Poerto Escondido is overshadowed by the Sierra de la Giganta mountains to the west. Loreto is north and the mainland is in an easterly direction across the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez. The inner harbor is virtually landlocked with a spectacular view of the mountains and two "windows" looking toward Loreto and Carmen Island.
We joined our new friends to celebrate Labor Day. We went to Loreto Bay Inn and spent the day on the beach. We snorkeled, socialized, and had lunch at the restaurant on the beach. Then we swam in the swimming pool and had Margaritas. A lovely day was shared by all.
We had torrential rain for two days and, were happy to ride to Loreto with our Colorado friends, Cindy and Ed for supplies. To reciprocate we had all of our new friends on board Shakedown for cocktails and snacks.
The captain does not let us down, the water maker is back on line and working like a champ! Oh happy days, just in time for football.
We experienced more storms toward the end of Sept. and had bowls and towels ready to catch the rain inside the boat. All boats leak, so I am told!
We have friends for dinner on Shakedown and, we are invited to friends boats or palapas for dinner. All in all, it's been a wonderful Sept. in Puerto Escondido and Loreto.
The highlight of our Oct. was a trip to Dallas, Texas for the captains submarine reunion. The USS Snook fast attack nuclear sub event brought old shipmates together and we had a great time. We visited the George W. Bush Museum, the Arboretum and the State Fair of Texas. We did a lot in one week. We even went shopping at the "nicest mall in Dallas"!
The State Fair of Texas
Projects on the boat continue, hurricanes pass us by, and we continue to enjoy this beautiful place. The snorkeling is fun and we have discovered many species of fish. Our new pets are called Chubs and they live under the boat. They watch us , they follow us in the dingy and they expect to be fed. There is a competition to see how many Chubs we all can collect under our boat. We are doing quite well with just under twenty.
We greeted the end of Oct. with a hike into the Tabor Canyon, (Steinbeck Canyon) in the Sierra de la Giganta range. The book said follow the trail but all we found were huge boulders to climb up and over. Pati and Eric were with us and by the time we returned to the harbor we were tired and sore but very proud of our accomplishment.
We had been looking forward to November when son Steven will come for a visit. We plan to cruise the islands and we hope the weather will cooperate. We know the temperature is cooler because we don't like to take cold showers any longer!
A short trip (3 nights) to Honeymoon Bay, Isla Danzante
A short trip (3 nights) to Bahia Aqua Verde
Our last day in Puerto Escondido saw us sending off Steven at the airport for his return to the Baltimore area, returning to the port in time for the annual Taco Feast for returning cruisers. Got a chance to say so long to our good friends and we're heading out in the morning on a slow journey back to La Paz.
|George & Ruth saying goodbye|