When we left the Baja last December, the strong north winds of winter were making it difficult to explore. But returning this spring we found conditions to be much kinder and gentler. Light winds and warm but not too hot. Gorgeous.
Don and Emily flew down from Bainbridge and met us in La Paz to start the journey north along the Baja coast. We worked our way up to Loretto—-about 120 miles—in short hops. Each place seemed to be more spectacular than the last. It’s such a contrast to the more tropical southern coast. We also get that kind of remoteness feel of Vancouver Island with cactus instead of trees and sand instead of streams–but just as majestic. And, lots of wildlife above and below. Really happy we have the water maker now because we’re drinking massive amounts of water with this 15% humidity. Another contrast is we often anchor in bays without swell. No ever-present rolling that we often experienced on the coast. The Sea can get really choppy at times but when the wind dies, the waves calm down nicely. Sure makes beach landings in the dinghy more sedate. But I do miss kayak surfing.
Emily is a avid hiker so we usually had a daily excursion into the back country. The key is to go early before the sun gets too warm. But with the dry air, it cools down into the low sixties in the morning, giving several hours of easy hiking. Unfortunately, the 10 days flew by and we arrived in Puerto Escondido where Don & Emily were to depart all too soon. We felt we just scratched the surface of things to do here. Then it was down to just Donna, Lucy & I. We had another 10 days to get over to San Carlos/Guaymas where we will ultimately be hauling out for the summer hurricane season. We found some more amazing anchorages and hung out with some buddy boats before heading across the Sea. Our crossing from Conception to San Carlos was only 71 miles. Quite easy compared to the southern crossing–300 miles from Baja to Puerto Vallarta. And San Carlos is quite nice, not what we expected at all. We rented a car and drove up to Phoenix where we bought an old van which we plan to make road trips with during the off season. Next we have to prepare the boat to sit in the super hot Sonora sun for 5 months. Then, onto the next adventure.