Turtle Bay is about half way down the Baja Peninsula and is a normal stop for cruisers. Here you can get diesel and maybe find a few provisions in one of the small markets. This is a small village so the 3 or 4 restaurants offer few items but they do seem to have a lot of beer on hand.

Getting diesel from a panga. Who dressed him?

Getting diesel from a panga. Who dressed him?

Restaurant in Turtle Bay.  They were out of half their menu which was all the fish dishes.

Restaurant in Turtle Bay. They were out of half their menu which was all the fish dishes.

The waterfront in town is booming the two days that 135+ boats from the Baja are anchored in the bay. We woke up to pangas crossing every which way in the bay delivering diesel, water, hauling trash and providing taxi service from boats to shore and back. The sponsors of the rally arrange a baseball game with the locals who are so into baseball they had astro turf installed on their field last year. The field really stands out among the dirt roads. As a way to get to know the other cruisers, we had a potluck beach party and the local kids go trick-or-treating through the crowd.

The official departure time of the second leg was set for 8:00 am the next morning. We decided to head out at 7:00 am so we could get to our next stop at Bahia Santa Maria 240 nm away before nightfall the next day. That was the plan anyway. We raised anchor at 6:45 am really proud of ourselves for beating our planned time by 15 minutes. Right as we were exiting the bay the Grand Poobah came over the VHF to announce that we were in fact not leaving Turtle Bay due to a cautionary weather report on Hurricane Vance along with a high pressure system that was in the area. Well, additional practicing on anchoring can’t hurt. The weather delay lasted 2 days, which was not necessarily a good thing for a remote village short on supplies. We spent our time exploring the bay in the dingy and letting Greg talk us into hiking to the top of a mountain where the view was awesome but put us at risk of losing a crew member on the slippery trail!

Turtle Bay taken from shore.

Turtle Bay taken from shore.

Love our car (dingy)!  And we don't need a license to drive it LOL.

Love our car (dingy)! And we don’t need a license to drive it LOL.

These guys were trying to paddle to one of the boats to get some fish.  Greg gave them a lift.

These guys were trying to paddle to one of the boats to get some fish. Greg gave them a lift.