By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers
Our little boat sped onward, cutting a wide wake through the mildly choppy waters of Bahia de los Angeles. We had been adequately entertained by the flukes of finback whales and the speed-demon descent of blue-footed boobies. Our skipper, Joel, was now steering his panga out of the areas of the bay closest to shore, out to the islands of the Sea of Cortez. Some of us weren’t ready to leave so soon, but what choice did we have?
As Monique & I have often experienced in our RV travels, some diversions along our path to adventure, expected to be humdrum, actually turned out to be the fondest of memories. This 4-hour cruise was one of those unexpected highpoints.
Rather than weaving a verbal account of our afternoon at sea, I’ll present a few pictures to tell the story, with a bit of commentary as explanation:
It was a seabird-watchers’ fest. “Birds of a feather flocked together,” some intermingling, and some going solo, but they were everywhere and the variety kept us looking to take it all in. I know most of the species, but I prefer to give you just a sampling of our observations.
Our skipper knew the history of every island and pointed out interesting sights, like caves and wildlife inhabitants. Skull Island, top left, (with its “Bird Snow,” the result of centuries of bird habitation) and Window Rock, below, stand out as memorable formations, but every point of land had its own fascination for our party.
With the Sea of Cortez depths so crystal clear around the islands, it was easy to see underwater from our boat, and even get decent photos of a few. Every species that we handled was returned to the seabed – except the clams, which supplemented our evening barbeque and later became the feature attraction in clam chowder.
ABOVE THE SEA:
And finally here we are, plus a predatory coyote scanning a rocky island for its dinner. What we didn’t see were big-horned sheep, which inhabit that same island, but we were satisfied with all the sights, sounds and sunshine of a wonderful day on the Bahia de los Angeles. That’s us at top left, me second from left and Monique on the right, with Patty, Mary Ellen, Judy and Steve in the crew, in a photo taken by Joel, bottom right. As the clam-diggers gathered dinner, the other boat drifted into shallow water, adding to the fun of the day.
Thanks for joining us on this voyage that was a lot more exciting than we expected. And by now you’re probably tired of “Three-Hour Cruise” theme music churning through your head, so it’s time to return to U.S. soil.
From the “Never-Bored RVers,” We’ll see you on down the road.
© All photos by Barry Zander. All rights reserved