Climbing at Los Frailles11/24/2009
Ginjer and Rebecca ascending some fantastic granite.
Yakkin with the Yak11/24/2009
Ginjer 'Yak' leads the way for an expedition on our inflatable kayaks.
Leavin' La Paz11/24/2009
After a few days anchored off the Malecon at La Paz, it's time to pull up the hook and explore north into the Sea of Cortez. Here in La Paz, the living is so good many cruisers have "swallowed the hook" and stayed here. We met a guy named Rainbow Hawk who came here on a boat in 1951 - and he's still here, holding court daily at his favorite outdoor restaurant, and feeding a pigeon who comes to him. When I introduced Rebecca, mi espousa, he pointed out the similarity between that word and "handcuffs." (he has two ex-Mrs. Rainbows somewhere). For the record, the First Mate of Liberte is anything but. I'm constantly impressed with Rebecca's cruising skills, from driving down waves on a night watch to turning out some amazing flavors from her ship's galley.
WOW. Double wow. We are hanging out on the waterfront at La Paz. We spent last night in Bahia San Gabriel, where we hung out with nobody but the frigate birds, dolphins and pelicanos. These have been our constant companions since leaving the bright lights of Cabo San Lucas. We really are - thank you Gartly - where the wild things are. We had a truly incredible anchorage at Los Frailles, where we hiked to the top of a mountain through the volcanic rocks and cactus, then kayaked with a clan of sea lions the next morning. We had a sendoff from an osprey who perched atop the mast, and wondered if he'd come down from his summer home in Coeur d'Alene. The dolphins spent a good half hour spinning and doing flips off the bow as we passed Los Muertos. Tomorrow we lose two crew, Scottie and Ginjer, who it's hard to imagine life without - but we'll try to manage with just the two of us lovebirds... and the true Charter Guest, the dogface. Que te vaya bien. Thanks for the waypoints in the Sea, Gartly. If we ever find a way to leave La Paz, we'll see what there is to see...
Stop and smell the flowers11/17/2009
It's November and the blooms are out for our morning walk around the marina.
Bahia Santa Maria11/17/2009
Big, wild, beautiful.