Bridgie's Babble - March 12, 2007

March 12, 2007

The weather window has improved and it's time to think about leaving Bahia San Quintin. Leave? Are you
kidding? Go back out in that
stuff ? Give me another 9 days and I'll think about it! Oh, wait, we're almost out
of food so we must go on to Turtle Bay. Now, there's a persuasive OK, let's get going. As I
man the wheel and John hoists the anchor, a whale circles the boat, coming within a hundred feet of it. Is this
a good luck omen or ........ OK, I'm trying not to read too much into it so I put the thought away. I don't want
to spook myself or get up any hopes.

With one exception, the passage to Turtle Bay was pretty good. Santa Ana winds at 35 knots  were
encountered as we approached the mainland from Cedros Island. Waves were breaking over our port side,
giving us (John more than I) quite the bath on several occasions. This continued for about 2 hours until we
approached the entrance to the bay.   For the entire trip  we had big, following seas (8-10') but I guess I'm
getting use to them. 33 hours and 180 miles later, we arrived safe and sound. While experiencing the Santa
Ana's, at least a dozen whales passed us on their way north. Too bad we couldn't stop to take in their beauty!
Our goal was to get out of that weather!

I loved being at Turtle Bay. We stayed there for 7 days. The weather was nice enough and it was teeming
with wild life. Every time I looked out, there were dolphins and seals swimming around or near the boat.
There were osprey nesting on top of  an old utility pole. We met Carlos and Mercedes of the Palapa
Restaurant, who showed us a good time, took us "shopping" for groceries, beer and all the other fine things
one could hope for. Mercedes even gave me some tips on Mexican cooking, along with a bottle of sauce and a
can of snails. Yup, snails.  I'm telling's all about the food. (I may end up using them for bait..the
picture on the can isn't all that appetizing).  I was finally able to do some laundry, get on the Internet at a local
café and just relax. This is the place where we also got to finally meet the crew from Sweetie and Estrella, as
well as those from other boats. As they say in Spanish, "no hay prisa" (there's no rush!)

So, do I like this adventure? Well, the jury is still out on the sailing but I sure do love the destinations! I mean,
take a look at the photos..what's not to love?
First, you fill the bucket with sea water and let the
sun warm it up. Then you add detergent, clothing
and swish, swish. Let it sit for an hour or two.
Swish again, scrub the stains and wring out as much
water as possible. Dump the salt water, refill with
fresh water, add clothes, and swish some more.
Repeat process until water comes out pretty
clear.Wring very well.
Next, hang the clothes securely with clothes pins on
the life lines. Remember, our friend the
wind can
snatch a sock quicker than you can imagine! Wait
about 3 days and your laundry will be dry enough to
put away. Since there is so much salt in the air,
no matter how hot or windy, the salt delays dry time.
One of many osprey we sited. Majestic Birds! You
should see the talons up close. Glad I'm not a fish.
Birds are drawn to the bait balls that swim in the
bay. I'm  always amazed at how  the pelicans dive
at high speed directly into the water for their food
with such accuracy.
Although most of the houses are in disrepair, the
schools are in good, clean condition. This is the
elementary school. The classes are from 8 AM to
12 PM, Monday through Friday
glad to find we always had a place to dispose of our
trash that we had collected while underway.
The houses come in such a variety of bright
colors. I picked this photo because it's
Mikayla's favorite color.
it, but they were happy and pleasant, welcoming