Anticipating a strong northerly wind in the next 24 hours, we had a beautiful sail north to Isla San Francisco where we anchored expecting to be there for a few days until the northern passed. The predominant weather in the Sea for this time of year is northern winds and we hope to hop scotch up the Sea between blows.
The anchorage we chose had about 5 other boats in it expecting the same weather and hiding out. We spent the next two days snorkeling, swimming and hiking around the small island. With the rains from the hurricane and the blooming plants the islands are covered by small, fragile, yellow butterflies. The kids have had their hand magnifiers out, completing a little of their science requirement. As we follow in the wake of Steinbeck we witness so much science in action every day as the Sea of Cortez is just full of wildlife. The boys like to dive on the anchor line. While the chain gently moves on the bottom, it stirs up the sand and the puffer fish feed on the disturbed small prey. There are hundreds of them down there. The boys also chase any game fish around with their Hawaiian sling but so far their batting average is pretty abysmal. One of these days they will get the hang of it. Their failure is fine with me, we still have fish in the freezer from the last catch. Diving pelicans disturb the sea surface when their huge prehistoric bodies hit the water with amazing speeds and then they fly off with surprising agility. Boobies and Frigates dot the sky and we saw our first Oyster Catchers on the beach. Daily we watch manta rays jump out of the water, dolphins cross our bow, the occasional Dorado is caught and we are always on the lookout for the elusive whale shark, a frequent visitor in the Sea this time of year.