Monday, March 12, 2018


After ten days in Caleta Partida on Isla Espiritu Santo
 waiting for a break in the parade of very strong northerlies 
that were producing large short period seas 
 we finally had a window to make our way down 
Cerralvo Channel (a notorious wind funnel) 
to Ensenada de los Muertos. 

We had the wind
and the current with us so it was comfortable and fast 
sail. While just off of La Ventana (no other boats around) and three
miles from shore on either side we heard a shout. 
We both jumped up - thinking someone either
needed rescuing or we were about to run into a small boat.
To our amazement there was a hydrofoil kite surfer
just off of our stern with a HUGE smile on his face!
His kite just missed our mast. We didn't have time 
to snap a picture and he was gone just as fast as
he appeared! That was a first for us.
Sunset at Ensenada de los Muertos and..........
Happy hour! It was cold.............
Every afternoon the wind increased. This is a very sheltered bay from
northerlies and as Jim says: It was honking!
The seas can get wicked in the Sea of Cortez and 
it takes a few days for the seas to die down after
strong winds. We waited in Ensenada de los Muertos
for six days.
It's a good place to hang out. There are two restaurants
with wifi that works most of the time, a nice long
beach to walk, and pangueros coming and going to fish
or to take out visiting gringos from La Paz. 

The view from the restaurant at Hotel Bahia de los Suenos at
one end of the beach
and the view from the 1535 Beach Club restaurant at the other
end of the bay (Loomba-Loomba is the white speck in the
middle of the picture)

The 1535 Restaurant

On our morning walk.......

The seas were flattening out - heading out the next
We left at 4am on March 8th. Once again we
had the current and wind pushing us along.
It was a consistent, comfortable and fast sail:

The wind dropped off over night and we
eventually had to turn on the engine.

Beautiful sunrise as we approached Mazatlan
We made it to Mazatlan in record time (for us):
190 miles in 29 hours!

We are now in Marina Mazatlan where we are leaving
Loomba-Loomba for two weeks while we do an inland
trip to Oaxaca and Mexico City.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

La Paz

Five days in La Paz:
Valentine's Dinner at El Mesquit with friends,
Lots of bike riding,
The Children's Parade at the tail end of Carnaval festivities,

Really good Chiapas coffee from La Choya,
(which is a VERY long bike ride from the
marina, but worth it!),

A trip out to El Triunfo with Jim and Jeanne (s/vKanga)
for lunch at a new German restaurant that serves homemade sausages:
(Triunfo is beginning to get somewhat trendy!),

Lunch at the Bismark with Ed and Annette  (s/vAnnie's Song),

This night heron spent a lot of time hanging out on our dinghy,

We also fueled up and provisioned before heading out to the Islands on Feb. 19.