We have had extraordinarily beautiful weather. Very little pure sailing but lots of motor sailing with water temps as high as 87 degrees and air temps to the mid 80’s in the shade. Lots of whales, turtles, dolphin and sea life have made themselves known to us and we appreciate every show they give.
Feels lonely out here. Only a few pleasure vessels and lots of panga fishermen with the usual cargo and cruise ships. The weather has been quite settled so we decided to really run south and take advantage of calm passages. We’ve had 4 overnight passages during this 900 mile run with a few stops for some rest and relaxation. At one point, it became evident we had not stepped foot off the boat in a week and decided to walk the beautiful beach of Magdalena Bay. Though there was trash scattered around, I found some of the best beachcombing ever. From the dinghy we watched a coyote sneak up and kill a pelican. The desert scenery that stops at the Pacific waters is just lovely this time of year with the sun very low in the sky and sunsets illuminating the mountains. It was a real treat to stop and swim, eat, nap,do laundry, buy lobster (3 for $6.00 US) and the quiet calm of the anchorage by ourselves.
For communications this season we picked up a TelCel (Mexican cell/internet provider) broadband card and Verizon gave us a Mexico plan once again. So feel free to communicate with us!
We anchored in Cabo San Lucas with a couple of cruise ships, namely the Oosterdam. While in Cabo two years ago, my brother and his wife were on the ship and we spent the afternoon together. It would have been nice to have them here again. While in Cabo we took a short taxi ride and restocked the boat at Costco. We start craving fruit and veggies when we run out. This time we took time to investigate Cabo San Lucas a bit more than usual and pretended to be tourists. We found it’s not so bad after all. We hiked the hills into the gated communities of gorgeous multi-million dollar homes with incredible Pacific views (“Hola!” gets us past security), enjoyed lunches out and sipping beers on the hotel row beach just off our anchorage. I did feel rather un-tourist like when we had to depart from the beach and launch our dinghy through the surf with a hundred or so spectators. Luckily all went well and we zipped on back to the boat mostly dry. The anchorage there is exposed and was a bit rolly a couple of nights due to strong swells that were working their way down the Baja coast.
We enjoyed a day in Cabo del San Jose just 20 miles south. We tied up to a dock that has yet to be wired for power but enjoyed walking around the old town. We are told it is what Cabo San Lucas was like 20 years ago….hard to believe. Got lucky enough to attend the bilingual mass at the cathedral in the town square and enjoy some awesome tacos al pastor at a huge taqueria, El Fagon after church.
So the desolate leg of the Baja coast is north now and we are now on mainland Mexico. Dorado have been on the menu a time or two thanks to the Captain aboard. This leg was particularly nice due to the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets and the unbelievably calm Pacific on our passages. This is another beautiful winter day in Mexico and Mike’s birthday. Hoping to find a nice restaurant to take him to tonight in Mazatlan.
Hasta la Vista for now and cheers for later!