Memorial Day in Refugio
Memorial Day hi-light is sailing in the north bay checking on our fishing buddies and playing with the whales. A perfect Memorial.
Monday May 25th (Memorial Day)
At dinner last night we made two memorial day plans. Lynnie & Jeffrey are getting bread baking lessens from Jocelyn and Rolland on Croix-Du-Sud and we will take everybody sailing on Gato Loco to sail with the whales in the afternoon. Weather is warming each day and winds are light at night southwest up the anchorage make sleeping great. During the day they are blowing 15 out of the NE making great conditions for sailing in the north bay.
Rolland & Jocelyn’s Couix- Du-Sud boat is 50’ and 23 tons, Not much of a day sailor but great to live-aboard. They were very happy to spend the afternoon on Gato Loco enjoying the Refugio settings. The opening blog picture will be on their annual family calendar and one of their favorite Mexico photos.
The whales didn’t disappoint. At one point we had to take evasive action to avoid 2 huge guys not giving way to us.
Gata Go moves from one fishing spot to another in a hurry in the photo below. The chart shows the anchorage and where we anchored tucked in near the passage to the north bay (labeled East Bay on the chart). Whales were passing through the channel cursing the big bay and circling Isla Mejia regularly. The boys reported fishing was best near the reef north of Isla Mejia.
Fin whales are pretty boring in photos as they don’t expose much of their bodies but being near one of the humongous creators is always very special. Left, 9 Lives shows off one of their big catches.
Speaking of catching fish, Fishing is very good. I’ve caught probably 2 bags of fillets and Jeffrey has caught more as the fishing boats return to camp and throw bags of filleted fish to us. We’re good at catching and the fishing report is GREAT.
Turns out if you hang around all day in the anchorage the Bo Bo bugs finally show up but not anything like the past two years. Wearing a head net keeps them off your face making it all good.
Lynnie and Jeffrey return from bread class with the golden brown loaf for our lunch. The walnut loaf right was from their class and was awesome.
A view of the camp and anchorage from the small hill top shrine.
Cruising the camp with 16 guys was something for the ladies to avoid. Tents and sleeping bags everywhere plus bathing bodies on boats and around tents make it definitely a guys fishing camp/trip. This picture was taken on their last night all very happy with their fishing adventure.
Trying Rolland’s special sea sick glasses >>>>>>>
With all the fish caught on Gato Loco we hosted a fish taco dinner with champagne and flan provided by Jocelyn and Rolland. We’re going to miss their company. Some discussions indicate they might stop by Cholla this fall on their way back to their boat after visiting home in Switzerland. We hope so.
A very memorable Memorial Day. We’re off to Gonzaga tomorrow.
Until the next update.