Our next stop, Caleta San Juanico It is a large bay with dramatic rock formations in the water. Definitely a place to return to and spend more time. Because of the rocks, snorkeling would be good and we saw a lot of fish, big and small. Instead of staying, we decided to push on.
We set sail north towards Bahia Concepción. This is a huge bay with many small bays within it. The town of Mulege is at the northern tip of the bay. We were now also traveling with Julie and Greg on s\v Adventura. They hail from Spokane, Wa. and we met in Los Gatos. We all decided to drop anchor in Playa Santispac, which we did and headed for shore. There we met Carlos and his wife, Thelma. They own Anna's restaurant and even offered to take us to town in the morning. We had cervesas and dinner and met more cruisers.
By now we had quite a group of friends and we decided to do a pot luck dinner on the beach. The food was awesome and the scenery inspiring. We had a great time.
We moved from bay to bay with each other and shared meals and cocktails. We found a taco stand\restaurant across the highway and were very impressed with their twice baked clams. It quickly became our favorite spot!
Meeting so many great people, it was hard to say goodbye. But that is the life of the cruiser. We can hope to see each other again along the way.
Shakedown crew is on a schedule. Yes, the forbidden word, schedule! All cruisers know that living on a boat that traverses the waters of the world, should never have a schedule. But here in Mexico, visitors must renew their visas every six months (180 days). So it is back to Puerto Escondido, leave the boat on a mooring ball, fly from Loreto to Tijuana, walk across the border and wait for brother Vern to pick us up. (We always enjoy visiting Vern and Christina. We shop and have fun and this time, returned to the boat two days later.)
As it turns out, on the journey back to Puerto Escondido Shakedown sustained damage to the mainmast traveler located in the cockpit. The sea reminded us of the ocean that day, with swells from 8 to 10 feet and winds gusting to 25 mph. The mainsheet traveler ripped out of the wood and lodged itself through the dodger-bimini tearing the fabric and ripping out the after portion of the railing that frames the bimini. The captain lowered the sail while the owner/first mate held the wheel and the traveler main sheet so as to prevent further damage. It was a rough day at sea! The raw (cooling) water pump attached to the main engine decided to open up as well during this cruise. It has been dripping ever so slightly since we bought the boat, but now must be attended to while in Puerto Escondido. That's boating....as a famous captain once said "if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there!"
Fair winds and calm seas to all our friends and family!