But Then, There’s This

After our last post describing the debacle with the boom, I want to follow up with this post that explains, without a lot of words, why we put up with the downsides to this lifestyle; why the ‘fun’ is still out-weighing the hardships. These are photos of Punta Colorado on the ‘far’ side of Isla Carmen, one of our most favorite places we’ve visited in the Sea of Cortez. Protected from weather from the north, it offers such deep beauty that it’s hard to complain about anything. Excellent snorkeling on long, reef lined beaches, desert hiking, wildlife. That’s what it’s all about. This other stuff, this stuff like leaking holding tanks and booms that need replacing, that’s all background noise.

Big Horned Desert Sheep. We have been lucky to see them each time we’ve visited.

A nest of seeds left behind. What plant could this be?


A close up of the seed.


Following bighorn sheep trails.

Can you see the grasshopper? He’s about 6 inches long.

Blooming Cordon Cactus.

And before I go, there’s this: After a long and satisfying snorkel at Playa Coyote in Bahia Concepcion, an exquisite little Pacific Seahorse swam right into my snorkel mask as I was reaching for the boarding ladder to the dinghy. What? You didn’t hear my delighted squeals of joy from wherever you are? Hands down one of the highs of my life. I’m going to tell you what: that doesn’t happen at home on the sofa. 

S/V Galapagos, out.

Two more photos of those black ‘seeds’. Anyone know what this is?

Enlarge the photo and you might be able to see how the seeds are stacked one inside the other in the middle of this mess.

attached to a stick

10 thoughts on “But Then, There’s This

  1. So awesome to see that none of the bad gets you down! You both have such an upbeat attitude about everything, I miss not being there with you to explore! Don’t get too far away. Enjoy the sea and we’ll see you when we get back! We look forward to more adventures with SV Galapagus and SV Blue in the fall!
    SV Slow Motion!!

    • Well, we have our days, but in the end, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed, right? And actually how much do we need that boom right here in the sea of cortez? I mean, to go further, sure, we need to replace it. But it’s not an emergency. And We need to go snorkeling.

    • And you never will 🙂 They are hideous. However, Mike looks ok in his. It helps enormously that he is narrow through the derrier. I still can’t believe we saw a seahorse. And that it swam right into my mask! We had been looking for seahorses for many days.

  2. Melissa You are making me jealous! So wish we were still on Slow Motion enjoying the Sea of Cortez with Galapagos. Lynn and I are counting the days until we can get back to Mexico this fall. Keep having fun and be safe.

    • I don’t know, Curt. It’s pretty hot at this point. We are always covered with a fine sheen of sweat and I’m starting to get annoyed when there is no good snorkeling to be found. Sometimes the visibility is still not that great. I figure by the time we get to go home, I’ll be ready to work on a house again. But seahorse!!!

  3. What a thrilling thing to happen…the seahorse! I am vicariously feeling giddy! I love these updates. That seed surely DID look like a spider. Love to you both!

  4. My guess on long spines in nest is that they are not seeds but crowns of cactus spines removed by pack rats.

    • That’s an interesting theory and it’s possible. But these seemed to be nested in orderly fashion, stacked as it were. I’m going to post another photo at the end of the blog that will give you a better view of how these were organized. I would love to know what this is. Thanks for being interested enough to guess!

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