It is Wednesday, 12/13/17 and all is well here. The marina informed us yesterday that our slip would become available to us today so we’ve made the move. At 1315MST we were secured into slip 218 at Marina De La Paz at 24 09.305’N, 110 19.576’W. OAT is 80F and it’s 73F in the pool, humidity is 57% and we are under a 100% overcast. We intend to remain here through the Holidays and for some time after the first of the year. Although a specific date for departure has not yet been set I reckon it will fall somewhere between Mar 1 and April 15. Of course, we’ll figure that out when we get closer. In the meantime, the projects list has grown quite long so working through that will keep at least one of us off of the streets and out of the bars. Well, off of the streets anyway. As for Judy, you can imagine her playing cards almost every day with dominoes and ‘lady’s luncheons’ thrown in for variety. I know, it’s a tough deal but she claims someone has to do it. While here in LP we have really good internet and reliable phone service which makes it easy to stay in touch and connected with everyone. Since we aren’t out and about cruising, the Farkwar updates will cease until we’re back out there but, you know how reach us. Thanks for cruising along with us.
It is Monday, 12/11/17, and all is good here on Milagro. We’ve spent the last week at Caleta Partida while a bunch of North wind blew thru the area. Many boats in other, nearby, anchorages reported winds as strong as 45kts during those days and we even heard a report of 68kts a little further North at Puerto Escondido but the strongest we saw was 37kts. Most of that time it was more like 15kts gusting to 25 but our location had good protection from the North so the seas remained pretty flat for us. We did quite a bit of reading and Judy watched an insane number of Hallmark Christmas and Holiday themed movies. Over the last 2 days the winds have moderated considerably and today we enjoyed a very nice sail down to Bahia Falsa which is very near to La Paz. At 1150MST our anchor was set in 31′ over sand at 24 15.418’N, 110 19.158’W. OAT is 78F and the pool is 75F. There is a N wind running 9-12kts but, once again, we are well protected from that direction so the water is flat and all is really very comfortable. From here we will make Milagro ready for marina life (floating condo vs actual sailboat) and coordinate our arrival into Marina La Paz for sometime this week. I’ll let you know when we make that transition.
It is Sunday, 12/3/17, and everthing is good here. We moved today to an anchorage on Isla Espiritu Santo called Ensenada Grande. The water was as flat as a millpond all day but we had enough of a small breeze through most of the day for motorsailing. Not enough for pure sailing unless we wanted the passage to take several days but enough to get a little assistance from the main sail. We are settled for tonight at 24 33.571’N, 110 23.844’W in 23′ of clear water over a bottom of white shells. The OAT is 80F and it’s 80F in the pool. There is now an 8kt breeze from the NE but the water is flat as we are tucked up close in a cove on the SE part of this very large anchorage. We are connecting here with friends for whom we have brought things from the States and tomorrow we’ll move around the corner to the anchorage at Caleta Partida. We will join other friends there and sit out this next Norther.
Happy Birthday, Mr. S!
It is still Saturday, 2/12/17, and things remain good here. We completed today’s 50nm passage and are now peacefully anchored in Puerto Los Gatos. We’ve anchored here several times over the years and have yet to see any cats so we don’t know what they were thinking when naming this place but we still keep a sharp eye out. You know cats, they’ll let us see them when they’re darned good and ready. At 1527MST the anchor was set in 12′ over sand at 25 18.126’N, 110 56.747’W. The OAT is 82F, it’s 60% humid and it’s 79F in the pool. There’s a strong wind blowing from the NE at 2 to 3 kts. Right, hang on to your hats, eh? The sea is flat and the sky is 100% overcast by a layer of stratocirrus. It’s all very peaceful and comfortable. We’ll be underway again first thing tomorrow morning bound (probably) for one of the anchorages on Isla Espiritu Santo and it will be another long one – about 10nm longer than today. There a several anchorages on that island with good protection from northerly weather and we will decide when we get there which one we prefer. Hasta manana, y’all.
It is Saturday, 12/2/17, and all is well here on Milagro. Yesterday we moved from Pto. Ballandra to Loreto to get some laundry done and pick up a few provisions. This morning we left Loreto a little before 0700 for points south. A bit of a Norther is expected to move through these waters Tuesday through Thursday and we would rather wait it out at one of the anchorages nearer to La Paz than here in the Loreto area. It is ideal trawler conditions with flat, mostly glassy, seas and less than 5kts of breeze, when there is even THAT much. And, while we would much rather sail, 25-30kts of wind and the sea conditions that come with winds like that here, is just a little more “sporting” than we care for. Our destination today is Puerto Los Gatos where we will RON before continuing on south tomorrow. Currently at 25 33.977’N, 111 01.315’W making 6kts. It’s 82F under mostly cloudy skies and the sea is flat but for a small, wide spaced NW swell that has just come up in the last 30 minutes.
