Thursday, April 6th – Cruise on the Sea of Cortez, San Carlos, Mexico
What a FABULOUS day!
Starting out bright and early for a private scenic cruise on the Sea of Cortez became a highlight adventure. First of all the sea was smooth as glass, no wind, bright sunshine, and warm temperature – truly one of the Chamber of Commerce Days where it could not have been any nicer.
Our captain mentioned there were a few seats on the “pointy end” of the boat. I knew immediately that we were speaking the same language…
Just that part alone, riding up on the bow was thrilling enough, but NOOOOO, we were just getting started.
Some familiar birds and a couple new ones were spotted and pointed out to us, including cormorants, pelicans, blue heron, oyster eaters, and even both blue and brown footed boobies. One island in particular was deemed a nursery where nests and babies were in abundance.
Even fun rock formations were named and pointed out. If you look carefully at the picture below, you can see a large crack in the stone. The locals are concerned that in a significant earthquake that the Indian will lose its face.
But folks, the fun part was still to come.
I know, I know, I know – many people have seen dolphins in the wild, but let me tell you there is not much that is as fun as watching them only a few inches away from you, skimming through the water at your feet, spinning, leaping, and playing. They were having so much fun zipping along, just in front of us, showing off.
I know I was screaming, laughing, clapping, giggling and more as I snapped away, shot after shot.
At one point there were six of them following the boat, leaping through the wake, entertaining the group as if they were being paid. I would have gladly done so!
After they lead for a while, they dropped back and played in the wake of the boat, jumping and splashing.
Then after a few minutes they returned to the front of the boat to lead us again for a while. Tim shot a short video to give you a glimpse into what the action and our whooping and hollering was all about.
Seeing sea lions afterwards was rather unit-climatic, lol.
Next stop was at the Guaymas Pearl Farm, the first cultured pearl farm in the Americas, and an ongoing research facility of pearl producing oysters. They are the ONLY place where rainbow pearls are produced.
We got a wonderful and in-depth explanation of how the oysters are grown, farmed, protected, pearl seeds inserted and then grown and harvested. It was a much more intricate and labor intensive process than I had realized.
Afterwards we visited the showroom and I found both a necklace and matching earrings that I thought were unique and something I would both wear and enjoy. The rainbow pearls also change shades depending upon the surrounding light and what clothing you are wearing.
Set in silver, we decided they would be a perfect gift to celebrate our 25th anniversary which is the 24th of this month.
Lunch at Charley’s Rock.
Our afternoon was free to relax at the pool, suntan on the beach, shop, or enjoy a margarita overlooking the boats in the harbor or a secluded beach cove.
We opted not to take the optional dinner and show this evening offered by Gate 1, and instead had dinner at Tortuga’s, just a block from the hotel. So glad we did as the food was fresh, flavorful, beautifully presented and the best meal we have had so far on this trip.
San Carlos had never even crossed my field of vision when searching for places to visit. What a find – truly a hidden gem. We loved every moment here and are now seriously contemplating if we want to return to spend a couple of weeks next year. Who knows, there are a lot of places yet to be discovered, but San Carlos is well worth adding to your travel list.
The only downside we experienced was the afternoon winds which were blustery both afternoons, and the hotel is in the middle of remodeling their lobby which was only a minor inconvenience.
Overnight: San Carlos
GRATITUDE MOMENT: On a personal note, I have to say that we are missing our long time travel companions Jan and Gary, who under normal circumstances would have been with us on this trip. What I am grateful for is that today Jan has completed her FINAL cancer radiation treatment. Jan and Gary, we send our love, and invite any and all of our friends and followers to send prayers your way for continued strength and healing.