|Bahia San Gabriel|
|Layers of shells in the sand, Bahia San Gabriel|
We experienced our first couromel winds while in San Gabriel. These are west winds that blow off the land and turn all the nice, calm anchorages on Isla Espiritu Santo into an amusement park ride. We spent 1 night hobby-horsing at anchor - it was just like being offshore... ah, the memories. Lesson #2: learn how to recognize Coroumel winds on the weather faxes.
|Grebes helping Gary clean the bottom|
The weather turned cloudy during our visit and so it was time for boat jobs! Gary donned his wetsuit and used our hooka scuba system to clean the bottom of the hull. Boy, did it need it! He removed a 2 inch layer of moss from the entire bottom, exciting 2 grebes who spent the morning following him around and eating "things" scraped off the bottom. They were quite content. Occasionally they got bold and nibbled on his wetsuit. He couldn't figure out why until he got out of the water and discovered he was covered in tiny tiny little shrimp. He was literally crawling with them. I actually made him get back in the water to try to wipe them off. Yuck.
After a few days in San Gabriel, and an aborted attempt to go north up to Isla San Francisco, we spent the night in the middle lobe of Ensenada Grande.
|Rock formations in Ensenada Grande|
|A spectacular ending to the day|
|Isla San Francisco - doesn't get any better|
|First it was lost, then it was found|
Sigh, we may get this right one of these days.
|Pooped puppy on the ridge|
|Ridge (which we hiked) on Isla San Francisco|
We are headed back out to the islands tomorrow (heading north into another Norther... what else is new?). Hopefully we'll have a few calm sunny days so we can show her some of our favourite spots.
Wish us luck!