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The morning started off as a combination trip to the market (super is not a part of this store "El Pescador") and taking Bill and Ranae to town to catch a taxi to the airport. We actually made it a bit more of a social event as there was a three hour boat ride each way and an opportunity to catch up with folks as well as wrap some things up. We were the breakfast club of Gato Go, Black Dragon, and Oblivion. Steve thought we invited him so that he could show everyone the 8 notes of the guitar that he has learned lately...8 more than Bruce, by the way. I guess Bruce actually has a "sitar" rather than a guitar as it is sitting on the boat waiting to be played one day
You know it is going to be a wonderful day when you are motoring through a narrow channel to pick up your friends and you get to share it with a 10 foot juvenile whale shark. I got so excited, I stopped the boat, turned it around and tried to catch up with it, but no joy, he was off into the bay in search of plankton. These are amazing fish that grow up to 40 feet and more. They are docile and don't mind humans swimming with them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_shark
After we picked up our friends with bags for groceries in hand we set out for town… Think of it as a long commute, and there is no bus. We made coffee, fished, cooked pancakes and the 3 hours went by quickly.
In Loreto there is a fabulous little fish taco stand that we had gone to previously, and we wanted to get Bill one more fix of what are said to be the best fish tacos in Baja, before they enter the land of gringo hot… We all sat around a big picnic table where freshly cooked battered fish is placed in flour tortillas, and you have a choice of 10 or more things to dress it with, ranging from salsa to chilis to cucumbers. Two were all you could eat! Following lunch, they were off in the taxi, and we were off to look for fruit, veggies, and other foods as we would not see another store for the next 10 days. This took us to four locations, all on foot, and, well, not so much. Oh well, we will never go hungry!
On the way back to the boat we ran into another family of yachtees, and offered them a ride back as the cab fare was $40 US for a 15 mile ride…OUCH!
Coming home, Foster and Bruce decided that there needed to be some competitive fishing, and a search for dorado – the best fish out here! The first hit was a bonita – a perfect size for Savanna, and before you knew it, there was a fish baking in the oven and a very happy dog. Jeff, off Oblivion, noticed a fair disturbance off to port, about two miles out. The consensus was that there were dolphins there and we turned to boat to meet them. I had know idea the there were thousands of them all migrating across our path. It was magical. They seemed to stay with us for 20 minutes or so, then moved on.
Several more fish were hooked, but set free, and no Dorado…BooHoo…sniff.
We finally got back to Puerto Escondido about 6:15 – time for cocktails, and the Blackdragons offered us a burger – the evening wrapped up about 11.
So, people ask how do we fill our days? When a trip to the grocery store included a six hour commute, a nature exhibition, a fishing derby, a pancake breakfast, and cultural exploration, who has time for much else?