While in Bahia Candeleros we learned that the forecast was for a 3 day blow from the north.
In the Sea of Cortez a "Norther" can pack 25 to 35 knot winds. In San Francisco we regular sail in 25 knots of wind but the sea state here can get very wild. Big, short period, square waves that accompany the wind will slow forward motion to a crawl and get salt water in your cocktail.
Before the wind got serious we decided to head over to Isla Carmen and meet up with our friends on the catamaran Tisha Baby. Being in Bahia Salinas on the South side of the island would give us good protection for the forecasted seas.
Bahia Salinas is one of my favorite anchorages. It is a big bay that hosts an old salt mine and now a big horn sheep hunting lodge. There is also a large wreck in the middle of the bay that provides great snorkeling. If you look closely you'll also see that there are tons of Chocalati clams.
|Shindighy anchored off the shore near a hulk left over from the mining operation.|
|The new hunting lodge. For big $$ you can hunt big game on Isla Carmen. Check out the promotional video|
|The norther arrived! While we had good protection from the seas, the wind funnels into the anchorage. The highest wind speed we saw was 36 knots. On average it was 22 to 25.|
|Oh, did I mention clams?!|
|Pam and Richard hosted JD and me onboard Tisha Baby.|
|JD and I getting ready to dig into an incredible feast.|
|Boat dog Cloe is awesome. She is always close by for a pet.|
|The wreck in the middle of the anchorage is an incredible snorkel spot.|
|JD and I attempted to spear some fish. We were outsmarted by the wise reef dwellers|
|Clean up, Clean up.|
|Old equipment slowly returning to the earth|
|An office with a view.|
|Many of the original building built in the 1930's are crumbling.|
|These are two small locomotives used to haul salt from the ponds|
|Every salt mine needs a church|
After the winds subsided we headed north to Isla Coronado. This is a favorite place for many cruisers. It has north and south anchorages, a picturesque cove, hiking, snorkeling/diving and is only 8 miles from Loreto.
|Out in the dinghy looking for places to snorkel|
|Found a good spot!|
|Where the sandy trail ends and becomes a boulder dash uphill.|
|The view from the top of Isla Coronado. This is the North anchorage, a favorite place for locals and cruisers alike.|
|Made it to the top!|
|Dolphin escorts never gets old|
|JD approaching a whale shark.|
Video of the whale shark.
Loreto was our last stop on the boys trip. JD flew out three weeks after arriving in La Paz. What a great trip for both of us.
|A nice sized whale shark statue in the Loreto harbor|
|The "Mother of all California missions" - founded 1697|
|Trees forming a canopy above historical walking area in Loreto|