The Voyage of the Swan
 
Dolphins feeding at “Gilligans” near La Mona. This little anchorage was one of our favorites. The water was clear and turtles were everywhere.
Ashore for a picnic with the crews of Worth Waiting 4, Sea Note and El Pelo Loco. Bernard, Becky, Ray, Chicgaila, Scott and Petra.
Swan anchored at Puerto Don Juan, where we and 12 other boats weathered hurricane Odile. Four boats dragged but were able to re-anchor okay.
Anchored at Isla Mitlan with Sea Note. Strong currents fed through here, but it was well protected and beautiful.
Rhonda, Chicgaila and Ray (s/v Sea Note) returning from a dinghy excursion at Isla Mitlan. This was a very nice anchorage, but tight and reefy
Anchored below the volcano at Isla Smith. There is a trail to the top. We were here almost a week. It was very nice, quiet and secluded.
Rhonda ashore at La Mona, which is well protected from chubascos. However, it is now a whale shark preserve and closed to anchoring.
Isla La Ventana and nearby islands. There are nice anchorages here, but they are all open to elephantes (strong (night time westerlies).
Rhonda swam with this 35 foot whale shark for 20 minutes. It seemed interested in her and she’s convinced it wanted to be touched.
Sunset at Puerto Don Juan, one of many, many sunrises and sunsets we witnessed. They have become the mileposts of our lives.
Swan, anchored in Ensenada el Quemado near Puerto Don Juan. This is a great place with clear water and a beautiful white sand beach.
A dolphin skeleton we found on the beach at Quemado. There were lots of shells and other artifacts on this beautiful beach.
Sunrise at Ensenada el Alacran. We are working our way south from Bay of L.A. There are so many great anchorages in this area.
Sunrise at Punta Pulpito, a great anchorage.We are now 173 miles south of Bay of L.A. There is a huge deposit of obsidian in the cliffs here.
Sunrise at the south end of Caleta San Juanico, a very popular anchorage with lots of unusual rock formations. We spent a week here.
Rock formations at the north end of San Juanico. It was hard to leave this place—so nice. We are now 200 miles south of Bay of L.A.
The 400 year old mission at San Javier, 24 miles from Loreto at a beautiful village in the mountains next to a river. It’s well worth a visit.
The chapel at San Javier. We spent a long time exploring the galleries and rooms of this ancient building.
A remnant of Hurricane Odile on the rocks at Puerto Escondido near Loreto. This storm caused a lot of damage along the Baja.
More destruction at Puerto Escondido. We are now 220 miles south of Bay of L.A.
A visitor. Wildlife is commonly unafraid in remote areas of the Sea of Cortez.
Dodging a cruise ship near Loreto. I had a nice chat with the guy on the bridge to make sure he saw us. No problems.
We finally meet Brian and Marya Lipiec (s/v Indigo) after two years of emailing. They are cruising Mexico, living their cruising dream.
John Spicher, tug boat captain and veteran cruiser, helping me measure chain. John lost his leg rescuing a man thrown from a dinghy.
What a 35 foot whale shark looks like from the business end. One of our biggest thrills is to swim with these gentle giants.
Anchored alone again in the Sea of Cortez. This was at La Mona in 20 feet.
Rhonda’s brothers, Larry and Ron, visited us in La Paz. We went sailing and snorkeling, along with sightseeing. It was a ton of fun.
 
 
 
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August 1, 2014 to February 1, 2015 – The Bay of LA was quite an experience. The heat was difficult at times but the place is truly beautiful and amazing—especially the wildlife. We also weathered hurricane Odile there. Very scary.
We had many more encounters with whale sharks. Several even bumped into the boat accidentally as they fed. Coyotes serenaded us at night and birds hit the water constantly around us during the day. The water was thick with fish, and turtles surfaced around the boat routinely. The whole scene was primordial. We can only hope it stays that way. Because it is so difficult to get to and the weather so uncomfortable at times, maybe it will stay that way.
While in the Bay of LA, we also weathered hurricane Odile at Puerto Don Juan. It was a humbling experience.
 
We then made it to Santa Rosalia after a 134 mile trip from the Bay of LA. The Salsipuedes (meaning “leave if you can”) Channel was quite a ride—34 miles of strong current (three knots at times) sped us to San Francisquito. Planning the tidal current there was essential.
We finally made our way to La Paz over the next month, stopping at many new anchorages.
 
 
 
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