Saturday, March 17, 2012

Last stop in Mexico

After 11 days traveling along the coast, we've arrived at San Jose del Cabo, our last stop in Mexico before jumping off for the Marquesas next Wednesday. We spent 6 days at various anchorages on Isla Espiritu Santo, then stopped at Isla Cerralvo, Bahia de los Muertos, and los Frailes on our way south. We hiked, snorkeled and kayaked, ran into old friends and made some new ones.

It was great to be finished (at least temporarily) with boat chores and away from the city (as much as we like La Paz). The highlights for me were the deserted sandspit on Isla Cerralvo, a fair-weather anchorage if ever there was one; the school of 500 common dolphins we saw near Los Barriles; and sharing the anchorage at Frailes with 3 other "puddle jump" boats: Buena Vista, Picara, and Chapter Two. Don and Deb gave us our Pacific Puddle Jump burgee, which we are now proudly flying. Thanks to Latitude 38!

Over the course of the week we saw a dozen whales and countless manta and mobula rays leaping out of the water. Despite all the fishing pressure, there is still a lot of sea life here.

Here at San Jose we are tied up next to Wondertime, a young family from Seattle with a 3-year-old and a 6-year-old onboard. They are leaving the dock today, headed for Hiva Oa.


Steve and Lulu said...

Buen viaje, amigos.

-Esteban y LulĂș

Jules said...

Mark and Vicki, we went to Isla Cerralvo, too and saw footprints that disappeared into nowhere. There are fantasmas (ghosts) there, legend has it.
Can't wait to hear more-we'll be watching to hear about the big jump and how it goes! Miss you guys. Dave and julie