Back to dropping the Hook

June 9 – 15, 2021

After our five-day stay in Puerto Escondido restocking out stores, completing laundry, and hanging in the air-conditioned cruisers lounge using the free wifi. We’ll be honest here, we spent as much time as we can with that latter. Naturally, we catch up with cruisers over happy hour and had hours of entertainment from the plethora of Mabulas that are unseasonably in the anchorage, we head on out to Isla Carmen. This island is an hour’s sail east from Puerto Escondido Anchorage and provides over a handful of locations to drop your boat hook.

Punta Colorado – June 9-11

Leaving Puerto Escondido with NW 10-15 Winds – YAY!  We raise the main and pretend we are sailing.  We did try but moving at 0.5 to 1.5 knots, with our destination nine miles away would have given us an ETA of 9 PM.

We motored around the south end of Isla Carmen, to drop the anchor in the familiar anchorage. We went snorkeling in the north end of the little bay. The water was cool and we wonder if that is the cause of the many fish we saw. Or was it because the Sea of Cortez had a year absent from the typical seasonal boat traffic. Nonetheless, we swam, we swam, and we swam some more.l The visibility (vis) was 20-30 feet early each day. And would reduce when the winds and tides would.

SV Karvi, whom we met via Pat and Melody, arrived in the anchorage. We went to say hello to Dan and Nancy and ended up visiting all morning sharing sea stories and catching up.

Bahia Salinas – June 11- 12

Last year our visit here to the old salt mine was limited due to the pandemic. Our visit was short so we had just a few photos. With the limited understanding last year of how Covid-19 spreads, we were uneasy walking around the property with others living there. So, I’m linking a lovely site here, for your enjoyment.

One a fun note, we heard so much about how fun snorkeling the sunken fishing boat that is now a natural reef. We didn’t while we were here last year. Our day started with continuing north from Punta Colorado. But alas about 2 NM south of Salinas Bay, the winds were blowing 16+ kts so we naturally sailed our way in. We dropped the anchor and the bowling winds help set the it with ease. The forecast called for big winds through the 13th, making our plans to snorkel the wreck not feasible. Oh well, we’ll note to return here next season.

A surprise morning.  The winds are calm, the bay is smooth, and we jump on the opportunity to dingy over to the large buoy that marks the south end of the wreck.  After tying the dingy to a sturdy metal loop on the buoy, we jump in.  It’s not often but there are times when I wish I had a little underwater camera.  And this is one of them.  The fish was plenty.  The variety of schools were spectacular.  The delicate off-white lacy sea fans were new to us.  They would swish softly on top of the tall cylindrical boat parts, stretching as if they are reaching for the water surface.  Once the fish settle in from our arrival, we and the fish were mingling amongst each other.  Out of curiosity, many would follow us and hang close but still beyond arms reach.  

Bahia Cobre – June 12-13

One of our favorites and again, we were looking forward to spending a few days here snorkeling, fishing, and hiking. We were here just over a year ago. We enjoyed the hike, seeing a Big Horn Sheep, and observed our friends catch and clean a Cabrillo. This year we wanted to complete the hike to Salinas; yes, the bay we just left. And also get some fishing in ourselves.

But the weather had other plans. The south winds increased and kept us cool. But it also sends wrap-around swells into the cove. These swells were big enough and too often that kept us awake most of the night. In the morning, it was apparent the swells were not letting up anytime soon. We weighed anchor and motor out in the direction of the east, raised the sails to catch the southerlies, and headed north. Woo hoo.

Punta de La Lancha June 13-15, 2021

A comfortable sea state for our cruising pleasures.

The sail from Bahia Cobre was fantastic.  With reefed main and genoa, we sailed in 16-18 kt winds coming from the SE, hitting us on the starboard quarter.  It was a fun sail.  And again, Dharma Girl shows us how easy it is to sail in these conditions.  No helm and moving along at 6-7 kits on average.  Up the east coast of Isla Carmen, we jibe to head west along the top of the island.  We passed V-Cove and headed to La Lancha (the launch). As we enter the cove, we recognize the boat that is anchored.  They are who we referred to in the previous post on communication between boats.  As we were anchoring, they weighed anchor, so we relocated to get a little closer in and to the east ledge and avoid any potential swell.  

The following morning, the 0600 pelican feeding was just outside our bow – our v-berth hatch is open and we hear the light whistle of the pelican wings as they fly over.  It’s 11:00 and we are just now getting off the boat.  Chris takes off fishing in the dinghy. Carrie goes out on her SUP to snorkel.  It just happens this way.  The good life.

Thank you again for reading our post. We wish everyone can have an experience similiar to these we have. These are gifts of the moments you just cannot plan but know they are golden.

Cheers to you all. Take care of you and take care of each other.

Chris and Carrie

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