Baja 2006 April 29th - May 19th

May 8-10th

"On Mexican Time" is setting in nicely as we sailed to Agua Verde
on Sunday after having the pancake breakfast at Loreto Fest. Overcast skies, SE winds at 8-10 knots and flat seas as we arrived around 4. Quite a few boats left Loreto Fest and moved to Agua Verde with us.
We anchored in the SE bay with 8 other boats in 8' of water over sand. 3 Moorings charter boats are with us and they had a big dinner on the 40' cat at sunset. A huge school of small fish (3-5") are in a ball near our boat and a local fishing boat showed up to net
up bait for Tuesday's fishing. They have 2 young boys with them working hand lines and learning from papa. One caught a 16" fish and held it up proudly. The fish ball quickly hides under Gato Loco until the sun went down. Our entertainment for the afternoon....
Evenings are cool after sundown. Great late dinner Sunday night, moonlight is spectacular and no one wants to give up. A cigar would be perfect but nothing on board except a pouch of tobacco leaves given to us in Pureto Vallarta. I've never rolled a cigar before but why not try. Result was stogies like Frankie's grandfather use to smoke.
Monday morning we went a shore to visit the small fishing community in hopes to buy fish and maybe drinking water. Very quiet, we assume because all the men are out fishing. No luck on supplies

but did enjoy walking among the very modest local homes.


Mid morning Monday we're off to the north shore of Isla Monserrate to meet Ralph/Helen & Joe/Joan from the Phx area. Ralph & Helen cruise here 2 months every year and recommended the long white beach on the north shore with lots of reefs for
swimming and snorkeling.

Isla Monseratte 10 miles east of Puerto Escondido.

Bill caught a small shark that we released (wisely) mid way to the island. No luck trolling the east shore but we did mange to loose a lure as we passed over a reef. Rounding the NE corner of the island we see the beach and anchor near shore with a rock reef under us, tumbling rock shore line (immediately to shore) and the beautiful white sand beach to the west in 10' of water. Being close to shore will make it easy to swim to rocks on shore line. Lots of fish to see.


Ralph organized a beach cook-out and all 8 boats anchored in the area joined for a nice evening. Crews from Or, Ca and Az. Frankie modeled a shell crown one of the crews made to entertain at Loreto Fest. Nice sunset and fireworks to end the night.


Tuesday "On Mexican Time" is now the norm as we decide to relax at this anchorage another day. Too many great snorkeling spots to move on too quickly.

Until the next update… The Gato Loco Crew

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