|Dolphins in Ensenada Grande|
- April 3: La Paz to Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida: 27 nm; stayed 2 nights at anchor
|Arriving at Ensenada Grande - south lobe|
- April 5: Ensenada Grande to Isla San Francisco: 19 nm; actually sailed across!
- April 6: to San Evaristo: 9 nm; windlass problems, lots of hauling up anchor by hand; wiggled in to the anchorage with 7 other boats; spent Semana Santa here and sat out northers.
|San Evaristo anchorage from Cipriana`s cantina|
- April 9: to Los Gatos: 30 nm; all alone in the south lobe - the best place for protection from the south east swell and south winds; dolphins and small rays.
|Red rocks of Los Gatos|
- April 10: to Yellowstone Beach, north end of Isla Monserat; 29 nm; breeching whale, then a huge manta ray just under the water, 10 feet from the boat; a beautiful spot, but we had a very challenging late afternoon and night...winds shifted to the west and we pitched and rocked but stayed secure.
|Yellowstone beach - north side Isla Monserat|
- April 11: to Punta Perico, north east side of Isla Carmen; 20 nm, with some sailing again! All alone in a quiet spot until a largish power boat arrived in late afternoon. We rested and stayed on the next day to tidy up and catch our breath from the Yellowstone adventure.
|Punta Perico - Isla Carmen - near Loreto|
- April 13: to San Juanico on the Baja peninsula; 36 nm; a nice day but we had 3 - 5 foot north east swells with not enough south east winds to knock them down; motor-sailed past Isla Coronado and joined friends in this favorite anchorage. We weathered another round of northers here, but hiked and fished, played Mexican Train and had two Bocce tournaments!
|INTREPID II anchored in Bahia Santispac|
- April 18: to Bahia Santispac in Bahia Concepcion: 55 nm - a long journey and we started out at 6:30 am, arriving at 3 pm. the only boat for a few hours; we hadn't been here since 2010 and enjoyed visiting Lupe`s restaurant (Ana`s); getting a ride into Mulege from Joel and Louise and visiting Sonrisa weather guru Geary on his patio in El Burro Cove; we especially enjoyed spending time with Paula and Bill and Max and Emma on SV Content - great new amigos.
|Captain`s new Mulege T-shirt design - Day of the Dead|
- April 23: to Bahia Santa Inez "Punta Chivato": 27 nm; left at 7:15 am in case we kept going to Santa Rosalia and to miss the stronger winds. This anchorage has a great shelling beach but is open to south and east winds, so it can be tricky to stay here. We encountered building winds by 09:00 am and lots of easterly swell. We gave our auto-pilot a workout as we tried to sail northwest across the large bay with Mulege at its centre point, as well as the 27 degree latitude boundary; the "north sea". All turned out well as we anchored and the winds stayed from the northerly quadrants;with minimal swel. SV Content joined us later and we had a visit from Ed, a local resident.
|Hotel on point at Bahia Santa Inez|
- April 24: to Santa Rosalia: 27 nm; underway again by 7:15 am into rolly seas as we came out of the bay, with wind from the north west "on the nose"; there were lots of cross currents pushing against us, slowing us down to under 5 knots for almost 2 hours until we neared Isla San Marco. A highlight...a humpback whale swimming right across our bow, then diving with tail flukes held high into the brilliant sunlight; no picture, but we will remember this! Motor-sailed in to the marina and met folks from three boats, all of whom headed south within a day; a bit lonely at the dock.
- An unanticipated boat chore...draining our port water tank and flushing and flushing and adding chlorine - should be good now.