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Saw these at Caleta San Juanico. Thought they were a thing. Quick check on the innertubes say they might be common. Dunno.
Anyway, apparently many donkeys have cross markings on their backs, but these don’t look like donkeys or mules to me. They have a very distinct dark mark running from head to tail and another cross line at the shoulders. There were a couple of burros wandering the same “pasture.”
Perhaps there are some horsey people that can clear this whole mystery up. They were very cool looking.
Back when we were first married, we would launch our crappy old boat at Everett, WA, load the kids, and head north for the San Juan Islands.
Just past Camano Island State park, we’d pass a house on the beach that seemed to be the perfect house in the perfect spot in the perfect part of the world.
Tucked back away from the beach, the low sprawling house with the cedar shake roof blended into the surrounding trees, while the low overgrown shrubbery and huge overhangs on the water side created privacy for the south-west facing windows.
Years later, we built a great house just down the street from our inspiration. Nancy and Jean soon became great friends, finding they had lots in common besides house location and design preferences.
As she got older, Jean fought hard to maintain her independence and privacy. Family and neighbors were more than happy to support her with that fight.
Jean passed away last week. The world lost a great woman, but she continues with her magnificent family and in the friendships she cultivated and maintained during her long and beautiful life.
We miss you, Jean.
These pictures are all lifted from the GoPro (Hero Silver) video I’ve been taking while snorkeling. Hopefully I’ll have enough bandwidth to post the moving pics soon.
You should be able to click on the different pictures to look at bigger versions. We’ll see how this works out.
The water in Baja this year is warm (82) and clear – very tropical. The fish are mostly tropical, but since the water is seasonally cold (down to 65 or so), there is very little coral or tropical colonies like gorgonians. The fish are still pretty, though. It’s like a great big aquarium.
The warm water left the North Sea before we got here, so we’re developing a new plan.
Rather than chasing the warm water south, always just a little late for the party, we may go all the way south and wallow in the bathwater for as long as possible. It’s 82 here at Punta Chivato, but the water is 88 further south. 88 is better than 82.
Hopefully we’ll catch a lot more of these great chicken dorado. Fantastic meat, but not big enough to kill you or put a hook in your foot.
We’ve been here before, so I’ll just put up the new pictures. Keep a lookout for the jackrabbit. He’s a good hider.
I was having fun imagining these karst cave full of lobster, like in the Bahamas, when Nancy reminded me to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. Good call.