Sunday, July 22, 2018

San Carlos to La Paz and a Passage Back to Puerto Vallarta

We had decided to go to San Carlos because so many cruisers end their season there and store the boat.  San Carlos. to me, was a hot hot hot place in a dry area of the desert of Mexico, with little to offer but am inexpensive dry storage.  I'm so glad we made a stop in San Carlos.  I can't say we would chose the area to store the boat for the summer, I'm still a believer that boats are better off in the water than on land in the heat of the desert, but after a week in San Carlos I can see the appeal to visit.  We had a really good time in the anchorage, there's beautiful coves to visit nearby, good hikes, and several fun restaurants and bars.  While San Carlos itself is really a small, quaint town, supplies are plentiful and the large city of Guaymas is just a 45 cent bus ride away.

Alas, we had friends about to visit and we had to return to Baja 80 miles away.  We left with Shamaya to return to Santa Rosalia and had a very good day of sailing where we sailed 50 of the 80 miles.

Steve and Claudia are friends we made last year as we passed through Cabo.  They opened their home and showed us around areas of the east cape we wouldn't have been able to see on our own (see blog post from last year's visit: San Jose del Cabo) so we were excited to be able to show them a side of Baja they might not have otherwise had a chance to see.  They joined us for a week as we sailed from Santa Rosalia to Loreto and had several stops along the way.  The weather was fantastic, warm and sunny in the day but cool enough to sleep well at night.  Loreto was another surprise stop that we enjoyed more than expected.  We visited the first mission of the Calfornias.  Steve and Claudia were excellent boat guests and we can't wait to hang out with them again soon.

After Loreto, the SeaGlub crew headed south fairly quickly with new stops in Marquer and Amortajada, and return visits to Puerto Escondido and Agua Verde.  In Puerto Escondido we sat through what was drummed up as a hurricane to fear, Hurricane Bud, but turned out to only be something we nicknamed Bud Light.  After making our way back to La Paz and reuniting with Volare, we started to plan our crossing back to la Cruz de Huanacaxtle in Puerto Vallarta area. This also included getting our car back to the mainland aboard the ferry to Topolabampo and then a 10 hour drive to PV.  Chris left the girls in La Paz to get this done and flew back two days later.

The 3 day passage to PV could've gone better if we had had any consistent wind, but as it was we motored for 300 of the 375 miles with our first morning having rough seas for about 5-6 hours as we ran head on into the Sea of Cortez meeting up with the Pacific Ocean.  The rest of the trip the seas were fairly benign, just the motoring drives you a bit stir crazy, particularly since we were motoring with a transmission that we know is on its last legs and an engine which is burning oil too quickly.  

We pulled into La Cruz at 3am, thankfully we had confidence at night because we had spent the entire previous summer there and the weather was super calm when we pulled in.  So now we're back in the marina for the summer, our car is back from Baja, and we're looking forward to months of drinking and dining on the dock with friends, pool volleyball, and lots of play time on the beach for Penny.  

Here are a few statistics from our travels this season, and some pictures to better tell the story:

Miles Sailed:  431
Miles Motored:  1,594
Total Miles Traveled:  2,025
Fuel Used:  293
Average Water Usage: 5.1 gallons/day
Generator Hours: 6.5
    - we ran generator for maintenance only, or solar kept our batteries fully charged 
Nights at anchor:  71
Nights at Sea: 6

Steve and Claudia at the wheel
Penny checking on Steve's catch

Penny let's Steve know that this one is a keepr

Santo Domingo anchorage

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La Lancha moonscape

San Juanico

Keeping things cool in Loreto

The very first mission of the Callfornias

Shoving off on the ferry

Final approach to PV