Aug 3, 2012

Bahia San Francisquito, A Bay Within a Bay

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Thomas Edison 

Small lighthouse at entrance of bay within a bay - Cala San Francisquito...
Quiet large bay with good protection from most winds but very little in terms of scenery. Here we meet two other people on sailboats who possibly sail as much as we do for their engines do not work properly, and they do not have the funds to use a lot of fossil fuel.
One gentleman is from Poland, the other from Czechoslovakia. Both retired early (at around 50 but now in their 60s) to enjoy life. Despite having very little: no water maker, no fridge, few fresh produce, they seem very happy and content. We are invited for fish soup, pirate bread (flat bread), ceviche and tea. The food was simple and delicious. They caught the fish and dried their own vegetables to add to the soup and ceviche. We share muffins with them as they also have no oven and cannot bake… They seem very happy to indulge in some sweets. I'm amazed at the generosity of people who have so little. They live in a much more Zen-like manner than I ever will.

We visited a smaller cove within the bay called Cala San Francisquito. What a beautiful cove accessible only at high tide and very protected from all winds. We went there by dinghy and can enter anytime we like. We are surrounded by playful dolphins seemingly enjoying the privacy of this small enclave - it's nearly a swimming pool. We watch them swim by as we head to the beach at the end of the cove where 2 people, with their young dog, from the small army post of 12 men welcome us. We ask if it is OK to walk around and they said yes so we stretch our legs a while to be around sand dunes and desert plants.

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