Woke up: Bahia San Gabrielle, Isle Espiritu Santo, Mexico
Went to sleep: Bahia San Gabrielle, Isle Espiritu Santo, Mexico
Peter made us leave Muertos Monday at 7:00 pm. We travelled eight hours, covering about 50 miles, and arrived at Bahia San Gabrielle on the southwest side of Isle Espiritu Santo at 3:00 am. We followed last year’s GPS track into the bay so as not to go aground and tried to stay away from other anchor lights and their sleeping inhabitants. We shut everything down and slept until 9:00 am.
We awoke to a beautiful, calm day; glad to have that leg of our passage behind us. Peter pulled anchor and we moved close to a nearby hillside where we might find protection from the northerly winds expected later today.
There were several boats anchored nearby. I took My Boat to visit each of the others.
The water was flat and clear. You could see the coral below.
After dinner we peddle paddled over to see the frigate rookery.
Later, we watched a movie and slept like the dead until dawn.
As predicted, the north wind began to howl about 1:00 am. By daybreak, we knew we wouldn’t be going anywhere today. I looked out the companionway every once in a while to confirm the dinghy was still there.
We hunkered down to read, nap, relax, and watch the wind generator fill our battery bank. By late afternoon we were at 95% state of charge (SOC). If our SOC gets to 100% Peter will let me turn on the hot water heater. It’s a joy not having to heat water in a pan to wash dishes. We thought about playing a game of cards. Peter and I have never played a game of cards together but under these conditions it seemed appropriate.
Wednesday was again blustery in the am but settled down in the afternoon. Everyone in the anchorage, having been cooped up for a day and a half, began to stick their noses out. Again, we took our toys out to play.
Being Capricorn, I wanted to climb the nearest hill.
It was a scramble up through the rocks. I clapped out a rhythm with my hands. The ‘please don’t bite me poisonous snakes’ rhythm. I might as well say ‘good night’ if I am bitten by a poisonous snake as we are hours from civilization. No snakes and I made it safely to the top where I took these pictures before scrambling down, pedaling to Penelope and pulling anchor to leave for La Paz.