San Jaunico, Isla Coronados & Loreto (Leg 2 (6 &7)
Leaving San Jaunico always requires leaving a token offering on the cruisers tree. Neely found a cool piece of drift wood that became Baja09 Leg 2’s offering. Last years stone was still hanging so we were able to do a little maintenance and hang the new addition. Since Gato Loco will probably be here a couple more times this season there will be lots of artistic versions added I’m sure. Note the feather hooks compliments of Vicr’s fly fishing tackle box.
Perfect sleeping weather last night with cool breeze coming off shore. Winds are forecasted to light today out of the SE. We are very low on ice, so the plan is to make a quick stop on the Loreto water front and pickup some supplies and ride the afternoon breeze over to Ballandra 5 miles east on Isla Carmen. Mission accomplished and after sailing half way across the channel we make contact with MoonDrifter our friends Ralph & Helen sailing their new 1160 Seawind catamaran. They inform us that Ballandra has lots of honey bees so we decide to join them on Isla Coronados 6 miles north of town.
100’s of little ducks in our anchorage
The north anchorage of Coronados is all white sand beach. This is the first island of the national park islands off Loreto. 6 other boats are anchored with us. Beautiful turcoise water is inviting us to swim. Overcast skies has cooled things down a bit.
We talked a lot about the 1160 to Vic & Leslie, now they get to see her first hand as we enjoy sunset happy hour on MoonDrifter..
Saturday April 26th, Today is crew change day and Vic & Leslie’s last day on the boat. They’ve had an awesome time and can’t believe a week has gone by so quickly. After taking a hike on the island volcanic trail we’re off to Loreto to meet Kerry who arrived from Sydney yesterday and drop Vic & Leslie.
Weather is still pretty calm so we will be able to anchor off the malecon and spend the night for an arrival/farewell dinner. But first provision and some sightseeing.
Kerry is staying at the www.ladamianainn.com. a local bed & breakfast inn and has a good night sleep to try to adjust to local time. We picked her up and off to the local market.
Beautiful new fruit market near the Mission where the children fall in love with Neely and want to pet her constantly.
Vic & Leslie score a free room & breakfast at the newly remodeled hotel near the marina. They will have to listen to a sales pitch tomorrow but think it worth it to have a beautiful room right on the malecon.
La Palapa is one of our usual dinner spots. It burned last Sept and has been rebuilt in fresh shape. A fridge caught on fire and caused the fire. Arriving, right away we notice the cool shirts the waiters are wearing. After ordering dinner and a little discussion a waiter loads most of the crew in his van and takes them to buy shirts. After dinner of course we all have to have a picture with the staff. Fun evening and a great arrival party for Kerry.
Sunday morning.. Off the farmers market for more supplies and then we’re off to Puerto Escondido for fuel & water.
Vic & Leslie fly today. Goodbye Amigos, thanks for the great week.
Seawind Rally… Talked to Kurt in San Diego and he flies at noon today to Cabo to pickup another 1160 Seawind and sail for 2 days to join us on the islands and Loreto Fest. We will have at least 4 Seawind catamarans in the Seawind group this year. John & Patsy on Seaesta are in the area and will be the forth boat. Fun days are coming..
Until the next Update… The GatoLoco Crew
Baja crusin ground
Leg 1 April 11-19, Crew: Bill, Bruce & Cynthia Tegge, Clyde Betts sail from Puerto Penasco to San Carlos
I get so excited everytime I see your email. I can’t wait to read about your fun adventures. I feel like I am on vaca too. Going to RP this weekend. Will miss you guys!!
Oh, you guys look like you’re having an amazing time. Can’t wait.
It was a long travel day, with lots of time to reflect on our incredible adventure on Gato Loco. It is tough to look forward to our hectic week after our last week of complete R & R!
Have a great time at Loretofest. Bill, catch a big one for the crew. We expect to see a nice Dorado!!
Hi: Nice pictures and commentary. I haven’t seen Bruce and Cynthia in any of the recent ones. Everything OK?
Regards: David and Betty
Does Lapalapa in Loreto still serve their margaritas sin sal y heilo in the “happy smile Kool Aid pitchers”? The pitchers were similar in size to the television commercial ad. It was filled to the top with margarita only. The waiter would stop by each person and ask if they would like an ice cube placed in their glass. That is all I remember………….:cool:
I cannot wait to see for myelf San Juanico and Loreto!! Alot to look forward to. Hi to all!