Baja 2016/2017

Oct. 25

The wind blew most of the night so we wanted to get a good visual on the sea state before making the decision of staying or going.  As we were eating our breakfast the wind began dying some and had switched to the north. We decided this was going to be a go so all of our gear was packed and loaded by 8. The sunrise was a real treat. Guess my rock piling on the tarp was a bit overkill, but I definitely did not have to worry about it getting blown away during the night.

 So how many rocks does it take to out wit the wind?

So how many rocks does it take to out wit the wind?

The sunrise was a real treat!

 Baja sunrises never disappoint.

Baja sunrises never disappoint.

By the time we were loaded and heading South, most of the clouds were gone. We were hoping that the wind would push us and the current would as well, at least for some of the day. we passed by the herd of sea lions that had been sleeping on our way North. There were still some sea lions sleeping, but the waves were too big to take photos. When the red rock campsite came into view, we decided to pull off and take a break. The wind had picked up some and if it continued to build we would need to stop. We know of several pull outs in the next section so thought that we would continue on and do nowcasts on the weather. We also are going to be paddling around numerous points today which once we get around they will give us protection. One of the pullouts that was an option had a boat covered with a tarp and a man sleeping on a rock nearby.  Our next break was taken at Pointe muerto. On the beach was what we thought was an abandoned palapa, as it lacked a roof or sides. We decided to take a walk towards it to stretch our legs. Getting closer we realized that there was a man sleeping. No boats were around and we did not want to investigate any further so we back tracked and returned to our boats. The man continued to sleep so not sure why he was there. Beaches with covered boats and men on shore with no boats on isolated beaches give an eerie vibe.

 The volcanic activity here has left a colorful landscape.  As we rounded Punta Candalaria we began experiencing large standing waves. We were hitting the mid rift currents.  Glad that we were in a good moon cycle and the waves were not as large as they could have been. Found a campsite by 4 and after having a noisy sleep from the previous night we plan on going to bed early.   

The volcanic activity here has left a colorful landscape.

As we rounded Punta Candalaria we began experiencing large standing waves. We were hitting the mid rift currents.  Glad that we were in a good moon cycle and the waves were not as large as they could have been. Found a campsite by 4 and after having a noisy sleep from the previous night we plan on going to bed early.

 

Mileage paddled 21 nautical miles.