Punta Pulpita 29-31Oct
When we left Bahia Concepcion, we were sent off by a large pod of dolphins. We never tire seeing these playful, joyous, and graceful creatures. Their curiosity about our boat sends Carrie back and forth along the deck and bow. You would think it was her first time seeing a dolphin.As we turned the point to head south, we raised the sails and had a decent 90 minute sailed. Then we motor the remaining 37 nm / 5 hours to our next anchorage.
From afar, this 475’ headland visually appears to be detached from the mainland. We are coming in from the north and as we begin our starboard turn into the anchorage, we are awestruck by the size of this ‘rock’. Continuing the turn we end up facing the south side of the headland; where we can view the large obsidian glass vein that reveals the point’s volcanic history. We continue to motor into the anchorage; we were in awe of the beauty of the variegated sandstone and volcanic rock. Being the only boat there, we anchored pretty much in the middle and snuggled in close to the shoreline to avoid most of the forecasted Westerly winds.
The sunsets are nature’s amazing shows. But for starters, the moonrise shined bright and big on the clear eastern skies. Then as the sun began to set, we were treated with a storybook view of a sailboat on the horizon. This was a lovely beginning to our first night in another new anchorage.
The next day we jumped into our dinghy and explored the shoreline of ledges and detached, extremely large rocks that are not accessible by foot. The following photos will not do the weathered shoreline justice. You’ll just have to come out to see for yourself. 😉 After exploring the shoreline, we tied the dinghy to a rock near the trailhead and begun our exploration and hike. Up and up we went to the top of the the point. The view, as typical, is great and the break was welcoming.
Back down to the shore, we found a safe way along the shoreline to get a closer look at the obsidian vein. Wow! From afar it looks like a large shadow in the rock. Up close it is a wonder of how deep into the rock the vein goes. We learned Obsidian is natural volcanic glass and comes in a variety of sizes from the common jet black to a translucent brown. The glass comes from the volcanic lava that cooled rapidly. The obsidian can be shaped to sharpness and as we know, was used for arrowheads and blades.
And on the shoreline, we were happy to see so many tiny bits and pieces of chipped obsidian scattered all over the ground. It was a wonder why visitors haven’t cleared these from there. We scramble over the rocks to return to our dinghy and back to Dharma Girl in time for lunch and a nap.
If you own an obsidian glass, you may believe it to be an Apache Tear. “The legend of the Apache Tears began in the 1870s when the United States calvary fought against the Apache in Arizona. With defeat imminent, the Apache warriors refused to be held captive and leapt to their death from atop the face of a cliff. The families of the warriors wept greatly for their loss and with each tear shed, it turned to stone upon hitting the earth. It is believed that anyone who cares an Apache Tea will never have to weep again, for the families of the Apache warriors have wept in place of your sorrow.”
The second evening sunset did not disappoint. The night before the Blue Moon, the moon rose large and bright and the sunset had hues of rose and purple. And the fishermen were out for the evening catch. We sit, with our happy hour drink, and in peace, we watch the evening transition. Muy Tranquilo.
Thank you Punta Pulpito, we really enjoyed our stay.