Whales and Birds

The beginning of a good day of whale watching, Bahía de Banderas.

We might have mentioned before that a bad day of whale watching means that you see a couple of whales while out sailing. A good day means multiple whales, doing all kinds of things from just blowing spumes in the distance to skyhopping. On the water, you’re supposed to keep your distance so the human impact on whales is minimized. In reality, not everyone follows the rules. Keeping a distance means that the average humpback appears to be tiny in the photo.

After a couple of weeks in Bahía de Banderas, we headed south and made an overnight passage to Barra de Navidad. We anchored in the lagoon, and the next morning met the new French Baker. El Horno Francés visits the marina and lagoon in his panga filled with yummy French treats. The new guy has added coffee and wine to the delivery menu. In Barra, we caught up with our shopping needs, nursed a couple of colds, and then headed north to Bahía de Los Angeles Locos or what sailors refer to as Tenacatita. The anchorage is in a beautiful sheltered bay with a long stretch of white sand beach. During the week we were there, the number of cruisers anchored there almost hit sixty. Daily activities include an afternoon walk on the beach or a game or two of bocce ball followed by a meet up at the palapa restaurant. A new activity offered on Friday is catching a ride on the restaurant’s panga over to the town of La Manzanilla for market day and provisioning. We enjoy panga rides and it’s a good way to meet new friends.

One morning, we took the dinghy up the estuary to do a little bird watching. It gave Bill a chance to try out his new Olympus camera.

Not a bird – Green Iguana.

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