Happiness never decreases by being shared.
|Overlooking the Sea of Cortez near Agua Verde|
During hike with Conor and Lanea on s/v Moondance
OK enough sailing jargon for the non-initiated; it was a slow sail but we made it. During the lull we made fresh water and read more of our book.
|Our new asymmetrical spinnaker at work in light winds|
|Solitary rock at the entrance of the bay|
|Our vessel framed by trunk and vultures...|
The village of about 225 people is as quiet as the one in San Evaristo. No electricity and hardly any light bulbs on at night. The little bit they have is helped by a few solar panels. Solar energy also helps keep some items cold at the tiendita. On the night we arrived, there is a musical event and we hear many live tunes played until about 3am but it comes from so far away that it is lulling us to sleep rather than keeping us awake.
|Young cows surrounded by date palms near beach|
|Goats climbing very steep cliff|
|Very lush and green for a desert|
|Date palms overlooking sea and mountains|
We heard the account of many cruisers getting together to purchase gear and solar panels to run dialysis equipment for a little boy in the village waiting for kidney transplant. Cruisers also have sent money to San Evaristo to support their small school. Despite this helps it is hard to connect with the locals – they certainly like to keep their distance much more than on the mainland.
Unlike San Evaristo where the lack of greenery made it easy to identify all the homes, here it is trickier to get a sense of how many there are for they are all tucked away behind trees, palms, and shrubs. It is much more private and pretty.
Locals keep coming up with ways to earn some money, here, someone in a kayak comes around the anchored boats and offers to take their trash away for a small fee. Not sure what is being done with the trash since we often get a whiff of plastic burning, but I guess it’s one way to support them a little.
There is a goat dairy and you can purchase goat cheese – although on the salty side to help with preservation, it is scrumptious. A lunch of fresh local goat cheese and fresh flour tortillas is a must and delicious.
One of the many coves around has such clear waters we can see needle-nose fish, and another type of fish so close in color to the water and the bottom of the cove that we need to make out its shadow to locate it. Bright orange/red star fish, sea urchins and crabs are abundant.
It has been so hot we sometime sleep outside in the cockpit. The locals have also moved their beds outside under any types of canopies. During the hottest part of the day, we see many curled up on their beds, looking towards their house's opened front door, watching the miniature TV that is nestled on a chair in the doorway… Mothers and kids sometimes are huddled together on the bed passing the time this way.
For three nights now we have seen lightning and heard thunder very far away to the East. We wonder if it’ll ever reach us but last night all that went away after about 10 minutes of sprinkles, just enough to hide all the cushions, go back to sleep, and get the boat a little dirtier rather than cleaner…
We finally get to purchase some fish directly from a returning panga. For the equivalent of $8US, we get 8 nearly 2” thick marlin steaks or about 6 pounds!
This is probably the first little town where I don't see a cross on any of the high points anywhere around it... A first for the Mexicans really love their crosses...
Clever Boat Name: Lungta – which means prayer flag or galloping horse for the wind, like a galloping horse, will bring your prayers to the Gods… Sailing is a bit like that - - - your sails looking for wind to get somewhere…
|Pyramid rock - snorkeling is good here|
|Other side of pyramid rock|
|On a three hour hike...|
|Small passage through the rocks|