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Posted on Tuesday Aug 30, 2005
A Chubasco is a squall that precedes a lightning cell of clouds. Sometimes the winds reach 60 knots. For us however, it was a mild attack. At about , I suddenly woke up. I felt the boat start to swing radically, but there weren√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt any sounds of wind. I looked out the hatch to see in the moonlight a wall of approaching clouds and lightening. Chubasco! I shouted to Sherrell as I leapt out of the hatch!
The one night we left our full sun awnings up, the squall came after us. We quickly started removing covers. The wind went from 5 knots to about 20 knots in 2 minutes. As we started to finish getting the last cover off, the wind gusted to the mid 30√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs perhaps in the 40√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs. It lifted our hard dinghy off the deck, we had it tilted up to scoop air down into the boat with the halyard. There was a line tied to it to prevent it from going anywhere, but the wind hit it like giant fist and ripped the cleat right out of the dinghy and sent it flying across the deck.
I had to leave Sherrell to wrestle with the cover while I man-handled the dinghy back into it√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs chocks and tied it down. We were about 3 minutes too slow in getting things secured, and the wind was howling. After getting the dinghy tied up, we managed to get the last cover down on the deck and tied down, then we let out some more chain to 210 feet giving us a scope of 6:1 and we held on.
Like in the movie, √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??Captain Ron√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨¬Ě, √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??They come on fast and leave you fast, boss!√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨¬Ě About an hour later the wind calmed back down and we watched the sun come up then took a nap.
Posted on Thursday Aug 25, 2005
We woke up to the sound of a group of fin whales feeding off the tip of the island. These guys are biggies and they must have been hungry because they were swimming the currents for hours. At one point they swam between all three boats that were anchored here! Exhaling enough seaweed breath to fill a large hot air balloon in one sudden PHOOOOOSH!
Posted on Sunday Aug 21, 2005
There is also a lot of current with an 11 foot tide range, we get tide rips too, just like in the
So far we’ve visited Ensanda Quemado, Puerto Don Juan,
Posted on Tuesday Aug 9, 2005
We can’t believe it. We finally made it to
It’s great to be here!
Posted on Saturday Aug 6, 2005
So Sherrell said today was the perfect day, except we had to motor. We spent 2 nights at Isla Partiada (Norte) and then motored our way over to Ensenada Quemado where we are anchored right now. What made this day perfect? Well, we went hiking up a tall mountain to the top, crossed the peninsula to a camp called La Unica where three Mexican guys were enjoying their weekend vacation from Tiajuana and bought us some COLD beer! Then we rowed back to the boat and the water was warm enough for Sherrell to swim in to cool down.
I guess your pleasures become less complicated when you√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęre away from the rest of the world.
Posted on Thursday Aug 4, 2005
On our trip from San Francisquito to Isla Partida (the one by
As we weaved in and out of the tide rips, we were surrounded by Pacific White-Sided Dolphins. Hundreds and hundreds of them as far as we could see. They were hunting for food and not too interested in playing with us, but they were EVERYWHERE! (Attached is a photo of one of the √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??packs√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨¬Ě of dolphins).
Closer to Isla Partida, frolicking Sperm Whales were swimming in the current. There was one in particular trying to show off. He was doing tale slaps and full speed breaches out of the water, not once, but 6 or 7 times! We couldn√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt believe it! Sperm Whales are MASSIVE and they crash into the water like exploding bombs!
Now, we√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęre anchored in a quite little bay that I thought we might, just might, have to ourselves. But it was not to be, 3 other boats were already anchored as we worked our way into the bay. Oh well, maybe they√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęll leave tomorrow. We haven√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt had an anchorage to ourselves since we left
Posted on Tuesday Aug 2, 2005
We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęve spent the last few days getting the boat cleaned up, doing some hiking and a little swimming. This little anchorage is very protected, and we had a pretty strong squall today and a light sprinkle, but we were nice and safe anchored here. We might spend another day or so here before heading further north.
We made some really good whole wheat tortillas today. You can try some at home:
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup soy or white flour (if you don√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt have any, just go with 4 cups whole wheat)
1 tbs. baking powder
1 tbs. salt
1 tbs. vegetable oil
and Hot water
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add oil then start with 1 cup of hot water. Mix it together. Add ¬Ĺ cup of hot water and start needing. Add additional ¬Ĺ cups of hot water until the dough is like bread dough. Don√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt add too much water, it√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs better to have them a little dry.
Make golf-ball sized lumps of dough. Let them sit for about 5 minutes, then heat up a frying pan with a touch of vegetable oil. Let it heat while you roll out the first tortilla (if you√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęre lucky, you have a tortilla press). Then slap the tortilla into the pan, let it heat for 1-2 minutes until it forms bubbles inside, then flip it over for the same amount of time.
Posted on Sunday Jul 31, 2005
One of the coolest things about Baja is the lack of light pollution because there are no cities around. At night the sky fills with stars and planets. The Milky Way glows in a bright band of stars and clusters that span from one edge of the sky to the other. Meteors streak across the star lit background in a high speed burn out. With a pair of binoculars, we can see moons around Jupiter, bright stars like Polaris, Arturis and nebulas and galaxies as if we were peeking through the Hubble Telescope. We can see so many stars that there are less black patches than bright white spots. Unfortunately we can√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt adjust the expose time on our digital camera to capture the night sky, so you√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęll just have to imagine it.
Posted on Saturday Jul 30, 2005
We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęre learning that the intense heat we felt in Bahia Concepcion was about as hot as it ever gets. In fact, we haven√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt felt anything near that hot for 4 weeks now. After we left Santa Rosalia the temperature has been cooler, about 85 to 90 and the water is a nice 78 or so. Other people who have spent the summer further north tell us that Bahia Concepcion is sort of a heat trap and that
The sea life has been incredible. There are lots of whales, Orcas, Pilots, Sperm, and Grays. Many different types of dolphins and tons and tons of fish, squid, and octopus roam these waters too. We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęve seen all types of sea birds from pelicans to these brown dove-like little sea birds which aren√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt in our book.
There has been a nice breeze for the past 3 days keeping everything cool. This is the
Posted on Thursday Jul 28, 2005
Abandoning Punta Trinidad, we let the sails fly as we zipped further north. San Francisquito is a protected anchorage, which we were longing to find. We were running on 3 days of sleep deprivation and ready to rest. The wind was gusty, but always present. Sometimes it reached up into the 35√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs but most of the time it was probably in the 20√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs. Our average speed was 5.0 knots for the 45 miles, which took 9 hours. We really were screaming along with the autopilot doing most of the work.
Arriving in San Francisquito we found the wind was blowing like mad around the land, probably about 35 with stronger gusts. Inside the anchorage however was dead calm with a nice 15-20 knot breeze. Sherrell was deliriously happy. She went to bed at and didn√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt wake up once until about , and she finally got up around . I slept really well too relieved to be in a safe harbor protected from almost all directions from the wind and the waves.
The little anchorage is packed with boats, but two dinghies came out and met us to guide us into the anchorage to spots where there was enough depth to anchor. It√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs closer than we would like to be anchored to other boats, but the wind is consistent and there√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs no waves, so it should hold all of the boats away from each other.
I guess we√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęll spend a couple of days here, resting and checking out the beach and the arroyos before moving on. We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęre only about 55 miles from Bahia de Los Angeles and our hurricane hiding hole for the summer!