Mitzie, Charley, son Justin, daughter in law Jen, and grandkids Abby and Porter all arrived at Snug Harbor in La Paz on Thursday afternoon.
We spent the first couple days wandering around and eating out. Dinner, drinks and tip at nice restaurants for the 6 of us are running about $100.
On Saturday Justin, Jen, Abby and Porter booked an excursion on a high speed panga to do a 50 mile circumnavigation of Isla Espirito Santos and Isla Partida, the two national park islands north of La Paz. Along the way they donned wetsuits to swim with the sea lions at Los Isolotes and whale sharks in Bahia La Paz and lunch on the beach at Ensenada Grande. They had a great time and came back windblown and worn out.
On Sunday the Captain threw off the dock lines (well all except one!) and backed out of the dock. After an abrupt stop and some quick footwork by Justin we headed off for Bonanza Beach on the east side of Espirtu Santos. Fortunately, there were no gawkers present to witness the Captain’s awkward departure.
We anchored on the east side of Espirito Santos because strong westerly breezes were forecast making the spectacular anchorages on the west side uncomfortable and a dangerous lee shore. The sunset picture above was taken from our Bonanza Beach anchorage.
On Monday we hiked along an arroyo that connected Bonanza Beach to San Gabriel Bay on the east side. It was an 8 mile round trip hike through spectacular desert landscape.
Following is the remaining skeleton of a long departed cactus plant:
It was a long hike and we kept getting to the next ridge, only to find there was another ridge togo:
After many stops to pick nettles from our shoes we finally made it to San Gabriel Bay. Abby and Mitzie shucked their shoes in a flash and waded out into the creamy white sand:
We saw hundreds of frigate birds in the sky between us and the southern side of the bay and concluded they were above a rookery and circling above because they thought us a threat to the rookery.
On the way back, about half way across, we ran across a denizen of the arroyo that, unlike us, never made it to either coast:
Westerlies are forecast to continue Tuesday so we plan to stay put, blog, read tell tall tales and do a jigsaw puzzle. On Wednesday, when the breeze turns north, we will up anchor at sunrise, head for Ensenada Grande for a bit, and then up anchor again to get back to Marina de La Paz before norther driven high winds descend upon us Thursday night.