stand near me with the fly swatter to keep them away. It's the only time I've cooked dinner with Ed swishing the flyswatter around me the whole time! Then we had a seagull who was looking for a handout. He kept sitting on the dinghy and looking at us, expecting us to throw him fish, I guess. We would jerk the line for the dinghy and he would jump off, only going 2' away, then he'd hop right back on the dinghy and stare at us. He was persistant!! When he pooped on the dinghy, Ed had had enough and got out his sling shot and shot rocks at him. Every time Ed shot a rock near him, he'd just fly or swim about 3 or 4 feet away and continue looking at us. The funny thing was, when we met up with some friends in another bay and mentioned the persistant seagull, she laughed and said they had fed some scraps of fish to a seagull in that bay. So I guess now he expected all boaters to feed him!!