The Dark Side of the Moon
02 March 2020 | Bahia Cobre on the east side of Isla Carmen
The red tide at La Launcha
After nearly a week at Isla Coronados, most of which was sitting through a Norther, winds began to change giving us an opportunity to
explore some anchorages we haven't seen in awhile since they are exposed to the north.
With west winds in the forecast for a few days we first made a trip to Loreto to pick up some fresh supplies and meet George & Barbara,
our friends from DreamCatcher, for lunch and catch upon the happenings back in Puerto Escondido.
Then we headed to the north shore of Isla Carmen, dropping anchor at La Launcha. We rowed to shore and had a nice little hike with
plans to get back to the boat for a swim before lunch, but our plans quickly changed when we saw that a thick red tide had rolled into
the anchorage! Nothing we wanted to swim in and it was a nice day, so we decided to move on to our next destination that we'd
planned for the following day.
So we hoisted the anchor and set out to the east side of Isla Carmen, hoping the red tide hadn't gotten over there yet -- and we were very
lucky because we motored through patches of the red algae all along the north shore but once we got out in the open water on the east
side the water was clean.
We dropped anchor in the scenic little bay and enjoyed a nice sunset swim in the cool clear water before dinner. It was a real treat.
We will stay here for the next couple days, well protected from the west winds and then move on when they switch back to the north.
I am posting this blog through our Ham radio connection, because being on the east side of Isla Carmen is much like being on the dark
side of the moon as far as communication goes -- no cell or WiFi signals make it over the high hills of the island. So for now, our Ham
radio is our connection to the world for weather and email so we are basically off the grid for now.