Out in the wild again!
09 January 2022 | Puerto Don Juan
After an enjoyable month at the dock in Santa Rosalia we set sail for an adventure in the Northern Sea!
We untied the lines at 3 in the afternoon on Friday, September 7th and we dropped the anchor in Puerto Don Juan (near Bahia de Los
Angeles) the next day at 1:30. The wind and seas were kind to us for our first overnight passage in years and we were even able to get
some sailing in with the light and variable winds. We did keep the engine on to keep the speed up so we would be able to reach our
destination during daylight hours. A norther was predicted to begin on Sunday so we needed to be in a good protected anchorage for
that -- and what better place than Don Juan which is a natural hurricane hole with protection from all wind directions.
We had a bit of a worry when, on Saturday morning, some north winds started up at about 15 knots -- was the norther already starting
up? We still had miles to go to Don Juan --- about 5 hours which would be pretty miserable pounding into wind and seas. And San
Francisquito was too far behind to turn back especially since it didn't offer the same protection as we'd have in Don Juan. Our good luck
held and the winds and seas abated within about an hour. Phweew!
With the passage behind us and feeling secure in such a safe anchorage we slept well enjoying the quiet solitude. Again we are letting
the weather dictate when we move on from here, but our plan is to make this our northernmost point on this trip and when we leave here
we will harbor hop back down to Puerto Escondido exploring many anchorages along the way. There are several old favorites we
bypassed on the way up, because this time of year with the prevailing north winds its easier to head south with wind and seas following --
so we like to take a good weather window to blast north as far as we can so we can more leisurely enjoy the ride south.
For now we are content to enjoy this wild, remote anchorage and are looking forward to lots of hiking as well as getting some cleaning
and organizing projects done on Cetus. Once again we are without cell and WiFi which will afford us time to catch up on reading and
other pastimes that always get put on the back burner in busy marina life.