The INTREPID II crew was just as surprised as our family and friends to find ourselves at the dock in Marina Palmira last Thursday (Feb. 16th) and just in time for Carnaval. Our plans were find a quiet time in a peaceful anchorage further north!
|Punta Salinas with light tower to left, looking north|
|Abandoned buildings of salt mining operations|
After sailing for 5 hours and checking out Ensenada Grande and Caleta Partida on Isla Partida, we observed the south-west waves we were experiencing (2 - 4 feet) continue on in to the mostly western exposure anchorages. The Captain announced he'd rather be sailing in these conditions than anchored in them. Agreed! That added another 4 hours of pounding towards La Paz, but meant we could be at a dock by 5 pm. A radio call to Marina Palmira brought the unexpected news that there was no room at the inn! However, we are very grateful that Adriana and her colleague found us a spot for a few nights and we will be shuttling around the marina as space becomes available.
The winds continued blustery. We headed INTREPID II into the La Paz channel, which makes a right turn at Costa Baja marina and contemplated dropping the main in fairly tight conditions. What a team. A quick pair of sail ties around the main for the moment, then out with the fenders and dock lines; complete with a salty splash bath for Carol as she was at the bow. Helping hands met us at the dock and we were once again in La Paz, one of our favourite Mexican cities.
|Kelly on the Malecon with La Paz anchorages behind|
|New 'pasarelle' and dinghy dock downtown|
|Coconut drink to share|