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A little action……

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Slappey sails across the Sea of Cortez

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So, where were we?

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…ah, spending some time (almost 3 weeks) in Puerto Escondido, that’s where. What a difference a season makes. We sweltered in early June around there, but it got very nippy in the mornings in December. There were just a few boats in the main anchorage, but the usual locals, including famous NW cruiser Jake, on SV Jake, who payed Elf at the white elephant gift exchange. For our contribution, we were lucky enough to get rid of the only fishing equipment we carried on board, as we don’t have a valid fishing license this year. Not that we ever fished from the boat; we prefer to rely on  the kindness of strangers and the odd panga fisherman who needs something in trade. Christmas itself was spent at a cute little guesthouse in Loreto; it’s called La Damiana if you ever need a place to stay there. We had a fun potluck Christmas dinner with the other guests at their outdoor kitchen. We were also lucky to be off the boat when a Norther from hell blew through the area, gusting to over 50 knots at times. Slappey was on a beefy mooring ball, left to his own devices. There was some chafe happening, but only to the chafe guard wrap, and not to the mooring line. On the far gentler second weekend after Christmas, we went out to Honeymoon Cove on Isla Danzante, which we had skipped on our first trip to the area.  We finally pulled out of there early in the new year, and made our way down to La Paz, where we will hang out for awhile, and do un-cruiserly-like things such as visit restaurants, movies, museums, and shops. Then again, that’s what we have mostly done while calling ourselves cruisers. This is probably unfair to those who mostly live on the hook, snorkeling, spear-fishing, and doing their laundry in buckets on deck. There are many ways to live on a boat, however, and some of them are easier than others.  As usual, here are some pictures, plus a little movie of the crossing for your viewing pleasure.

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido

looking out the 'window' in Puerto Escondido

looking out the ‘window’ in Puerto Escondido

artfully wrapped white elephant gift with paper napkin and bottle label

artfully wrapped white elephant gift with paper napkin and bottle label

looking into the breezeway at Marina Fonatur, Puerto Escondido; people congregate here in the afternoons

looking into the breezeway at Marina Fonatur, Puerto Escondido; people congregate here in the afternoons

looking out to the mooring field, Puerto Escondido

looking out to the mooring field, Puerto Escondido

a misty day in Honeymoon Cove, Isla Danzante

a misty day in Honeymoon Cove, Isla Danzante

the anchorage from above, Honeymoon Cove, Isla Danzante

the anchorage from above, Honeymoon Cove, Isla Danzante

another view of Honeymoon Cove

another view of Honeymoon Cove

and another

and another

and another

and another

little beach at Honeymoon Cove

little beach at Honeymoon Cove

sunset, Isla Danzante

sunset, Isla Danzante

Loreto, Christmastime, 2015

Loreto, Christmastime, 2015

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Mary, between the whale bones, Loreto

Mary, between the whale bones, Loreto

witty scarecrow, Loreto

witty scarecrow, Loreto

colorful guesthouse, Loreto

colorful guesthouse, Loreto

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something familiar on the side of a building, Loreto

something familiar on the side of a building, Loreto

San Evaristo, the second time around

San Evaristo, the second time around

John rows the PortaSlappey back to the boat

John rows the PortaSlappey back to the boat

Calm, warm, with gin-clear water, Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida

Calm, warm, with gin-clear water, Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida

Ensenada Grande

Ensenada Grande

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sailing to La Paz

sailing to La Paz

lunar landscape near La Paz

lunar landscape near La Paz