Browsing Category : Hiking

Chacala is the place to be!


We hustled out of Banderas bay just before sunrise after a night in Punta de Mita, we wanted to get as much time in Chacala as the schedule would allow. A bonus was that Sky Pond was already there and we would have another chance to hang out. I had been talking up the Sarandeado (BBQ fish) which was our…

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Wild Bill comes to Barra


By friend Bill some how managed to talk his wife into letting him play hookie from school (he is a high school physics teacher) and come down for a visit. It was going to be an action packed trip as I wanted to give him the full Barra area experience. What better way to start than to watch the sunset…

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Nora’s big adventure, first stop Isla Isabel


My eyes opened at 8:30pm and rather than kill time I decided it was go time. I had prep’d the boat in the afternoon so I jumped right to firing up the port engine and raising the anchor. Minutes later we were navigating out of the anchorage mostly by instruments since the moon hadn’t risen yet. Understanding physics we adjusted…

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Adventures in Mazatlan


The advantage of leaving the Baja earlier than planned was plenty of time to explore Mazatlan, and as a bonus take a side trip to Durango (separate post). I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but it should be clear that a great time was had. Our first night we anchored out and had a chance to enjoy Isla Pierda…

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Boisterous Playa Bonanza on Isla Espiritu


We knew the waves and wind would make for a fun passage from Isla San Francisco to Playa Bonanza, so there wasn’t much of surprise as we got out of the wind shadow and into the full force of the boisterous conditions. I’d call it 6-8 foot tightly packed seas but hey at least they were somewhat following. We were…

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Ballandra, so many activities


Our timing was pretty good but not perfect as we were just beat by Stargo (whom we had met in San Juanico) into the anchorage. We brought the total to four boats, which meant we still had a good spot to anchor. Through the early afternoon three more boats pulled in and I was taught that I should have pulled…

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Hike from Ballandra to Salinas on Isla Carmen


**First an important note – There IS bighorn sheep hunting that takes place on the island so consider than before heading off on this hike and if you do proceed wear brightly colored clothes** Red route is my best guess, based on our hike and looking at satellite imagery. The Blue route spur is where we lost the trail and…

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Dolphins galore in Isla Coronado!


Looking at the forecast, the day after Thanksgiving was the only possible day to sail south so off sailing we went. From the anchorage the sea looked calm, not the 13-15 knots forecast. But once out of the protection of the bay we found it truly was blowing. We had a sporty sail south to Isla Coronado moving along at…

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Thanksgiving in San Juanico


I love when a plan comes together. Often times when there is calm weather a west wind will form overnight and then dissipate a few hours after sunrise. We took advantage of this phenomenon and sailed north to San Juanico. Well at least half the way. Which in the Sea of Cortez, when on a schedule, is unusual. Feeling the…

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