It is Monday, 11/27/17 and all is well here. You must be wondering if we moved yesterday like I said we would. You were wondering, right? Yeah, I didn’t really think you were. But, wonder or not, yes, we did. And, yes, I forgot to update Farkwar after doing so. I’d offer some good excuse if I had one but, other than allowing myself to get distracted I really don’t. Cruise-heimers! We had an uneventful 10nm run yesterday here to Puerto Ballandra and settled in 40′ of 78F water at 26 01.248’N 111 09.858’W at 1125 MST yesterday. OAT was 84F and there was 4kts of breeze from the North. We joined 3 other boats here though by sundown 4 others had arrived and we were 8. It was peaceful and cool overnight waking to 63F this morning under clear skies and a NE breeze of 7kts. Very nice. 6 of those vessels moved on this morning so now there are us and our friends on SV Voyager here. For now. It’s very likely others will arrive before nightfall as those did last night. We will hang here for several days before moving on but at this writing we don’t know just where that next spot will be. We’ll let you know when it happens. Thanks for tuning in.
It is Saturday, 1/25/17 and all is just fine here on the Milagro. As advertised, we made the leap across the Sea of Cortez and are this morning anchored at Isla Coronados, just North of the town of Loreto. It was our 8th crossing between San Carlos and Coronados and the very first time we were not able to sail most of the passage. Or, any of the passage, for that matter. If it was a smooth, flat water ride that you wanted then we certainly had that. If it was wind you wanted you would have been dissapointed. Still, it was a pleasant, uneventful passage and those are always the best kind. For the first hour or two we saw S winds of 5-6kts but even those petered out and remained 0-3kts the rest of the way. We did find about 2 hours of dense fog about 25nm out of San Carlos (quite unusual in these waters) and once free of that it was drippy, dewey wet most of the rest of the night. A 1/2 moon set about 2300 leaving us with an awesome canopy of stars to enjoy. We are set at 26 06.278’N, 111 17.478’W in 25′ of 80F water, OAT is now 85F (maybe the temp guage IS correct and San Carlos water really WAS 65!)and there still is no wind. Tomorrow we will likely move the 7 or 8 miles to Bahia Ballandra on Isla Carmen. We’ve learned there are a couple of friends of ours already there and it will be good to reconnect.
Thursday, 23 Nov 2017. After an absence of 160 days, we returned to the good ship Milagro on Saturday, Nov 18, finding her lonely but otherwise in pretty good shape. We had hoped to get underway for the Baja on Tuesday, 21 Nov but the weather gods were not on the same schedule. North winds strong enough to make the crossing uncomfortable were also creating wind waves that would add to the discomfort. We are both hardwired to be a little impatient when we are otherwise all set to go but allowed reason to prevail – this time, and hung around while the Norther blew itself out. It is now Thursday, 23 November – Thanksgiving Day, and, though we haven’t gone far, we are out of the marina. We have relocated into a nearby anchorage off of the San Carlos shore. The anchor is set (Yay, we remembered how to anchor!) at 27 56.911’N, 111 02.648’W in 25′ of water with about 10′ of visibility. The instrument says the water temp is 67F but I am suspicious of that number as I expected a bit more. I could take a swim to see but think maybe I’ll not risk it (what if it’s right!?) and just have a beer and a nap instead. The sky is clear, the OAT is 78F, the wind is South at 3kts, and there is a very small swell from the South that is moving the boat just enough that we can tell we’re no longer tied to a dock. Nice. We’ll make our move for the Baja about midday tomorrow. Welcome back everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
It is Sunday, 11 June, 2017 and all is well here. We completed our totally uneventful passage yesterday and were secured in our slip at Marina San Carlos well before noon. We dove right into the chores associated with securing the boat to be left unattended and completely overlooked making this update. Sorry. Sometime this week we will have settled ourselves into our new (to us)Land Yacht to begin our “off season” traveling and visiting friends and relatives. We expect to return to Milagro sometime near the end of October. In the meantime, we hope all y’all enjoy your summer.
It is Friday, 9 June 2017 and all is well here on Milagro. I know it’s been a while since our last update but that is because we hadn’t moved from Nopolo in that whole time. Really? Yes, really. And, while 2 weeks in one place is not quite a record, it certainly is one of our longer stays. The fact is, the location and conditions were so nice that we couldn’t come up with any place better. So why fight it, he? Why not just relax and enjoy it. And so we did. Right up until now, that is. Yesterday we became aware of a Stateside family emergency that leads us to wrap up our cruising season early. We have left Nopolo this morning and are making way directly for San Carlos, Sonora where we will configure Milagro to be left alone for several months. We will miss about 3 weeks of planned cruising but our presence is needed elsewhere so there it is. In the Fall we can always pick up where we left off. At this moment we are at 25 59.659’N 111 17.877’W making 5.5kts under power on flat seas. The pool is 77F, OAT is 86F and there ain’t no wind. Nada. We expect to arrive into the marina at San Carlos about 0900 MDT tomorrow morning, Saturday.