Sunday, October 31, 2010

Downwind Goodness

Today was down-winder day! El viento not only came up much earlier than it has this past week, but it was substantially stronger.  Our fabulous host Kurt ( offered to drive the kitesurfers among us to the hotsprings north of El Sargento, where they would be able to launch for a 10km downwind ride. Can you say EXCITED??

I helped Todd, Mike, Jen and Remi get their kites in the air, and then Kurt and I (and Perla!) toured around the El Sargento area, checking out some of the real estate developments which are underway. We made it back to our beach at about the same time as the kiters, and an afternoon of stellar wind was enjoyed by all.

Tonight we feasted like kings on some of the Dorado which was caught yesterday, and tomorrow is looking to be pretty much a repeat of today. **SIGH** It doesn't get much better than this!!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

It was a busy day!!

This morning, we got up at 6:30am to join our great new La Ventana friends for another day of fishing - and what a day it was!! Our live bait collecting (or I should say, Guadalupe's live bait collecting) was a much more fruitful event today; we ended up with more sardines and toros than we really needed... so no plastic lures were required this time!


We fished in a different spot than we did on Thursday, and it yielded us two Needlefish, two gorgeous Dorados, and an amazing striped Marlin! Yeah! What a haul! Literally - Kurt hooked the marlin, I reeled until I thought my arms were going to fall off, and then Todd finished by getting the massive fish to the boat.

Once the storage bin in the boat was full, we headed back to the beach just in time for Todd, Mike and Jen to catch a little wind. While the three of them ripped it up on the water, I combed the beach for seaglass and unique shells, and of course I came across some other interesting creatures while searching.


Well, no fishing tomorrow. But otherwise, it will be much of the same here in La Ventana - sun, sand, heat, rum... and that's in any order, repeat as required!


Friday, October 29, 2010

We have wind!

Yesterday was fabulous!! It started out with a most fun fishing trip along the coast north of La Ventana. At 7am, a local hombre named Guadalupe picked us up out front of our place.


We cruised for about an hour, looking (unsuccessfully) for live bait but still enjoying the beautiful views... and then we moved to the backup plan - giant squid-like plastic lures. Within a half an hour, one of the rods was hit hard - by a massive Marlin! Unfortunately, it got away. (How's THAT for a fish story!! but it's true!)

Anyway, over the course of the morning, we caught two fiesty skipjack tunas and saw hundreds and hundreds of frolicking dolphins. The dolphins were the best part of the day, for me anyway.

By the time we were finished fishing, the winds were picking up nicely, and Todd, Mike and Jen all got out for some riding.


As well, Todd got a new toy from a shop here in La Ventana - a Slingshot 6'0" Coupe surfboard - so he was stoked to try it out!


Today, the forecast is looking to be much the same, wind-wise, so after some yummy huevos rancheros I think we'll be hitting the beach!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

No wind...

Yesterday was relatively non-windy. Todd attempted a ride, but ended up waaaaay downwind and had to walk back up the beach... boooo... So we got out the paddle boards and kayaks, and played around on them instead.


The big score of the day was when one of the local fellows we met found us a freshly-caught tuna!


Needless to say, our supper was yummy - fresh fish, accompanied by coconut rice (the coconut came from a tree in the yard here) and awesome company.

There may have been no kitesurfing, but it was a great day none the less!!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We're here!!

Well we arrived yesterday in Los Cabos - the day was a scorcher - and we were picked up at the airport by Gualqui and her son Olivier.

A two and a half hour drive got us to Kurt'n'Marinas in La Ventana, and not long after that we were enjoying tequila and a gorgeous view of the Sea of Cortez!


And this morning, the sunrise was absolutely stunning! This is the view from our room:

So far, I haven't seen a cloud... and there also isn't looking to be much wind... but no matter what, we'll find something to occupy our time.  This place is hot and beautiful and it is definitely better than being at home right now!