Sept.  2007

We left Santa Rosalia on Aug. 23rd and headed north, arriving in Bahia San Franscisquito the next day, our 5th wedding anniversary. The
trip was calm and uneventful, the way I always like them.


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Bridgie's Babble - Sept. 2007
John's not blowing a tune, he's trying to
keep the booby birds from taking his
fishing lure.
Mr. Pelican's perch gives him a "birds eye
view" of dinner.
We were lucky enough to have the
anchorage to ourselves for a day or
two.
At the end of August we made our way east to Isla Salsipuedes and promptly anchored in the North Slot. It had been a beautiful day, we
sailed on a beam reach and had thousands of dolphin escorts along the whole passage.
A dolphin escort makes the day!
Sailsoon at the opening of the anchorage,
with a "do not cross" banner!
A view of the South Slot
This pair of birds decided to keep us
company for many days,often visiting the
cabin to munch on flies!
A Leopard grouper for dinner!
View of the hunting grounds at the North
Slot. No shortage of food here......
In Early Sept. we were paying serious attention to the tropical storm warnings that were
being broadcast on the SSB radio and transmitted via weather fax info. The weather system
quickly turned into "Hurricane Henriette", forcing us to leave beautiful Isla Salsipuedes and
we headed for Puerto Don Juan, the northernmost hurricane hole in the Sea of Cortez. We
arrived on Sept. 3 to join about 12 other boats. Over the next day or so, the anchorage
contained 27 boats. All mariners listened intently to reports on Henriette's development and
anticipated route. Meanwhile, most cruisers were busy securing things on deck, removing
sails and dodgers, as well as stowing anything that might become a moving target in high
winds. A few days later, Henriette took a more southerly route and we were spared. What a
relief!
Once the threat of Henriette passed, we decided to spend some time off the Village of Bahia de Los Angeles, and did a few short day sails
to overnight at anchorages such as La Mona (where the coyotes live among the rocks), Quemada (beautiful hiking with views and lots of
rocks..again) and La Ventana. We were really just trying south for the season. The highlights of this area, without a doubt, are the whales!
There are so many fin backs, some blue whales and others we weren't able to identify. This area is clearly their home. They can be heard
and seen at all times of the day and night. There were also whale sharks in the bay; large, friendly ones. Reports are that some people
actually got to swim with them but we were not as lucky !We also visited a marine turtle sanctuary. This facility takes in injured turtles and
nurses them back to health, which can often take up to 10 years.
The community store on the north side of
town has some produce and basic
provisions
John visits with the owner while I do all the
hard work......shopping!
Bimbo bread NEVER goes bad, no matter
how old it is! Fresh eggs were not available;
the hens said it was too hot to lay them???
Can you spot the coyote? They camouflage
quite well!
(click for a close-up)
John enjoys a stroll along the beach at La
Mona. Notice the S.S. Minnow that ran
aground?
Sailsoon at rest as the sun sets
Our first trip to the Turtle Sanctuary
included: Jill and Greg of s/v Guenevere,
Ilene, Jamie and Adrien of s/v Flying Cloud
and George, Melinda and Josh of s/v
Southern Belle. Unfortunately, the facility
was closed but the morning trip was fun
anyway.
Turtles are endangered and protected but
this doesn't stop some of the local fishermen
from trying to provide dinner for their
families
Dave and Kellie of s/v Sweet Lorraine
joined us on the second trip.
Knowledgeable guides answer questions
and offer explana
tions.
FACT: By natural habit, turtles eat whatever floats on the sea surface and in the water. When they
eat pieces of plastic that have been discarded, their stomachs fill and they die from starvation due
to lack of nutrients. IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISPOSE OF PLASTIC IN THE OCEAN ANYWHERE
IN THE WORLD. PLEASE HELP BY NOT DOING SO. THANKS!
Josh, Melinda and George attempting to
play with a whale shark in Bahia de Los
Angeles
Whales are frequent sights
And we never tire of seeing them!
AND NOW FOR AN OVERVIEW OF BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES VILLAGE :
Breakfast was excellent at Costa del Sol
with friends from s/v Panoya and s/v
Guenevere
Burgers and fries all around at Palapa
Reyna for those on s/v Hooligan and s/v
Sweet Lorraine!
The shoreline of the bay is a welcome
sight.
Provisioning can also be done at the "yellow
market" named Xitlali, if you're looking for
"gringo food"
Greg of s/v Guenevere seems to be in need
of deodorant...hum..better buy extra..it's
hot here!
Adrien of s/v Flying Cloud tries not to step
on the thousands of small crabs that run
along the beach.
View of El Pescador from mountaintop of
Punta Quemada
The beach of Punta Quemada
The hike up the mountain looks worse than
it is and you'll be rewarded with a stiff
breeze.
On the 2nd Saturday of every month, the
Flying Samaritans come to the aid of
people in need of medical care.
In my case, a cap fell off my tooth and
needed some new cement. I was in and out
in an hour and am very satisfied with the
results. : )
We had burgers and fries here, too! It's one
of the few places to eat in Bahia de Los
Angeles (besides the boat)