|Wildlife is the largest draw in the Sea of Cortez.
Every day we were entertained by watching
dolphins (above) or the music of all types of
birds including pelicans (below)
|John was the "on the water" weather reporter. He
"interpreted" the weather forecasts several times
a day and made announcements via VHF and
SSB to anyone willing (wanting) to listen within
range. His diligence kept us out of harms way!
|Have we ever mentioned the stingrays?
We sure should have! They are
everywhere, all the time. They range is
size from 2" diameter to over 3'. So,
shuffle those feet and/or wear your
footwear when at the beach!
|The doctor had said we should eat more fish..and
John didn't need any more incentive than that!
|My favorite part of the boat is the cockpit, I can
read, star gaze, photograph the wildlife and shower.
|Looks like we'll be having a yummy meal with this
|Annie and Casey of
V'ger are hard core
sailors. The wind
was a lovely 20+
knots and here they
come with both sails
furled. Nothing like
having the rail in the
water, huh? Now,
no big deal, right?
Well take a look at
the narrow channel
(far right). There's
very little room for
error when passing
through. Rocks and
reefs reach to just
under the surface.
One wrong move
and a hull puncture is
likely. WE go around
the island and play it
|One of our favorite spots is Isla Salsipuedes. We prefer to stay in the north slot but the wind was blowing from the north east making a stay there
impossible. Many cruisers forego this island and anchorages because it's a challenge to get to and escape from. The area is susceptible to frequent wind
direction changes. The slots are very narrow with high rock walls on each side. Bow and stern anchors are recommended A shift in wind (and thus
swell), means you have to be ready at any time to pull up anchor and move out. And it always seems to work that way. It's easy to be deceived by this
anchorage. By most accounts, the sun will be shining, the waters warm and calm upon a daytime arrival . You feel like you've just discovered heaven. At
dusk the winds start to pick up as do the seas. If you've played your cards right you're in the protected anchorage. If not, well, you have to leave ...when
it's dark and nasty, often in the company of thunder and lightening! It's not one of those places where you can truly let your guard down. Nevertheless, it's
|Next stop- Isla Salsipuedes!
|Our boogie board doubles as a floating bar. An
evening cocktail is prepared by Paul (s/v Tequila
Rose) while Kathy and I wade water patiently.
Somebody had to take the photo...thanks, John!
|The Rose's have a single inflatable kayak but were
anxious to try our tandem one. Left, right, not exactly in
sync but it takes some practice
|While cruising we accumulate trash. The non-
biodegradable stuff has to be burned. Hence, John
and Paul took on that responsibility. They are
returning from duty..
|A (very) brief stop at Isla Partida
|Bahia El Pescador
|We spent a few
days at El
Pescador. It, too,
was very nice and
was a great beach
for picnics and
hiking. This was
our first stop to
this anchorage; we
returned later in
the season on our
|Bahia de Los Angeles...the "hurricane" safety
|The Full Moon Party starring Casey of V'ger. The party just wouldn't
be complete without this years PACIFICO PIN UP PAL!
|Typically, Full Moon Parties are
held in summer during the full
moon. There are several
locations with estuaries that fill
up at high tide and the water
rushes out into the Sea as the
levels subside. This is a perfect
time to "surf" those rapids, stay
cool and socialize. This
particular event was held at La
|Guard Dog Rocky (s/v Milagro) is not waiting for
mom and dad..he swims to the party
|Buster (s/v Ceilidh) takes a rest on our cool boogie
board (it really is a multi-purpose item)
|Patrick (s/v 4 P.A.C.K) is always ready for fun!
|The crowd gathers in anticipation of great rushing
currents to take them out.
|John converses with a man who has actually
traveled by truck camper to spend time in BLA
|Paul and Kathy floating lazily downstream
|So these are the rapids? Fun! Just my speed!
|Really, this isn't such a bad way to spend a day!
|Clearly Buster doesn't want to get his feet wet. He's
waiting for that dry landing