Happy to be June!
The month of May seemed to go on forever – contrary to the
rest of the cruising months which used to fly by. Why? Maybe all the changes in locations from
the mainland to Baja peninsula, celebrations, the trip home, more goodbyes, reunions and making new
friends, other family and friends health challenges, college semesters ending,
summer plans being made, and Shindig wanting to be both snug at the La Paz
marinas, as well as exploring the Sea of Cortez. But it is June. I am excited to have one more month on water,
before the summer starts back in the States.
Today, we are about 150 miles north of La Paz, across from
the town of Loreto in an anchorage called Isla Coronado. We left La Paz 15 days ago. Long passages are not required
here, as the new destination may be 4 or 20 nautical miles away (easy day trips). We’ve done more sailing here than we had on
the mainland. Rob has kept the spinnaker
on deck and we’ve enjoyed many downwind jaunts as we head north further into the
Sea. We had winds gusting to 30 knots a few days ago and had to reef the main completely. But usually we've enjoyed 10 to 12 knots of Southerly wind.
|Pigs running free ....mmmm. Carnitas|
|Sunset in the Anchorage|
Our activities for today include hiking to
the top of the volcano, saying goodbye
to our friends on Fluenta having games afternoon aboard Oogachaka, and perhaps
a shared dinner potluck. We will likely
head north tomorrow for two more stops to reach the Bahia Concepcion –which we
heard is a “don’t miss”. One more week
of exploring and then one week of leisurely heading south as we return to La
Paz, our summer home for Shindig.
Most of our anchorages, and even the one "big" town, Loreto
& nearby Puerto Escondido, do not offer Internet. (Nor stores, restaurants, people) We use the
HAM radio winlink communications (see previous blog) for emergency and family
updates. When we do get a “fix” on the
Internet, it’s almost comical how we spend a couple of days trying to get
online. I’ve been known to walk a mile
in the very hot Mexican with my laptop down
a deserted, paved road to an RV Park and store that charged 10 pesos (less than
a dollar) for super-fast Internet.
Their apple fritters were also spectacular. Rob joined me for the walk the next morning.
|We took the dinghy across the Bay to this special Loreto restaurant - the owners were gracious and the food outstanding!|
|My seafood salad - scallops, shrimp, octopus|
|Enjoying our meal with Connie and Ed (Sirena) and Patty and Ken (Oogachaka)|
Each anchorage is unique, and
breathtaking, and completely silent,
except for the wildlife. This morning we had dolphins surfacing among the sailboats, a large school of rays swimming in formation, and pelicans diving for their breakfast. We try to get exercise each day, either going ashore via dinghy for a hike, exploring the waters with our paddleboards, and snorkeling and swimming. There can be sudden, unpredictable winds at night, but mostly we've enjoyed evenings in deep
sleeps, and wake up rested. No booming club music from the Cabo dance floors to keep us up.
|Entrance of Farmer's market in Arroyo of Loreto|
|Fresh pollo and meat tostados on the grill|
|The Darth Vadar boat getting fueled up for its next voyage...we heard it burns 15 gallons in one nautical mile. Notice the fuel truck on the dock needed to fill it up.|
|There are Bees in some of the Anchorages....one strategy is to give them a bowl of water so they don't go down below in the cabin|
|Barbara and S/V Zoe before her trip north|
|Enjoying Freshly speared Yellowtail Tuna dinner with Sylvia and Tom on S/V Cinnabar|
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