We were glad to be around the Northern shore of the island. A friend from NOLS had been texting us a weather forecast, not always accurate, but another tool to help make a decision. The forecast indicated that a Norte(a wind storm) was approaching. With that in mind we decided to do a short paddle north to where we had seen a sailboat. There is always a good possibility that we could ask for some water, that would give us a couple more days on the island if we could not cross. The sailors were able to fill up one of our water containers and also warned us of the upcoming windstorm. We turned our boats around and headed south with the wind pushing as it built. At times we were surfing the waves, which is fun, and keeps one quite focused. We saw a site that provided some protection and with more white caps appearing, decided perhaps we had paddled enough today. A short hike up an arroyo brought an unique cardon forest.