Carlos to Puerto Penasco June 15 - 22 2005
Monday June 20
wind motor sail to Bahia Tepoca (56 Nms across). 20 miles out we finally
had our first whale sighting. Some very close to the boat but no
Huge (8') rays also jumping in the area. We stood ready with cameras
and of course nothing more.
in Tepoca at 5:30 with no wind and it's hot. Hanging in the water cooled
us down for some sightseeing. Cool old houses on stilts. Hammocks
hanging under them and some locals keeping cool. Mixture of rundown
American homes and local fishing families. Looks to be 30-40 homes
active. Local store had light supplies. Talking to Terry an American
married to a local lady, said his father in law (store owner) makes
runs for supplies every 2 todays and brings in what people need.
The store also had a public (locals) TV area where children were
||The pride of Tepoca is their lighthouse. It was
build about 3 years ago. We were lucky and it was open with a
local family at the top lookout. A long walk to the point where
it sets and then probably 100 steps to the top. We need the exercise!.
you can see view from atop the lighthouse point. Gato Loco set
in the far bay on the right. Homes on both N & S of the point
and rapping aroung the far bay.
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The light is solar powered
with reflect glass ribs to focus and refect the light. Interesting
as I am reading the Jimmy Buffett book "A Salty Pice of Land" about
South bay offers little protection
from the south. Sometime during the night some light chop rocked the
anchorge. We did note a small anchorage area NE of the lighthouse that
would offer better protection from southern seas.
Tuesday June 21 (summer solstice)
Last look at Tepoca
as Bill heads us north to Penasco (5:30 AM ouch!). Winds out of the
SSW at 10 at 11:30 and we are making 8kts with the help of a 1 1/2 kt
PM it will be working againist us. Current ETA for Penasco is 5 PM.
Another cruise almost over, you're happy to get back and see everybody
but will miss the daily adventure!!
Until the next update… The Gato Loco Crew