Saturday, May 31, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The title above pretty much describes why it has taken us a month to post another entry on this Blog.As planned, we did transit to Santa Domingo, met Patty and Terry from Mystique and Karen and Roger from Meridien, had Patty's birthday party, met all the folks on Wendaway, Airops, Far Country among others and were swept up into a run of beach walks, shelling and even a fun evening beach party. Wendy from Wendaway gave us a huge collection of shells to give to Amber as souvenirs since she won't have a chance to visit the beaches where shells are in abundance. Vlasta from Far Country met us on the beach one morning and gave us Jingle shells for Amber, along with some other treasures.Mystique and Meridien went up to Santa Rosalia and we followed a day later for more provisions and to spend a last day with good old friends. While there I (Marlene) got a pretty good haircut and hope we have time to stop on our way home for a trim. We said "haste luego" to the two M boats as they crossed the Sea to San Carlos to put their boats away until next season.We continued on to Isla San Marcos where we met up with Airops, Far Country and Wendaway. Dave and Merry from Airops came over one evening for a potluck and brought me two pair of beautiful shell earrings that Merry made -- for pierced ears. Now I just have to go and get it done -- after years of procrastinating -- I just love these earrings -- so I will do it! Thanks to Merry for the incentive! We had several evening get-togethers, getting to know each other, sharing life stories and current passions. One passion shared by many of us is "weather." Mark from Wendaway has a contact at NOAA who is developing a newer, better, weather forecasting system for the Eastern Pacific. Mark got us in touch with him and now lots of conversation, email and radio time is spent analyzing and talking about weather.All four boats made it back to either Punta Chivato or Santo Domingo for more beach walks, shelling, and parties. Roy has perfected his Margaritas, and we all enjoyed them on several occasions. We still drink lots of fizzy mineral water as well, needing to keep well hydrated in this dry climate. From there we migrated to San Juanico for only one night since strong winds were predicted and we needed to get to better protection. We separated from the group and sailed in very brisk 15-20 winds to Punta Colorada for a few nights and then we went Puerto Escondido for Loreto Fest where Roy conducted a seminar on Medicine for Cruisers.We returned to Isla Coronados (our home away from home), and the parties resumed! An extended Happy Hour on Wendaway on Sunday, a superb spaghetti dinner hosted by Clarence and Sharon on Lotus on Monday. We invited Wendy and Mark and Vlasta and Gordo and Merry and Dave for a bagel breakfast on Tuesday morning (I made them on Monday) -- a thank you to all of them for welcoming us into their lives, for sharing their love of shelling and giving us so many wonderful mementos and memories. Alas, time came for Wendaway and Airops to head toward home -- we look forward to seeing them next season.The next day, we took Damiana over to Loreto for provisions and invited Vlasta and Gordo (Far Country) to join us. As it turns out, Peggy and Don from Interlude finally arrived from the mainland -- we met at the roadstead, shopped, had lunch and then all came back to Isla Coronados. For several days in a row we had gorgeous beach weather, even played Bocce Ball. Gordo taught me some techniques so that I was finally able to score some points. We, of course, had evening get-togethers, dinner on Damiana on Thursday, dinner aboard Far Country last Friday, and then on Saturday we had craft day aboard Damiana followed by an informal potluck. On Sunday, while playing Bocce Ball some Mexicans joined us -- apparently never having played it and they did very well!Today is Wednesday, day three of a "wind event" here in the Sea of Cortez, winds in excess of 20 kts, but we expect high winds again tomorrow. On Monday we moved to the south side of the island which has better protection from north winds. We hiked from this beach to the other side Monday morning and again on Tuesday morning, before the winds picked up around 11 a.m. We finally were in the same anchorage as Spirit Quest; Kathy and Doug invited us over for a delicious fish dinner on Monday -- was nice to visit and spend time with them on their beautiful boat.With winds expected to lay down tomorrow evening, we have plans to go to a nearby restaurant on the beach on Friday.Just like we said, TOO MUCH FUN!!!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Our first "refuge" was Punta Colorada on Isla Carmen, a very quiet anchorage with a small but rocky beach. The hillside cliffs are red and remarkable in the early morning light. After a few days we traveled further north on the east side of the island and came to Bahia Salinas, a wide bay open to the south. Even though south winds were predicted, they were expected to be less than 10 kts, so no worries. Turns out that the afternoon winds are the typical north-northwest variety, 10-15 kts.
This morning we dinghied to shore to walk the long expanse of sandy beach to the remains of a town. In years past, this area was a significant salt mine. Sometime recently a company built what seems to be a lodge (reputedly for hunters). The few rooms and the main room are vacant. There are a few people living here with trucks and well equipped pangas. Very trim cactus gardens are planted in what look like carts used to haul salt. The surroundings are gorgeous the colors in the mountains plus the cacti in the culverts coupled with the sandy beach and clear blue sky -- can't even begin to capture it all in a photograph.
