Today was a picture perfect Baja cruising day. Unlike yesterday, which was cloudy and actually a wee bit on the cool side, today the sky was brilliant blue and the temperature was nice and warm. I checked the weather this morning and it looks like we should have excellent weather for heading further north through the weekend. We decided we should take full advantage and make some northing while we can. So, tomorrow morning, about 0930 or so, we’ll weigh anchor and set out on a 48 hour trip straight up to Bahia de Los Angeles, about 200 miles away. We’ll miss a number of places we’d like to see this way, but we’ll be back. And, this puts us within an easy 2 day sail from Puerto Penasco. And, it gives us almost a month to kick back and explore the BLA area before we have to head across to get to Circus Mexicus. I’ll try to post position reports along the way.
I was out in the cockpit early this afternoon, doing some little chore or another, when a dinghy came alongside. Driving the dink was Rick of S/V Pyxis. He asked, “You want a fish?” Do we want a fish??? Hell YES, we want a fish!. He had been out speargunning apparently and had about 6 nice big Pargos in the dinghy. He said he usually shares them with the local panga fishermen but they were gone when he got his fish today so he was making the rounds of the anchorage, turning everybody on to fresh fish. I’d say these fish were in the 7-10 lb. range. Lulu gave him a crocheted beer cozy in exchange and he headed off to the next boat.
I cleared the cockpit, sharpened my knives, and prepared to clean a fish, a task at which I do OK but am far from efficient. But I did my best and we ended up with 2 very nice filets. We’re going to spilt one tonight and then cook the rest and make it into pargofish salad for sandwiches along the way. Doesn’t that sound exotic? I used to enjoy reading Jimmy Buffet’s stuff where he talks about grouper sandwiches and conch salad. Now we’re doing it, sort of.
Mid-way through my fish cleaning, another dink approached. It was Doug and Linda of s/v Que Linda, anchored near us. They asked if we were cleaning a fish. They also had one of Rick’s pargos. However, to alleviate the mess in the cockpit (not a bad idea), they decided to take their fish ashore to clean it. They also decided to take their burnable garbage, as there’s a garbage-burning fire pit on the beach, and asked us if we wanted to go along. I told them we needed about 30 minutes to finish fileting my fish, mount the outboard on the dink and get the burnable garbage separated. They said they’d hold off on starting th fire until we got there.
A side note about burning garbage. No matter how you dispose of your garbage in the remoter parts of the Sea of Cortez, and probably even in the more populated areas, it’s going to end up being burned. That is, unless you throw it over the side which is something we would never do. So, burning it on our own just keeps someone else from burning it for us. We’re careful to burn only paper (okay, and a few plastics) and find other ways to dispose of our cans and glassware.
Anyway, the anchorage was pretty bumpy when we set out. Without Doug and Linda’s motivation, we would not have gone and would have just stayed aboard. But, once we got the dink underway, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it had seemed. The water, through my polarized lenses, was gorgeous. The whole scene was just beautiful. The water in 4 shades of blue from turquoise to cobalt, the sandstone hills, the brilliant blue sky. Then I took my sunglasses off and, although still pretty, it wasn’t nearly as stunning as it had been through polarized lenses. That does it, I need a UV/polarized filter for my camera. Too bad my little point and shoot won’t take a filter. Maybe I should try shooting through my glasses. Wouldn’t matter anyway since Lulu packed the camera in the waterproof bag but then forgot to put the waterproof bag in the dinghy. Oh well, no matter. Use your imagination. Picture your favorite Corona ad. That’s how our day looked today.