Welcome All,
Follow us as we sail Bullwinkle, our Westsail 32, south to California, Mexico, out to Hawaii and back home to Seattle.

Friday, January 25, 2013

//WL2K /January 25, 2013 Anchored at the Hook, Isla de San Fransisco

From Candelstick Cove we moved a few miles up to Ensenada Grande a large 3 lobed cove on Isla Partida. Very high red sandstone hills surround the bay with a large beach at the south lobe where we anchored. We hiked up the arroyo trail a mile or so and saw several 6 to 8 foot dry falls, two still with water at the bottom from the rain a couple of weeks ago.

A kayak tour group was on the beach. Talking with one young fellow from Oregon, learned they were doing a week tour around the island. The tour company resupplied them with food and water every couple of days.

We would have like to stay longer but a moderate northerner(winds 13-18) was forecast and we wanted to get over to our present location, Isla de San Fransisco before they started so we stayed only 1 night and left yesterday(jan-24). On the way over, we stopped at Los Islotes, a big rock that jets out of the water. Here is where the local sea lion colonies reside and where several pangas bring touristas for a snorkel. We didn't get in but watched them wrestle and chase each other. Several came very close to the boat, swimming under.

More on our current anchorage at the next post.

Monday, January 21, 2013

//WL2K /January 19-21-2013

January 19; First island stop Isla Espiritu Santo; Ensenada de la Raza

Not far from La Paz is Isla Espiritu Santo. An island about 7.5 miles long with many turquoise colored water coves. It is part of a chain of islands creating a marine park. Ensenada de Raza is just one of those coves at its center. We anchored about 2p.m. and upon entering there were hundreds of small yellow butterflies flitting above the water. It was beautiful. The winds had died down enough for us to hop into our wetsuits (hop in...HA!) and go for a snorkel. The water was still pretty chilly, even with wetsuits, but it felt fantastic to be back in 'vacation' mode. The following morning after breakfast was a kayak into the beach. It shoals up pretty quickly, creating the turquoise color and we kayaked in about 3 to 4 feet of water for quite a way. Once in we hiked back behind the mangrove trees and checked out the desert. We could see where the ocean had once been thousands of years ago from all the layers of shells. Photos when we get internet.

January 21; Ensenada del Candelero

Just 2 miles from the previous anchorage lies Ensenada del Candelero (Candelstick cove.) Its beautiful with two beaches divided by a detached reef extending out from the beach to the big monument rock in the middle of the cove. Anchor was down by about 10a.m. and we in our wetsuits by 1p.m. (breakfast and letting it warm up.) Really good snorkel spot! Tons of fish. A definite stop with Molley and Sal.
There is a double arroyo which can create quit a bit of wind. Its either blowing hard or not at all. Very, very warm when its not blowing.
As in the first anchorage on the first night we are the only boat in the cove. Late this afternoon about 5 kayaks landed the beach to camp. Tomorrow we'll try to find the trail noted in our guidebook.
Photos when we get internet.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Finally setting sail!

Beautiful sun, little wind against us.  We're headed to the islands - FINALLY!  Hoping to find beautiful quiet spots for Molley and Sals visit in less than a month.  Pictures and updates will not be available while we're out as there are no villages.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


We've been ready to head out of this marina for a few days now and after that crushing loss to Atlanta - what a better time right???  Unfortunately the weather refuses to cooperate.  Two days in a row the wind has been blowing so hard the Port Capitano has 'closed' the port.  Merely meaning you could be fined heavily if you leave and end up needing assistance.  We may actually be here for a while longer - it doesn't look like its going to let up anytime soon.

So instead of listening to Ed make comments while reading People mags we received from his sister Cathy (thank you!?) about how Pink's hairdo makes her look like she has the most gigantic head, surpassing John Mayer - we hiked into town, checking out 'this side' of the malecon.  Super windy, but both birds and people took advantage.  We had lunch at Ed's fish taco place and he's right - we haven't eaten anywhere with as fresh and tasty tacos as we get there!  Enjoy the photos.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What a difference a day (and FAMILY) makes!

We rented a car to head back to Cabo for an overnight visit with Ed's sister Cathy and her partner Bud, stopping in Todos Santos for breakfast.  We had a wonderful time lounging by the beach and pool chatting the entire time and spending a lovely evening out for Cathy's birthday dinner.  We were very surprised by a gift package full of the best goodies; chocolate, CHEDDAR cheese and movies!  THANK YOU BOTH! We'll miss them but are very happy for the special two days and know we'll see them again soon.

Main street Todos Santos

Breakfast in Todos Santos

Pueblo Bonito

Passing the pool, headed to the beach

Lands end from the resort

Cathy and Ed

Its very nice to lay on the beach with magazine/book
and cocktail and shop at the same time!

Cathy 'Coog' Carrigan

Ed lapping the pool



Birthday girl and her Buddy

Shrimp DYNOMITE!  Addictive.

I didn't capture it, but there was a blue flame all the way
down the Mexican coffee pour; beautifully done.

Driving here on BCS is an event in itself. Stop signs are there to slow people down - not to actually stop them!  And if you do stop, you could disrupt the flow of traffic.  Much to the dismay of all other Mexican drivers!  Ed just takes it all in stride - with very dry humorous comments or trading jibs with the other drivers (out of earshot.)  We were sitting at an actual stop light, which compared to U.S. stop lights are very hard to see, and suddenly all the signal lights went out.  Ed just says "humm, now I wonder what that's supposed to mean?"  All I could do was laugh.  Then driving on what we thought was a two lane thoroughfare that then turned into three lanes and then four.  Not by the markings on the road, because there were none, but by how the cars just kept spreading out and passing each other!  Then doing about 40 MPH, we'd have to slam on the brakes because suddenly there was a gigantic speed bump.  Guess that's how they regulate the speeds.

mind the cow

The country side was beautiful - and full of many and large cactus.  Mountains on one side, ocean on the other.  We could actually make out whale spouts close to the land line.  It was a nice break in the routine we've had going.

Weather permitting, we'll head out on Monday after a big Seahawks win on Sunday (FINGERS CROSSED for both!)

Pictures to be added later.