After working on the boat projects for several weeks in Guaymas, Sonora, we set off sailing on a lovely beam reach across the Sea of Cortez to the Baja east coast. The last few miles were the best as some dolphins joined us in the morning light. They swam in front and around Ladybug, twisting their bodies as they whizzed by to make eye contact with me as I leaned over the bow pulpit.
We arrived at one of our favourite anchorages, San Juanico, and were soon swapping stories with friends from the past on s/v Hotspur. That night we were invited for mouth watering pizza and our first margaritas on S/V Just a Minute.
|Algodon flower -"windmill" stage!|
|Salinas Bay salt pan from the ridge|
|Chris's shelter on Isla San Francisco|
Exploring new anchorages is always a challenge as the seasonal northerly wind dictates our course for the night. However, we were fortunate to experience a few moderately calm days and sailed Ladybug into new bays. Hiking into new territory was a novel experience and we found many treasures; flowers, shells and beached skeletons, including a mummified wild cat.
|wild cat, maybe a lynx, found mummified on shingle beach.|
This wild cat, maybe a lynx, was probably shot ( see bullet hole above left eye) and ran off the cliff onto a shingle beach.
|Looking south towards Isla Cerralvo|
|Sailing into the sunset|
|Coyote melon vine|
|Boxwood shrub on Isla San Francisco|
|Rama parda ( Acanthus family)|