Pelicans and Blue-footed Boobies feeding on little tiny fish in very shallow water.
Feel free to look around at the other /fishpic videos. There’s some pretty cool stuff. The trebuchets are my favorite, except the Rusty tugboat one.
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Here are some “stitched-together” wide shots of some of the nicer vistas we’ve found in Baja. We’ve made the files smaller to save bandwidth, so if the pictures are too coarse let me know and I’ll up the DPI a little.
Let me know if you want the full-size file to make wallpaper for a new restaurant or nightclub you’re opening or something.
If there is a person in the picture, that person is Nancy. Duh.
As always, click on the picture to embiggen. That means make it more bigger.
The one in the hat is Nancy. We’re pretty sure that the thing she’s holding is a whale vertebra. A very old whale vertebra – almost completely decalcified. We see these pretty often. The whale vertebra, I mean. Actually, I see Nancy just about everyday. So we see both of these pretty often.
We were positive this was some sort of huge bird skull until we picked it up. It’s heavy. So this may be a Chupacabra skull, not the other one.
But Baja feels pretty familiar, similar to where I grew up in Northern New Mexico.
Sometimes you want a nice seared tuna strip with wasabi/mayo dressing and some grilled zucchini (which is pretty quick and cheap to make, by the way), but sometimes you just want to eat some food, feed the machine, and get on with it.
The first recipe comes from our son Pender. He lives in the dorms and has a rice cooker:
As much rice as you choose;
Two cans of canned chicken;
half a can of green chiles.
I like his style.
We eat this all the time:
One 16 oz. can of beans (black, pinto, whatever);
One 12 oz. can of shredded beef;
Two to four cups of cooked rice (2/3 white, 1/3 brown);
Salt to taste, which is usually a lot.
Enhancements: Grated cheese, cumin, green chile, vegetables.
We cook our rice in the thermal cooker (https://svbrightwater.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/cooking-without-much-gas/).
Both of these recipes will stretch forever, but at this level we’re probably looking at about $1US/meal for pretty good nutrition.
We also found some shredded beef in a 3lb. non-refrigeration bag at Costco last year (Sampco). It’s fantastic to have on board – perfect for enchiladas and burritos and broth noodles and food. We need to find some more.
We drag a lure most of the time. Usually we catch Little Tunny, a small type of tuna. The meat is very red and very wet. We throw almost a third of each fillet away because they have a blood-rich section on their lateral lines, almost like a liver. A lot of people don’t like the meat, but we make sushi and ceviche and grill it like steak and it’s great. It’s also healthy and free.
The other day we caught this little guy.
Beside being just as cute as a button, he was a glutton. He had a belly full of half-processed fish paste from the day before, then eleven fresh sardines on top. Then he took our lure.
We un-hooked him and started dragging the lure again – Zing!
This slightly larger Little Tunny came right aboard. That’s the head of a six-inch diving lure sticking out of his mouth. There are three separate treble hooks buried all the way into his gullet. I had to dissect him to get the lure back. I still can’t figure out how he did it.
This morning Nancy hooked another nice Dorado (https://svbrightwater.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/fishy-fishy/). He proceeded to strip all the line off the reel while I got the sail down and the motor started and turned the boat to chase him. Suddenly the line went slack as he spit the lure, but by the time Nancy reeled in all the line she had a very nice tuna on the hook. There are no pictures. You’ll have to trust us. A Very Nice Tuna.
After a wonderful few days in Caleta San Juanico seeing friends and getting back to Baja-itude, we’re anchored at Isla Coronado off Loreto. Good internet, pretty secure anchorage, boat is well. We even did a little of that sailing stuff today. String and fabric and little shiny bits to hold it all together. Nobody died. Very few near misses. Practically nothing broke.
Not particularly warm. 68 in the mornings, water is about 76. Nice when the sun is out. Nancy snorkeled with a great big turtle this afternoon. Spooky big.
We are here and anchored. Way too interesting of a trip. 25-35 knots for 4 hours on the way over. Eight foot chop. 50-60 (Or whatever, pegged the meter) for last hour (after we dropped sails). 30-40 in anchorage. Spindrift and stuff. Never dangerous, just not fun. Light foulweather gear is not waterproof. Now we know. Woo-hoo.