Wednesday, August 3, 2011

One Fish Dinner in Marquer

The Two Hunters back from the Hunt

Kathy Watching the sunset (a requirement down here).

Hunters Dishing out the Fish

Don entertained us all evening with "Fish Tales"!

Bahia Marquer

   The next morning I took off
in my kayak.  I explored the whole
bay and part of the next one.  There
was truly a lot to see!  The water
was so clear that a mask and
snorkel was not needed.  While I was
paddling everyone and everything was
going about their business.
Including this turkey buzzard who
must have found breakfast on
the rocks. Just past these rocks and
on the other side of the channel is
Puerto Escondito.  Known as
"the Hidden Port" because it is nearly
impossible to see unless you know
it is there.  I kept going around this
corner into the next bay and the water
got deeper and the fish got bigger.
Then decided I had better turn around
because my arm hurt already and just
because I turned around doesn't
mean I am really headed home. It
takes just as long to get back to the
"Mother Ship" if not longer, for me
anyway.  On the way back there were two
guys from the other sailboat in the bay
fishing.  They were very good and
kept catching fish. They threw
most of them back because they
already had plenty to eat. They were
just catching them because they
could.  Fishing is quite the pastime
here.  Every morning Dave, from
Free Spirit would get in his dinghy
and disappear  for hours at a time.
He was out "HUNTING"!!! As it
turns out Don from Wild Rose had
not been fishing and did not know
much about it so a budding relationship
formed and then Dave and Don would
go out every morning to "Hunt".
taught Don all he knew and then
some and Don and Dave are now
thick as thieves.  They had so much
fun and it is always fun to see Don
get excited .  Kathy and Don are so
into life that they get excited about
everything and I love being with  them.
  We took turns hosting dinner and
had a great time!

Catch and Release

The Mother Ship

Oh the Water
Cactus Garden
Drying the wings

Oh the Water!


North From Bahia Agua Verde

Mazu,  Mel &Elaine Went South
Found these guys again in Escondito!

    Time to say good bye to
 Aqua Verde and
some new friends!
 Enticed aboard by
promises of Bombay Saphire
and very cold
beer!  Had a great visit and then
 off to our respective
    The scenery the next day was very pretty
but it was hot as usual. Removed the
windows from the dodger and only
have the top of it on as well as the
Bimini. No wind to speak of and the
shoulder still hurt.So no sailing that day.
 I had to weave in and
out and by all these beautiful "Islands"
(ROCKS).  Many of the obstacles and
reefs are marked but there is always
a chance of finding one accidentally and
that was not on my dance card for that
day. I was sort of headed to Escondito
for a place to fix the alternator, get water,
get internet and some provisions.  I was
also still looking for friends on Voyager,
Wild Rose and Free Spirit.
  As I approached
Los Candelleros (where some friends
were headed) I decided to pass it by
and check it out on the way
back.  On the approach to Puerto
Escondito I hailed Free Spirit
 and Wild rose
and I found them both at
Bahia Marquer.
I was excited about getting to
 see some friends
and finding a place to
 just hang for a while.
Marquer was about the
Los Candelleros Little did I know...
same distance as
Escondito from where
I was so I changed
course and headed there.
   When I got there I was astounded. It was
as pretty or prettier than Isla San Francisco!
I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.
Jasdip at Bahia Marquer
Anchored, found a bathing suit, got a
gin and tonic, got my noodle and jumped
in the crystal clear water!!
   Dinner and wine with Dave on Free
Spirit. A happy camper was I.....



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Heading North From Isla San Francisco New Territory All by Myself

   Well I headed north.  One is really never alone out here.  There are thousands of critters everywhere.
These dolphins came up to the boat and hung with me for at least an hour.  My voice was  raw from
talking to them. I can't help it I
get so excited! They are just such beautiful

    I love studying the markings on them
and trying to decide what it was that
made the scratches in their hide.

    After they left there is always the
occasional seal resting with flippers up.
They hardly even get out of the way anymore!

   Then there are the ever popular
"Flippin Rays".  They jump right out of the
water then slap down and do it again.
Agua Verde from the Bow
Often there are several at once and
Flippin Ray
they seem to be having such a good
time that I can't help but laugh and wish
I could flip with them! They are mighty hard
to get on film though.

I actually stayed in Timbibachie the first night and
again the second night.
It was not too pretty and the water was green
and not so clear. Didn't take any pictures and it was actually a pretty rough two days.  Let's see if I
can remember....I try to block these days out
as best as I can.....I hadn't been getting any charging from the engine. Only the solar panels.
The little generator was acting up so I couldn't even make power with that. I thought I was going to have to bleed that thing but tried changing the fuel filters and running some really clear and clean fuel through it.  It took a while but I finally cleared out the dirty fuel
and it started to run OK.
Now I have one fuel filter for the Mr Perkins
and one for Mr Generator. It was pretty hot so
 I couldn't run the generator for more that about
30 to 45 min at a time and I did have to make some
water so....i tried the old hook up the field wire
to the generator, right on the positive pole of
the alternator.  Well it worked!  For a bit.
I a pretty sure that is when the
alternator failed completely.  Made bad noises.
Couldn't cope with changing it yet so I just
decided that after a few days of rest I might
be able to cope.
   Then I decided to take the big engine
off the dinghy cause Jasdip was running a bit hotter
thank usual and I was towing the dinghy. took me almost two
hours.  Everything that could have happened
seemed to happen.  I tried a new and I thought
perhaps better way to lift up the engine.  Turns out
it was a disaster.  Three times I almost had the
engine up only to have to let it down again, crawl
 back  in the dinghy and untangle something.
The last time I tried to pull it up it just stopped
 coming and I
couldn't figure out why it wasn't lifting until I looked
down and the fuel hose (which I accidentally left on)
was caught under the handle of the dinghy plug
and was stretched to it's limit. So down it
went again. The whole thing was a series of
things just like that!  Then this fella came out
to try to sell me lobster.  Hell I was so tired that
unless he brought it in a 3 course meal with a
chilled bottle of wine and then did the dishes I
couldn't even think about it.  He said he had
6 kids and he needed to sell some lobster.  I said
sorry and thought of that line of Groucho Marks's
Agua Verde from the looking off the stern
in the 50's when he was talking to a couple with
 5 kids..." I like a good cigar but I take it
 out once in a while!"  So that stop was a real
grind. It is times like that that I wonder what the
heck I think I am doing and feel that a good head
examination is in order!!

    So that night I slept very well and left to
head north the next Morning.  I Figured I would
perhaps make it as far as Agua Verde and I did.
I wasn't alone as you can see but there was
plenty of room for me.  Pretty sure I  stayed there
two nights.  It was a pretty and relaxing place
unlike Timbabachi so that is what I did....relaxed!