|Summer in the Sea - 2008 Part 2 - Loreto to Santa Rosalia
|The Doctor wasn't in the day we
|This sign, posted on the beach at La Lancha Cove, made us very curious. What could lie at the end of that hard-
packed dirt road? We had seen pangas arriving daily with visitors (gringo types), complete with luggage. They
would be picked up at an appointed time, hop into the back of a pickup truck and travel to their destination.
Occasionally, while waiting for the truck they would swim in the waters to cool off. John and I , along with Paul and
Kathy of s/v Tequila Rose, decided to walk the long, dusty 4 miles (each way) in 100 degree temps. from La
Lancha Cove, Isla Carmen to an Ecological Preserve on the other side of the island. It's a good thing they've
decided to preserve it now before there is nothing left! We wondered how the visitors rated their experience upon
completion....there were lots of bees and no see'im bugs...mostly it was a pretty hostile environment for all but the
hardy. Generally the groups only spent the night and we're on their way back to Loreto early the next morning. No
|Isla San Marcos
A modern day gypsum mining operation
|San Juanico is a special place! Some people refer to this as cruiser trash but officially this is the "Cruisers Shrine". We donated an old "Sailsoon" cap which you can see stuck
on the branches just above my head. Photo at right shows one of the many lovely outcrops of rocks. WE love this place..in good weather!
|Our exploration was shared with good friends Kathy
and Paul (s/v Tequila Rose) and Annie (s/v V'ger)
|The gypsum mine operation made it a very dusty
place. We often wondered about the residents health.
|A peek at the town as we approach the mining
|A new playground is located dangerously close to the
mountains of dusty gypsum
|Gypsum is loaded into freighters
|How many beaches have immediate access to an open
air restroom? Now this is a room with a view!
|Back at anchor we were treated to "flying" manta rays. Often there were several dozen doing a "love dance" (or at
least our romantic minds imagined it to be)
|A hard sand bottom with patches of weed made anchor
deployment a challenge at Puerto Viejo. After several
attempts with the Bruce we found it necessary to
deploy the Delta. We payed out 110' of chain in 12.5'
|A foot bridge is
suspended between 2
large rock outcrops.
The locals dive off the
far rock into the
refreshing water.. a
long drop about 30'
off the water
|Finally! The wind velocity and direction are working in
accordance with our rhumb line.
|We weren't breaking any speed records but we were
making forward progress!
|Just another day in Paradise!
|John's chanting " I know I can, I know I
can" (and persistence) paid off!
|Santa Rosalia and the Giant Humboldt Squid
A Dockside Education
|In the Central Sea we call Santa Rosalia our
home port. We've written about it before
so you know all the nice features it offers.
But! When we stopped to provision on
Aug. 15th. we were delighted to find a
group of scientists at the Singlar Marina.
They were in the process of studying the
Giant Humboldt Squids. We were in the
company of a very intelligent and famous
man, Scott Cassell, who rewarded us with
information and demonstrations on these
giant swimmers. This was a very different
sort of dock party. Plus, we were able to
assist him by supplying a salt water pump
and hose to help circulate the water thus
keeping the specimen alive for the testing.
Best of all, we've included links to his
website and those of others who sing his
praise, noting some of his accomplishments.
Go to these websites and you can read all
Thank you Scott and team for being so
giving of your time and sharing your
|Check this link to find out the next
exciting adventure Scott has planned!
|Making a run to Bahia San Francisquito on the
heels of tropical storm Julio
|Not sure you'd want to sit on this "throne"
|Use what you have, right?
|A bit of pushing....
|...and before you know it, the anchor is down!
|"Say please, Casey" says John who clearly has
the upper hand!
|Mission accomplished! These guys are real heroes! Take a bow, boys! John (l), Paul (c) and Casey (r) save the day!
|This bird sat perched on this cactus
through wind and heavy rains for the
duration of Julio (about 24 hours)
|The skies darken as Julio approaches
|s/v Emerald Star sits comfortably at anchor just a few hours
before the storm
|And rain it certainly did! Once the deck had a
good washing we were able to fill up both of
our fresh water tanks (40 gals), our solar
shower bags and a couple of buckets!
Unfortunately our dinghy was strapped upside
down on deck.. Otherwise, we could have
filled it and had a nice bathtub! When the first
rains started it was just after midnight. John
invited me out to the cockpit for a shower at 2
in the morning but I declined. Can I say it was
too cold? Well, it was! And that's my final
statement. : )