|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 surprise there!
|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
between 2 large
The locals dive off
the far rock into
water.. a long
drop about 30' off
|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 about it!
Thank you Scott and team for being
so giving of your time and sharing
|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
|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. : )