Friday, April 22, 2016

March into the Sea

We left La Paz early March with a pretty free calendar. Sure was nice to untie the lines and head North.
The only commitment was to be in the Loreto area in two weeks for Elaine and JD's visit.  
First stop was Ensenada Cardonal about 25 nautical miles north of La Paz.  We spent a few days there with our good friends, Sylvia and Tom from SV Cinnabar. Snorkeling, paddling, eating and saying our goodbyes.  They left to sail to the South Pacific just a few weeks later!  

Tom and Sylvia on a snorkeling adventure with Rob

Cinnabar at anchor.  Tom and Sylvia waving goodbye to Shindig.  They left for the South Pacific 7 days later.

Punta Salinas once housed a large salt mining operation.
Now it is abandoned, but with old trucks, heavy equipment and decaying buildings remaining. 

This season we have seen an unusual amount of jumping rays.
Here's one caught mid-air, before slapping down hard on the water 
Happy Anniversary!!  Aboard Shindig near Puerto Escondido
Rob and JD on hike at Isla Coronado

Elaine and Nancy in full wet suits for snorkeling 

Closeup of Osprey chick in nest

Exploring Sea Caves at San Juanico

Lots of SUP time

Nice hike to admire Shindig & new friend Kyrnos @San Juanico 

Need to identify these (snail?) shells which make pretty jewelry pieces.. or tiddly-winks

Rob's puffer fish is proudly mounted atop a cactus overlooking San Juanico

Katie & Mike from Pangaea met us on Isla Carmen on their way up in the Sea.  Girls having fun. 

A Window into the Past - or Office with a View
Who remembers pulling the lever for a "carriage return"

A short drive up from Loreto is the nearly 300 year old Mision San Francisco Javier de Vigge-Balundo

Mission San Javier (built 1744-1758)  

Farewell Dinner in Loreto


  1. Ka Oha from Nuku Hiva! Love all your pics and we're so glad we had a chance to spend some time with y'all before we went our separate ways. So glad you made it up to San Francisco Javier, yet another thing in Baja we wanted to do but didn't. Just in case you haven't had time to look it up, those shells are the opercula (hard "doors" that protect the opening) of a gastropod or sea snail. Quite beautiful really.
    Sylvia and Tom

    1. Sylvia, thanks for the "operculas". I wasn't sure if they were from sea snails or what...but now I have the correct name. Looking for a creative way to make them into jewelry/art.

  2. great photos...lots of smiling faces! I miss Baja! Let me know if you will be up in BC this summer...if timing was right you could join Dream Chaser for a Regatta. Fair winds