|Estero Ponzo San Blas - marina around the corner|
INTREPID II headed out of La Paz at noon last Saturday (Jan 29th) for the short trip to Caleta Lobos anchorage. We anchored and enjoyed a fairly calm night, with no strong corumuels from the south west. Sunday morning we had raised anchor and were on our way by 08:00 in clear skies with a few light whispies and a wind forecast of NW 9-12 knots. However by that morning's weather update, Don Anderson of Summer Passage was predicting one of the strongest northers in some time for Wednesday - a big blow - so we intended to make as good time as possible to minimize any excitement that wind event could cause!
|Sunset off of Los Muertos|
As Monday morning, the last day of January, unfolded we were visited by sun fish lying just below the surface of the water, fins in the air, taking their ease. It can be startling when you first spot a FIN emerging from the water! The scientific name for these bony fish is Mola mola and it moves its fins in a sculling motion, whereas sharks move their tail and keep their fin stationery - good to know. Once we came closer we could see the outline of its body below the surface. Seals played off our starboard side.
|Sunfish basking just below surface|
Dolphins appeared at 20:30. Streaks of phosphorescence zooming up to INTREPID II in the dark give you quite a start at first; they do look as though torpedoes are zeroing in on your hull! We quickly relaxed and enjoyed their play for the next half hour. There were two adults and a young one. Perhaps a lesson in surfing off bow waves in the middle of the night. They jumped, criss-crossed under the keel and around the stern and finally veered off to attend to other things. These are the special times that make a passage worthwhile.
Midnight Tuesday, February 1st, found us at 22 degrees 15.570 N and 106 degrees 33.44 W, doing 7.0 knots on a heading of 120 degrees; still on course for Isla Isabela. More quick turns below to catch some short naps and another pair of dolphins joined us at 04:00 just as the flashing light on Isabela's west side came into view.
|Chartplotter - heading towards Isla Isabela|