Gato Loco Leg 5 Blog #5
We woke to calm seas with no wind at all. Last night was a rough one. We spun around all night long with howling winds. Bill didn’t sleep much and both Sally and Marilyn got seasick. I, on the other hand, slept the best I had all trip. Never heard a single thing all night. Go figure! Bill made us some wonderful homemade orange pancakes for breakfast. Yum! Marilyn took an early morning dip off the back of the boat. With all the twisting we did during the night, our anchor chain got caught up in the rocks. After Captain Bill tried using all his captain’s skills to free us from the rocks, he dove in to free the Gato Loco. Yeah, Bill!
We set sail for our next anchorage, which should be much calmer than last night, Bahia Agua Verde. It was a 2 hour trip and smooth sailing all the way, which meant we had to motor the whole way. Coming into Agua Verde there is a huge, solitary, obelisk-like rock formation out in the middle of the water. We anchored in towards the far end of the bay with 5 other boats. Of the five, two of them were from Coos Bay, Oregon and one was from Anacortes, Washington. Originally being from the Seattle area myself, I find this very cool…
Bahia Agua Verde is a quaint little village that has a small (and I mean small!) tienda (store), a restaurant (someone’s house), school, two churches (we are in Mexico after all), and a goat dairy. It is known for its goats and goat trails all over the island. The goats, as well as other animals, use these trails to find food high up in the hills. We headed into town to find the tienda and saw all the local animals along the way-goats, pigs, turkeys, cows, dogs, and lizards. We hear that not only have they had an epidemic of the swine flu here, but also the goat and turkey flu as well (you can see in the photos). We will be very, very careful here…
At the store we found the provisions we needed, and along the way back to the beach we bought 2 dozen fresh tortillas and 2 kilos of fresh Trigger fish (so fresh we watched Ismael filet it for us). When we got back to the boat we all swam in the gorgeous turquoise waters. As usual, Bill and Sally snorkeled from the boat to the rocks below the cliffs. Marilyn and I swam around the boat. The water was almost like bathwater, it was nice and warm. The two snorkelers probably swam at least a 1/4 mile on their quest for sea creatures. They saw the usual puffer fish, Parrot fish, and Angelfish, while Sally saw a Yellow Goatfish (very appropriate since we were in “Goat Central”).
After swimming and snorkeling, we retired to the bow for cocktail hour. We spent sunset watching the village goats and cows climb high into the hillside looking for food. We were hoping they wouldn’t come tumbling down the hill onto the beach! It was also dinnertime for the pelicans. They dive with such determination, catching tons of small silver fish that were boiling at the surface of the water. Ah, the things that keep us monkeys entertained..we then had a culinary treat when Bill prepared the fresh Trigger fish on the grill.
We ended the evening playing several rousing games of Hearts, yet again. This has become our favorite game, no matter how many times Marilyn and I lose our shirts. It was time to say Buenos Noches to our little goat cove…we would be off to our last anchorage in the morning before returning to civilization in Loreto on Saturday. Tomorrow we head to Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante. Another day in paradise has ended…signing off for Leg 5…I’m running out of Heffernanisms, so here goes…”Later gators”…
Until the next Update… The GatoLoco Crew
Leg 1 April 11-19, Crew: Bill, Bruce & Cynthia Tegge, Clyde Betts sail from Puerto Penasco to San Carlos