I don't want to get to the end of my life and find
That I lived just the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.
|Sailing with spinnaker on way to Bahia San Nicolas|
July 9th, thank you S/V Lolo
|Spinnaker is a little small for our boat|
but it's a good size to learn with
Great help in light winds
|Alone in small cove - see how sparse the landscape|
We ventured by dinghy to a couple of islands nearby (Keyhole and Key Islands) where we see our very first blue footed boobies. We had previously skipped the two or three places where we could’ve seen them in rookeries for they were remote areas or the winds were not favorable at the time. We hadn’t known we could observe them this far north into the Sea so we are pleasantly surprised (sorry no pictures – these birds are just too quick or far for our poor old camera)…. I wonder why nature created them with blue feet. What purpose can blue feet have? Another cruiser said they spotted one with green feet rather than blue??? Probably something I could research on-line if I had internet access but can only ponder for now. It is nice to be surprised when you have no expectation of finding something and it is right there in front of you. Just found on the internet: The feet on blue-footed boobies range in color from blue to turquoise to green, but ones that are this green are pretty uncommon. Males display their feet during courtship, and females look for brightness of color. They don't care about the color itself.
Very few people come this far north, passing Bahia Los Angeles for there is no fuel, no provision, no internet, no marina, no ATM, nothing for miles around. Many are also worried of the huge tides and currents found in the north of the Sea but with good planning, it hasn’t been a problem for us all summer. One has to be quite self sufficient to travel this far but fuel seems to be the real issue since so many people use their engines most of the time and do not sail - - - they are distance bound from the last fueling station by how many gallons of fuel they can carry. Our energy source follows us wherever we go, usually up at 6am and off for the night!
|The little black bumps on the rocks are water bugs of some sort|
We like to call them water cockroaches