Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Mon 28 May 2012 08:17
24:54.71N 110:42.15W San Evaristo
From La Paz we headed north into the Sea of Cortez. The terrain is amazing - I imagine that if the moon had sea, this is what it would look like. The hilly islands are very barren and the mountainous peninsula is just as dry, but with a little more scrub. In contrast to this brown land, there is the indigo blue deep sea, which becomes a lighter green as it gets shallow into the anchorages. Absolutely stunning!
Our first stop was Isla Partida, a nice wide open bay which seemed to be popular as a protected anchorage. However the wind did pick up and we set an anchor alarm. Close to midnight Mike decided to get up and do a check, only to spot a sailboat heading towards us. He was asleep and was dragging his anchor! Mike quickly blew our horn (very loud!) and put a spotlight on him. Quickly he woke up and sorted himself out. I dread to think what would have happened if Mike had not got up. For those non- sailors out there, it is in fact very easy to drag your anchor at night and not feel it...that is..until you hit something!
The next day we headed up to Isla San Francisco - a lovely anchorage with beach full of shells and very noisy gulls (they had chicks and got a little hysterical if you got too close) Mike and Johnny did a little more fishing and pulled in a few Trigger Fish. These are reef fish with exceptionally thick skins, and while they are time-consuming to clean, are good eating. Johnny fried them in a batter which worked out really well.
A short hop over the channel took us to Bahia Amortajada on Isla San Jose. We took our dinghy into the mangrove lagoon and then hunted for clams in the shallow water. We found a great spot and while it took us a while to get our technique right, feeling just under the sand, we managed to pull up over 100 clams. They are quite small, but should do us for two meals. I think a little garlic clam pasta this evening with an ice cold Chilean Sauvignon Blanc may be just what we need.
We decide not to stay there overnight, as there were lots of horseflies and at sunset the no-see-ums were promised. In Mexico they call these tiny little nasty biters "jejenes" - and you do not want to share your sunset cocktail with them! We crossed the sea to San Evaristo on the peninsula - a protected anchorage with a small settlement which we will visit in the morning. En route, we spotted two whales, and nearly drove right over one of them - unfortunately there was a lot of wind and I could not get a decent pic.
A note for those of you wondering why we are not replying to our email. So far, there has been NO cell phone/ internet connection out here in the Sea of Cortez. This is the most "disconnected" place we have been in, in years of cruising. So, please be patient with GMAIL, or email us on our MAILASAIL account, which we will pick up with the satellite phone.