Good Friends, Good Times, and Trying Times Too

We left the islands of Bahia de La Paz – Isla Espiritu Santu and Isla Partida – and crossed to the Baja side. Our destination was a small fishing village, San Evaristo.

The ebb and flow of cruising boats moving from destination to destination is a characteristic of this way of life, we’ve found. You never know when you say goodbye whether you’ll meet again, but it seems that often you do, in some other anchorage or dock. When we arrived at San Evaristo, we spotted a boat we knew from La Paz and anchored nearby. They left early the next morning, but soon afterward Yare arrrived, with friends Tor, Jessica and the twins aboard. Through Tor and Jess, we met Bjorn and Barbara, also at anchor nearby, and the eight of us had a few really enjoyable days together while anchored off San Evaristo.

We rowed ashore and took a walk down the road linking San Evaristo to outside. We had more than one great meal at Lupe Sierra’s small restaurant. And several good conversations.


View from Velic’s deck looking toward San Evaristo in the farther distance, along the beach edging the bay. Barbara and Bjorn’s boat at anchor in the near distance.


We took a walk along the road leading to San Evaristo, past the sign for Lupe’s restaurant and up to a viewpoint. Fria Cerveza means Cold Beer. Something we looked forward to after the walk.


The Road. This is the road connecting San Evaristo to everywhere else.


Looking back toward San Evaristo and the lovely, well-protected bay. The bay entrance is out of sight, to the right in this photo. Velic is one of the boats anchored in the distance.


Bjorn “helping” the boys Lars and Odin to paint their shells. It’s not at all clear who among the artists was getting the most fun out of it.


Barbara and Tor, enjoying cold beers while waiting for lunch.


The group: Odin, Jessica, Lars, Tor, me, Barbara, and Bjorn. Randy taking photo.

We will stay in touch with Tor and Jessica’s family as they continue on their journey around the northeast Pacific. We hope we’ll run into Barbara and Bjorn again somewhere along the way.

After a short – too short – stay at San Evaristo, we returned to Isla Partida and anchored for the second time in the cove of Caleta Partida, positioning ourselves for a crossing of the Sea of Cortez. We intended to stay only a couple of days in the nearly empty anchorage, soaking up the quiet before we crossed and entered big city Mazatlan. The first day was lovely and calm, and we rowed ashore for a walk along the beach. Randy had been studying The Cruiser’s Handbook of Fishing by Scott and Wendy Bannerot with the objective of improving his luck. He would take his pole out and fish from the dinghy near the rocky shoreline, hoping for a bite. No luck so far, but it’s possible he didn’t have the right tackle, or bait.


Studying …


Practicing …


Walking along the shore. Very interesting shells, crustaceans and smaller wildlife.


Interesting growth habit. About 3′ high and 4′ wide. Don’t know what kind of cactus this is, but it grew all over. It made me think of the many-headed hydra of mythology.

Starting on the second day we were at anchor in Caleta Partida, the north wind began to blow. It blew hard for seven days without letting up. We stayed put, waiting it out. It was too windy to take the dinghy ashore.


It blew steadily for seven days. Because the anchorage had a short fetch and was partially protected by high cliffs, we experienced only small chop. The wind howled overhead, though, and the water was very rough outside of the anchorage.

Passing time, reading.

Passing time, reading.



One thought on “Good Friends, Good Times, and Trying Times Too

  1. Hope you are well supplied with reading material for those windy days. We are having a rainy, gray week here so it’s nice to see “your” sunshine. Safe travels.


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