Isla Coronados <3

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Isla Coronados!! Oh my goodness. What an incredibly beautiful, diverse, vibrant, place. For several years when we would mention Loreto BCS Mexico to people they would ask if we had been to Coronados. We have been told time and time again that we simply must go. So one of our goals for this cruising season was to see what all the hubbub was about. We spent ten glorious days anchored at the Island. First on the south side to gain protection from northerly wind and swell and then on the west side which is the favored and a much more picturesque location.

(Correction: We are facing West and the average rainfall is 6 inches per year)

The focal point of the island is a long, long dead volcano which at some point in ancient history blew its top, pushed up the surrounding sea bed and created an island of lava rock, powder white sand, and shelves of fossilized coral and shells. The surrounding waters range in color from royal blue, aqua marine to ice blue in the shallows. The snorkeling around the many small reefs offers a wide variety of underwater sea life and the hiking is particularly rewarding, especially if it’s done before the temperature rises too high.

(correction: we are facing the south anchorage)

We explored each of the the three beaches, went snorkeling a few times, spent evenings on the beach watching the sunset and the birds diving for fish, but the highlight for us was the hiking. One early morning arming ourselves with water and good sun protection we set out on one of our day trips to walk a fairly level path that meandered through the various geological conditions on this small island. Going from lava rock to sand dunes through patches of sweet mangroves, and a sort of forest of Adam’s trees which just fascinated us until finally ending on the south shore which is where the volcano pushed the sea floor up. While the diversity of this landscape was something to behold what astonished us most was how much life was sustained here with such minimal water. There is a wide variety of plants and birds. There are also bats, reptiles, snakes and mice. All of this sustained from just morning fog and dew and the few inches of rain that the area gets per year. Life is indeed tenacious.

All around the rocky edges of the island are the nesting grounds of the Yellow Footed Gull. Everywhere we traveled we were warned by Gull moms and dads to stay clear. However I was able to get in close enough to get a few good pictures. Perhaps one of the most thrilling discoveries for us was the 6 or 7 immature Blue footed Boobies that came through our anchorage twice a day to feed. We did not know that they traveled in this region and it was exciting to see them again. Our last encounter with these unusual birds was in the Puerto Vallarta area three years ago. We are perhaps so enamored with them because we see them so rarely. They are funny little guys with their odd beaks and big feet, but to watch them dive bomb for fish is an incredible sight. They have become a favorite.

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We now sit in Puerto Escondido where we are waiting for a storm to pass before we head out again. This time to another “new to us” location. The last of the big goals for this cruising season. We will take lots of pictures and hopefully have some fun stories to share.

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Grateful as always!!

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The journey continues (Return to the Sea part 2)

TripuiAs I write this we are sitting in one of our favorite go-to spots in the Loreto area, the Tripui Hotel and restaurant. Today we will spend the day relaxing by the pool and enjoying the wonderful amenities of this tranquil place. It is just down the road from the Puerto Escondido Marina where we are tied to a mooring ball for the next several days while we load up on food, water, and fuel as well as take care of some business that requires connectivity.

I have been piecing together the details of the last part of our trip here from La Paz. The first part of the journey having already been shared. However, while going through photos and videos I came across a few that did not make it in my last post. So, I will begin by rewinding a bit. Continue reading

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Return to the sea

Greetings from the sailing vessel Pablo! We are currently located in the Gulfo de California, aka Sea of Cortez. Aptly named the aquarium of the world by Jacques Cousteau back in the 70’s. Steve and I have just spent 24 days traveling roughly 126nm from La Paz B.C.S. Mexico to Loreto B.C.S. Mexico, stopping in various anchorages along the way. Oh, the adventures we have had , the wonders we have seen, the fun we have experienced. I will recount the first 15 days here and will sum up the balance of our trip in the next post. There is so much to share. Continue reading

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The time has come

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The provisioning has begun. We have started watching the weather forecasts. The time is getting closer and soon we will be off. As I write this Pablo is getting her varnish work finished. Steve and I have a small puddle of minor tasks to complete and we expect to be on our way by the end of next week. The Plan? Ugh, the very uttering of that word makes me shudder. No Plan! We will simply spend 3 months traveling slowly and exploring the islands between La Paz and Loreto. Dropping the anchor where it looks good and staying as long as it feels right. Aaahhhh…… bliss! Continue reading

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Happy, Busy Us!

Holy Moly! Where does the time go?

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I can’t believe it has been three months since our last blog post. So much has happened I do not even know how to reasonably fill in all the details. We have been busy with boat projects, some for the purpose of upgrading, some for repair and others just long overdue maintenance. In between the work we have attended parades, shared meals and laughter with friends, attended español language classes, learned some celestial navigation, and participated in a few local adventures. Continue reading

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Viva Mexico!

IMG_0542Viva Mexico! We could hear it in the streets! Ahhhh the sound of people celebrating, children in costumes, high school bands lined up to join the parade, Caballeros mounted on well trained horses and dressed in authentic old time sombreros, boots, and the senoritas in beautiful dresses.We have arrived back in La Paz, BCS Mexico and it is the national Dia de Revolución celebration. The journey here was long but at last we have returned. Continue reading

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Bump in the Road

My last blog post ended with these words – “Therefore, we don’t think we will actually arrive in Marina de La Paz until late September or early October. But who knows, plans have a way of getting off track.”

Off track indeed…. Our first stop on the trek back to La Paz was Santa Cruz, CA. We arrived on a Monday for what we thought was going to be a two week stopover to visit with friends and family. We were to gather the roughly 500 lbs worth of boat parts have been collecting from our storage unit and be on our way. Well, that was the plan anyway. Continue reading

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