Blog post by Jim...........
With new starter motor installed, we left our slip at Marina San Carlos at dawn, Nov. 9, putted out into bay and dropped the hook for final prep to cross over to the Baja side. Left about mid-day in a small but confused lumpy sea state and light wind. Ended up motoring all day and all night. Arrived Puerto Escondido Nov. 10 around 9 a.m., about 12 hours ahead of next forecast N’ly. Water temp 80 degrees! Jumped in for a swim, refilled fuel tanks, joined the “circle of knowledge” happy hour to learn the latest, and say hi to friends. Wind came up that night. Typical three-day blow, 25 kts plus, with gusts above 30. Time to hunker down, and Puerto Escondido is good for that.
|Leaving Marina San Carlos|
|Sunset in the middle of the Sea of Cortez|
|Sunrise as we pass Loreto - Baja|
|Sunset Puerto Escondido|
|Sunrise Puerto Escondido|
A few days later, with N’ly coming to an end, we headed South to hunker down again, the next one only two days away. There was wind, but the left-over seas caused too much motion for the sails to stay full, so we motored 25 miles to Agua Verde. This is what we call ‘seas bigger than the wind’. Nice to see the anchor in 20 ft of clear warm water. Snorkeled, beach-combed, inflated the paddle boards and explored around. Right on schedule, next N’ly started the night of Nov. 16. It’s so nice to receive these good forecasts via the single side band and ham radio nets!
|Leaving Puerto Esondido heading to Agua Verde|
|Everything is greener on Baja than we've ever seen.|
This is the village of Agua Verde with the green mountains behind
|This palapa on the beach by the north anchorage in Agua Verde|
was a victim of the summer storms
|Dinghy exploration while the lull from the northerlies lasts|
|This car went off the very primitive and washed out road right|
above our anchorage. The driver was lucky she didn't just
keep rolling down the cliff to the beach below.
|We walked to the village on this road to go to the store |
to get a little fresh produce.
Nov. 20 left Agua Verde heading south. Seas bigger than wind again.
Motored until we could sail in Canal de San Jose 18-22 kts downwind,
right into Isla San Francisco. Enjoyed a couple of good days there.
Strong N’ly, but excellent anchorage, nice walks on beach and across island.
Weather predictions start on formation of Hurricane Sandra, and deterioration of Rick.
|View from the anchorage of Isla San Francisco looking toward|
the mainland Baja
|Hiked over to the other side of the Island.|
This is the view hiking back......
only masts :)
We didn’t want to tangle with Sandra, so moved closer to La Paz.
Once again, seas were bigger than wind, but this time plenty of wind,
so we had a rolly sail to Ensenada Grande, on Isla Partida,
about 25 miles from La Paz. None of the lockers flew open.
Chrissy does a good job loading the boat with food.
Sandra went on by. She was a big one, Category 4 out at sea,
but diminished and was no threat to us. She turned right
south of Cabo San Lucas heading across the southern entrance
of the Sea of Cortez, but missed us. We had rain,
which cleaned the boat, and we didn’t see the sun for almost four days.
A very late, late-season storm, on what is considered to be the
last day of hurricane season.
|Interesting rock formations on the shores of Ensenada Grande|
The snorkeling was great
A huge fish ball........the pelicans were having a hey day
It was fun to watch the Pelicans dive one right after the other
|We did quite a lot of beach combing, paddle boarding,|
while we were at Ensenada Grande