Friday, July 18, 2014

From San Carlos - mainland Mexico

This morning I received an email gently reminding me that I haven't posted anything here for almost a month. We've covered a lot of ground since then so I guess it's time to catch up.
As of last Saturday we are in San Carlos on the mainland having crossed the Sea of Cortez for the 5th time in less than a year. Why we are here instead of north as planned is a story in itself but I'm a bit obsessive about keeping things in chronological order so...

Mike loves rusty old equipment!
We left Puerto Escondido just before noon on June 21st. We didn't have far to go. I wanted to see Bahia Salinas on the eastern side of Isla Carmen. It is the location of an abandoned salt works as well as a sunken tuna boat where I hoped to do some snorkeling. The wind was not favorable and it took us 5 hours to travel the 20 miles. We anchored with plans to explore ashore the following day.

Long hot road leading to the salt ponds
It blew all night from the southeast so we didn't have a comfortable night, the sea was too rough to snorkel, and even early morning was much too hot and humid to walk to the salt ponds. After a brief exploration of the abandoned buildings and rusty equipment we decided to leave Isla Carmen and move to Isla Coronados.

Once again the wind was not in our favor and the short trip took much longer than expected. We anchored just at sunset joining 8 other boats in the cove.

With so many cruisers in the anchorage, it was inevitable that there would be a party. Everyone came ashore for a potluck and we met some great people. Unfortunately the bees were also in attendance so it was a brief gathering. We left shortly after I was stung. These little guys are not particular aggressive but their sting leaves a hot, bright red, painfully itchy welt about the size of a dollar bill and it last for 4 or 5 days. Most unpleasant.

From Coronados we sailed to La Ramada, a somewhat small anchorage just north of Caleta San Juanico where we stayed last year (see post "The Best of Times; The Worst of Times). When we arrived we were the only boat there but a steady southeast wind made Caleta San Juanico uncomfortably rolly and La Ramada soon was filled to the max with 6 boats in the anchorage and several others in Juanico waiting for a spot to open up.

We stayed in La Ramada for 5 nights, swimming, beach combing, fishing from the dinghy, visiting with other cruisers, and snorkeling around the cove.

Next stop: Bahia Concepcion for the 4th of July

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