Westerlies

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.

3 thoughts on “Westerlies

  1. What a great family trip! We enjoyed reading your Snug Harbor adventures, there is a museum in La Paz we have read about & want to visit, maybe one day Princess will take us there! We leave Sunday for a cruise to the Panama Canal round trip out of LA, we’re getting luggage out & making lists! It is 19 days with the ship spending one night on Lake Gatun so should be a new experience. You are in our thoughts & prayers as you continue your vacation! See you in church! Fondly, Lois and Mr. Jerry

  2. What wonderful memories for the family. Love the pictures. Hey broken hearted Melody I know today

    On Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 2:22 PM Sailing on Snug Harbor wrote:

    > Charley Eddy posted: ” 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 t” >

  3. Looks like a wonderful family outing!  It’s always nice to be able to share your adventures with family. You are making memories which will last a lifetime.   And, yes, the departure from the dock story was funny.  Thanks for sharing. RE:  Bach … we are, of course, always happy to have you stay with us.  One thing … we are not plugged into the Bach schedule, so providing the dates would be helpful.  They are probably just assuming that we will be House Managers forever.  And, they’ve said multiple times that they couldn’t begin to train us, which is fortunate, as we always miss the training they provide each year.   Whether we are or aren’t the House Managers, you are welcome to stay with us.  And, we would be happy to have you cancel the first night at a no-doubt expensive hotel, and spend them all with us.  It will motivate John to continue working on his 4-year project (so far) to clear his Office.  LOL. Enjoy your family time.   Kathy and John xxox    Kathy Eckerson, MBA, MS, Insurance License #0C05383Phone: (831) 620-0520    Cell: (831) 645-9300P. O. Box 963, Pebble Beach, CA 93953-0963     

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