Marlene and Roy
sent from the boat email
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
The following day we motor sailed to San Evaristo, a small fishing village on the Baja -- nothing much there, but we had friends that had dropped anchor a day earlier and were hoping for a reunion. Barb and Jay from Jupiter's Smile invited us over for a spectacular Puttanesca dinner. We enjoyed hearing about many of our mutual friends that we hung around with in the Caribbean. Jay and Barb live in Colorado. Others live close by, either in Colorado or in neighboring states, so they keep in closer touch than we do -- including seeing each other during the non-sailing season.
Yesterday we continued our journey north, ending up in a protected anchorage near Timbabiche. We walked along the beach this morning and eventually found the dirt road (following tire tracks) leading into the small village -- it appears to be a moderately sized working ranch. Cows meander about, there are several homes with satellite receivers, and a fairly modern school. An edifice remains from what was once a fancy house for a wealthy fisherman that was never completed. It's been named "Casa Grande" in the guidebooks. We'll post photos when we get to a place with internet.
Tomorrow we continue heading north.
Marlene and Roy
Sent from the boat.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Last Monday, Feb. 10, is the last day we picked up groceries in La Paz. I (Marlene) bought my usual bunch of pears to eat with cottage cheese for lunch. Before digging into the new pears, I finished eating 4 that were ripe and in the refrigerator. Well, on day 5, I picked up one from the new batch and it was rock-hard. Hmmm, what to do? I peeled it, cored and sliced it put it in a small pot with water and cooked it! After boiling for a minute, then simmering for a few more minutes, it was perfect! And the juice was great too! I think I've hit on a solution to how to deal with those boxes of pears at at Costco!
We have a walk planned for this afternoon, after which we'll prepare our roast beef dinner -- and maybe get in another Scrabble game tonight.
Marlene and Roy
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Roy and Marlene
Currently at Ensenada Cardonal, Isla Partida
Thursday, February 13, 2014
One week away from La Paz and our fresh produce supply had dwindled. Since we were only a few hours away, we sent an email to Lynda and Bob to ask if they were interested in spending another day away from the noise and dust of the work being done on their boat and come over to our "beach at Bahia Falsa" and take Marlene shopping. They very happily did so, so we had another nice visit with them and re-stocked our veggie supply. After that boomerang trip to Bahhia Falsa, we departed, again for Isla Espiritu Santo. We passed by Bahia San Gabriel, planning to continue on to Caleta Partida. Wind was down so we were motoring. Around 12 noon, we were hit with sudden gusts of wind on the nose -- 17-20 kts. We turned right, toward the island, and took refuge in Ensenada El Gallo. The wind persisted all afternoon and through the night, sometimes as much as 25 kts. The next day, yesterday, we decided to once again try for Caleta Partida. Instead we went into a narrow cove just north of the entrance to Caleta Partida. We usually anchor in 10-12 feet of water, so we continued moving further into the cove. However, the high rock walls were so narrow that we didn't have the usual 1/16 of a mile clearance around our boat. In calm weather this shouldn't be a problem. However, the afternoon gusts returned. Roy tried setting a stern anchor but the gusts were too strong to keep the boat steady. We weighed anchor and moved north to Ensenada Cardonal. This is a beautiful anchorage, like just about all the anchorages on Isla Espiritu Santo, so we plan to spend a few days here. There are remains of an aquaculture structure here, as well as a trail that leads across the island to the eastern shore of Isla Partida. We have the hike on our list for late afternoon when the tide is low and we can safely leave our dinghy securely anchored.
Roy and Marlene
Sent from our boat email
Friday, February 7, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Much as we love La Paz, after one month of boat projects it's time to head out to the Islands!
The big job was having Damiana hauled out at a local boat yard to get a fresh coat of bottom paint, get a new through-hull installed for a new instrument, and install our new propellers. Upon arrival at the new, wider, lift, we were visited by a panga with boat yard workers telling us that we had to go to the old lift, and they led the way. They assured us that it was wide enough, saying that they had hauled Moorings catamarans out at their small lift. Well, if you flatten out the palm of your hand, that's how much clearance there was between Damiana and the cement wall at the widest part of the boat. It was harrowing at the least! Their work was quite good, a redeeming factor, so by the time they had to lower our boat down into the water, again with the smaller lift, we were a little more relaxed.
We've enjoyed a few get-togethers with friends and even discovered a new bakery (mmm, croissants -- Mexican style). Neighbors, Ruth and Ken, from Santa Maria are vacationing in Cabo. They drove up to La Paz -- we invited Lynda and Bob from Tahoma to join us for lunch at Tamarindo.
~~~ Marlene and Roy ~~_/) ~~
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Yes, that's right, just the front wall is built so far.