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Pictures from Cabo San Lucas Anchorage

Sunset View of Hotel from the Cabo San Lucas Anchorage, Baja California South, Mexico

(June 14, 2022) We haven’t decided where exactly we will take the boat for this summer: (1) South to Puerto Vallarta/La Cruz (Pacific Mainland Mexico, hot and humid) or (2) Ensenada (Northern Baja California, challenging to sail/motor to get there). For either way, it is better to arrive at this location, the Southern Tip of the Baja California Peninsula. We have been monitoring the weather including the tropical storm “Blas”. Coming down from the last anchorage, Los Frailes, we had strong headwinds against us. It continuously blew hard but it was calm at the anchorage,

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Mining Town Santa Rosalia

Old Printing Device in Mining Museum Boleo, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico

(April 26 to May 17, 2022) Santa Rosalia is a small mining town. “The city was founded as a company town by the French Compagnie du Boleo in 1884, which established the local copper mines. Today the city is a popular tourist destination.” (Description from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Rosal%C3%ADa%2C_Baja_California_Sur)

We stayed here longer than we planned because John needed time to recover from his overboard incident and I liked the Santa Rosalia Marina Fonatur and people.

***The day before our arrival,

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John goes Overboard but is Rescued at the Sea of Cortez

(April 25, 2022) I thankfully rescued John from the sea. Thinking about this accident, I feel luckier than John because it didn’t end in a tragedy. How could I live the rest of my life if I failed to rescue him?

At 8 am on that day, we left the Punta Trinidad anchorage in the Sea of Cortez. We were enjoying beautiful surfing kind downwind sailing, with 20 to 25 knots winds from North. Early afternoon, the wind angle started to change directly coming from behind of us flipping the boom/mainsail from left to right. We dropped the mainsail and started motoring.

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Pictures From Los Angeles Bay and the Northern Sea of Cortez (April 7 to 25, 2022)

Fog in the Sea of Cortez, View from Don Juan Anchorage, Bahia Los Angeles, Mexico

Puerto Refugio, Isla Angel de la Guarda, the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Don Juan Anchorage, Bahia Los Angeles, Mexico

Volcano Crater near Don Juan Anchorage, Bahia Los Angeles, Mexico

Sail Rock (Roca Vela) near Puerto Refugio, Mexico

Isla Angel de la Guarda (Guardian Angel Island), the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

View from La Gringa Anchorage, Bahia Los Angeles, Mexico

Boat Only Access Resort, Punta la Alacran (Scorpion), Bahia Las Animas, Mexico

Bahia Los Angeles Village Anchorage,

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Up Close Look at Life in Fishermen Camp

Fishermen’s Camp (Right Side Corner) on Tiburon Island in Mexico

(March 24 – April 10, 2022) After leaving San Carlos (Mainland Mexico Side) and crossing the Sea of Cortez, we arrived at Bahia Animas and slowly sailed to the North. We have been anchoring from a place to another, beach hopping. We rarely met any people. We heard lots of coyote hauling at night on land.

On the biggest island in Mexico, Tiburon (shark in English) Island, a fisherman asked me “Cigaro?” While I was trying to figure out what it means, John responded to him “No Tengo” (I don’t have it).

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Hiking in Tetakawi Trail, San Carlos, Mexico

Mexican military people watching the Tetakawi Mountain View (Left Side Peak-North and Right Side-South Peak) from Mirador San Carlos, Sonora State, Mexico

At first arrival, the word “Tetakawi” is difficult to pronounce to non-locals. We have been in San Carlos, Mexico for two months. I can say the word “Tetakawi” almost as good as the locals. Tetakawi means “Goat’s Tits”. It looks that way. It is a landmark from the sea and the town. 

The trail is somewhat short but it is very steep hiking on the rocks in the upper area. It used to be okay hiking without a guide.

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Spring is near!

San Carlos Weather Forecast Screenshot from TheWeather.com on March 10, 2022

The sun has been coming out earlier, now around 6:30am instead of 7am. Spring reminds me that it is possible to make a clean start, for new good, fresh buds, and a healthy lifestyle.

In order to live comfortably on a sailboat the key is to make use of as much space as humanly possible. For most of us, refraining from buying something is more difficult than budgeting. Getting rid of things is harder than keeping. When I sold my condo, I reduced my belongings to fit in a storage room of 5ft x 5ft x 8ft.

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Night Sailing Crossing the Sea of Cortez

Night sailing in the Sea of Cortez, making bright blue bioluminescence on the side of the boat, gliding on the water, from Isla San Marcos to Bahia San Carlos, Mexico

On January 18, 2022, the winds were forecasted right for sailing, we changed our original plan and sailed from Baja California to San Carlos, the Mainland Mexico side. The reason is to see our friends from Florida. We met them five years ago in Bermuda so we don’t want to miss the opportunity. Grab the opportunity of meeting friends whenever we can as the future is unknown.

The sea water temperature has been around 68f (=20c) degree.

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Sailing from Loreto to Conception Bay

Bahia Conception, the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

(December 23, 2021 to January 8, 2022) From Christmas day 2021 to January 7th of 2022, we had neither cellular connection nor Wi-Fi. Without it, I went to bed earlier and earlier. For my New Year’s resolution, I set my bed time from 9:30pm to 5am. It is a good balance for me. I am an early riser. I read somewhere, if you are a worm, it is better get up late.

We are about in the middle of the Sea of Cortez (Baja California), at Bahia Conception. There are many small islands and protected anchorages.

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Loreto Bay National Park, Protected Natural Park

Salt Mining Abandoned, Isla Carmen, Loreto, the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

(December 10 to 23, 2021) We are about 6 miles from the town of Loreto. Due to strong winds from the North (called “Northers”) we have been stuck here for a week behind Coronados Island, a part of the Loreto Bay National Park. This National Park is the largest marine protected area in the Sea of Cortez. Each island in the park is easily accessible by tour boats or small rental boat (Panga). There are flights from Loreto to the USA.

Checking the weather again this morning,

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