Baja 2006 April 29th - May 19th

May 13th

7:45 Saturday morning, motoring north on flat seas with a heavy heart as Frankie left the boat this morning heading back to Phx. Bill & Vicki will fly with her to Hermosillo where they will drive on to Cholla Bay. Frankie was very sad to leave but I'm sure seeing our dog Neely will quickly cheer her up.

Steve joined the crew as scheduled on Thur afternoon. We picked him up on the dock in Loerto and fetched some supplies we desperately needed before motoring (no wind) back to Puerto Escondido to anchor for the night. Friday morning we readied Gato Loco for the cruise back north, water tanks full, fuel tanks full and thanks to Rick a new anemometer wind speed indicator so we manage winds. Weather has been fairly calm with afternoon breezes less than 10kts. Forecasts have indicated that winds should have more of a S, SE component to them which would put them at our back and hopefully strong enough to fly the spinnaker on our way north.

Friday afternoon we returned to Loreto to anchor for the night and make it a easy airport transfer. Loreto is a very friendly town with lots of history, shopping and dining, all of which we enjoyed. We anchored in front of the malecon and a new restaurant Mediterraneano just opened by a couple from Texas. It was a very pleasant evening with a full moon rising over Isla Carmen to the east.

After dinner we walked the central plaza where a Mother's Day fiesta was underway. Speaking of Mothers Day, I want to wish all mothers reading this a wonderfully Mother's Day, Especial Betty, mine who I will miss this year. We might not be in cell range tomorrow so enjoy.

Frankie and Lowell relaxing on the malecon as Frankie prepares to head north.

8:30am Saturday, we head through the channel with Isla Coronados. AeroMexico just flew over us heading for Hermosillo so they've had a safe departure. Our destination will probably be San Sebastian cove.

Steve says hey to Cindy, his squeeze and the rest of the Albuquerque gang.

8:44am, Bill we've got out first fish hookup and Steve is reeling it in. Turns out to be a squid, just like the one Bill caught 2 years ago. We decided to let that thing flop around until it got off the lure!

Until the Next Update. The Gato Loco Crew..

Vicki's dolphin photo near the dinghy at Vee Cove. We had a great time following the pod around as they had their morning feed.

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