Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Coronado surprise

We pulled into Isla Coronado on May 21st and enjoyed a calm afternoon and evening at our familiar offshore beach. Coronado is about 10 miles off the coast of Loreto so we have been here many times via panga rides but this time we are in our own boat, on our own time, instead of simply for a day trip. The second day here, as we were playing on the beach, we saw a motor boat pull into the cove and realized it was our friends, The Gordon's, from Loreto. What a treat! They were in Coronado for an overnight and would we like to go fishing with them the next day? Henry's resounding "YES" sealed the deal. Two fun-filled beach-kid days followed.

The Gordon's took us fishing: trigger fish, red snapper, dog fish, cabrilla,    A small pod of dolphins play under our hull; visit sea-lion rock, back at the beach the kids collect clams, open and eat a few raw.   

Back on the boat, fresh water showers, read a chapter of “Treasure Island” while everyone stretched out in the cockpit. 

We planned to depart Coronado for San Juanico on Monday, May 24th but at 1 AM that morning we were awakened by high winds and seas and ended up staying up for the better part of that too. By 7 AM we were still pretty tired from a restless sleep so Doug made French Toast and we all climbed back under the covers for another few hours of rest.

Later that day we headed out to make the passage to San Juanico but had to turn back due to the 20 knot winds that were heading us on the nose. We hunkered down and made the best of the situation by playing games, reading, and entertaining each other in hopes of distracting ourselves from the rolly seas knocking us around.

The winds calmed down later that night and we got a good night sleep in preparation for our passage to San Juanico the next day.

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