Upon arriving in Puerto Escondido, we checked into the “marina”. They’re installing new docks and when finished seek to receive and astonishing $2.50 per foot, per night. I can tell you, that’s never going to happen for most cruisers. During our stay, they wanted $1 per foot since there was no water nor electric hookups. Fine for us as we’ve made every drop of water since leaving San Diego months ago and our 950 watts of solar power are producing well, even though they can’t keep up with our daily needs during these short winter days. Thank goodness for our DC genset.
During our short stay at Puerto Escondido we managed a trip to Loreto for provisioning and an awesome hike up Steinbeck canyon. The Steinbeck canyon is actually just up the road from Puerto Escondido and can easily be accomplished in 3-4 hours. Unlike some of the other nature activities in Baja, this area is still natural and dogs are not forbidden. We climbed up the canyon around multiple waterfalls and pools only turning back due to a combination of the setting sun and a somewhat partially blocked path that we would have either swam or climbed around. Provisioning in Puerto Escondido was pretty simple as the marina tienda was well stocked. We chose to go to Loreto just to see the town, get some other groceries and to restock the wallet. We hadn’t seen an ATM in weeks and were running low of pesos. The taxi ride was about 20 minutes to Loreto and the fare was $600 pesos ($30 USD) per way so it’s best to find another couple split the taxi with.
We had another Norther blow through while in Escondido. Two days of winds in the 30-35kt range. The new docks fared well but we still got blown around even with the anchorage keeping the fetch out.
Leaving Puerto Escondido we opted to spend the night at Honeymoon cove on Isla Danzante. It had great protection from north winds and swell but we only stayed one night. We’ll return soon hopefully.
We were rewarded the next day with bright sunny skies, little swell and 20kts from astern. Time to fly monster blue. We were trucking along until we needed to put the wind on the beam to make it through the narrow passage again. There were some exciting moments getting the sail down at the same time that Foxy got seasick and threw up. We learned that she needs food in her stomach before sailing. This was the second time she’s thrown up.
We continued down to Aqua Verde for a quick overnight stay before continuing under big monster blue to Isla San Francisco and then ultimately, back to La Paz just in time for Christmas.
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