Baja 2016/2017

Oct. 23

With Gonzaga Bay in sight we headed in that direction. Six miles away and it seemed to take for ever. Fortunately the wind was calm so we figured that we must be going against the current. On the way Don saw a yellow butterfly that had landed in the water. Its wings were spread and it looked like a photo op. As Don readied the camera, the butterfly moved and Don was able to scoop it up with his paddle. We figured that it must have gotten exhausted and had fallen onto the water.  After several moments of resting on Don's deck the butterfly took off. More butterflies were sighted doing the same thing, just resting in the water before resuming flying. We were amazed at this observation, having previous thought that their wings would become saturated with water and they would drown. 

 Packing up our kayaks to head to Gonzaga bay. We had plenty of water left so perhaps we were being a bit conservative in our water needs. But in the long run there was no water stress. It did make for boats being rather slug like.

Packing up our kayaks to head to Gonzaga bay. We had plenty of water left so perhaps we were being a bit conservative in our water needs. But in the long run there was no water stress. It did make for boats being rather slug like.

Upon reaching Gonzaga Bay, Don takes our droms and walk about a mile to get water from the store. I waited at the beach with our gear and watched people as they enjoyed the ocean, We are glad that we got here early and can start heading south today. The beach is too crowded for us to want to stay her. No one passed Don on the road so he got a bit of exercise. He returned with water and a cold drink. What a treat.

Waiting for Don to return with water.

It did not take long to repack our boats and head out. The wind began to pick up and so did the waves. We may just make it back to the beach that we camped last night.

 Our boats are heavy once again with water, but at least the food has gone down.

Our boats are heavy once again with water, but at least the food has gone down.

We aim for a well protected Bay and are soon in calm water with a beautiful white sand beach, but more important natural shade. After having made camp the last several days as the sun was setting, it feels great to have a more relaxed afternoon.

 Home for the night.

Home for the night.

One thing we have noticed in this last stretch of paddling is the dryness of the hillsides. There are lots of elephant trees, but none have any leaves.

 Quite the dry hillside.

Quite the dry hillside.

Wildlife sighting was a whale shark that swam under Don's boat.  It is hot today and we are glad for the shade. Made some bread for the next couple of days and we were  able to get our solar batteries charged. Since we have not been able to get any wifi, we have not been able to get any weather forecasts so using the satellite phone we were able to reach Jeff and he said that there was not any strong winds indicated for  the next several days,

Mileage traveled- 12  nautical miles