We work as ecotourism guides (as well as biologist and boat captain) often on the BC Coast, but also as far ranging as the Arctic and Antarctic. We have an insatiable curiousity for the planet; all its hidden gems and what makes them tick. That and our love of sailing is what inspired us to sail around the Pacific in Narama, our tough and pretty little sailboat.
A psychologist turned carpenter and a doctorate student in need of a holiday aptly describes the last couple of friends that joined us to bring in the New Year. But does it really? The depth and “breadth” of their wit and humour (yes the English blood shows I think) defy the rougher outward persona they portray to perfection. Albeit some alcohol was involved that led to more one liners and unplanned antics than I can recall, but our sides are still recovering from laughter. We still consumed the chocolate cake I stepped in and I’m sorry Rob but those pictures of the chorizo sausage will stay under lock and key. This entertainment made up for the cooler temperatures and overcast skies we had while exploring the islands north of the La Paz. We still managed many snorkels, a swim with sea lions, some beach exploration and great sailing to and from the islands. On the wildlife side (and here I exclude Homo sapiens), the highlight was the Magnificent Frigatebirds in San Gabriel starting to court, the males red pouches puffed to impress and much bill clacking between what appeared to be courting couples.
Back in La Paz we had a couple of nights in Marina Palmira and caused quite the stir hanging our laundry out to dry. It seems we may have started a movement which I hope takes hold to drive some sense into the north American psyche. On one hand we were congratulated for doing so by Antipodean and European boaters, whilst murmurs of discontent were heard through the grapevine by the odd North American.
We hope everyone had fun over the New Year, best wishes for 2011 and thanks to Rob and Caroline for all the laughs.
We are now gearing up to leave Baja for the mainland and are pleased we took the time to explore the Gulf of California.