Baja

Images from a sail down the Sea of Cortez in January and February of 2016

Captains Log 01-19-2016 Puerto Penasco:  These shrimp boats at rest is one of my favorite images of the trip 
Captains Log 01-19-2016 Puerto Penasco:   A sea lion joins us in the marina
Captain Log 01-19-2016 Puerto Penasco: Lighthouse sunset 

Captain Log 01-20-16 Puerto Penasco: A shrimp boat heading out for several days at sea 
Captains Log 1-23-2016 Puerto Penasco:  The tide range here is often 15 feet and has been as much as 24 feet.  This sunset image was taken at low tide when the passage is narrow and shallow. 
Captain Log 01-24-16 Puerto Penasco: Pelicans are plentiful.  
Captains Log 01-25-2016 Puerto Refugio:  The evening light catches this formation, the first barrier circumvented on the way to our anchorage.
Captains Log 01-25-2016 Puerto Refugio:  After a 24 hour sail we approach our anchorage for the night.
 
Captains Log 01-25-2016 Puerto Refugio:  A view as we enter our anchorage.
Captains Log 01-25-2016 Puerto Refugio: A view from our anchorage of the eastern Baja coast.
Captains Log 01-25-2016 Puerto Refugio: A view of the Baja desert as we drop anchor for the night.
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio:  A view of the Sea of Cortez while shielded in our quiet anchorage from its wind and waves. 
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio: A Yellow Footed Gull in a cloudless sky. 
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio: A pebble beach far from the maddening crowd. 
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio:  A Yellow Footed Gull anticipates a wave on the rock beach.
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio:  A dingy ride and a hill climb earn us this view including our home and transportation at anchor, the "Let It Be".
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio:  On land discovering a terrain foreign but beautiful to a midwesterner's eyes.   

Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio:  As the Sea of Cortez waves roll the "Let It Be", protected by scenic shelter, is as tranquil as the song for which she was named.
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio:  Still on the Baja shore exploring and enjoying the view. 
Captains Log 01-26-2016 Puerto Refugio:  Thanks to this vessel we explored this otherwise uninhabited and not accessible magical place. During our two evenings and one day we were the only human witness to this paradise. 
Captains Log 01-27-2016 Sea of Cortez:  We sail south, the Baja Peninsula visible to the west, the coast of Mexico some 80 miles to the east. 
Captains Log 01-28-2016 Puerto Don Juan:  White clouds in a blue sky, water both green and blue, a brown barrier from the sea beyond, a most peaceful hue.  
Captains Log 1-28-2016 Puerto Don Juan:  Sun and water body parts all askew.  
Captains Log 01-28-2016 Puerto Don Juan:  Multiple heads enable a reflective gull.
Captains Log 01-28-16 Puerto Dan Juan:  This beach provided our supper.  In an hour we dug over a 100 clams.
Captains Log 01-28-16 Puerto Dan Juan:  These Baja mountains were part of the shelter for our anchorage.
Captains Log 01-30-2016 Santa Rosalia:  We sail into our first town since leaving Puerto Penasco. 
Captains Log 01-30-2016 Santa Rosalia: Walking a rock and dirt road to the outskirts of town in search of a resale store, these blooms brightened our day.
Captains Log 02-02-2016 Concepcion Bay: A Yellow Footed Gull welcomes us to our new anchorage.
Captains Log 02-03-2016 Concepcion Bay:   There is a small community of homes on this beach.
Captains Log 02-04-2016 Concepcion Bay:  A 500 foot climb through cacti, over loose rocks and  large boulders was tolerable when I witnessed the view.  This is the view to the east from the top.  
Captains Log 02-04-2016 Concepcion Bay:   This is also a view to the east just before reaching the top.
Captains Log 02-04-2016 Concepcion Bay:   This is a view to the west from the top.
Captains Log 02-04-2016 Concepcion Bay:   This is also a view to the west just before reaching the top.  You can see on the right the one road that connects the towns on the Baja Peninsula. 
Captains Log 02-04-2016 Concepcion Bay:   We made the climb up the west side.  This is a view about two thirds the way up.
Captains Log 02-04-2016 Concepcion Bay:   This is the west side close to the top.
Captains Log 02-05-2016 San Juanico:  After a day of sailing we reach our anchorage for the evening protected from the sea waves and wind by this rock formation.
Captains Log 02-06-2016 San Juanico:  A dingy ride from anchor offered us an uncluttered, unoccupied, amazing beach.
Captains Log 02-06-2016 San Juanico:  Another view of the beach with the tide out. 
Captains Log 02-06-2016 San Juanico:  We were told a goat farm could be found a couple miles down this road. Tourist go there, milk the goats, and come back in a few days for the cheese.  We were there for only a couple of days and this entrepreneur in the middle of nowhere in a desert had a several day waiting list so no goat cheese for us.  He was contemplating adding more goats. He trucked in water from many miles away for the goats and to irrigate his plush vegetable gardens. We bought as much vegetables as we could carry back.  
Captains Log 02-06-2016 San Juanico:  The view from our anchorage.
Captains Log 02-07-2016 at sea:  Once again the rock coloration beckoned my camera lens.
Captains Log 02-07-2016 at sea:  The colors change again.
Captains Log 02-09-2016 at sea: I am on duty on this overnight sail when the sun rises from the water.
Captains Log 02-09-2016 at sea:  Sailing south on the Sea of Cortez we had the east side of the Baja in our view to the west.  The color variation of the desert mountain rock beckoned my camera.
Captains Log 02-09-2016 at sea:  Another example of the changing colors as we sail by these islands.
Captains Log 02-09-2016 El Cardoncito Isla Partida:  Down a water shoot beside these rocks seemed a great anchorage until the wind starting blowing right down this narrow shoot. It was a bumpy supper but the wind changed at dark and our sleep was not interrupted.

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