Friday, December 9, 2011

Cruising Again

Apologies for the silence.

We are in Puerto Escondido on the Baja Peninsula en route to La Paz where we will spend Christmas. It took two weeks to get Ladybug ready for the water because of additional projects that  needed completion  before we leave for the Marquesas.

New solar panel & slick black bottom paint

The radar scanner we bought on eBay works! This makes entering harbours at night much easier.

Adding insulation to the fridge.
Newly insulated icebox - still need to epoxy and paint the inside.

New hatch cover

The winds have been strong and from the north about half the time, so we have spent quite a lot of time hiding out in secure anchorages along the way, including 4 days in Puerto Balandra, where we had some excellent hiking with some new cruising friends who were also storm-bound. On one hike we crossed the island to a lookout over Salinas Bay and Steve pointed out a bighorn sheep as it disappeared down the mountain. We saw what looked like a hunting blind made of black plastic and tarp on a steep slope with a great view over the valley. Whether it was used by hunters or naturalists, one can only guess.

 Chris with Steve, Nona, Bo and Libby setting off  to Bahia Salinas from Puerto Balandra

Salinas Bay panorama from ridge above

View of Salinas Salt Pans, Isla Carmen

Scrambling up for a view of sand dunes and whitecaps on a blustery day on Isla Carmen

Libby, Rani and Bo feeling the wind in their hair

Nearly home - Chris, Hugh, Nona and Bo

WHAT?  I  found a small  BIGHORN 

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