Isla San Francisco

View out over the Sea of Cortes

View out over the Sea of Cortes

The trip across the Sea of Cortes with its prevailing NW winds can be challenging when you are trying to head North up the sea.  At best you can catch a southerly which does happen from time to time and this is what we were attempting to do.  Our crossing ended up being windless until the last 5 miles!  The Sea of Cortes had this oily appearance which made it easy to pic out the many turtles that were drifting somewhere  in the sea.  All you could see were these bumps  and occasionally as we would pass a head would pop up to see what was going by.

Josh catches another big one

Josh catches another big one

Josh managed to hook the largest Dorado of the trip which had his reel literally smoking!  Took about an hour to land it, he was tired and happy, we were glad to stock the freezer again with on of our favourite fish.  All that fishing meant we arrived in the dark with maybe 10 anchor lights to avoid!

The next morning was a little shocking, we left the tropical green of the mainland and arrived in the turquoise blue water and white coral sand of the Baja desert; the contrast was stunning.   We were eager to hike the hills  and get a big view of this new land.  Unlike the mainland jungle, we could almost hike anywhere which excited Sue who loves a good hike!  We also discovered that we were in the land of salt ponds – sea salt will not be something on the shopping list  here. This was such a pretty spot we elected to spend a few days to acclimatize before moving north.

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