Bahia Animas

We Are Often Asked

What do you do with your time? reading, swimming, hiking when there are trail or walking the beaches when there isn’t, snorkeling,Are you safe?

Bahia Animas

We return, we have been here before, and anchor at the same beach.  We take the dinghy to shore and hiked up and down the shoreline.  At the north end we traversed inland to find a way to get to a lagoon we see at the far end of the beach.  Along the way, the view up the valley was of golden color, like the California Golden Hills I remember.  

We noticed the gold ground color. It reminded us of the golden hillside of California. It is a large area and you can see Chris hiking down in this middle photo for reference. We really liked this area.

During our trek to the water, we are noticing large white objects scattered along the shoreline.  Some look like rocks others like logs.  As we get closer, there are more than we originally saw.  And even a closer look revealed these bones are from a whale!  We explored and played the ‘what-part-of-the-whale-is-this-bone ?’ game.  Long bones of the jaw, rib bones, pelvic bones, and a skull.  You’ll see in the photos what remains inside the bones.  We would enjoy learning how long these have been here to relate to their current condition.  

We think this is bone is part of the whale jaw.

Moving along the shoreline we came to a lagoon.  It was peacefully tucked in a cove with high rocks and hillsides.  A heron sits quietly on the edge of the waterway. Nothing was going to bother it.

We trek back to the dinghy along the shore. We come across more whale bones.  But also a complete Tortoise Shell revealing the internal rib framing.  The first one we have seen in this good condition.  (photos)

This may look like rope or material based but it is wood.  We haven’t seen a tree of this type, yet.  But we’ll be excited when we do because the texture is soft like wet wood would be however, very strong and  slightly flexible. (photo of twisted wood)

It was a windy and rolly first night.  We woke at 0200 and awake till 0500. :-\ We feel back asleep by sheer fatigue. We weigh anchor and relocate across the large bay.

Punta Islotes

This cove is a 15-minute motor west of Bahia Animas.  We moved to this south-facing cove for improvement of protection from the wind and waves that we were not getting at Bahia Animas.  A long underwater shallow shelf with a reef extending from it provided a great barrier from the north swells.  Our comfort level the second night was an improvement.  There is a small fishing village on the north side of the reef, a lagoon off the west beach, and a campground south of the lagoon.  The campground appears to have permanent residents.  What really made this anchorage lovely was the south view just during the early stages of sunset.  The view of the open and expansive valley leads your eyes to multiple mountain ranges stacked one behind the other.  Each range had its unique shade to distinguish its silhouette.  We stay one night.

San Francisquito

Again, another sweet anchorage but it’s a quick stop for us.

Early the next morning before the winds pick up, Carrie paddles the SUP along the shoreline. But before she goes, she needs to rescue this little crab from her board.

Early the next morning before the winds pick up, Carrie paddles the SUP along the shoreline. But before she goes, she needs to rescue this little crab from her board.

Iridescent shells capture her attention so she goes and explores the beach.  The shells are oyster shells the size of your hand.  And there are many piles of the shells each about 2-3 feet high.  We often see piles of shells like this and find it interesting.  We think it is a fisherman who makes the effort for their piles vs leaving the shells on the shoreline.  Back on her SUP, she paddles farther down the shoreline and comes to two roadrunners right in front of her, down at the water’s edge of a rocky base.  They spot her and escape by jumping rock to rock back up to the top.

And onward to Santa Rosalia.

2 thoughts on “Bahia Animas

  1. Hello – I discovered your blog while researching the Tatiosh 42. There’s one for sale in FL and I’m seriously considering it. Is there anything you would say in terms of things you wish were different about the boat? Regrets? Praises? It looks like a great boat.

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    • Hi Steve, Thanks for your inquiry. A few years ago we purchased our 1982 Tatoosh 42 in Petersburg, FL. What are the chances there is a second Tatoosh 42 for sale in Florida? We would enjoy sharing our experience with girl if indeed you have your eye on an available Tatoosh.


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