Tue 27/11-2018 Day 322

Pos: 28.6666,-114.2386
Loc: Santa Rosaliita
Acc: Jessy’s Hostel
Dist: 30,0 km
Start: 06:20 End: 12:45

Fortunately, the forecast for today looked doable, winds up to 17 knots from ne to nw, rising and falling again. But first, it was dead calm, and we happily paddled along. Sure, the wind came…it started to blow just when we decided to hug the coast on the next bay, as the cliffs looked so wonderful and we had ample time to reach Santa Rosalita.

I enjoyed paddling behind some rocks and through cliff gaps, while Lisa preferred staying much more offshore. She doesn’t know what pleasures she is missing while hugging the coast…so many details to see, always new…

But when it blew so strong north east that we barely made progress any more, I decided we should land on an inviting easy sandy beach, and to wait for a while until the wind would be calming down or swing to the north west as fore casted. Why punching into an almost 20 knots headwind with no needs? The wind will die and turn when the tide will change in about 1,5-2 hrs, like yesterday.

We landed, sat down and we agreed reading for a while, and when we felt a cool onshore north west wind, it was time to go again! I kept on hugging the coast, Lisa kept on cutting the bay offshore to save miles…she finally turned in to paddle also inside Isla Adelaida.

We realized the island was full of sea lions! I happily paddled up to them to take pictures, and I enjoyed to watch their family life, as usual from a reasonable distance. It might be my 500ed sea lion colony I am watching, but I still find pleasure! Lisa preferred meanwhile to drift far away…hey, sea lions are friendly and don’t attack you! 🙂

One more lumpy point to pass with the full exposed Punta Santa Rosalita, but conditions were nothing too challenging. Still nice to turn finally into the bay and to see the village! Civilization as us back! Nothing huge here, but they should have cell phone reception and internet? No reception for now…

We landed behind the last harbor wall where all the fishing boats were parked, and put up tent in the far corner. We walked into “town” to ask for internet to see the long-term fore cast, and found out there is no phone reception (today only? Telcel showed up, but we couldn’t connect…), but houses and the local shop had internet, probably via satellite. We were allowed to jump on, and checked the fore cast.

What we saw was discouraging…as much as we had a long-term calm weather gap, as much it looked now like high seas and stronger winds now for at least six days. Them maybe two day better, then strong southerlies…as far as we can see…we both felt like not waiting out the weather, if waiting would make it work at all on the next remote stretch…we could imagine better things to do, and decided to finish our mutual trip section here, two weeks earlier than roughly planned. But all good! Home, sweet home is lurking!

We survived, had no major incident or accident, had ample easy good weather, made a lot of distance, saw plenty of Mexico, enjoyed paddling and each other’s company. Lisa proved, despite her little offshore sea kayaking experience, to be a solid strong paddling partner with a good speed. She learned a lot about surf landings and -launchings, and expedition kayaking in general. We had our share of a bit more windy weather and more lumpy water the she could push her limits, and she did well. Thanks for cooking our dinners, and sharing this section of my North American circumnavigation with me, Lisa!

As we now stayed unplanned in Santa Rosalita and had made no contacts before here, we decided to book ourselves into the one and only hostel, for 14 $ each affordable. Clean, with hot shower and (weak) internet in the nearby shop, this was the best choice to organize our stuff before we can make plans where to store my kayaks for the next 2,5 months, and how to get away from here! Victor, our main Mexican contact from Ensenada, might help us, thanks! First, a local lady with her truck helped us to get our stuff and kayaks off the beach. Thanks!