Punta Chivato & Bahia Conception
Monday May 14th Mid afternoon.
Weather was favorable to make a quick stop by Los Arcos on isla San Marcos. Water temp is 70 and visibility was fare. Rick opted to swim in while Dave and I took a dinghy tour. Our plans are to head on south to Punta Chivato so we needed to haul anchor after playing for a couple hours to get to our night anchorage. Normally we would just head to the Sweet Pea anchorage just a mile south but the bees have been a problem there. We want to enjoy the water and not spend our time dealing with them.
We must have passed over a reef rounding east of Chivato. Dave caught a nice 5# Cabrilla just in time for our Chivato dinner.
Wind is 10kts out of the NW so we motored north to take the east side of the island. Punta Chivato is 14 miles south. Local fishermen, Sea lions and lots of birds as we round the north end.
The Chivato anchorage has 4 boats as we arrive. Lots of room and we take anchorage closer to shore by the boat ramp. Anchor down and its time to play in the even warner water and watch the sunset with the boats west of us. Dave took a good shot of me falling off the paddle board but I choose to use the one that looked like had it mastered..
Tuesday May 15th, we’re off to Conception Bay’s Playa Santispac.
Awesome, awesome we had a full day of sailing and zero motors. Winds came up and blew us out of the Chivato anchorage and got stronger out of the north as we heading down the Conception channel. Finally hardening up on the sails we arrived at our next anchorage dropping sails and only using motors to anchor. It would be great if all our days were like that. Wind’s hootin as we rest on anchor. Water is up to 75 degrees but with these winds we don’t dare trying the paddle board, We would end up miles south.
We tried Anna’s for dinner this time. Anna’s is the location of the famous “drain the bar party” that Jeffrey, Lynnie, Craig and I attended and lost our shoes probably 5 years ago. The land owners now have the restaurant back and the dinner was okay but I still prefer Armando’s
Gato Loco sets off Santispac beach where road travelers pull in and camp for the night. We meet a couple from France walking the beach, Chris from Tucson and a few others on their way north and south.
After dinner we wandered down to Armando’s 200 meters down the beach. They were closed but opened up just for us. Rick talked the 3 ladies on staff to put on the Celtics/Cavs game with 12 minutes left. The ladies patiently watched the game with us laughing at our game comments. All in all I think they enjoyed the game even though we delayed their closing up probably an hour before heading home to Mulege.
Wednesday May 16th
We we’re well lubricated and slept very well overnight. Actually a calm night and warmer. Up in time for ham radio weather some swimming and we’re off for a cruise around the bay and then up to Mulege.
All good on Gato Loco
Until the next Update
Heading south for Loreto from Mulege. We’ll be away from internet until Friday afternoon.
Looks like you’re having a wonderful time. Happy sailing!