Together with our friends on Yare, we traveled and explored the islands for 10 days. Beginning at Playa Bonanza on Isla Espiritu Santos, our next anchorage was Caleta Partida. It was very protected from the northers that were strong at that time. There were two fishing camps there but no one was actually there when we made it ashore to meet them…. A fantastic cave was found just north of there on the southeast corner of Partida.
Next anchorage was Ensenada Grande, just to the north. There was an awesome beach and maintained hiking trail that lead to a lookout over 100m up over the east side of the island. Jess and I (the moms) made it all the way to the top while the others were ready to get back to the beach.
Before heading back to La Paz to reprovision, we made it to Los Islotes to swim with the sea lions. They are surprisingly friendly and accepting of swimmers and snorkelers! It was magical to get to touch a real live WILD animal in its element. They swam nearby often nibbling on Liam and Pete’s fingertips, apparently amazed that they don’t have webbed hands 🙂
Once back in La Paz we were eager to stock up again on items from the grocery store Chedraui. It felt familiar to go there then… Ice cream at Fuente’s was a treat too. Although our little buddy Odin had to stop by the hospital to get stitches to mend his chin while on the way!! More info here : http://svyare.blogspot.com/2016/01/la-paz-medical-care.html?m=1
After only a couple days in La Paz we set off bound for La Cruz. We really miss our friends on Yare. Traveling together through paradise has been a fantastic experience. We hope to see them again in the spring overe here on the east side.
On the way, we stopped at Bahia Falsa and also Belandra (north of La Paz) and got to reconnect with our friends Scott and Tanya from Kialoa. We’ve known them for three years, were in Fleet together (Bluewater Cruising association).
And then, like a dream, it was over. We set off across the sea towards La Cruz.
We arrived in La Paz December 11 just in time to go for ice cream and dinner with our friends on SVBanyan. They were heading out the next day so it was great to have a chance to visit with them before they went. We also met up with Linger Longer finally! After years of trying ;). Kris and Kirk were neighbours from the inner harboir in Victoria.
La Paz has all the services you might expect in a city…But finding them might be tricky. The morning cruisers net on vhf channel 22 is super helpful. Also Club Cruceros, a little expat community cruisers club running on the grounds on Marina de La Paz, is super helpful too.
Christmas dinner complete with our 2nd ever puzzled turkey (so it can fit in the oven) was fun. We got to share it with our new friends on SV Yare (kid boat!!). And it was really great.
Liam’s birthday party, by the Club Cruceros playground was fun too. All the kid boats came :). Made for a special time – piñata and all!!
I think due to sugar overload (Christmas then birthday) we got knocked down by a nasty cold or virus of some kind… Not fun but didn’t last forever. This has led us towards a much healthier diet in the hope of staving off future illness… We’ll see how long that lasts 😉
The last day of 2015: Horseback riding at Rancho el Cajon was fantastic. Neli and Liam were in heaven. Kim, the guide, originally from Oregon, was excellent and we had a fun time. A three hour ride was only about $28 CAD each.
We left La Paz January 5 to head north into the islands for a bit before heading towards the mainland and Banderas Bay. We are buddy boating with SV Yare.
Surprising that we have cell coverage in Isla Espiritu Santo area, but that’s Mexico it seems… Surprising.