Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chamela

Sunday evening, we motored all night through calm seas from the Yelapa and La Cruz area. The next morning, we saw several whales and FIVE sea turtles - capturing most of this one on the camera right next to our boat...


I have to give Jordan credit for getting most of this one in the frame as the boat was in forward motion and was also bobbing up and down, making it very difficult to catch as the turtle was so close to the boat. This was my first sighting of a wild sea turtle while on our boat.

(I'm not counting the ones we've seen in refuges or the exciting occasion when the panga guide caught one when we were on our motorcycle trip. To see that photo - beneath Blog Archive at right side of page click on 2009, click March, click Motorcycle holiday, then scroll down to view photo).

We dropped anchor at 12:30 on February 14th in the north end (N19°35.072' W105°07.922'), and as we were both tired, we just took it easy and caught up on sleep for the rest of the day.

Since we rounded the point at Cabo Corrientes a couple of days ago, we are experiencing even warmer weather just as everyone has said would happen. Even the evenings are getting warmer. This 185-km coast from Cabo to Manzanillo is called the Gold Coast, being full of golden sun and multiple anchorages.

We went ashore at Chamela today to walk the l o o o n g sandy beach which took us almost an hour to get to the other end. We discovered that there were almost no shells which was such a difference from the beach at Punto Chivato where the beach was totally covered in shells! (We were at Punto Chivato back in December 2010.) After a quiet walk, with almost no one else on the beach, Jordan timed the crashing waves and we made an excellent beach escape.

Long...

...lonely beach

Aboard Sea Turtle, we checked the charts to plan our future stops and length of stay for the next month as we need to exit Mexico by then.

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