Saturday, December 1, 2012

Heading to Cabo & Current Itinerary

Cabo San Lucas, here we come!!

We have about 700 nautical miles to travel to Cabo from Ensenda, where we are currently. There isn't much to see going down the Baja peninsula, lots of anchorages and maybe one or two small towns, so we're going to try to get down there as quickly as possible.  There are a few boats leaving on Monday morning with us, so it'll make the trip feel a bit safer knowing that we can radio them and do check-ins on our way. It's nice to know someone is out there at sea with us when we're sailing and doing overnights!
A very small Mexican flag

Currently itinerary and where we've been:

10/30 to 11/25: San Diego, CA
11/26 to 12/2: Ensenada, Mexico (where we are currently)
12/3 to 12/6: Ensenada to Turtle Bay (Bahia Tortuga), Mexico
12/8: Turtle Bay to Magdalena Bay (Bahia Magdalena), Mexico
12/9: Mag Bay to Cabo San Lucas (Sammy Hagar, here we come! (for New Year's!))
12/10 to ??: Cabo/Los Cabos
12/?? to ??: La Paz in the Sea of Cortez

Here's a map of the area, where we are currently (Ensenada, north, just over the border) and where we're going:

Baja peninsula & inland Mexico map

More detailed map of Baja

A few fun facts about Ensenada:
- Ensenada means 'cove' in Spanish
- Is the 3rd largest city in Baja
- Is a popular cruise ship destination, can get here quickly from LA or the west coast
- Has a 'wine country' like Napa
- Has a very active/athletic community - people love to mountain bike, hike etc here
- Is a university town, home to the University of Baja California
- The Sierra San Pedro Martir mountains make a beautiful backdrop to the city
- Like San Diego, the average high temp annually is 70 degrees (F)
- The tres leches at the Calimax (local grocery store) is awesome! and only $2.50 USD/ 250 pesos

T, in line at Tel Cel, this wireless store operates like a bank, with
tellers. We got our new cell phones and our Banda Ancha
wireless USB stick, which I'm on right now and it works
like a charm; $40 for 3G!

Just when we thought we were missing the states, we ran into
a little piece of home :) and it wasn't the only one,
we soon found out!

"The Whale Man" statue, made out of
whale bones, complete with cape,
 at Ensenada harbor

A picture of Cruiseport Village Marina, where we are now

A Carnival cruise ship came in today, huge

A close up of the lines holding this giant ship steady to land

Wish us luck,
--K & T

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