Snorkeling in Bahia Tenacatita
The next day, Thursday, we decided to go snorkeling, so we took the dinghy
about 1/2 mile to this outcropping of rocks, and for the first time, anchored
the dinghy to a rock, and went snorkeling around it. It was kind of unnerving that the
rubber boat was bouncing off of these rocks covered with mussels, but nonetheless,
we spent a good hour in the water checking things out. Due to the surge, which
stirred up the sand, and a bit of cloud cover, the visibility was somewhat limited,
but we did get to see a variety of fish.
After we climbed back in the dinghy, we took it around the anchorage and chatted
with a few of the other boats. Of particular interest, we were trying to find
out more about crossing the river bar, and how people had managed to do so.
There are quite a few rocks and obstacles blocking the way into the river,
particularly at low tide, and we did not want to have to portage the dinghy
200 yards from the beach to the river. Unfortunately, the tides were working
against our plans to see the river, as it was low tide at about 11:00 am,
meaning high tide was absurdly early in the morning (4:30 am) or too late
(7:30 pm) to make the trip.
We also spent part of Thursday doing an analysis of our generator and the
draws put upon it by the various battery chargers, air conditioners, and so on.
We had found in Chamela that if we ran the larger battery charger and the
air-conditioners at the same time, the generator would overheat. In Ten bay,
after our analysis, we determined we could run the small battery charger and
the air-co's OR the large battery charger by itself. I know it's a minor detail
but it felt good to develop a firmer understanding of these critical systems
that we rely on more and more to create electricity for us and to help keep
us cool on hot days.