Thursday, December 22, 2011

San Blas to La Cruz

We arrived in San Blas/Mantenchen Bay at 5PM on 12/14.
All decorated for Christmas.
Outside the Market

Hotel Flamingos Lobby
Apparently built by Maximillan Delius

More pinatas
Central Plaza

I wish I'd taken a video of this.
These four dogs barked up a chorus whenever anyone walked by.

This woman was all dressed up riding around town.
We saw her later with her little grandson
(great-grandson?) riding in the front.
Lunch at Alicia's on the beach with Bob and Gisele from Relax
 and Virg from Wildflower.
We left San Blas the morning of 12/18 and arrived in Chacala that afternoon.
One of our favorite spots.
We caught 2 Sierra on the way to Chacala.
Really good eating.
The Port Captain's office in Chacala

A very descriptive sign on the path from the dinghy landing to the town.

Hotel Las Brisas. On the Beach with good wifi in the restaurant.
Two Chacala fishermen heading out in the evening.
Chacala Sunset.
After spending two nights in Chacala we left for La Cruz and anchored in the bay the afternoon of 12/20. We will be spending about a month in the La Cruz/PV area so we will be anchored out part of the time and staying in the marina part of the time.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crossing the Sea of Cortez

We left La Paz on 12/10 and anchored in Puerto Ballandra (12 miles from La Paz)
 to get an earlier start through Cerralvo Channel. This was the sunset that night.

Had a great sail heading out of the Channel the next day
 and anchored in Los Muertos for the night.

Left Los Muertos on the 12th heading for San Blas.

Leaving Muertos there was no wind.
The wind picked up later that day and lasted all night.
Sunrise day 2.

Sunrise day 3.
Passing Isla Isabela heading into San Blas.
We anchored in Mantenchen Bay at 5pm on December 14.

Friday, December 9, 2011

La Paz

We arrived at Marina Palmira in La Paz on 11/29 with time to get Loomba-Loomba cleaned up, 
do laundry and buy a little food before Drew arrived on 12/2. 
Drew flew into Cabo, rented a car and drove up to La Paz.
The weather was not great while he was here - more "northers" - in fact blowing 25-30 right in the bay. All the slips at all the marinas were full and no one was going anywhere.  

Since we didn't want to go out to the islands we explored La Paz,

La Fuente Ice Cream Shop on the Malecon (As featured in the Seattle P.I.)
Riding our bikes from Marina Palmira to El Centro
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de La Paz
hit the big supermarkets (there are many) to re-provision and Home Depot for some boat supplies,
Lots of good produce to choose from at Soriana's Hiper.
The wind blew Santa over!
we hung out around the boat and marina, 

Drew had a hard time not taking this kitty home.
Sunset view from the cockpit.
Loomba-Loomba's Christmas decorations.
Some of the La Paz decorations.

and did some road trips to the surrounding areas.
Los Cerritos:
Los Cerritos Beach (on the Pacific)
Los Cerritos Surf Colony
The road back to the highway from Los Cerritos.

Even on the highway you have to be on the lookout for livestock.

Todos Santos:

An interesting mural in the Cultural Center..........
..............and a creche.
Also in Todos Santos: Hotel California (which they claim was the subject of the Eagles song).

From Todos Santos we went to Triunfo which is one of several mining towns
 which no longer have working mines. 

Then to Los Muertos which is now called Los Suenos.
We stopped in Muertos last year on Loomba-Loomba and it was interesting to see it by land.
It's an amazing place. Just like last year there were no guests, but lots of employees.

The entrance off the highway had a gate with a guard who radioed ahead and after driving a few miles down this road we   were greeted by another employee in a golf cart and were told to follow her to where we could park. We than got in the golf cart and she drove us through another huge wooden gate and down the hill to the resort restaurant.
It is an amazing place on a beautiful bay.
The restaurant was built around the owner's
electric train collection which is  unbelievable.
Not only do they have an amazing collection of art and artifacts,
they also have the biggest pair of binoculars I have ever seen.
The day Drew left we explored a little of Cabo and San Jose del Cabo. 
We caught the bus back to La Paz and he flew back to L.A. 
Town square San Jose del Cabo.
 We are leaving La Paz tomorrow morning (12/10) and making a couple of stops on the East Cape before heading across to the mainland. We are planning on being in La Cruz for Christmas.
Thanks for your photos, Drew!