The last days of Leg 2 – Dave & Ellen depart
Thursday, May 9th – San Marte
After a nice Rally breakfast we hauled anchor and motored out the the reefs in front of the San Marte anchorage for some snorkeling. They present a serious hazard to boats since they are just awash below the surface and have been hit by may boats. Today the water is pretty cold and the clarity is not good enough for snorkeling, Plus we see a pod of whales 5 miles north. Anchor up and we’re off in search of whales.
Right, Kurt is checking out the anchorage before heading south.
The whales disappear as quick as they appeared. Even with 6 eyes on the horizon no spouts could be found??
Next destination, Yellowstone beach on the north shore of Isla Monserrate. Bill and the ladies take a walk on the long beach with the yellow sand cliffs (hence the name).
Puffer fish that had recently washed on on the beach. Some of the wind blown shore line is very cool.
Beachcombers head back to the boat.
Notice the beautiful clear water making for great snorkeling.
This reef area is full of Yellow Tang fish that follow you around like puppies.
Today’s Dave and Ellen’s last day on board. We will head to Canderleros bay this evening and hopefully arrange transportation to the airport tomorrow. Time to soak in the Sea of Cortez.
We were treated to another huge pod of dolphin passing by as we approached Candeleros. Ellen is so happy.. We’ve now named these “Dolphin Rodeo’s” thanks to Lynnie. Checkout the video.
Villa del Palmar resort in Bahia Candeleros for dinner and Dave soaks in his last Baja Sunset.
Nice dinner and no takers on the karaoke mike.. Also no luck on arranging a ride to the airport. Only very expensive taxi options available so we will head to Puerto Escondido tomorrow to drop them off.
Friday, May 10th
Windy night last night in Candeleros. It is famous for night time westerly winds and last night was one of those nights. Thank goodness we made it back from the resort before winds kicked up. Probably gusted to 30kt but the good sand bottom held the anchor with no dragging.
Above – Dave & Ellen say good bye.. They’re joined by Nick who will share their taxi into town and the driver left. Very nice week with them on board.
Friday night and another cool night in Ballandra across from Loreto.
Saturday May 11th
Above – Time for a little maintenance before Frankie and I depart and Leg 3 begins. We found the screacher halyard turning nylon block has exploded but everything should be okay with the halyard riding on the pin. Also found the mast anchor light cover and bulb are missing and will need total replacement. Our solar anchor light will be fine for this season. That’s me at the top of the mast plus the view from up there. See the very little people below.
We arrive in Loreto at the Plsada de Flora hotel just before Jerry and Peggy arrive. They are part of the Leg 3 crew. Randy & Jane, the second half of the crew will arrive Sunday morning on the flight from Guaymas that we fly home on..
Above Bill & I take advantage for the hotel’s wonderful couches.
Peggy, Jerry & Frankie…
Their newbies to the area so it’s time to show them around.
3 bottles of wine, 3 margaritas, and many Modelo cervesa’s complemented Sophia’s wonderful dinner at the historic Conipole . “The Art of Food” is their restaurant theme.. Such a beautiful relaxing place while Sophia and her family cook for us all evening. Very nice introduction to Loreto for Jerry and Peggy… Although Peggy is always ready to go dancing. Unfortunately Loreto is a little sleepy for dancing.
Good night and farewell to Gato Loco for Frankie and I. We’re staying at Debra’s La Dominina Inn tonight and head north to Phoenix tomorrow.
Let Leg 3 Begin.!!!!
Until the next Update
Very Cool Dolphin video!, And I see someone’s been using their new toy of a Go Pro (nice mast Pic) ! I have to admit I would have been a “mike Hog” on the Karoake. Can’t turn a good song down especially with 3 bottles of wine and 3 pitchers of Marg’s.
Oh I so hope we get to have an intimate sail with the dolphins…..my hi-lite on ’09 sail. The photos are great….really like your shot from waaaaaaaay up above Lowell. Enjoy with the energizers and see you soon. I’ve started packing. xo
Dave, Ellen, Frankie and Lowell – you must have hated to disembark.