Great sail back to La Paznot as windy as we expected
02/25/2012, Caleta San Juanico to La Paz
By Feb. 12th, we were in Caleta San Juanico. It is known for the cruisers tree, where people use whatever they want to post their boat name, crew names of what have you on a tree on shore. We used an old CD and put our boat card on it with the dates of our major trips. We saw it in our great cruiser's guide Sea of Cortez by 'Shawn and Heather'. Again there were great hikes across to another bay and looking for treasures on shore. This would be as far north as we would get this trip, 150 miles from La Paz. We did 375 miles for the month. We started back down south and the highlight was surfing on north winds. Our one day was 70 miles, hand steering due to auto pilot failure but fun to be out there. At one of our last stops, we were at low tide and could collect rock scallops by just walking around in 2 feet of water! That was a great meal!
More Sea of Cortez02/25/2012, Ballandra Bay on Isla Carmen
- So our next stop was Ballandra Bay on Isla Carmen. This picture shows the bad weather over on the coast. Bahia of Conception ended up w/2.5 inches of rain! The next day, we got internet from anchoring on the roadstead of Loreto. This is open ocean but if the weather is 'ok', the anchorage isn't bad. We were the only ones there. We took the dinghy to town on our 2nd stop but it wasn't as nice as when Dale of 'Free Spirit' drove us the 14 miles from Puerto Escondido into Loreto and we sat at a restaurant and used free internet. Thanks again Dale for doing that.
Sea of CortezIts a good protected harbor
02/05/2012, Pt Escondido
So our list of islands/ports so far: Isla Partida to Isla San Fran to San Evaristo to Puerto Los Gatos to Bahia Agua Verde to Puerto Escondito and road trip to Loreto.
Baja's cruising capitalovercast, no wind right now-time to leave
01/21/2012, Sea of Cortez
We are moving on after sailing into La Paz on Dec. 3rd. Needless to say we feel we know it pretty well and would gladly spend more time here; lots of good people and places to eat and enjoy their fellowship. The picture of the 'anciano del mar' (old man of the sea) in his boat made of paper is right on the main strip of town and we've biked, walked, driven by it many times. The town does have quite a few statues and items of interest.
More on Mazatlan and now La PazScott / Lots of wind and waltzing
12/05/2011, La Paz
We spent a fun week in Mazatlan getting caught up with the Seattle cruisers that were in Mexico a whole year ahead of us. The one resort we visited had lots of iguanas just 'hanging out'. On Thursday, the 24th, we volunteered at the Vina/Vine Church and helped build 300 tortas/ sandwiches and distributed them to the "Displaced people of the dump". It was a humbling experience to see people in such dire-straights that they subsist on garbage scrounging in a stinking Mexican landfill. It was especially poignant as it was on Thanksgiving Day and our turkey dinner that evening seemed to be a special blessing. Also,(Donna mentions)there was a hospital that they are building close to the dump that has been worked on for over 3 years and not finished. I wish they'd use these people to do manually labor and get it finished, but what do I know?
I was a lady of the Wall again12/04/2011, Mazatlan
Had a super week in Mazatlan with s/v's Panta Rhei, Sirena, Grace and Ponderosa. I included a picture of the 'ladies' who went walking every morning at 7am. (In 1988, the ladies that went walking we called the Ladies of the Wall.) I got some great shots with the beautiful sunrise colors as well. Unfortunately the last day we walked, we thought we heard gun shots and later did hear a policeman was shot. Still checking into the details.
Sail with Celestial's Tripp
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