|Left to right: Shearwater, Brandywine, Shakedown|
(in a smaller cove in background)
We are leaving Puerto Escondido with mixed emotions, we, and crew of "Shearwater" (Eric & Pati) headed east to our destination a mere three miles away. Although it was fairly gusty and the waves where high, we arrived safely in Honeymoon Cove on the northwest side of Isla Danzante. Our friends on "Brandywine" (Kenny & Nancy Nordstrom) were already there resting peacefully at anchor.
|We climbed up the hill to have a look-around and connect|
to the Loreto cell tower.
|Overlooking the northern tip of Danzante Island. Loreto|
is just off to the left about 25 kilometers away. We got
our phone calls made!
|"Sand & Barnicles" at anchor in Bahia Aqua Verde|
We ended up spending five nights here because (a) it's beautiful and (b) the wind was blowing a lot.
|Just another glorious moon rise.|
|Another view of Bahia Aqua Verde|
|Shakedown at anchor in Aqua Verde|
|Sandy hard at work preparing the gourmet meal|
|Pati & Eric awaiting the Turkey's arrival|
|Nancy's cool shell earrings, Tio Jose and Sandy discussing|
world affairs aboard Sand & Barnicles (maybe...)
|Sandy wrapping a fish...in a T-shirt! Showing a new|
way of capturing that moment after catching a fish
out here in the Sea of Cortez.
|The T-shirt now has a fish embellished on it...|
|Shearwater & Shakedown (taken from "Sand &|
|Shakedown is finally resting in calmed seas.|
We finally had to say goodbye to Aqua Verde. Shakedown has been a fairly frequent visitor, having stopped here and spending six days all by our lonesome back in August, sailing down here with son Steven in mid November and again on the way (this time) back to La Paz. After consulting with "Shearwater", we decided to head straight for San Evaristo without stopping along the way at Puerto Gatos, as it probably wouldn't provide much protection for the the winds and waves we were likely to encounter, based on weather forecasts. So we had a fairly rough downwind trip with some 4-6 foot swells and confused seas for some 46 miles. Motor-sailed all the way. Mizzen sail broke loose during an unplanned jibe at the aft clew. But we made good speed and arrived two hours earlier than planned. Caught a 4-5 lb Skipjack Tuna along the way.
|There's probably a fish tale here...just can't remember.|
But it is big enough to eat...shashimi!
|Shashimi Chef happily at work on the Skipjack Tuna...|
Dropped anchor San Evaristo 1430. We were feeling pretty good after making the 90 degree turn into San Evaristo. With only the injured mizzen sail up, we were being hit with 25+ knots on the starboard beam. So we went from that to basically flat calm.
|The mizzen sail after we anchored.|
Weather pretty crappy and cold. Hung around in the boat reading and relaxing. Made trip with Shearwater crew to Tienda and then to the Palapa for a beer.
Cleaned fresh water pump filter, which was totally filled with sediments from tanks. Had to clean filter to washing machine as well in order to do laundry.
Went for a hike to the Salt Flats with Shearwater crew. Stopped at the Tienda and purchased some items, although the stock was fairly depleted due to the large number of boats in the harbor awaiting a weather window to continue their respective journeys.
|Starting out requires crossing a small "river"|
|Crossing (walking on) the "river"|
|On our way to the Salt Flats|
|The other boats in the bay|
|Cresting the hill looking north|
|The muskateers surge forward to the flats|
|The commercial salt flats|
|Circling the flats...reminded me of Liberia|
|A "graveyard" for donkeys and cattle|
|Made it to the "Sea" side of the salt flat and noticed|
this gentleman staring at the rocks
|After we got closer, we saw the drain with the plug|
removed. He was watching water drain out of the
salt flat now that the tide was lower.
|Water draining from the salt flat|
|The wind was still blowing in the Sea of Cortez....|
|Shearwater on left and Shakedown in center at our anchorage|
Went to the Tienda, but were informed that the items we needed most, bananas and beer, wouldn't be in until tomorrow afternoon. Since we decided to be out of San Evaristo by noon the next day, we just got a couple of items that were still on the shelf and returned to the boat. We went to the Palapa bar/restaurant next to Lupe's. A bunch of sailors and their children were there to celebrate one of the youngsters' birthday (she turned eight). Ate well and listened to a jam session (our friend Eric played his electric drums).
|Got in a little beach combing...Nancy is now known as|
|After dropping anchor in Bahia San Francisco (Isla|
San Francisco) we dingied to the vast, white beach
|The water was crystal clear near the shore|
|The "fleet" at anchor...by the time the sun set, there|
were eleven of us
|Our dinghy on it's "landing wheels|
|Another view looking back towards dinghy after a|
|Eric showing off the parrot fish Lupe brought him.|
|And the parrot fish he brought for us!|
|Leaving San Francisco behind (as in the rear view mirror)|
|Our friends on Shearwater took this photo of Shakedown|
as we headed from Isla San Francisco to Caleta Partida
|Another shot, a bit closer|
|Shearwater and Shakedown entering Caleta Partida|
|Time to head out and down to La Paz (Isla Partida on |
left, Isla Espiritus Santo on right)
|We were overtaken by a ferry just before it made its|
left hand turn in front of us into Pichilinge.
Well, we finally got back to La Paz and dropped anchor at 1315. We checked at the Marina Don Jose and found that the slip formerly occupied by Shakedown (some four months ago) was empty. It was the only empty slip in the marina! We inquired if we might pull back into it. Not a problem, we were told. The following day (December 8th) we did so and are now here for somewhere around two months, we think.
Meanwhile, our "summer cruise" is complete, we have (as always) some work to do on the boat, etc. etc. etc.
Until next time......