Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Escapist- Part Uno

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.

December 23rd-25th
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.

1 comment:

Babs said...

Sounds heavenly! Driving alone allows me to sort things out, especially on the long straight roads of the cuotas in Mexico. IF I had a sailboat that would be even better.