Working our way north

When we last updated, we were in La Paz. Finally, we are under way again, our first stop was Partida, one of our favourite anchorages. Seachelle joined us there for the one night but from Partida on we have been on our own.

That’s not to say we have been alone. The cruising community is a generally social group and often when you pull into an anchorage or marina other boaters will come and introduce themselves. Happy hours or sun downers on someone’s boat often are the result.

It is amazing how often you find people or places in common during these visits. When we were pulling into Puerto Escondito one of the boats invited us to a beach potluck/bonfire that the cruisers in the area were having that evening. We attended and while getting to know this couple from Colorado it turns out their daughter lives in Coquitlam and they will be visiting soon so we will get together again then.  Another happy hour conversation revealed several people in common we knew from back home. It truly is a small world.

Our travels so far have taken us up the east coast of the Baja Peninsula with stops at; Isla San Fransisco, San Evaristo, Los Gatos, and Puerto Escondito. We spent a few days in Escondito and rented a car to drive into Loreto.  

San Everisto restaurant
San Everisto beach

What a cool place Loreto is. We really enjoyed walking around the town checking out the Malecon, the shops and restaurants and central square with the historical church. Built in 1697, it is the first of the Spanish Missions to be set up on the west coast. Eventually 23 more missions were built throughout Baja with Loreto serving as the head. Loreto’s population is 15,000 and tourism and fishing are the main industries.

Loreto pedestrian walk
I like their philosophy
First Mission
Typical store front
Malecon sculpture
A boat load of pelicans
Colourful hotel

From Puerto Escondito it was off to Isla Coronados, San Juanico, Santispec and our current location Santa Rosalia.

Bahia Concepcion is a large bay, 25 miles in length, we anchored in Playa Santispac.  As well as a popular anchorage, its also a place for the RVer’s to park their rigs and camp on the beach. There were probably 40 or more of them including a Unimog type unit that came over from Germany. Three times a week, Carlos comes by with fresh baked goods he sells out of the back of his vehicle.  The Vegetable truck comes by a couple days a week too, along with two restaurants, this was a great place to spend a few days.

Santispac Bay from the beach
Santispac Bay
Beach front RV’s
Friends caught us on our way north, just about to pass under the rainbow. Thanks Angel’s Pearl

Santa Rosalia developed as a mining center in the 1860’s due to the rich copper fields in the area. The major mining company at the time was French, so the town has a unique blend of Spanish and French architecture. Kind of reminds us of New Orleans. The Iglesia Santa Barbara is a metal church that was designed by Eiffel (you know the Paris tower guy). It was built in Europe in 1889, then disassembled and shipped over on one of the mining company’s ships.

Local school
Was once the mine office now the museum
Eiffel’s church
Bakery has been around for a while

Walking along the waterfront will bring you to the remains of an old smelter complex, ore silo, and the remants of a marina in the basin that was destroyed by a hurricane in 2014. In several locations throughout the town there are displays of old mining equipment. The mines were operational until the 1950’s, plagued with problems of low wages, poor working conditions, strikes, it shut down and reopened a couple of times.  In 2010 a consortium of Canadian and Korean companies reopened the mine and Santa Rosalia is again a thriving mining town where copper, cobalt, zinc and manganese are mined.

Old smelter
Silo ruins
Was once a marina
One of many pieces on display

Re- Runs

We finally reached the point in time where we must turn the boat and head north. Puerto Vallarta will be as far south as we make it this year. It’s a bit early in the season to turn north but there’s a good reason. Our daughter and son-in-law are expecting our first grandchild at the end of March. Woo who!!!!!

Most cruisers would keep going until May or June and then find a spot to wait out hurricane season. We have decided to head north to Puerto Penasco and haul the boat for the season there. So, for the last two weeks we have been back tracking over familiar territory.

We departed Puerto Vallarta and moved back to La Cruz for a couple of days. Our friends on Sedna just got there and we wanted to catch up with them. We only had a day with them as a weather window opened for us to continue moving north. That’s going to be the theme for the next few weeks as we need to head north but the winds this time of year generally blow from that direction and can blow with some significant force. We need to find the lulls in these prevailing winds, so we have a more comfortable ride.

With the weather window we were able to make it from La Cruz to Matanchen in one day. Matanchen, across the Sea of Cortez to Muertos in an overnight crossing, then on to La Paz.

We have been in La Paz for about a week. Waiting on weather and waiting on parts for our main toilet pump. Whoever said two heads are better than one must have lived on a boat. Thank goodness we have two on this boat as we have been dealing with a broken one for over a week now. The part we needed was supposed to come in as part of a stock order for a local marine store. Well guess which part did not get shipped with the rest of his order? Grocery shopping is a little different than we are used to as well. Some shops we use others not so much.

Bulk shopping Mexican style
How hot do you like it?
Even pet food is available
Corner butcher
Major supermarket chain

I’m telling my tale of whoa to Jersey Girl, another boat we met on the Baja Ha Ha, who is also staying at this marina and they had the part we were looking for. They were happy to sell me the part for what it cost them, and I could get on with fixing the problem.

Oh yeah that’s a great plan. Now I get to fix the poo pump from the toilet. Yup it’s a crappy job and I’m the one that gets to do it. Glove up and get on with it. We assumed that was all the info you wanted on this topic and are not providing any pictures.

Pump fixed. Toilet working and weather is looking good for departure tomorrow. While we have been waiting we have been walking about and enjoying La Paz once again.

Sharing the dock
Every town has a church
Little bars and restaurants all over the place
Local colour
Interesting front door
What to do with an old truck
Another sunrise
Another sunset

Wi-Fi and cellular are going to be harder to find as we head further north so our postings may be a bit more sporadic but we will up date as we can.