5/19/2013 Isla San Francisco

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.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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7 Responses to 5/19/2013 Isla San Francisco

  1. Tate says:

    I’m surprised you don’t want to show off in your super hero suits. Do they really work? I’ve read about lycra preventing stings but I had my doubts. How can you cover things like your face?

    • sryoder says:

      Me in my superhero suit is a sight that no one should have to see. As far as covering one’s face, between my beard and my swim mask, there’s not a lot left uncovered. Lulu has never gotten stings on the face but she has gotten some minor ones on her legs.

  2. I’m curious about your shorties as well. Having had my lifetime fill of jelly stings, I am interested in anything that can minimize their target. Where did you get them and were they stupid pricey?

    • sryoder says:

      Our shorty wetsuits are just regular old shorty wetsuits. Our full body anti-jelly suits are lightweight nylon and were made by a lady in La Paz. I think mine cost something like $25 (US). We got Lulu’s for $5 (US) at the boaters’ swap meet in La Paz.

  3. Caeb Smiley says:

    spent today with Tony and Marquita. I did catch a ride north with Phyllis Levine. Thanks for the info. Caleb

  4. sailmama says:

    We continue to love reading your blog -not only because you are such a good writer, but also because we are privileged to know you both and you are living our dream life which we have had to leave temporarily (my mom’s failing health). Hope this reminder of the joy you bring us gives you a lift on one of those days when you may feel like nobody is “out here” or really cares!

    • sryoder says:

      Whew! I was just sitting here thinking, “Y’know, there’s no one out there and no one really cares anyway!” But I feel better now. Thanks K&K. You guys are d’ bomb.

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