We got off the docks and headed further north to Isla San Francisco. Unfortunately the morning winds were coming from the north instead of the usual south so we had to motor sail the 6 hours. But the beautiful bay was awaiting us and with only three other boats in the anchorage we had plenty of room to drop the anchor. Unlike the mainland of Mexico, the water in the Sea is very clear so we could see straight to the bottom. We explored some of the other coves by dinghy, hiked across a salt pond to the other side of the island, and hiked to the top of the surrounding hills where we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the bay and the turquoise and blue water.
Like the Baja Peninsula, the islands in the Sea of Cortez are desert with cactus and shrubs and most are uninhabited. Sitting in the cockpit we had a front row seat on the flight path of the Brown Pelicans and Bobo’s as they flew from one side of the island to the other. The pelicans glide just inches from the surface. There are 7 types of pelicans and we just learned that the brown pelicans here and in other parts of Mexico are the only ones that dive from the air in to the water for their food. DDT in the 70’s almost wiped them out. Given the numbers that we have seen here in Mexico, I think they are doing very well indeed.
We were prepared for mosquitoes and no-see-ums (which never showed up) but it was the bees that drove us nuts. We heard they can be a nuisance looking for fresh water and they sure were. The anchorage was very calm until our last night. At 2 am the waves rolled in. Picture John Travolta riding the bull at Gilley’s in Urban Cowboy! We pulled up anchor just as the sun was rising and bashed in to the 15+ knot winds coming from the south (the direction we were going, sigh….) for the next few hours. But things calmed down and we had a great ride the rest of the way.