I Crossed the Red Sea… Kind Of.

Actually it wasn’t red. It was blue. And since I’m confessing to lying (kind of)… Crossing the Red Sea?  I don’t even know what that means! It was the Sea of Cortez.

Somebody needs to fire the photographer. Blurry maybe?

Our trip took us from Mazatlan, Mexico to Baja California South, Mexico (contrary to popular belief in my family – Baja is NOT in California, no I don’t know why it’s called that, yes it’s confusing, yes it’s in Mexico, ok – I’ll tell them you said that). Unlike motoring, sailing often decides where you go specifically depending on how the wind blows. With winds coming from the South-West – the direction where we wanted to go – it looked like we may end up in La Paz or even further North from there. Although a detour in La Paz would be cool (my bike is locked up there, plus I’ve got mail waiting for me) it would be a 4-5 day detour. More or less.

At our time of departure, our GPS told us it was approximately 200 miles to our destination with an ETA of 26 hours. The GPS doesn’t adapt for speed modification and wind shifts. Stupid machine. Plus it doesn’t even know how to spell Mazatlan (Mazatlkan?) It was depressing when after ooh-ing and aah-ing before our first sunrise with close to 24 hours into the crossing to have the GPS tell us we had 36 hours to go!

Leo, Captain of the boat and of my heart (I’m so tacky I should work for Hallmark) appointed me in charge for the first day. It was my duty to maintain our speed and direction and react when the sails started to flutter in the wind. I immediately accepted the challenge and kindly reminded him that I was also the ship’s Director of Communication which also included being ships’s writer, photographer, blogger and head of all social media activities. I was after all already quit busy. First he snickered. Then he dozed off.

Yours truly with the Captain behind. Snoozing.

I took my new role very seriously. I positioned myself to maintain a good view of the ocean before me. Made sure I was comfortable enough to not get numb nor fall asleep. In case he asked, I took a picture of myself proudly taking on all extra responsibilities. This is serious proof that he can rely on me and depend on me when he needs to rest.

For many reasons, I feared this crossing. I was shaking all morning prior to leaving. But look at me now. Brave. Confident. In charge. Smiling away all my fears. Plus I was reading a really good book from an author I did not know (until I found the book – obviously), discovering new authors to love gives me the giddiest of sensations!

I saw the first sea turtle. As it bobbed along our boat I debated if this was newsworthy of waking the Captain from his deep lip fluttering sleep. My head went from the turtle to Leo back to the turtle as I pictured the discussion as to why I chose to wake him up. And then I kept my mouth shut.

A clip taken from my video. I’m on limited internet – downloading video? Sorry.

Until I saw the DOLPHIIIIINS! Hundreds of them. They surrounded us. They jumped around us. They taunted us with their spots and their bottled noses. Apparently they love to swim with the bow of the boat. I sat in the pulpit and filmed them. I was so tempted to jump in… They swam along us for nearly an hour. As we both stood there clinging to the head sail, the waves were hitting us head on. The boat pointed upwards as it climbed over the 6′ wave then dove into the water. And the entire time, the dolphins stayed with us. It was so exhilarating.

And then we looked at our GPS confirming us we still had over 24 hours to go.

All in all it took us 38 hours to cross the sea. We witnessed 2 sunsets and 1 sunrise. We crossed hundreds of DOLPHINS, 4 sea turtles (one of them may have been ran over by our boat – no pictures due to laziness), and 1 shark (no pictures due to quickness of the entire event). Our crossing ended in San Jose del Cabo – a suburb of Cabo San Lucas yet  4 hours sailing time away from Cabo.

I woke up after a deep 4-hour sleep. Wanted to check on our anchor and go back to bed. But when I saw this – I couldn’t sleep anymore. I am looking forward to more of these perfect crossings.

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14 thoughts on “I Crossed the Red Sea… Kind Of.”

  1. Aren’t dolphins swimming along side your boat the most amazing thing ever? I was lucky enough to experience that as well. It was HEAVEN. Great post! Thank you for taking us along with you. xo

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  2. THIS is what makes me giddy. I think of you when I worry, ya know. Whenever there is some ridiculous thing, some superficial man-made worry that impresses upon my first-world conveniences and standard of living. Those things that we must remedy in order to stay afloat in our status quo society. I think of you a lot, and remember that life is so much bigger. That none of the things that make me truly happy are found in the bills we pay or the objects we covet. It’s a place I’d begun to explore already, but then you gave it a face and a name. And made it real. And even though my knee jerk reaction is still to cringe when I find myself in a silly middle-class quandary, I think of you and remember that there is so much more than the 1% and the 99%. There is a whole other world out there full of magic that refuses to be pushed and squished into any percent. And that is the world I’m traveling to.

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    1. Ok. So what percent am I in? If I no longer drink 2% milk, but Carnation canned milk which is way more percent than 2, but not sure how much… What am I?

      I think you’re cool.

      I used to care about all that stuff. I was the protester holding banners and screaming til my throat hurt. Now? I want to be happy. Nothing more. Nothing less. I think you’re on the right path…

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      1. Yes I’m a sailor…have been a sailor. Not much these days but have spent many long breaks onboard, coastal sailing for weeks at a time on the east coast of New Zealand, in Tonga, Australia. Have not taken on any crossings…as yet! Enjoy!

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  3. See i knew you could do it and do it with such awesome class. Love the photos and I am so envious of all your wonderful adventures

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  4. Ha ha! The Red Sea is an actual sea in the Middle East!! It’s between the Arabian peninsula and Egypt.

    Your Sea of Cortez crossing sounds amazing. That’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing. Maybe one day… enjoy!

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  5. How wonderful! We had dolphins swimming along our boat last April off the coast of Florida in the Gulf. I have heard it is good luck and I believe it! I think it is truly amazing what you are doing. Sail On!

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