Baja Haha Day 8 Current location: anchored in Bahia Santa Maria
Oct. 5. Another wonderful day in a beautiful anchorage! We all got up early this morning: Sean went fishing off the back of the boat, and I just enjoyed the scenery and the sunrise. It was magnificent!
We listened to the morning radio net, where we heard from the boats who'd left the day after we did that they had more uncomfortable seas and higher winds than we'd experienced. I am so glad we left when we did!
Eric attempted to find some ripstop sail tape appropriate for our torn Code 0 sail, but no one else had any, either. Like us, they only have sail tape for the heavier sails. Oh well. We won't be able to fly our Code 0, but we can still fly our spinnaker--without a pole--if we need to, and we may need to, as the forecast is for light winds and mellow seas all the way to Cabo.
The big event of the day was the annual Baja Haha Beach Party on the bluff overlooking the estuary. Many people rode in to shore with some of the local fishing pangas, who were charging $3 per person each way. We took our dinghy and had a fine beach landing. Much mellower conditions than we had at Cojo!
This place is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and yet Richard (aka the Grand Poobah) is able each year to arrange for a band to play for the party. This year, the band is from Mexico City. Every year, the band has to travel many miles on backroads to reach here. The scene is sort of surreal: beach for miles, blue-green water, a hundred sailboats anchored in the bay, a high brown mountain range, mangroves lining an estuary, and a band playing rock music under a shade tent on the bluff.
We met up with some of our friends from other boats and went for a walk along the estuary to the mangroves. It was nice to take a WALK and do some exploring.
As we were leaving, Seán arrived in a panga! He'd stayed behind on SCOOTS when Eric and I went to the party. He had a good time at the party for awhile, before taking another panga back to SCOOTS. We gave a couple of friends a ride to their boat in our dinghy. We had a good ride through the surfline, only one splash on the two of us riding in the bow.
We've stashed the dinghy on the deck in preparation for an early departure tomorrow. Most likely, we will have two days and one night of sailing to reach Cabo San Lucas. Pot roast is cooking in the pressure cooker, and Seán is fishing off the stern again.
Today was just another fabulous day in paradise!