Aug 8, 2013

Caleta San Juanico and San Nicolas (Punta Pulpito)

A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning.
Kenyan Proverb

Colorful rocks near reefs of San Juanico
Returning to these two bays is bringing warm memories of the great people we met here last year who have since crossed the Pacific.  We find ourselves with far fewer friends in the Sea this season.  It has been much quieter this time around, everyone we know stayed further south, crossed the Panama Canal or headed to the South Pacific. 

Mike kayaking near white cliff
The small cove a little to the north of here (La Ramada) is filled with boats.  We decide to stay in San Juanico where it is a little roily so we practice our stern anchoring technique.  I take the stern anchor to the back of the boat in my kayak along with 40 feet of chain while Mike pays out the rope as I go away from the boat to drop the anchor.  It is not difficult and allows us to sleep like babies pointed into the swells instead of tossing from side to side.  We’ll probably not procrastinate so much if there is another time we need to stern anchor.  Somehow it just seems like a lot of hassle when it isn’t.  After we finally settled we decide to look at last year’s anchoring record and find we are only a mere three feet from where we anchored then… 

The figures we found
We find a few petroglyphs another cruiser had told us about.  He gave us very little instruction as to where to find them so it was a shot in the dark but we prevailed and found them.  Since last year’s hurricane Paul brought so much rain to the area, all plants, cacti, live or dead trees, and bushes are covered with various types and shades of vines that grew after the storm.  It’s like a jungle out there – great for wildlife’s food, not so great for hiking.

Vines cover everything - dead or alive

When we visited here last year, we didn’t have kayaks and couldn’t enjoy the many rock outcroppings jutting out of a reef area protecting the bay.  It was really nice to see San Juanico from our kayaks this time around.

Many colors on this one rock - like a layered cake
San Nicolas is just a short sail away and we had hoped to visit the obsidian vein that forms part of Punta Pulpito but even after two days of hiking, we never could find a trail to reach it (our cruisers’ guide is misleading on that front).  I guess you cannot win them all.  San Nicolas still offered good shelter for the winds and we had a beautiful beach for Nikki to go crazy on.

White rock formations
We stayed for a short while – simple stops before our main provision and clean-up stop in Santa Rosalia.
Dead cactus
How many snails can you fit on the side of a rock?

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