The busy harbor of Puerto Escondido offered a nice taste of civilization. We bought a few groceries, topped off the diesel tanks, and did laundry in an actual washing machine. The highlight of the stop was getting back together with Andrew and Rebecca on Andariego, friends we first met in
. Their cruising days had come to and end for
the year. Andrew was heading back to the
States for work and Rebecca was on her way home to Los Gatos . Andrew was looking to sell his spear gun and knew
we were in the market for one. We got
together a table outside the marina tienda where Andrew went over the gun’s
operation and gave an impressive firing demonstration that left a big dent in an
environmental education sign. The South
African manufactured gun had seen a lot of miles and killed a lot of fish. It would require some maintenance in the way
of oiling and replacing the 5/8 inch thick latex bands that launch the spear. After a couple rounds of negotiations, we
agreed to a price of $50/USD. This was a
screaming deal compared to the $250 to $300 we were planning to spend on a new
gun. The price of fish just went down. Australia
On the morning of June 13, we left Puerto Escondido and followed Seychelles north to Loreto, the only large town in the area. The fair weather anchorage at Loreto is described as an ‘open roadstead’ offering essentially no protection from wind or waves. We wouldn’t have considered anchoring here without the encouragement of our friends Patrick and Laura on Just a Minute. The weather report called for strong winds building from the south, so we were in a big hurry to drop the anchor, stock up on provisions, and get on our way to better protection. We were dragging our loaded cart and several bags of groceries back to the dinghy when we noticed that the wind had piped up considerably. By the time we got to the dinghy we saw that large waves were building and causing Interabang to do some impressive hobby horsing. Once we got the dinghy along side the boat, we had to coordinate our movements with the waves to safely get ourselves and our booty transferred from the dinghy to the boat. It was a wild ride. As quickly as possible, we got the anchor up and started a six mile sail north to Isla Coronados.
|The main anchorage at Isla Coronados|
Isla Coronados is a beautiful island formed by a volcano. The Loreto park service maintains several nice palapas along the beach at the main anchorage. Each morning the pangas start arriving loaded with tourists from Loreto. We enjoyed the beach and hiking the treacherous volcano trail. One afternoon, after all the tourists and pangas had left for the day, Rick and Pam from Hotel California, John and Nikki from Seychelles, Gravel and Natalie from True Companion, and Interabang got together on the beach for a little palapa partying. True Companion and Hotel California had purchased a yellow tail tuna from a panga fisherman earlier that day and they were kind enough to treat us all to sushi, complete with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. After the food was gone, a rowdy game of liars dice broke out that was finished by flashlight. Pam won, as usual, but a good time was had by all.