La Paz to Escondido, Cold
09 March 2011 | Back in Escondido
This trip up from La Paz has been the longest in our history. Loads of northerly winds, so lots of days of sitting and waiting out the weather. We spent almost a week at Bahia San Fransico, which is a terrific anchorage when the weather is warm enough to swim, but this time Gary got in once to work on the bottom, and it took a number of hot toddies to warm him up. We did try and get up the San Jose channel one morning when the bay looked smooth as glass, but we didn't even make it to Everisto before we were burying the bow in the waves, so not having a heavy schedule we turned around and returned to the anchorage for a couple of more days.
Did manage to get a sock for the genoa almost made, found mucho yards of multi colored rip-stop nylon in one of the ceiling compartments, so we got busy and sewed it in a 55 foot sock complete with trim, the only thing not done is the zipper, which is still hiding somewhere on the boat. Bought the zipper months ago, just for this project, and it is in an unspecified spot, to be found probably by accident one day. We hunted, and tore into every space we could thing of, but the zipper is still hiding.
Saw lots of whales on the way up, mostly fin-backs, altho, we had a super view of a large blue whale right off our bow on the run from Aqua Verde to Escondido. They are huge, average somewhere around 80 feet, and it was the high point of the trip seeing it so close.
We are going to be here for a week or so, and then wander around the north here for a month or so. Hoping it will warm up so we can get back to regular swimming rather than having to work up enough nerve to get in the cold water!