A hop skip and a jump from La Paz to Puerto Escondido!
We sailed north from La Paz stopping in 2 of our favorite anchorages on our adventure towards new territory. Two nights in Calita Partida and three nights in the small fishing village of San Everisto where we got to spend time having great conversation and good food with our friend Lupe at Lupe Sierra and Maggie Mae’s Palapa Restaurant.
This trip was not without frustration as we learned during our stay in San Everisto that our outboard motor was broken, kaput, no bueno! Seeing as we just purchased it last September, we were more than a little annoyed. But no worries, we have a spare 3hp that we carry just for these situations. This is how we continued further north without seeking assistance when it was offered in San Everisto. New lesson, when someone offers to help, you take it.
After a lovely visit we set our sails and compass and headed to an anchorage called San Telmo. A lovely little place with no port, town, or village. However there were coyotes, cows, and blue whales. And a scenario we have witnessed all over the Sea of Cortez, rays leaping from the water apparently trying to fly.
Being as we were so remote, it was quite surprising when a woman appeared from apparently nowhere each morning to walk the beach and watch the sunrise. Perhaps she was drawn to there for the same reasons as us, the wonders of nature and the beautiful marine life.
Steve and I put the 3 HP on the dinghy and decided to head to shore, only to discover that it too was broken, kaput, no bueno! So we rowed shore. After all, we probably needed the exercise. Once on shore we found few shells, only a beach full of magnificent rocks of every imaginable color, a mummified turtle, tons of bones from various creatures, and the shoreline teaming with beautiful bullseye rays.
After 4 restful nights of absolute peace and serenity we set our sights on a small village 22nm miles north called Aqua Verde. Here we rowed ashore to wander the small town, visit the tienda, and purchase some locally made fresh goat cheese.
We spent five nights in this amazing little bay. Two of the days visiting, dining, snorkeling and playing with our friends Kirk and Heidi from s/v Due West as they were passing through on there way back south. We will definitely be back to spend an extended visit.
From Aqua Verde we moved north to Puerto Escondido where we currently sit on a morning ball. We have gotten some much needed advice on our outboard which we have now named PT for Picasso’s turd. It seems to be running again, which I am certain will be the case until we get back out to some remote location.
Steve and I are visiting Loreto, which has great meaning for me as this is the town I visited a few years ago on my reconnaissance trip through the Sea of Cortez with my friend Holly Scott. This is the place where it became clear to me that YES this is exactly what we should do and where we should go. And we are not disappointed.
From we will travel out to the Islands of Coronado, Carmen, and then back south toward La Paz. Each day is a gift. We be happy sailors!