The wind piped up considerably as we altered course to the west and began rounding Punta Conception. Interabang was flying along at seven to eight knots. Once clear of the point, we sailed past the boats anchored in Bahia Santo Domingo and continued south into the bay. We navigated our way through the shallow water with one eye on the depth sounder. There were several stretches where Interabang’s keel was five feet from the bottom as we made a long curve west around a big shoal to Playa Santispac. We found a spot to drop anchor and once the boat stopped moving we were slammed by the stagnate hot air. Veteran cruisers had told that they were never as hot as they were in Bahia Conception and now we were getting first hand experience. The water temperature had increased to 88 degrees and the heat was suffocating with no wind in sight. We headed to shore with Hotel and enjoyed a meal onshore at the local restaurant. At dinner, a young man joined our table – he had ridden his bike from Canada all the way down to the Baja peninsula! After dinner we wilted in the cockpit. After it was still not cool enough to go below and get in bed.
We came to Bahia Conception for the annual Fourth of July party in Burro Cove. The party is hosted by Gary, a gringo resident who provides the cruisers with the weather forecasts on the morning radio net. We had heard stories about the hazardous after-party fireworks show, so Hotel California suggested that we drop the hook out of the line of fire in nearby Coyote Cove. The wind came up and helped a little with the afternoon heat, but the water was too warm for swimming. By the morning of the Fourth we were tired of being hot and not so interested in doing a potluck. We decided to celebrate the Fourth by heading to Santa Rosalia.