November 20, the day after my birthday, dawned and we were underway for Punta Pulpito. As we left Bahía Concepcíon, we cruised with a pod of dolphins and passed a whale shark.
After a one night stop at Punta Pulpito we continued down to San Juanico.
After a good downwind sail we anchored in San Juanico.
We took a walk down the dirt road leading out of town with Cliff and MaryAnne from S/V Carola to a nearby ranch. The last time Carola was in San Juanico they had friends take them to visit the ranch so they took us.
We arrived just as the family that lives on the ranch was finishing breakfast. We introduced ourselves and they offered us some homemade tortillas and two kinds of goat cheese. Then we were given a tour of the gardens.
The rancher gave us some fresh goat cheese, radishes, cilantro and chile peppers. I cleaned up the radishes and Natalie used a spicy chile peppers and cilantro in soup.
The weather was still good for sailing south so we got underway on the 23rd bound for Puerto Ballandra, a well protected anchorage on Isla Carmen. We spent one night in the calm harbor and explored the rocky beach the next day.
There was no wind and the sun was shining hot, so we all went for a swim to cool off. Natalie and I scrubbed the bottom of the boat and did some laps around her as well. After lunch we decided to head 16 miles south to Puerto Escondido.