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With a lull in the norther winds, we decided to explore Puerto de La Lancha on the north end of Isla Carmen.  It’s a pretty but small cove, wide open to the north and east, but well sheltered from the south and west.La Lancha Pan A
We got the boat settled in and took the dingy for a trip.

Constant exposure to the nearly-constant winter winds and waves has beaten huge holes in the volcanic ash and sedimentary rock shoreline.

Some of the caves are pretty deep, but they’re obviously very young.  Water dripping from the ceiling hasn’t formed any significant stalactites.  We didn’t see any bats, but there were several kingfishers living deep inside the caves.

We just kept putt-putting east.

Eventually we found a little tiny beach with several Mexican Chest Freezers (https://svbrightwater.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/mexican-refer/).  We went ashore.


We found a crazy-pretty arroyo/gully that climbed up the hillside.  Lots of erosion here, too, just as we’ve seen in other areas.  I climbed for a while until I remembered I wasn’t wearing shoes.

Back in the dingy, we continued east until we reached the end of the island.  We rounded the corner and found ourselves in a National Geographic episode.  Several hundred Sea Lions had traveled here from Puget Sound.  It was one massive single’s bar.

The big boys were on the beach, blorting their blort-blort song.  I know I was impressed.

A small beach at the end of the island collects whatever floats by.  This is the largest whale skull we’ve seen this year.

Dunno what happened here, but there is one less blort-blort song in the Sea for now.

We dingy’d back to the boat and did a little snorkeling.  When the north winds and seas filled in 12 hours early we ended up raising the anchor and skedaddling at 3:30 AM the next morning.  It was a nice trip anyway.