We've been in Mazatlan for ten days now and we're
getting close to having Loomba-Loomba ready to leave at the dock on her own.
(We've hired a management company to look after her.)
Even the locals are complaining about the heat and humidity
- apparently the "July" weather arrived in June this year.
We are now staying in a condo so we try to arrive at the marina early
and head back to the condo around 3PM.
We fly out on June 28th so we are hoping we'll have some time
to explore the area before we leave.
Here is the blog post for the last few REALLY GREAT weeks in the Sea of Cortez.
5/20/14: We left San Juanico in the fog - (very unusual)
and stopped in Loreto to do some provisioning,
Puerto Escondido for fuel and water, and
Candeleros for a day of wifi.
It rained in Candeleros in the morning - also unusual for May.
The next stop was Agua Verde where we stayed for a week.
Here we are sailing into the AV anchorage.
We did a few hikes while we were in Agua Verde.
This one was to some cave paintings:
|Up and over a hill, down past this cemetery.........|
|Along this lagoon............|
|with cows grazing freely.........|
|...........all the way down this beach and then a scramble |
up to the dark spot on the hill in the background...........
|The caves were big..........|
|....................and here they are.|
Another hike was up the hill by the anchorage toward the east:
|Loomba-Loomba anchored in the north |
anchorage in Agua Verde
The snorkeling was great with clear, warm water.
We were in the water a lot.
|Cortez Angel Fish|
We moved on to Los Gatos on 5/30 and
spent 3 nights anchored near the largest reef.
Air temp 85. Water temp almost 82.
The snorkeling was excellent.
|Parrot, Trigger and Surgeon Fish|
|Beautiful Rock Formations in Puerto Los Gatos|
|There used to be Purple Hinged Rock Scallops everywhere |
in the Sea of Cortez.
Now all you see are piles of shells on the beach.
San Evaristo was our next stop. It is a well protected anchorage
with a fishing village and salt ponds.
From San Evaristo we headed to Puerto Ballandra
and on the way we caught this beautiful Dorado!
We spent several days in Balandra
waiting to see what Hurricane Boris was going
to do before heading across the Sea of Cortez
While we were there we ate lots of fish,
did lots of snorkeling,
and saw several great sunsets.
We left Balandra on 6/6 thinking we would
spend the night in Ensenada de Los Muertos,
but when we got to the end of Cerralvo Channel
we decided to skip Muertos and head across to Mazatlan.
It was a good and lively crossing.
We arrived in Maz at 9AM on 6/8.