Shelter from the norther

Baja has some weather. Unlike the mellow katabatic winds of southern Mexico, the Sea of Cortez picks up systems barreling down from the north, pulling with them 30-knot winds that churn up the waters. These northers calm down as the calendar progresses, until things finally start coming from the south–aka, hurricane season. For the moment, though, we’re still subject to the occasional Norte.

View from the stern, after the winds

View from the stern, after the winds

We decided to duck into the protected waters of Puerto Escondido. There’s a huge bay here that provides 360 degrees of protection from waves, although the wind still rips through the gaps in the hills. We put Milou on one of the moorings filling the bay and resigned ourselves to wet dinghy rides and howling winds for a few days.

As I went out walking the streets of Loreto...

As I went out walking the streets of Loreto…

To escape, we rented a minivan with our buddies on Nomi and headed north. The sweet town of Loreto lacks a good natural harbor; most cruisers arrive here over land. It’s the nearest, best source for groceries, and also home to the first mission established on the peninsula, back in 1697.

It’s a bit of a tourist town, and no mistake, but it was a perfect break from the rough winds at the boat. Back in the bay, dinghies were flipping over and our bow was being knocked all over the place, but we were snacking on chilaquiles and sampling paletas.

Cruising kids!

Cruising kids!

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Inside the mission, looking up

Inside the mission, looking up

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I want a house with a hidden courtyard!

I want a house with a hidden courtyard!

Unlimited water in marina bathrooms leads directly to hair coloring...

Unlimited water in marina bathrooms leads directly to hair coloring…

Happy to not be anchored out there.

Happy to not be anchored out there.

Our friend Mike is on his way to La Paz by now, sailing with our buddy Paul Exner from Acapulco; we’ll be taking the next week to get back and pick him up. Tonight, though, there’s cold beer in the sun, followed by wood-fired pizza with friends. DSC_0815

3 Comments on “Shelter from the norther

  1. It’s great to see you guys still cruising. Makes us miss it! Tell Francesca we love her hair!

  2. Glad to know that you guys are still doing well! The photo with the Loreto sign made me think – we are getting those exact same signs popping up all over Panama with the town names, such as Pedasi, Las Tablas, Penonome etc – very large, very colorful, VERY similar designs! Strange co-incidence! :)

    • We’ve seen these signs in almost every town in Mexico–it’s a government installation. Guess Panama liked the idea!

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