San Evaristo, Bahia Salinas, Amortajada – A Glorious Trifecta
September 14, 2015
After our aforementioned hike at Isla San Francisco, we ship shaped and shipped out, bound for San Evaristo, a quick hour or so jaunt away. We had chosen San Evaristo because it is known as a great, protected anchorage when the Coromuels are active. After our previous night’s experience, this is just what we needed. We were able to hail Terrapin on the VHF and let them know of our intentions. They chose to make way for San Evaristo as well, as the forecast was showing strong winds for the next night or so.
Upon our arrival, I thought for sure we had made a wrong turn and ended up in a watery version of a Wal-Mart parking lot…the place was packed! We ducked, dived, and dodged our way in and dropped the hook in about 9 feet of water. The holding was good so we felt confident in our chosen parking space. Two more boats arrived within 10 minutes and found a small patch of real estate. Then poor s/v Terrapin came on the scene. After a few passes they were able to nestle into a spot, albeit it with a few nasty looks and comments from their cozied-up-to neighbors. During Terrapin’s quest to get anchored, giant (and I mean GIANT) bee/fly like creatures started showing interest in our cockpit. One landed right near the companion way and I definitely did not want this thing making his way down below so I donned my fishing glove and gently encouraged him to fly away. Yes, I had thoughts about just smashing him with an object but he was literally so large that it would have been a terrible mess to clean up. Anyway, as I begin my shooshing method, the damn thing gave a me a sting on my finger that caused an immediate outburst of strong language. The photo doesn’t do justice to this thing and I never got a positive identification as to just what this insect is. Feel free to comment below if you know. After my tears of pain dried up, we dinked over and had a few sundowners with the Turtles and then returned to our mothership. There were two large sea lions cruising the anchorage until sundown. It was pretty fun to watch them cavort around.
The night was uneventful but still breezier than the average sailor likes. It did prove to be a great anchorage as the winds just couldn’t get the water churned up enough to be uncomfortable since we were anchored so close to shore. After breakfast, Terrapin advised us they were on their way to Los Gatos…still in search of a windless, good night’s sleep. Court and I had made plans to go tour Bahia Salinas, an old salt mining village as well as do the Amortajada estuary dinghy tour. We are so glad we did!
It was a 3 or so mile motorboat ride over to Isla San Jose. It is worth mentioning that we spotted a pod of 4 or 5 orcas as we were nearing the island, but we couldn’t get the camera out in time to capture the moment. We anchored in front of the old abandoned mine operation at Bahia Salinas.
We then got back aboard YOLO and motored to the southern tip of Isla San Jose. Again, we dropped the hook, boarded Fast Blast and made our way to the estuary entrance for our self-guided Amortajada tour. This is a very unique geological experience as the island features a natural mangrove estuary that ends in a lagoon. You could swear that the piled up rocks that create a dam from the open ocean were placed there by heavy equipment. Nature never fails to impress!
And now for some UNEDITED video footage. Please watch at your own risk.