Yesterday morning, after breakfast, we raised the hook and motored down from San Evaristo to Isla San Francisco. The winds were supposed to be from the NE which would have allowed us to either sail or motorsail but, naturally, they came directly from the SE, the direction which we were headed. If you don’t like the wind direction in the Sea of Cortez, just change your heading, it’ll follow you around so that it’s always on your nose. What with the headwinds, foul current, and dirty bottom, it was another slow trip. Fortunately, it was only 10 nautical miles so no biggie.
As we entered the bay at Isla San Francisco, we finally saw the super clear water that we’d been looking for. We were in 25-30 feet of unbelievably blue water and could see a large turtle swimming along near the bottom. If the surface hadn’t been rippled by the wind, he’d have been crystal clear. I just sat there gawping at the water, it was so clear. We anchored in 14-17 feet, about 200 yards off shore on 85′ of chain.
It’d been a pretty hot trip over and, what with the clear water, Lulu was ready for a swim. The anchor was barely set when she announced that she was going to swim ashore and then go over to the other side of the island in search of “puka” type shells that she had been told abounded there. Splash and she was gone. Can’t say as I blame her. Wish I was as good a swimmer a she is.
As the day wore on, the bay started to fill up with Mexican charter yachts. The big motor vessels with all the jetskis, go-fast dinghies, kayaks and other water toys on board. By evening there were 6 of the big yachts although only 5 spent the night. They set up shade and chairs on the beach for their clients and then entertained us while we watched some of them either waterskiing or trying to. They mostly settled down by bedtime. All, that is, except the one closest to us. At least some of the guests on board were up all night yakking and occasionally singing a little snatch of a song. Sound carries really well over water and we got to listen to them talk whenever we would wake up during the night. Never got bad enough to need earplugs but it did continue all night. Things are very quiet over there this morning. Can’t imagine why.
Today we had plans to go snorkeling but we happened to look into the water and noticed a whole bunch of small jellies floating around. Some of them are what we think they call “string of pearls” and they’re supposed to have a particularly nasty sting. Maybe later this afternoon they’ll have thinned out. Lulu did say that yesterday when she was swimming she got a few stings and had a welt on her upper arm this morning. We could suit up in our Mighty Morphin Power Rangers lycra suits but I doubt we will. We’ll just wait. However, I for one, am wearing my shorty wetsuit as, at 78 degrees, the water is still a little bit cooler than I enjoy and I can always use the added buoyancy.
We’ll probably head down to Ensenada Grande on Isla Partida tomorrow. It’s another clear water anchorage, or at least it has been in the past. Unfortunately, the weather predictions for the next 3 days are for mild to moderate SW winds. That means that every anchorage between here and La Paz, except for Playa Bonanza on the east side of Isla Espiritu Santo, will be welcoming the winds and resultant swell with wide open arms. Oh well, if it gets too bad, we’ll just head to La Paz sooner. We want to be there on either Friday or Saturday anyway. Aimee, who refers to us as her “La Paz parents”, is going to be in town for a couple of days next week and we really want to see her.
So, hopefully the jellies (aka “agua males”, pronounced OG-wah MAH-lays) will go away so we can get in the water this afternoon.