We left La Paz in light northerlies under sail and through out the first day the winds slowly clocked around to the south. For the next two days we sailed long days taking advantage of the unexpected perfect "going north" weather, sailing past our planned stops happy that we didn't have to use fuel.
|Caleta Nopolo at dawn|
For those that haven't kept up with our blog, winds in our favour is a very big deal for us here in the Sea. Since we've arrived we've been told that winds are generally from the north. Which has consistently been the case until we decide we had to go south. Our mast head wind indicator has only functioned as a pointer of where we are trying to go, meaning the wind has been against us for the vast majority of the past three months. For once the wind was perfect and we were enjoying every minute of it.
|New vs Old (ie, from the engine) impeller|
|Red rocks at Puerto Los Gatos|
This was the same issue we had on the west coast of Baja after another bumpy sail. Somehow we are getting airlocks into our water cooling system that the pump cannot overcome. We have some thoughts on changes to make in order to prevent it from happening again but for now we will just be vigilant in making sure water is always flowing out the back.
|Road Runner...Beep Beep!|
|View from crater on Isla Coronado|
Having made great time north we have caught up to a few of our sailing friends, Kialoa, Grey Beard, Falcon Seven and a new boat Victoria. We all got up early and hiked the 900 ft up the extinct volcano for fantastic views of the surrounding area. After that strenuous activity most of us retreated below decks for naps, except for Bill and Phil, who aren't human and decided they would catch us all dinner by spearfishing.
We had a pleasant sunset on the beach catching up with our friends adventures, and on the walk back with Karina in the lead surprised a rattle snake catching the last rays of sun on the path. For some reason we don't have any pictures, but there was a lot of screaming and rattling. In the end the snake convinced us to find a different way to the boat and all was well.
This morning we awoke to splashes and were treated to dolphins fishing and playing around our boat. We've got light winds right now but hope for another southerly to pick up this afternoon which will carry us further north to San Juanico where we plan to spend a few days doing a few boat jobs.
|Waking up to dolphins off the stern|