It was a beautiful calm morning, and I was anxious to see something else outside the window. We pulled the anchor and headed north towards Bahia Concepcion. It is located on the Baja Peninsula near Mulege (pronounced mule a hay) and a location we have been looking forward to visiting. We pulled into the first bay because the sun was setting and we dropped anchor. Bahia Santispac is one of several coves nested together on the north east side of the entrance. The other coves are Posada Concepcion, Playa La Escondida, Playa Coco, Playa El Burro and Playa Coyote. Together these make a large cove with a variety of color.
One of the coves had camp area, mostly vans and travel trailers owned by Americans, another had high end Mexican homes, and another had moorings and a beautiful beach. All of the coves were easily accessible by dinghy.
Campers and Tiki huts along the beach.
The next morning there was a radio net for the Americans travelling in the area and I introduced myself. It turns out there is an entire community here and they were all happy to dinghy or kayak over and meet us. We went ashore and had tacos and beer and walked the beach. We were invited to happy hour at Armando's (a tiki hut restaurant on the beach) and burning man mini-edition on Thursday in Coyote cove. This sounded nice.
We found the hot springs that were too hot to even put our toes into and we were informed that we were supposed to take a 5 gallon bucket to be used to move salt water into the spring to cool it down before using. Who would have guessed that.
On one of our dinghy trips out into the bay, we ran into a pod of dolphin feeding. They were happy to take a break to come and greet us and ride the dinghy bow wave. I wonder why they do this?
It is really beautiful. They are incredibly powerful and fast creatures. The dinghy was travelling around 10 knots in this picture and they could close in on us like we were standing still.
Here is a video of it.
We also sat on the beach in the tiki hut restaurants and shared happy hour with our new friends.
We anchored the dinghy in knee deep water and walked ashore. Perfect white sand beaches.
Then came Coyote Bay burning man. I am sure it was smaller than the real thing, but it was fun. There were probably 100-150 attendees. Fun pyrotechnics in the burn and a cup of gas here and there always makes good effects.
Time to move on. There was still much to do in Concepcion.
Time: 11 h 57 m ( 06:47 to 18:45 ) Distance: 72.83 nm
Fuel: 25.13 Gallons Fuel Rate: 2.10 GPH Fuel Economy: 2.90 NM/G
Avg Speed: 7.16 kn Max Speed: 10.94 kn
Engine Runtime Start: 3367.15 Hours Runtime End: 3377.95 Hours Fuel: 25.13 Gallons Fuel Rate: 2.10 GPH Fuel Rate Max: 21.58 GPH Avg RPM: 1178.83 Max RPM: 2322.75 Avg Oil Pressure: 51.73 Low Oil Pressure: 0.58 Avg Temperature: 189.21 Max Temperature: 203.00