It is now mid-July and we have finally succumbed to the fact that the summer temperatures in the Sea of Cortez are nearly unbearable. When we do projects or walk to town we look as if we are melting, with red faces, sweat dripping into our eyes and off our noses. We have refillable quart size water bottles that we keep in the refrigerator, and we each drink 5 or 6 of them a day, only to sweat it all back out.
Though to be fair, we have been told by the Mexicans we’ve talked to that the humidity right now is unusually high and we’re happy to note that they are complaining about the heat, too! There have been big thunder bumper storm clouds around for the past week, and we had a heavy downpour and lightning show the other night that actually cooled things off for a bit, but as soon as the sun came out again and heated up all that moisture…whoosh! Get out the sweat rags!
We came into San Carlos a few days ago to refuel and re-provision, planning to head back out to the nearby anchorages for a couple more weeks before leaving on our land excursions. Since then we’ve changed our plans a bit and have decided to stay put, for a number of reasons; 1) the cost of the moorage is substantially cheaper if we stay long-term ($292/week versus $521/month), 2) the boat project list is getting long and we hope to get some things checked off this month, 3) it’s HOT and Home Depot sells air conditioners.
The irony of all this is that we came to the Sea to be warm, but we choose to follow the mantra of all things in moderation, and the summer heat in the Sea is definitely not moderate! While I hate to admit it, feeling as if we have surrendered to the elements; we have now become dock rats for the next month or two. We have an air conditioner blowing wonderful dry, cool air into Happy Dance. We have a larger fan blowing the dry, cool air onto our hot, red, sweaty faces. We have shiny, silver windshield liners cut to fit in all the hatches and ports to keep the sun out. The cabin temperatures have dropped from 96 or so, to a lovely, livable, cool, dry 84. And best of all, we can finally sleep.
We plan to be here in San Carlos until late September when we get back from a side trip to the Copper Canyon via the El Chepe train, and then a larger excursion to Scotland. San Carlos has the added benefit of being a great hurricane hidey-hole, so we’ll feel okay about leaving the boat here while we’re off on our land adventures.
And now, lest you think I’d forgotten promises of photos to be added to all those posts made via SSB radio this past month, you can stop worrying! Here are a few highlights of the places we’ve been since leaving Santa Rosalia. Enjoy!
First, our passage from Santa Rosalia to Bahia San Francisquito….or “foggy fish falls”!
Bahia San Francisquito and Animas Slot
Ensenada el Quemado (Burned Bay)
Isla Mitlan, Volcan Coronados, Los Rocas
Puerto Refugio on the north end of Isla Angel de la Guardia, and Isla Estanque on the southern end.
Punta Willard and Bahia de los Perros, on Isla Tiburon.