There is not much to add to this. Trying to capture this while under sail, what amazing creatures!
There is not much to add to this. Trying to capture this while under sail, what amazing creatures!
When we were already sailing away towards Mexico, we received an invitation of a kiting family we know from the bay area, who had built a little paradise in Los Barrilles also. Since it isn’t a secure anchor spot, we did not know, if we could make it happen. But when Evan’s friend Billy was so nice to lent us his van, we were happy that we could spend some time with them and go kiting together.
We met them at the beach and kited for a while, when suddenly the wind stopped. Unfortunately I seemed to have missed the little window to get back to shore and with the small kite I was flying, I had to go swimming. I lost my board while taking care of the kite and bringing it to shore. I nice gentlemen helped me spot it again and I went through some waves swimming for it and than do the walk of shame up the beach. That hadn’t happened in a while to me and now more so I was ready for a Margarita. 🙂
^Legend Johnny Heineken chilling after some kiting and the other legend Chip on his way out on his foil. 🙂
I think the last time we all hung out was 4th of July in Sherman Island, when Charlotte took care of little Mats, who was just over a year. She grew up to a little superstar and I had no worry feelings, when she left with Mats to explore the beach. They got along super!
When we arrived at Chips and Marcella’s home, we could not believe it. Just so thoughtful and private, for every single one. Being right at the beach, priceless! The pics speak for themselves and they made us feel right at home.
This was our cute little hut, which I almost enjoyed by myself, as Mats and his Dad fell asleep on the coach after dinner. 🙂
One of Marcella’s handsome sons. I wish Marcella would be on our boat sometimes, when I am overruled by the men on board. She has a very strong voice, good way of explaining it and we carry the same opinions. I love it! 🙂
They cooked us a fabulous dinner and the Margarita’s were flowing until midnight, when conversations came to a level, that Marcella and I decided, time for bed. Well, except Captain and Mats, who were already sleeping on the couch. Kruiser and Chip continued.
THANK YOU FOR HAVING US!
My heartbeat went up, when we finally started to see La Ventana. A place I have visited before, first time in 2004 with a great group of friends and where I had my first kite lesson at Baja Joes in 2009. A place I call my happy place, kinda like Sherman Island close to Stockton by the Delta river. When it was foggy in San Francisco, I would usually pack up my car with tent/food/kite gear and spend the entire weekend at a warm, sunny and windy place, versus in San Francisco, where the wind felt cold. In La Ventana you run into the same crowd. The crowd which makes the whole kitesurfing experience so special. People are COOL! Laid back and helpful. 🙂
La Ventana is not really a place to anchor. But the Captain checked the wind forecast and felt pretty confident that we should be fine with two anchors and not so heavy winds.
The waters are not deep, so we had to anchor a bit further out. We anchored close to Playa Central the first time and stayed for 2 nights
and moved than close to Palapas Ventana; tucked in a bit more to prevent some of the rolling at night.
Spending time with friends and being able to kite was just great. My friends Peter and Bettina surprised me by just walking into Playa Central the first day. There were some long hugs happening. 😀
Billy, a friend of the Captain from Canada, also stopped by to say ‘Hi’ and he offered us his second car. What a great gesture! Our Kruiser took kite surf lessons on two days and rented some Windsurfing gear. Due to his size of 6’8, it felt though, that nobody had appropriate measured equipment. It was fun to watch him try and to almost get on the board after only a short period of time.
Since the anchorage was only safe in lighter winds, we decided to take advantage of the offered van from Billy and his wife and sail to the protected anchorage in Muertos after 4 nights. The men sailed SV Alsager and myself and Mats drove the van to Muertos. In the afternoon we all drove back to La Ventana, for the 60th Birthday party of my good friend Peter, who celebrated with 70 people at Malin Azul. Great evening with awesome food and nice people! Thank you, Peter and to 60 more!
