Thursday, May 24, 2012

PE to San Carlos

After leaving Puerto Escondido on May 11th we headed out to the islands and anchorages around PE and Loreto.  The weather was still perfect with calm, clear, warm water.  This is our favorite area in the Sea of Cortez.  No towns, no wifi, no phone service. Just beautiful anchorages and beaches, lots of sea life, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

First stop was Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante where we spent several days.
Anna (with Mike, Kathy, Kent and Luis on board) caught up with us there for a day.

Anchored at Isla Danzante.

Kent and Luis "surfing" from Anna.

Dolphins came for a visit every evening.

Then to Bahia Salinas on Isla Carmen where Wildfower joined us, back to Candeleros Bay, Isla Coronados, and then Punta Mangles where we had the anchorage to ourselves. 

Heading from Isla Danzante to the SE side of Isla Carmen.

Bahia Salinas on Isla Carmen.

Snorkeling on a wreck in Bahia Salinas.

Abandoned resort project at Punta Mangles.

Loomba-Loomba in the distance anchored at Punta Mangles.

Sea Caves just north of Punta Mangles.

Skeleton of a Moray Eel on the Beach at the Sea Caves.

Air temp 86.5, water temp 75.5

We said good-bye to Baja and headed out from Mangles at noon on May 22nd , arriving in Bahia Algodones near San Carlos the morning of the 23rd. It was a great crossing. Good wind on the Baja side, light wind in the middle and strong wind on the mainland side.  Fairly flat seas and a beautiful moonless night sky.

Sunset out in the Sea of Cortez.

Heading into San Carlos the next morning.

Anchored in Bahia Algodones: Air temp 92, Water temp 77.2

We are now tied to the dock at Marina Real where Loomba-Loomba will be for a month before she gets hauled out.  We are heading back across the Sea by ferry to get our car in PE and then going down to the Copper Canyon on the mainland side for a week or so before we start getting Loomba-Loomba ready to survive the summer in the dry storage yard here at Marina Real.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kelsey and RL’s Mexico Visit

We arrived back in Puerto Escondido on 4/25, cleaned the boat, did laundry and got the car started. On 4/29 we drove to La Paz to pick up Kelsey and RL and hit the Mega Super Mercado to re-provision.  After giving them a quick tour of La Paz, having a shrimp taco at Taqueria Pulpo, and juice popsicle at La Fuente, we headed for Puerto Escondido.     
Almost to Puerto Escondido
View from the cockpit in Puerto Escondido

The next day we went to Loreto for the Sunday market, breakfast at Café Ole, and a quick tour of Loreto.

Breakfast at Cafe Ole

The Mission in Loreto

On Monday we headed out early for San Juanico where we stayed for a week with perfect weather, clear water, and very few boats.
View from the ridge hike in San Juanico

Kelsey and RL camped on the beach. This is their view.

Sunset view from the cockpit - San Juanico.

One night we had a bonfire on the beach.

Beach day.

Kelsey and RL Snorkeling.

Jim kayaking.

Loomba-Loomba anchored between the rocks in San Juanico.

We then headed south again towards Puerto Escondido and spent two nights at Isla Coronados on the way.
Loomba-Loomba anchored at Isla Coronados.
Kelsey and RL hiked up to the top of the volcano that forms Isla Coronados.
This is the view.

We had a little happy hour potluck on the beach with
Virg and Todd from Wildflower and another  boat.

Heading back to Puerto Escondido.

Kelsey and RL took us out to dinner at Pedro's (the only restaurant in PE.

Kelsey and RL at the airport.
It was such a great visit. We were so excited to show them our favorite part of Baja. The weather was perfect, the water was calm, warm and clear, snorkeling was good, we caught a trigger fish for dinner one night, and we saw dolphins, turtles and whales.  The only disappointment was that there were no whale sharks around this year.

We got the boat cleaned up, laundry done, and the car put away today so we are heading out tomorrow to explore Isla Carmen. From there we will work our way north and then across the Sea of Cortez to San Carlos where we are leaving the boat for the summer. Haul out date is June 15.