Enjoying Bahia San Pedro
22 June 2015 | Bahia San Pedro
Yesterday, Eric and I pulled up SCOOTS' anchor, filled up at the fuel dock (yes we are still the chastened and prudent mariners with regard to fuel), and headed out of Bahia San Carlos, about two weeks after we first pulled in. In addition to leaving San Carlos with full fuel tanks, we also had a full larder, a full fridge, a full freezer, and a full complement of fun times with friends to look back on.
Instead of our usual all-day sail, we opted to sail about 15 miles north, to the little bay of Bahia San Pedro, arriving at about 1:30 in the afternoon. As soon as the mainsail cover was on and the sunshade was up, we jumped into the clear blue (jellyfish-free) water and had ourselves a wonderful swim. Ahhhh! It was really nice to be able to cool off in the water again, after spending two weeks floating on the dirty and jellyfish-ridden water of San Carlos Bay, sweating, without being able to swim.
The bay here is really pretty: turquoise water surrounded by massive, colorful, striated cliffs. We were the only boat here until this morning, when Happy Dance arrived from Las Cocinas anchorage, about 15 miles further north of us. We've seen fish, ospreys, boobies, two sea turtles, a couple of frigatebirds, a horse, and even a group of cows and their calves, on shore. (Well the horse was actually a sea horse, but the cows were real cows) There are no roads near here, and the land is quite imposing...all sharp peaks and cactus.
Last night, the sky was bright with stars. We had a heads-up that the International Space Station was going to fly down the length of the Sea of Cortez, so we were stationed on deck at the appointed time and were able to see it quite clearly as it flew right over our heads. With our binoculars, we were even able to make out the "cross" structure of the station. It was very cool!
Later, we were on deck again at about 1:30 am to untie and pull down our sunshade in the dark when the winds came up and the sky was flashing with lightning, in case we were going to be hit with a squall. It turned out that the wind never rose above 23 knots and about 25 drops of rain fell and the lightning went north of us, but you never can tell with these things. The crew of Happy Dance told me that last night at Las Cocinas the same storm brought them high winds, inundated them with rain (it filled their dinghy with water), and the thunder and lightning were right overhead. Wow, I'm glad we missed that!
I took the kayak out for a paddle around part of the bay, where I saw some canyon wrens (a new bird for me!), and some ospreys and pelicans. I beached the kayak and explored the beach and the land beyond, where I encountered a really cool example of biomimicry...these lizards would run like the dickens and then stop and curl their tail up. The lizards are mostly gray, but the underside of their tail is striped black and white, with a sharp tip. When they curl it up, they look A LOT like a big scorpion. I had to look twice at the first one, to make sure it was actually a lizard.
I think tomorrow we are going to float the dinghy and take it over to one of the cliffs to do some snorkeling and explore some sea caves. That's about the extent of our plans at this point.