We ended up having the van for 10 days and were able to also see La Paz, do some stockup/Christmas presents shopping, fill up our propane tank after some trouble actually finding a place who does it, getting laundry done and drive to see our friends in Los Barrilles. Let’s not forget being able to leave all the kite gear in the van and drive to meet up with my friends to go kiting together. Lucky, lucky, lucky! J
I managed to convince the guys, who were long ready to continue the journey, besides staying Christmas to also stay for New Years Eve. I wanted to celebrate into 2018 with people we knew and not be solely on the water. Can’t be blamed for wanting that, right? I am also never ready to leave La Ventana, another valid reason, LOL 😀
The restaurant by the resort at Muertos was always super friendly and accommodating and they had a Christmas tree. On the 24th I wrapped up the presents and decorated them under the Christmas tree. We watched the magical moment when Mats unwrapped his presents with joy and were able to talk to our families back in Germany and Canada. A wonderful day, even being so far away from them. So great to be able to talk to them!
After Christmas we went to check out the Island Cerralvo, which you can check out HERE and also visited our friends in Los Barrilles.
We had to return the van that morning and decided to sail back to La Ventana for New Years. It was a nice sail and took about 5 hours.
New Years Eve turned out to be a great party. First we started off at Palapas Ventana, Tim, the owner and his wife had reached out to us and wanted to do a firewerk. Great start of the night and awesome company! Then off to Delaneys, where most of La Ventana got together and grooved upstairs to a life band and enjoyed beats from some cool DJ’s downstairs. I suffered the next day and we postponed our crossing of Sea de Cortez and just went for another night to Island Cerralvo. Kruiser did some more spearfishing and hunted us dinner and we enjoyed the 1st evenening of the new year at another bonfire at our favourite Cactus. Great times!
We left Los Barilles with the plan to go straight to La Ventana. I was eager to finally get there, as this is a place I have visited 4 times already and I totally dig this kite paradise and people. It is a happy place.
But then we were close to Los Muertos and the Captain decided to break it up and anchor together with Lea Scotia. We set anchor and were about to set up our dinghy, when a sudden wind came up. We managed to get a weak service on our phone and checked the forecast. It was supposed to pick up 20 knots at night and since we already had a bumpy night behind us in Los Barilles, the Captain decided to continue around the corner and anchor close to La Ventana before sunset.
This all happened so sudden and my good friend was almost on the way to come see us in Muertos from El Sargento . Luckily I was able to contact him, before he got into his car. But I have to confess, that sometimes the back and force on a sailing trip can be a bit frustrating, especially when you are looking forward to the place or people and than weather does not play in favor and the Captain had to make a safety decision. Well, I was pissed and the guys on board annoyed about me being a pain.
Oh well, the anchor spot at Punta Arena de La Ventana was really nice with beautiful sunset and we all had a good night and the next day… off to HAPPY PLACE. 🙂
We decided in the morning, that due to the weather it would not make much sense staying in Los Frailes. We hadn’t even set up the dinghy to go to shore the day before and the water did not look promising to have good visibility to go snorkeling either. So we contacted our friends from Lea Scotia, that we are heading towards Muertos, with possible stop in La Ribera. Lea Scotia is that beautiful sailboat you see in the upper and lower picture.
We tried to leave the clouds behind and had some showers now and than. La Ribera has a new Marina where we were hoping to be able to anchor to break down the sail. But with the help of Lea Scotia and there sonar on the dinghy, we had to find out, that it was way too shallow. Some armed police officers were watching us from shore and creeped us out a little bit, but they seemed to just do there watch for the 4 Seasons, which is still being built.
Look at these guys, our friend Kruiser is getting along so well with Mats now, that he even fell asleep on his lap. Well, after doing a lot of “Haya’s” to him…
The water was so calm and not windy, that we decided to try our luck and anchored in front of Los Barilles. We went to shore, Mats played with his buddy Charlie on the beach and we checked out the little town. It is really a cute town and we just decided to stay another night.
The next day wind picked up a little and I got to kite some. Great spot and certainly would like to come back here. 🙂
We left the Marina early morning and soon were able to pull up those sails. The atmosphere was fantastic , everybody was well rested and felt good. We were all excited to be on the water and I am usually not the one saying that. But the water was pretty smooth and the sail comfortable. Our friends from Lea Scotia were on the way to Los Frailes as well and took this great shot from Alsager under sail.
We put a little video clip together for you. We arrived in Los Frailes and had just set the anchor, when we got a little surprise. 🙂