Thursday, January 29, 2009
Since my last post from almost a month ago, my laptop died, I arrived in Banderas Bay (Puerto Vallarta), caught a flight to Hermosillo, Picked up the VW Westy in San Carlos and took the 1st Mate and dogs to Errorzona and back to San Carlos. I'm now using the 1st Mate's laptop to try and catch up. The plan is to leave on Saturday, arrive in PV Sunday with the whole famn damily. So we're busy getting ready...
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The calm waters of Balandra Cove just 14 miles northeast of Puerto Escondido. Permission is required to land here, since it is a wildlife preserve now.
Spent Christmas Day sailing from Pta. Pulpito to Balandra. Had the sails up for about 2 hours before the wind quit. Dolphins were spotted here and there and rumors of whale sightings made their way onto the morning cruiser net in Escondido. But I didn't see any whales during my 10 hour journey.
The skies are getting overcast due to an incoming "Pineapple Express." So named because these long (1,000 miles or more) weather systems bring tropical moisture into the desert regions of Mexico and the US from the equator. Sometimes the rain can be intense from these formations; there's always lots of cloudiness and humidity when an Express shows up.
On the 23rd of December, 2008, I hauled up the anchor (actually, I unhooked from the mooring) at around 2 am and with old friend G. onboard and his 25 foot panga in tow, set off for the Baja and points south.
There's not much in the way of internet connections on the open seas (although I've heard of blogging through email over the ham radio) so I'm kinda' catching up in a patchwork fashion.
The winds were light and variable with a 2 to 3 foot southerly swell out to midway across the Sea of Cortez. We're on a westerly course to the town of Mulege, near the mouth of Bahia Conception. Halfway across the swell switches to northwest so we adjust our course for the most comfortable ride. We're running on diesel power since there's no wind.
We put into a small anchorage near Bahia Conception in the dark after 21 hours, and sleep. The next morning, G. gets on his panga and drives over to Mulege. Loaded down with presents, it's a modern day Santa and his sleigh.
I hauled up the anchor and started working my way down the inside coast of Baja. The 1st Mate and the dogs remained back in San Carlos... I hadn't solo-sailed in years and really wanted some time alone out on the sea. For me it's a great place to sort out my life and thoughts, free of minor distractions and noise.
The weather was mild- warm sun during the day and chilly at night. Spent the next night, Christmas Eve, at El Pulpito. I had this little bay all to myself and the stars above.