Change of Plans.. North to Loreto

Once again the most persuasive Dents have convinced us that a few hours more to get to  Loreto for a day or two is time well spent, and spending Tuesday  in Loreto is worth the two days of hard travel we will have to do to get back Thursday afternoon. But that’s OK.. I’m looking forward to meeting this town! So far the voyage has been more of the same, huge cliffs plummeting into the deep blue green water… not much in the way of other traffic ( two sailboats and a panga) and very little wildlife, I’m afraid.  I did spot a couple of dolphin pairs playing around ( frisky? or fighting?), a large Ray take flight many feet out of the water… a seal lying on its side with one long flipper raised as if in greeting… or maybe acting as a sail to keep him going in the right direction?

I put out a new lure (with “the incredible flash of the Diamond Facet Head with the fish attracting large bubble trail… and the third dimension, the sonic strip for resonance”… a whole lot more glitz and glam than my cedar plug.) But I haven’t had a hit on it yet, and that’s what counts. 

I see we are turning and heading into Punta Candaleros.. trying to get myself straight here… off the south end of Isla Danzante. Puerto Escondido up ahead.  I was going to leave the line out of the water but I opted to change lures to my favourite ( looks like a small dorado, fluorescent green and yellow and silver.. my lucky lure) because I seem to recall that nephew Nate has caught some fine fish down here, staying at his Inlaw’s camp on the beach. I can see the allure here… lots of beach, the islands make things interesting… and so far, the weather is astounding today.  As for fish… well, I may as well try.  

After today and probably tomorrow, no use catching fish as we still  have food in the freezer that has to be eaten. But that fish we bought off the panga fisherman yesterday and had for dinner was incredible so it is tempting to try to catch something today to augment the larder.

Time to go outside and enjoy the view… more rocks and water, but it’s spectacular rocks and water so I need to go watch the world go by and enjoy it.

Checking Charlie’s Charts, I see how this works. Puerto Escondido is where the boats mostly stay. There are numerous mooring buoys, but one never knows what shape the anchor is in, and usually there is an upper limit to tonnage that one of those buoys will handle. We may not be as heavy as a 60, but in a wind we could have issues. There is a dock, but it looks like you have to  med moor ( stern in, with a line attached at the bow to a fixed buoy and the stern line anchoring you to the concrete dock.. you are strung in between like a bead on a taut string. I’d do that only if we had to keep the boat somewhere for a length of time).

Option three is open to us – anchor wherever it looks good.  Daybreak , an N60, is anchored close to the little channel that brings you into the Puerto – Colibri has dropped anchor nearby – there is room for us between Colibri and a couple of sailboats, so it looks like as far as finding a place to stay, this is all good. Loreto is the town north of here, and to get there one takes a dinghy to shore and gets a taxi ? I think? It’s not that far. I have heard Loreto is like La Paz, only smaller.  I read in the book that there is a Port Captains’ office…. so now Lawrence is assembling our papers to prepare for letting them know officially we have arrived.

In all the books we have read about travelling down the coast of Mexico, one of the things that is  always discussed is the ease, or lack thereof, of coming into port and all the paperwork that entails. Oddly enough, I don’t remember doing this in La Paz…. however, that was probably handled by the organizers of the Cubar rally.  And now we are on our own! 

And of course, because we didn’t think we would be coming here, we didn’t really check out of La Paz.  oh dear.