Saturday, May 27, 2017

Puerto Escondido to San Carlos 2017

We left Puerto Escondido on May 9th after spending two days waiting out some unpredictable and changeable winds. We headed north towards Isla Coronados. The winds were out of the northeast (unusual) and we were doing so well sailing we decided to sail right past Coronados and go all the way to San Juanico (one of our all time favorite anchorages).


The slow cold front moving down from the north brought cooler temperatures (low 70’s during the day and low 60’s at night) and also cooler water (a chilly  69 to 72) when we first arrived in SJ.  We had some windy and cold days in SJ, but also some “perfect days” and the water did start warming up to 75 in the afternoons. By the time we left San Juanico the water was finally up to 78 and the air was up into the 80’s.
We met some great new people, saw old friends, hiked most of the trails, swam, beachcombed, got some boat chores done, relaxed, and made a good dent in the food that needs to be eaten before we head to the states.
Sunset beach bonfire

Moon rising behind the pinnacles
View from the cockpit

Sunset view from the cockpit

The road to La Ramada beach

The SJ fire pit for burning garbage

We added one more year on our Cruiser's shrine plaque
Our good friends Susan and Steve on Pacific who we met seven years ago.
Steve is a diver and has taken some awesome underwater videos.
If you would like to see what life is like beneath the Sea of Cortez go to
the blog roll on the side bar of our blog and click on "Pacific".
View from the trail up hills on the north side of the anchorage.
Loomba-Loomba is the middle boat.
View from the ridge trail (on the south side of the anchorage)
 looking north.
Looking southeast from the ridge trail

Looking southwest from the ridge trail
There was an abundance of grebes this year.
They are really fun to watch because they all
dive under at the same time and start popping 
back up about the same time.
I couldn't get a video, but this is a picture
of one of the smaller flocks:

It's also the season for the mobula rays to
entertain us with their acrobatic jumping:

San Juanico updates: 
The house/hotel (San Basilio) on the hill is getting fancier all the time. They’ve done a very good job blending it into the surrounding landscape. The road into the bay/house has improved. There haven’t been many obvious guests since we arrived.

The organic farm up the road has expanded and now has lots of chickens (and eggs), more goats (goat cheese), two turkeys, many more raised beds with shade covers, and a solar street light(?!!).


Jim and Servando with our first day's bounty.

Servando, Jim, and Carlos packaging up the
goat cheese and eggs.

When we were searching through the zucchini bed Servando
saw a rattle snake right in the bed. Apparently they capture them,
dry them for the meat, and use the fat for some kind of a medicine
for asthma. This is the rattle from the last one they caught.

The last leg of the walk back to the anchorage from the farm.
If you look closely you can see L-L's mast.

Eggs, tomatoes, zucchini, peas, beets, and goat cheese from
our last trip to the farm.
We had some pork medallions in the freezer so we made fried
rice with beet greens, zucchini, onions and egg and we made
a salad with beets, goat cheese, tomatoes and avocados.

We stayed in San Juanico for a little over two weeks
before heading across the Sea of Cortez to
San Carlos, which is where we are now - getting
L-L ready to store on the hard for hurricane season.

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