Wednesday, February 20, 2008

La Paz to Puerto Los Gatos

When Jamie and I left La Paz the weather forecast called for diminishing winds and eventually calms, which was good news, as I would rather motor north in calm seas than bashing always into the prevailing wind. We anchored in two beautiful coves on Isla Espiritu Santo with associated hikes, and made short hops north each day. On the forth day out we found Puerto Los Gatos. The weather was perfect, and the water here was the clearest of the trip and we had the pristine cove to ourselves. There was a reef just off of the point with schools for fish, sting-rays, and corals, tunnels and deep caverns to snorkel through. We should have stayed in this perfect anchorage for a week. But our schedlue and Jamie's flight kept us moving. I'll remember this cove though, and hopefully find more like it on the way back south, a trip which may not come until next October.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Extra Videos and Pictures

Hey everybody.

There is a bug at blogger/google so I can't edit photos very well. when it clears I'll post/explain some more. the first photo above is our 5 man posse after returning to the trailhead. the second is one of the kids from Catarino's house hamming it up for me and jumping into the cage with the "cochis". These pigs were taken very young from their wild mother after Tigresa killed her during a hunt. They are the decendants of domesticaed pigs released into the wild by the spanish.

This is my favorite dog, Chirrin. She is spirtied, loving and loyal. She was always very friendly to me, but she would often challenge and fight full pit bulls who outweighed her by 30 lbs. Video isnt' working either. standby

ATTENTION! Again. CAUTION. I've added graphic pictures of the slaughter of the bull to the post from last week. If you mind lots of bloody meat, you may want to just have someone read it to you.

A week in Cabo Pulmo

I spent a week in Cabo Pulmo recovering from my trip the mountains. It was windy but there is something about this town that is hard to explain and easy to love. I spent quite a few days writing and thinking about my backpacking trip, writing the last blog entry and watching countless episodes of The Office with Bella. I can actually concieve of working in a office! Such is the power of the passion between Jim and Pam. It was hard to leave Cabo Pulmo, I kept meeting more and more great people. Its actually fun when there's only one restaurant open for dinner because you know where the action is. I met another great travelling partner, another great... guy! His name is Alfredo I had a great time hiking around with him and hearing his crazy philosophies. Alfredo's beautiful sister and niece also let me tag along with them for a while and I began to actually imagine that I could stay in the quietest village of all time for more than just a few days. But now I'm back at the boat, getting ready to shove off in a week when Jamie arrives. As we sail north I have a strategy in mind to trick the vicious north wind and allow us to island hop our way to Guaymas. Once again the "dock captains" say I'm crazy. "Go South!" they cry, and I understand, but the romance of the storage yard in San Carlos calls. Summer will arrive shortly and with it the hurricanes.

Guess which one of those two dogs above is the father of the other.

A Warning. I'm adding pitures to the previous post. They show the dead body of the bull and the remnants of its carcass after being slaughtered. To me they are beautiful and important pictures but they may be disturbing to some.