|Wildlife is the largest draw in the Sea of Cortez.
Every day we were entertained by watching
dolphins (above) or the music of all types of
birds including pelicans (below)
|John was the "on the water" weather reporter. He
"interpreted" the weather forecasts several times
a day and made announcements via VHF and
SSB to anyone willing (wanting) to listen within
range. His diligence kept us out of harms way!
|Have we ever mentioned the stingrays?
We sure should have! They are
everywhere, all the time. They range is
size from 2" diameter to over 3'. So,
shuffle those feet and/or wear your
footwear when at the beach!
|The doctor had said we should eat more
fish..and John didn't need any more
incentive than that!
|My favorite part of the boat is the cockpit, I
can read, star gaze, photograph the wildlife
|Looks like we'll be having a yummy
meal with this Barred Pargo!
|Annie and Casey of s/v V'ger
are hardy sailors. The wind was
a lovely 20+ knots and here
they come with all sails
unfurled. Nothing like having
the rail in the water, huh?
Now, no big deal, right? Well
take a look at the narrow
channel (far right). There's very
little room for error when
passing through. Rocks and
reefs reach to just under the
surface. One wrong move and a
hull puncture is likely. WE go
around the island and play it
|One of our favorite spots is Isla Salsipuedes. We prefer to stay in the north slot but the wind was blowing from the north east making a
stay there impossible. Many cruisers forego this island and anchorages because it's a challenge to get to and escape from. The area is
susceptible to frequent wind direction changes. The slots are very narrow with high rock walls on each side. Bow and stern anchors are
recommended A shift in wind (and thus swell), means you have to be ready at any time to pull up anchor and move out. And it always
seems to work that way. It's easy to be deceived by this anchorage. By most accounts, the sun will be shining, the waters warm and calm
upon a daytime arrival . You feel like you've just discovered heaven. At dusk the winds start to pick up as do the seas. If you've played
your cards right you're in the protected anchorage. If not, well, you have to leave ...when it's dark and nasty, often in the company of
thunder and lightening! It's not one of those places where you can truly let your guard down. Nevertheless, it's simply beautiful!
|Our boogie board doubles as a floating bar. An
evening cocktail is prepared by Paul (s/v Tequila
Rose) while Kathy and I wade water patiently.
Somebody had to take the photo...thanks, John!
|The Rose's have a single inflatable kayak but were
anxious to try our tandem one. Left, right, not exactly in
sync but it takes some practice
|While cruising we accumulate trash. The non-
biodegradable stuff has to be burned. Hence, John
and Paul took on that responsibility. They are
returning from duty..
|Bahia El Pescador
|We spent a few days at El Pescador. It, too, was
very nice and secluded. There was a great beach
for picnics and hiking. This was our first stop to
this anchorage; we returned later in the season on
our way south.
|Bahia de Los Angeles...the "hurricane" safety region
|The Full Moon Party starring Casey of V'ger. The party just wouldn't
be complete without this years PACIFICO PIN UP PAL!
|Typically, Full Moon Parties
are held in summer during the
full moon. There are several
locations with estuaries that fill
up at high tide and the water
rushes out into the Sea as the
levels subside. This is a
perfect time to "surf" those
rapids, stay cool and socialize.
This particular event was held
at La Gringa
|Guard Dog Rocky (s/v Milagro) is not waiting for
mom and dad..he swims to the party
|Buster (s/v Ceilidh) takes a rest on our cool boogie
board (it really is a multi-purpose item)
|Patrick (s/v 4 P.A.C.K) is always ready for fun!
|The crowd gathers in anticipation of great rushing
currents to take them out.
|John converses with a man who has actually
traveled by truck camper to spend time in BLA
|Paul and Kathy floating lazily downstream
|So these are the rapids? Fun! Just my speed!
|Clearly Buster doesn't want to get his feet wet. He's
waiting for that dry landing