We spent an extra day in Cabo San Lucas then had a very bouncy motor ride for 3.5 hours to San Jose del Cabo and into the marina. In hindsight we were feeling the effects of the wide open east Pacific waters when we expected more of a calm, smooth jaunt. We were even taking a few waves over the bow and into the hatch we'd casually left open. INTREPID II arrived at this marina at dusk, settled in and took a taxi into the town as the marina is a separate real estate development to the east. We chose to stay a second day to spend time in the much more tranquil setting of San Jose del Cabo in hopes of finding a way to put more $$ on our TelCel computer stick -- Mexican communications continue to be complicated at times. The town was setting up its Christmas decorations and we enjoyed walking about. Carol found a great straw hat in the market and we enjoyed the break.
Here is a map of the Los Cabos and East Cape area, showing the relative distances to Los Frailes and Bahia de los Muertos - rechristened by public relations folks to Bahia de los Suenos. (I haven't spotted a copyright mark so hope this is indeed for public use.)
|Los Muertos is to left and between W and S of compass rose|
Los Frailes is south of Cabo Pulmo
The next morning (December 3rd) we headed out for Los Frailes (the Friars) approx. 30 nautical miles or 6 hours or so away. INTREPID II enjoyed some actual sailing but mostly motor sailing with the jib out as we dodged all the sport fishing boats and pangas which are here for the world class fishing. We aren't quite set up for that yet and envy those who are.
Sunday, December 6th, we left Los Frailes early (6:40 am) for this anchorage with had a good start, then experienced increasingly choppy conditions with wind on the nose from the north, north west. Throughout the day we tacked, rolled up the jib, unrolled it, motor sailed, passing by Punta Pulmo - a great diving site, Los Barailles - a famous kite boarding mecca, and around the point and into the bay of dreams (or bay of the dead - take your pick). Clouds are settling in as we finish up this note -- hmm - not in the forecasts we just reviewed. Plans are to head north tomorrow towards La Paz, but likely stopping in one of the bays along the way after "turning a corner" south again.
We are unsure how successful we'll be at sending Christmas cards in time this year, so please know we're thinking of all our family and friends and wishing you well as the holiday season approaches.