The Cruise of Mariposa

24 November 2009 | Fondeadero San Carlos, Baja California Norte, Mexico
20 November 2009 | Turtle Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 November 2009 | Bahia Asuncion, Baja California Sur, Mexico
18 November 2009 | Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
02 November 2009 | Bahia los Frailes, Baja California Sur, Mexico
01 November 2009 | Ensenada de los Muertos, Baja California Sur
30 October 2009 | Playa Pichilingue, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 October 2009 | La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
16 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
04 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
03 September 2009 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
31 August 2009 | Puerto Escondido, Baja California Sur, Mexico
09 July 2009 | Puerto Los Gato, Baja California Sur, Mexico
07 July 2009 | San Evaristo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
04 July 2009 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida, Baja California Sur, Mexico
30 June 2009 | Southern Baja
22 June 2009 | Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
19 June 2009 | La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico
19 June 2009 | Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Turtle Bay

20 November 2009 | Turtle Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Eric/Clear and Cool
We got up this morning in Bahia Asuncion unsure whether we would make another leg of our journey north or sit tight and get some rest. Asuncion is a lovely bay with a plain but very sweet town, and it would be nice to visit it again as we did on the way down. Plus, we'd been traveling hard for a week.

But in the morning the weather forecast looked good and we weren't too tired, so we raised the hook and headed out. We're glad we did make the trip today, for these fifty miles were certainly the easiest and pleasantest we've experienced on the trip north. Our engine rumbled along at its usual cruising pace, but the weather was benign and perhaps we had a favorable current, so somehow we were able to make 5.2 knots for 10 hours today, probably a record speed for the boat. This is hardly the Baja Bash we'd dreaded.

Coming back to these ports feels like a homecoming. A year ago, Turtle Bay seemed like a dusty outpost: Arriving just after sunset this evening, we remembered the fist-shaped mountain to the northeast, and the lazy-looking navigation lights on Punta Sargazo (Kelp) and Punta Azufre (Sulfur) at the bay's entrance. Seals and dolphins splashed a greeting, and again the bay was thick with cormorants, gulls and pelicans. We looked for the radio towers in the middle of town, and the green boats of Servicio Anabel, the more reputable of the fuel dealers. Familiarity blunts the edges and at the same time makes the place seem sweeter.

We'll spend a couple of days here, changing the oil and refuelling and repairing the HF radio. And resting up for the next step, 300 miles to Ensenada.
Vessel Name: Mariposa
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Ta Shing Baba 30
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Sarka & Eric
About: Sarka and Eric are on a 12-18 month trip to Mexico and the South Pacific.
Mariposa's Photos - Main
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 14 June 2009
1 Photo | 12 Sub-Albums
Created 14 January 2009
7 Photos
Created 4 January 2009
1 Photo | 18 Sub-Albums
Created 22 November 2008
58 Photos
Created 9 November 2008
These are photos from our departure and trip down the California coast
28 Photos
Created 20 October 2008

Who: Sarka & Eric
Port: San Francisco, CA