We headed out for the week, last week, but due to strong northerly winds, we we didn't spend too much time on Espiritu Santo, most of the anchorages were flooded with wind, no coverage and we had to cut our trip short by a day due to a windstorm that came in. Our guide book talked about how spectacular the hiking was from many of the anchorages on Isla Partida, so we b-lined it up there, and hiked our butts off and explored the pristine beaches! It was so beautiful and we finally got a taste of adventure and what this trip is supposed to be about! Less wave bashing and more fun!
We arrived to Calida Partida anchorage first. This is the small area where both islands meet. Calita Partida is actually the crater of an old, extinct volcano, that's right, many years ago, this anchorage was a volcano and we were anchored in it's crater and hiking around it, very cool!
|Where we hiked to, as shown by T in the picture.|
We started out at the bottom of the canyon,
and 1hr 50 mins later, we were at the top
looking over the other side
|A view of the 'crater' / anchorage from the |
start/bottom (of the hike)
|We ran into a slithery friend on our way... must beware of the|
snakes, especially the rattlesnakes!
|Me, on a stack of rocks|
|T, looking at our rocky trail and the crater/anchorage|
|Hiking up a 'dry waterfall', it reminded us of|
Rivendell from Lord of the Rings or something,
the rocks were beautiful and we were able to walk up
the natural staircase
|Take that! |
Just kidding, I was goofing off.
|A cool tree growing out of the|
|At the top! A view of the other side of the island|
|Another view of the mountains to our north|
|An agave plant, at the top of the hike,|
where tequila and other yummy things come from
|A view of where we had come from, and where we were going,|
to head back down
After the hike, we explored the beautiful beaches in the anchorage. One of the beaches was a coral beach, something we had never seen before, very very cool.
|Us, on the coral beach, check out those mountains behind us! Beauties!|
|A view of where the two islands (Espiritu Santo & Partida) meet|
from the rocky part of coral beach
|Another closer view of the two islands and the inlet|
|A close up view of the water as we got closer to the beach, crystal clear!|
Next, we headed to Ensenada Grande (Big Cove), not the best choice for northerly wind protection, we rocked and rolled all night long (and not in a good way!) however the hiking was super fun, like Calita Partida, and we were able to explore caves on the mountains! We also saw tons of giant oyster shells. Apparently, La Paz was once know for it's beautiful pearl industry.
|Ensenada Grande has 3 lobes/anchorages, we opted for the first lobe.|
Here is our view from the boat.
|As we pulled in to the anchorage, we saw that the rock formations|
make this mountain look like the top of a lemon meringue pie!
|More cool rock formations. T thinks these look like those heads|
that beauticians use in beauty school - lol!
|More beauty heads. Amazing rocks!|
|The caves next to our boat|
|A quick hike up the mountain from the beach to explore caves,|
can you see T? Where's Waldo?
|And our view from the beach.|
|T, hiking. We are on 'the trail', though it just looks like piles and|
piles of rocks!
|A view of Rhythm from the hike|
|More natural dry-waterfalls to hike up, so cool!|
|We're higher up, but this one is zoomed in of Rhythm.|
|The top! Spectacular view of the ocean and cliffs|
|Our cairn. There wasn't one at the top, so we made some. Check out|
the cairn at that link! Wow!
|T heading back down.|
|One of our cairns.|
|T, goofing off :)|
|A giant oyster shell, so thick, tons and tons of layers, very old.|
|Tons of giant oyster shells, the picture doesn't do them justice|
|In our anchorage, there were old aquaculture ruins|
|A view of the ruins from the beach|
|Other side of the anchorage, crystal water, white sandy beach|
|Starting our short, but easy hike from the beach|
|Token cactus, tons all over the place!|
|View of the other side from the top|
|Random green ground cover and mangroves in|
the middle of what seemed like the desert
|Turkey vultures, the kind that probably pick at you if you were tied up|
|Rhythm in the anchorage|
While in El Cardonal anchorage, s/v Destiny invited us and another boat aboard for a "Puget Sound Party",which was hilarious because it just so happened that all 3 boats in the anchorage were from Seattle! Destiny is a huge 85 ft schooner (if I remember the length correctly) that was previously owned by Howard Hughes of all people. See link above for the history. Mike and Dawn restored her over several years and are now on their world tour aboard her; cool story! Here is a picture that Tim took of Destiny in our anchorage, before we went over and had burgers and fantastic pina coladas! Thanks Mike & Dawn for a fun night!
|s/v Destiny at sunset|
|Los Islotes, sea lion haven|
|Sea lions napping|
|Large bull male sea lion taking a nap|
More on La Paz shortly...but heading to Mazatlan tomorrow, woo hoo!
~K & T