Sometimes there is just too much to say, so I’ll let the camera do the talking (or at least most of it..)!
In the past month we’ve crossed the Sea of Cortez on a two-day passage from La Cruz to the southern tip of Baja, visited some favorite spots and added some new favorites to our list. We’ve met new people, learned new things, and experienced more of this place that we are growing to love.
As we have been meeting new friends and sharing stories and cruising plans, it’s been surprising to us to learn that most cruisers are part-time cruisers in one way or another. There are the vacation cruisers who visit the area for just a few weeks or months each season, bouncing from activity to activity without taking a breath. There are the semi-annual cruisers who leave their boat in a marina somewhere and return to the “real” world for 6-10 months each year, repeating their trek each year and sometimes limiting their experiences by their expectations from what has gone before. There are the sabbatical cruisers who are fully involved in their escapade, but by definition are on a time constrained adventure, having left their jobs, school, homes for a pre-determined amount of time; when their one year, two years, or three years is up they have to head back to the home or job in the states that is waiting.
Then there is that very small group of lucky/crazy people such as ourselves, who sold their land base and moved onboard without any definitive plans for what happens when the adventures must change mode. We know there will come a time when the creaks in our knees will grow louder than the creaks in the mast, and we’ll have to move to a place where the earth isn’t tilting crazily and our home isn’t held in place by a 3/8″ chain, but we hope that day will hold off for a good long time. We don’t have any plans for what that time in our lives will look like or where we’ll be; we are truly living day-to-day, port to port, escapade to escapade, and we love it. Being able to go slow and explore each new spot until we feel like moving on is such a priceless experience.
Time is the gift that we unwrap every day. Spending that time exploring new places, that is our choice and ultimately our freedom. We are so grateful.
Here are a few PMMs; the pinch me moments from the bazillion photos taken during this month’s adventures…enjoy!
Sunset at sea
Making an offering to the Sea of Cortez gate keepers
1800’s cathedral in La Paz
Ensenada del Candelero (Candlestick Cove)
Watching the sun chase the shadows away
Morning on the hook in Caleta Partida
Bahia San Carlos
Sea lions on Los Islotes
Watchman on Los Islotes
Sea lions rafted up
The village of San Evaristo
Sunset over the Sierra de Gigantes
Casa Grande in Timbabiche
Heading out fishing in Manuel’s panga
Hear the bells??
The goose is loose!
Go that way!!!
Law of gross tonnage
Watching Roy dock s/v Freedom in La Paz (nice job)
Ensenade de Candeleros
No photo shop here…that’s the color!
Taking the kid for a ride
Tiger, Heron, Happy Dancer
Shallows in the volcano crater
Three cormorants on a rock..one fell off and…!
Happy Dance in Caleta Partida
The dancer family
Checking out the view
Happy Dance at anchor, Isla San Francisco
Some hot horsies
Walking to the salt ponds…
Salt ponds at San Evaristo
Harbor at San Evaristo
Resident sea lion in San Evaristo
Those colors are real!!
Loved this family – had a spanish lesson from them!
Enjoying the pool
7.2…Happy Dance loves to sail!
Captain one ear at the helm
Marty and Manuel
Bahia San Carlos
Reef outside Bahia San Carlos
Beach at Bahia San Carlos
Manual and Susanna’s home
Susanna in her favorite chair
The new school and Casa Grande
Arches of Casa Grande
Getting a ride in Manuel’s pick up
Rudolpho and Eppy going home
Vaca is in trouble!!
The lagoon and mountains of Bahia San Carlos
Pelican wing…so many bones it looks like a basket!
Tiny flowers in the desert
Spring is coming!
Buzzards and sea gulls
Royal tern in mating plummage
Kayaking on the reef
Happy Happy Dancers
When it rains this is a river
Following in my HB’s footprints
Lagoon flows to the sea
Salt water lagoon – so many birds!
Bye bye Timbabiche
Hello Bahia Agua Verde
Going to the grocery store
Not too big, but some fresh produce!
Marty smashed the eggs…oh well!
Chocolate clams and trigger fish..yum
Anchored in Agua Verde
Watching the calm
Pinnacle rock – jutting straight up from deep all around it…wild!
Hiking above the bays in Agua Verde.
Selfie…see Happy Dance back in the distance??
Sierra de Gigante in the morning
Fellow cruiser enjoying the breeze
Roca Blanca on the way to Bahia Candeleros