Baja 2016/2017

Feb. 7,8,9

We had been able to connect with our cell phone when we passed by a town yesterday and were able to update the weather/wind forecast. If it was accurate we were going to be having wind come our way on the 7th. We were camped on a beach with no wind protection and lots of sand. This would not be a fun place to hang out during a wind storm. We were glad when the wind had abated during the night and our plan was to try to get to Cabo Pulmo in the morning. Looks like we will be able to experience another Baja Sunrise on the water. This one did not disappoint.

 There was energy in the water so we made good time to Cabo Pulmo where we knew we would get some protection from the wind. On the way I was entertained by 3 baby turtles making their way north. They were followed by a rather large shark. Here is to hoping they made it. By 8 o'clock the wind and waves had picked up enough that we knew that this was going to be a short paddle day. We were glad to get around the point leading us to the small town of Cabo Pulmo. Cabo Pulmo is a national Parque for snorkeling. Fishing is not allowed and the marine species are on the rise. We had planned to dive here but not in this wind. Looks like we will be doing land based activities.

There was energy in the water so we made good time to Cabo Pulmo where we knew we would get some protection from the wind. On the way I was entertained by 3 baby turtles making their way north. They were followed by a rather large shark. Here is to hoping they made it. By 8 o'clock the wind and waves had picked up enough that we knew that this was going to be a short paddle day. We were glad to get around the point leading us to the small town of Cabo Pulmo. Cabo Pulmo is a national Parque for snorkeling. Fishing is not allowed and the marine species are on the rise. We had planned to dive here but not in this wind. Looks like we will be doing land based activities.

We were able to set up camp behind an abandoned building which not only gave us some wind protection, but also some shade. 

Part of the building was enclosed with a nice window looking out to the sea.

 It was a good place to read and cook.

It was a good place to read and cook.

As the sun was setting two ospreys perched on a nearby tower.

 Periodically they would change places. Almost like a game of King of the Mountain.

Periodically they would change places. Almost like a game of King of the Mountain.

The full moon .. no need to say more.

 One more osprey shot   

One more osprey shot

 

We had hoped to leave the morning of the 9th, but hearing the waves pound the shore and the wind shake our tent, it was obvious that we had another day of being here. Not a bad place as there was s mall town nearby that we could buy some fresh produce and even buy a pizza for an evening meal. Numerous mountain biking trails also surrounded the area so we were able to get some leg work in. For several hours of the last day, I occupied the nearby abandoned building for a change of location and to bake bread. It was quite scenic.

 Great views in all directions.

Great views in all directions.

The wind started calming on the evening of the 9th. This is a good sign.

Mileage paddled 6.4