We can’t believe that it’s only been 4 months since crossing over from Baja. We’ve been to so many cool places and done so many things, it seems much longer. We’ve been chasing the perfect summer for the past 11 months. Heading toward Alaska in May then staying just ahead of the changing season all the way down the coast. We were literally chased from the Sea of Cortez in December by very strong and cold north winds to the balmy mainland coast–further and further south as winter progressed. Beginning in March everything reversed and we all began migrating north, then back to the “Sea” where spring is supposed to be really nice. Unfortunately, come June it starts getting hot, REALLY HOT. They say you don’t want to be here in July-Oct. So we’re planning to store the boat and head north via car for the summer. In the mean time we’re planning to explore the central Sea with what time we have left.
On our way south and again on the way back, we spent lots of time in Banderas Bay, especially La Cruz. It’s such a great place to hang out and easy for visitors to get to. Before heading back to the Sea, we had our lovely niece Ruby Reed come visit for a week. She’s a 20 year old biology major at Colorado State, Fort Collins. One of her minors is Spanish so the trip was educational for her and a lot of fun for us. The last time she traveled extensively on our boat with us on a trip to Barkley Sound 8 years ago. Just yesterday for us, ancient history for her.
When Ruby left, we picked Dave and Mary Utley up in Puerto Vallarta. They previously owned the sister ship to Carmanah so they knew what they were getting into accommodation wise. (Lack of). We didn’t go far–only La Cruz–but it gave them a little taste of cruising in Mexico. They’re checking out potential cruising destinations for their C&C 48—big sister to Carmanah. It was great fun having them along.
The day after the Utley’s left, we sailed the 160 miles up to Mazatlan via San Blas and Isla Isabela. We had stopped at the town of San Blas on our way south and loved it’s authentic small town charm. Not many cruisers stop there because of it’s reputation for jejenes or no-see-ums that can be ferocious. Turns out their presence is dependent on the phase of the moon. No moon on our 1st stop, no bugs. This time, not long after the full moon…..bugs. We stayed only one night but did get a chance to say goodby to our buddy from Bella Coola, Peter, who sadly had to postpone indefinitely his trip to the South Pacific in order to attend to family matters back home. His boat, Fukingvr, will remain in San Blas dry storage hoping for no hurricanes.
Isla Isabela, 20 miles off the coast, is often called “The Galapagos of Mexico”. I hate those kind of comparisons because it’s usually a let-down. But Isabela was spectacular. The geography is very Galapagos like and the isolation results in few natural predators. So the island is home to thousands upon thousands of birds including the blue-footed booby. You can walk right up to them. We were the only boat there. It was very eerie. Poor Lucy had to stay on the boat–no dogs in the World Heritage Site. She would have gone crazy chasing those Blue-footed Boobies around–a white, fluffy ecological disaster. There were tons of fish on the reefs surrounding the island. I was afraid to spear any as it’s a national park as well.