Isla San Francisco, both sides
04 June 2015 | Isla San Francisco at "the Hook" and the north anchorage
Bill, clear and warm
The morning dawned clear and windy, with whitecaps rolling through the anchorage. Since the wind was blowing so hard we just hung out on board. We paddle boarded to shore to go for a hike when we noticed our neighbors were preparing to leave. Since they occupied to perfect protected spot for southern winds, we quickly returned to Odyssey and made ready to weigh anchor for the move. As Ron and Jane steamed away, we happily dropped anchor in their former spot. Satisfied, we returned to the beach and hiked a good portion of the island. Susan spotted drag marks from a turtle leading from the dunes to the water. We took lots of pictures of Odyssey alone in the cove, which has never happened before. Back at the boat we made lunch and planned our afternoon snorkeling adventure. We lowered the dinghy into the water, and I took it for a hot lap. We ended up not using the dinghy to dive, and just kicked over to the reef from Odyssey. The 75 degree water was clear and filled with sea life. We saw fish of all types, eagle rays, green moray eels, garden eels (which stick straight up out of the sand), and we even brought back a scallop to eat. It was delicious raw!
Our solitude came to an end when another vessel sailed in and anchored nearby. Oh well, it was still amazing. We played cards, ate dinner, and watched a movie before turning in. The only other boat in the anchorage was still running their generator at 10:45pm about 100 yards away from us. I lit up their boat with the spot light and they quickly turned it off. It's just common courtesy not to run it too late or too early. Of course, now that we were in the protected spot the winds were quite mild throughout the night. I will take a quiet night anytime.
I was up around 6:00am to try to catch the sunrise, but my timing was wrong, so I went back to sleep. The morning was clear and calm, what a change from yesterday. Our neighbors upped anchor and headed out around 10:00. We went for a long paddle board, then returned to Odyssey. I ended up installing Velcro on six opening hatches to accommodate the bug screens that I sewed up before coming down. While the glueing of the Velcro went well, the screens that I had sewn up were a bit larger than needed. Damn! Sometimes it's hard to measure things and then return home to do the sewing/cutting/sawing without being able to run to the boat to double check dimensions. Oh well, everything works as intended. After a really nice morning the anchorage began filling with mega-yachts. I'm not kidding, there were 4 yachts over 80', worth millions, loaded with kids and toys. Susan asked if we could go somewhere else, anywhere else, without noisy toys. We upped anchor and headed around to the northern side if the island where we were the only boat. Sweet! It was pretty warm when we arrived so we paddle boarded to shore, and then around the anchorage, before returning to Odyssey. I'm not kidding when I tell you it was warm. We made cocktails and then jumped Into the water, enjoying our cold beverages sitting on paddle boards with our legs hanging in the water. Total bliss. As the sun went down, thing cooled off a little. We dined on another batch go Ahi Pokey that I put together. We called it an evening after looking at the stars.