Category Archives: Marine Life

Playing dolphins

We had another great day sailing in the Sea of Cortez. After being out for an hour or so, we had visitors!

Four beautiful dolphins swam toward our boat and began playing near the bow as we were sailing through the water. As they got close to the bow, they would turn on their sides and look up at us through the water. These were the first dolphins I’ve seen up close, so I was loving it! (M. had seen pilot whales during a guys weekend up sailing up to San Pedro Island. Read about his adventure here.)

Even Dude, our chihuahua, was enjoying their company!

They stayed with us and played in the water for about 45 minutes. Then they glided away in pairs, their gray backs undulating up through the surface, then down again. We are so blessed to have this amazing lifestyle. The opportunities for incredible adventures are endless!

I’m looking forward to seeing more marine life as we continue to sail farther from our home in San Carlos. In winter, we are hoping to either cross over to Baja California and perhaps stay in La Paz, or sail south to Mazatlan. With a baby coming, we will wait to see how good our sailing skills are before deciding. Not to mention the biggest factor involved – WEATHER!

For now, we will continue to enjoy local day sailing and perhaps some overnighters.

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A Whale of a Time

OK, I know that’s a cheesy title, but it caught your attention, right?

My husband, M., and two of his buddies had a guys sailing weekend. Saturday morning, they sailed north along the coast to San Pedro Bay, about 18 miles from San Carlos Bay where our boat is anchored. It took them about 3 hours to get there, motor sailing due to a head wind. They anchored in the bay, did whatever guys do for an overnighter, then left Sunday morning (check out the beautiful sunrise photo in the slideshow).

Along the way, they encountered a pod of pilot whales! Apparently, the whales were enjoying some tasty miniature lobsters. Just look at these amazing animals!

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It took them about 6 hours to get back, again due to a head wind and a partly functioning motor (the fuel tank got clogged up from the debris getting knocked loose due to some choppy seas, so they couldn’t motor the whole time).

While they were gone, I spent the night with H. (K.’s wife – the guy at the helm in one of the photos). Since there was no reception out at San Pedro Bay, we did not get a “we made it safely and we’re having fun” phone call from them. I have to admit … I woke up at 3:00 am and laid awake for half an hour, thinking about my hubby out at sea. Of course, they were fine and had a great time.

I guess I’ll have to get used to him (and us!) being out on the ocean!

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