Archive for February 1st, 2010

The Middle Sea

Monday, February 1st, 2010

The middle part of the Sea of Cortez is a place of high mountains, colorful geology and dramatic weather.

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We saw banded purple mountains on an early morning run along the coast north of Los Gatos.

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And pointy hills among them

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This coast is full of pocket coves and one rare uncharted palm grove which we named “Palm City” in honor of the palms.

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Further south we fell in with a pod of 30 pilot whales.

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These whales hold a flow of laminar water across their face like a veil as the come up to breathe. Its hard to tell where the water stops and the whale starts.

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We anchored behind an uncharted spit on Isla San Jose and named it Cowry Spit in honor of the cowry shells we found there in abundance and their spit, a rare homeopathic ingredient and the origin of the ancient saying, “Rare as cowry spit”. It was also a place were the beach vultures roamed, too full of fish carrion to fly.

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We looked out from the Middle Sea Drizzle Belt to the sunny north beyond a broken lighthouse.

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The white speck across the channel is the sailboat Tao sailing out of the cleft-ridden Nopolo canyon in a blustery north wind.  We soon followed.

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There were hills of every color in the midday sun …

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on both sides of the channel.

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We crossed into the Southern Sea and made landfall among the chocolate bands of Isla Partida…

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25°01.78’N 110°42.39’W 18-Jan-10 14:00 MST