Isla Espiritu Santo

Isla Espiritu Santo

We LOVE IT when friends come to visit. So we were especially happy when one of Drew’s closest friends from Vancouver Canada, Tom, came to visit us in La Paz. When he arrived we greeted him at the bus station with a margarita and unfettered excitement. We spent the first couple of days wandering aimlessly around La Paz showing off the city and discovering new adventures. Then, along with Dan from s/v Natasha we headed out to the islands. Drew and I have been to Espiritu Santo before, so we knew it would be the perfect place to go for a few days of relaxation. For the next four days we snorkeled, fished, and reveled in the beauty of our surroundings.

One of the best experiences of the week had to be swimming with the sea lions at Los Islotes. Everyone told us that it was not to be missed. Everyone was right! There are many companies in La Paz that will take you out there, but we just took the dinghy over, tied off, and jumped in with our snorkels. The only thing to watch for is the big males – they aren’t interested in playing and if you get too close to the pups they give you a warning snort.

We also had a really fun and interesting experience with manta rays. One night Tom noticed a couple of rays circling the boat so we grabbed a flashlight to see if we could get a better look. Within a minute we had them swarming at the light. We finally figured out that the flashlight was attracting the krill that the manta rays were eating. For the next hour we just sat out on deck watching the manta rays feed at the light. It was fantastically beautiful.

The weekend came all too soon and it was time to return to La Paz and return Tom to Canada. One of the hardest things about the cruising lifestyle is leaving old friends behind, but getting the chance to share new and beautiful places with the people we love definitely starts to make up for all the goodbyes. It’s also great to see things through a fresh pair of eyes. After so long of living on the boat it’s easy to lose track of how truly exceptional my life is. Having Tom here reminded me of all the things I have to be grateful for.

 

My only catch of the weekend - a hound fish, Apparently only good for bait.

My only catch of the weekend – a Mexican hound fish, apparently only good for bait.

Tom helping scrape the bottom of the dinghy

Tom helping scrape the bottom of the dinghy

Frigate birds - if you look closely the males have large red throats

Frigatebirds – if you look closely the males have large red throat pouches that they inflate for mating

A local fishermen fileting our dinner

A local fishermen fileting our dinner

Tom enjoying the bow nets

Tom enjoying the bow nets

Swimming with the sea lions

Swimming with the sea lions

A particularly photogenic little lady

A particularly photogenic little lady

Dan coming back from spearfishing with his catch

Dan coming back from spearfishing with his catch

Sailing back to La Paz with calm seas and perfect wind
Sailing back to La Paz with calm seas and perfect wind

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