Isla Partida & Espiritu Santo
26 November 2009 | 24 33.5'N:110 23.9'W, Ensenada Grande on Isla Partida
We're tucked away in a very large cove (a.k.a. ensenada) on the island of Partida which is just north of La Paz. It's a gorgeous place with lots of interesting snorkeling and hiking to do. Today we hiked up a dry waterfall to the top of the mountain at the end of the cove. I took the photo on this page from that height of land. As you can see, it's not too bad!
Yesterday we had a great time with two other boats who were on the Ha Ha (but who we didn't meet at that time) and a large powerboat. In theory there's some animosity between sailors and powerboaters but I've never been interested in that kind of foolishness. Good thing too because they were great people! We had a fun time roasting marshmellows around a campfire and swapping stories. It's the first time I've done that on this trip.
The island Partida and Espiritu Santo were once one large island with a volcano in the middle. When the volcano became extinct its east and west rims eroded down to sea level splitting the island in two and leaving a large circular bay between them. That is now called Caleta (which I think means crater) Partida.
This time of year the La Paz area is cursed with "Northers". Very strong north winds that blow down from the plateaus in Colorado and area. They seem to arrive every other week and last for 3 to 5 days. So we get trapped in an anchorage until they blow themselves out. Right now we're trying to get as much sightseeing in as possible before heading back to the shelter of La Paz before the next one blows in on Monday.