17 February 2013 | Mag Bay and Lopez Mateos
What an exciting couple of days it's been or should I say weeks! We had a week of Carnival with lots of shows, parades and fair type activities going on all week. We managed to get out at least 4 of the 5 days. It was loud and colourful as only the Mexican's can be and it was wonderful. The theme was Mysteries of the Sea and the parade floats were really great. I'll post some photos this week.
Then on Friday we headed out in the car with our friends Penny and Fred from Tapatai, to drive to Mag Bay to do some whale watching. We drove down early on Friday and checked into the Alcatraz Hotel in San Carlos before heading out for an afternoon of seeing the whales. We saw lots of whales but only adults as the babies haven't come there yet. The next morning we drove another hour or so further north and went to the 'Nursery' Lopez Mateos which is a small lagoon which is also quite shallow (about 30 feet) where the females give birth. This lagoon sees an average of about 100 babies a year. We probably saw a dozen or so. It was really fantastic to see them up close and to actually touch one! When the pangas get close and stop, some of the whales will come up alongside of the boats and surface right beside. It was exciting. We got a few blows of whale breath pretty close to us. The babies skin looks so smooth compared to the mothers who have lots of patches of barnacles on them. After about 2 hours we returned to the dock and made the 3 and a half hour drive back to La Paz. It was a really fun trip to do.
Today we went out racing on Tapatai as it was the monthly sailboat race that goes on here in La Paz. It was fun with only about 10 knots of wind it was my kind of day. We came around the finish 4th but have yet to see where we placed. Lots of fun.