|View of the anchorage from the volcano|
|The first part of the hike is easy, on a well marked trail.|
|How easy is this? This "boardwalk" was not here last year.|
|Now the fun begins. Sometimes it is hard to even see the trail|
|Kevin takes a break. Yes, this is the trail.|
|Climbing up the loose dirt section. One step up, one half back down|
|Victory sandwiches and lots of water once we made the top.|
|One our way down. I wonder how many rocks there are on this volcano, |
and how deep they are piled.
|Taking a trip back to the mother ship for the skim boards|
|Cindy and Kevin are not the only ones hanging out in the shallow water|
|Tossing sand balls. Why? We don't know.|
|Ah, now this is the life! Sand, sun, bright clear water, and the whole beach to|
ourselves. We are very glad we came back to Isla Coronados.
|A 950' cruise ship off in the distance. It is anchored in front of Loreto. Not|
a common stop for cruise ships. The town was flooded with tourists from reports
we go from other cruisers.
|Steve back with the skim boards. Tossing the "anchor buddy" into the water to|
keep the dinghy in place and off the beach with the falling tide.
|Quite a contrast: Black lava rock and white sand.|
|Kevin winding up for the skim board launch|
|Good times in Mexico.|
|Cindy with her favorite skim|
|Oyster catchers looking for food.|
|Floating behind Adagio after a fun afternoon on the beach|
We were ecstatic to see some old friends motor into the anchorage in the afternoon after our hike. Two sailing vessels from our trip down Baja from San Diego to Cabo in 2014 (the so called Umbrella Dumpers group) came in. It was great to see Scott and Tanya from s/v Kialoa and Gary and Karina from s/v Sea Rover II. We shared evenings on the beach with appetizers, exchanging stories and meeting some new people as well. The island has tourists come from Loreto so the main beach is full of people and panga’s during the day but they typically leave by 5pm. Our second evening a group of college students came in with two professors. They were from PA and here to study the geologic features. We chatted with their professor and he claimed that this is the perfect classroom for a geology student. He has been bringing students here for more than 20 years. You can see it all. He explained that back in Pennsylvania all of the geology is covered in trees and shrubs. It is not easy to see. In the Sea, you merely have to look at a hill and you can see the layers, or volcanic rock. The professor noted that we are not in North America any longer as we are on the pacific tectonic plate. He spent maybe 20 minutes with us but shared a wealth of knowledge and we were tempted to tag along to his hike up the volcano the next day (not sure he would have approved). Lucky students who get to take a trip here for school!
|Meeting up with old friends, and making a few new ones. Cruisers are very friendly.|
|Roasting marshmallows with Tanya, and Scott (tending the dinghies) from s/v Kialoa|