|Sighted land after 2 days heading south from Topolobampo - |
Islas Marias (not accessible as one of the 3 islands has a prison)
After a couple of days and nights, we reached the 3 Islas Marias at sunset (great sunset as usual), then continued on for another 8-10 hours to Mantanchen Bay. We are doing 6 hour shifts (we take turns: 6:30p to 12:30a gets the sunset and star gazing, and 12:30a to 6:30a enjoys moon set and sunrise). Most people choose 3 or 4 hour shifts, but we prefer a bigger chunk of time to sleep when we're off shift. Of course, the moon cycle changes and on this journey, the waning moon provided Mike with light until 2:30a.
He woke me shortly before moon set as we approached the bay, as we're both on shift when time comes to anchor. So much for evening light to guide us - we arrived at the bay just after the amazing yellow moon sunk murkily into the black sea behind us and left us in total blackness. Thankfully, it's a large and shallow bay so we anchored for the night and waited until daylight to enter the often heard about, dangerous entrance into the narrow channel into San Blas.
|The church at San Blas|
|Seriously, this guy made me shudder - check those teeth|
On our wanderings about town, and to find the (closed) Port Captain's Office, I tried my first - and last - tripe taco. We love to buy street tacos (the busier the place, the better) and this lady was swishing around stuff on the grill. I asked what it was and she smiled that it was 'tripa, muy deliciosa', and being a rather adventuresome eater, I thought I could try the 'very delicious tripe'. OK, now I am over that.
|This estuary was filled with crocs of all sizes, |
eyeballs and a few spines above the water line
|Cormorant drying his wings in the sun after a dive|
We decided to do the crocodile tour and took a taxi to the dock. I chatted with our driver in Spanish (the best practice you can get) and he made a special stop at this estuary so we could see just how many crocs are in the area. The warning sign says to be careful and protect the natural area. We continued on, and as always, it's important to ask 'cuanto' before getting into a taxi so you know how much you'll be paying.
|Turtle family lined up, sunning on the log|
|Removing the heads and peeling fresh |
shrimp on the dock in San Blas
After that big adventure on our first day, we bought shrimp on the square and I gleefully cleaned it for our dinner. Life is good in San Blas and we hope to visit again one day. After 3 days, it was time to head further south.