Month: September 2015

Back to La Paz and then Isla San Francisco

Well, according to this blog, we are in La Paz and getting ready to head north. (Spoiler alert…we are actually in Colorado, off the boat for hurricane season.) We got a wee bit behind on our posts and we are now going to attempt to get caught up. This is mainly for selfish reasons, as we want a cool journal for the kids to be able to look back on when they are older.

So, La Paz, again. We knew we had to come back to The Paz, as we had some unfinished business to attend to. Namely, a pesky pressure vessel for our watermaker, that had been ordered a few weeks earlier. The part arrived from Southern California, on time, which is quite amazing for Mexico. Unfortunately, more parts (read “MORE $$$”) would be needed to complete the system. No biggie, Rich at CruiseRO could ship them up to Puerto Escondido. We hung for a few more days; eating Chinese food, consuming daily raspados, and rescuing a baby kitten. Thank you Pantera BOB for stepping up and assisting Courtney with finding a foster home. Our homies on s/v Terrapin were also there and many a Ballena was consumed.¬†The coromuel’s were really firing up and our nightly anchorages in the magote were rather sporty.

Mexican Chinese - Gamble?

Mexican Chinese – Gamble?

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We set out, a day behind Terrapin for the islands once again. We had intentions of a rendezvous with The Turtle family on Isla del Espiritu Santo at the Bonanza anchorage, but we caught such a nice breeze out of La Paz that we sailed all the way up to Isla San Francisco instead. We arrived to a semi-crowded anchorage but were happy to be there, as conditions were glorious inside the anchorage. Until they weren’t! As the sun was getting lower on the horizon, a brisk southerly wind started piping up. This would have been a prudent time to up anchor and seek the NOW protected back side of the island. But we didn’t. Hey, we got a Mantus hook, how bad can it be? Well, I’m writing to tell about it, so we did survive.

It was an uncomfortable night, winds peaked at 39 knots and of course, we were anchored off a lee shore. The waves were pretty sizeable and we had some excellent hobbyhorsing going on. Doesn’t really give you that warm and fuzzy feeling when you are trying to get rest. But by 3 or 4 am….the damn coromuels abated¬†and we managed to get a few solid hours of shut-eye. Another WIN for our killer Mantus anchor, as we did not drag an inch!

Come morning, it was just us and another boat left in the anchorage, and they were preparing to make way. We dropped Fast Blast (our dinghy) and made our way to shore for a hike. It just so happens that Isla San Francisco is a VERY popular anchorage where cruisers try to capture that “magazine cover” photo op. As you can see below, we lucked out, as we got multiple shots of s/v YOLO all alone in this beautiful anchorage. If the conditions are right (and even if they’re not) this is a must stop on the cruising itinerary!

*I did not retouch, filter, or Photoshop what you are about to see in ANY way. Mainly because I don’t really know how to.

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That black shadow in the water is a school of fish! Also Fast Blast, on the shore.

That black shadow in the water is a school of fish! Also Fast Blast, on the shore.

The magazine cover shot!

The magazine cover shot!

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Mexico NOT Caribbean.

Mexico NOT Caribbean.

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