Best Grad Party Ever !

Playa Coyote was our third stop inside Bahia Concepcion. It is a bomb-proof little harbor, tucked well inside the equally named Bahia Coyote, which sits inside of Bahia Concepcion. In other words, a bay inside a bay, inside a bay.

<This the third in a series of posts covering the 10 days-or-so we spent cruising the beautiful Bahia Concepcion in Baja California. Click here to access the first post in the series, and here to access the previous post>

Being so secluded, the harbor receives little wind, and the water is very still. Add the blazing hot sun of the Baja summer, and the place becomes a steaming pot. In fact, we had there the warmest days of our journey so far.

As uncomfortable as the overall heat was, we had a great time for the three boats were together again – s/v Pesto, s/v Coastal Drifter and s/v Sarita.

On the approach to Playa Coyote, the first evidence that the nautical charts aren’t accurate on this area. On this screenshot from our chartplotter, Pesto is sailing over Isla Blanca
On the approach to Playa Coyote, the first evidence that the nautical charts aren’t accurate on this area. On this screenshot from our chartplotter, Pesto is sailing over Isla Blanca
… while, thankfully, it was in fact a safe 500 yards away
… while, thankfully, it was in fact a safe 500 yards away
Bahia Coyote was the first place we saw the blue-footed boobies – we can recognize them for the format of their bodies and heads, even though I am yet to see the intense blue feet which they are famous for
Bahia Coyote was the first place we saw the blue-footed boobies – we can recognize them for the format of their bodies and heads, even though I am yet to see the intense blue feet which they are famous for
s/v Sarita, with Punta Cola de Ballena on the background
s/v Sarita, with Punta Cola de Ballena on the background
s/v Coastal Drifer and the mountainous backdrop that surrounds the west rim of Bahia Concepcion
s/v Coastal Drifer and the mountainous backdrop that surrounds the west rim of Bahia Concepcion
Another beautiful Baja Sunset
Another beautiful Baja Sunset

 

But what made our stop at Playa Coyote particularly special was an idea proposed by Debra (s/v Coastal Drifter), which turned into a major event. Given the three boats carry schooling kids, and all of them were on the verge of finishing their terms, we – the adults – proceeded in organizing a proper Graduation Party. We grabbed one of the public palapas on the beach, prepared and decorated it for the party, and got together one afternoon for the celebration.

The final run to wrap up the academic year – I take my hat off to Paulo and Raquel for withstanding all that heat and plowing through their work!
The final run to wrap up the academic year – I take my hat off to Paulo and Raquel for withstanding all that heat and plowing through their work!
The palapa-turned-graduation hall
The palapa-turned-graduation hall
The ladies dressed up for the party
The ladies dressed up for the party

 

Debra came with a printed program, where she would mention each kids’ achievements for the academic year. Then the kid would make a speech, and the parents another one. And finally, each kid received a customized printed graduation certificate, in addition to some other goodies.

Debra reading Paulo’s academic achievements for the year
Debra reading Paulo’s academic achievements for the year

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Raquel receiving her certificate
Raquel receiving her certificate
Commemorative group photo
Commemorative group photo
Richard – s/v Sarita – brought a lantern, a great way to wrap up such a special day (the wind was blowing from land. Moreover, it was a short-life one. In fact it fell on the water after less than a minute airborne)
Richard – s/v Sarita – brought a lantern, a great way to wrap up such a special day (the wind was blowing from land. Moreover, it was a short-life one. In fact it fell on the water after less than a minute airborne)

 

It was wonderful. First, because none of the kids was expecting this, and they all clearly felt fulfilled by the recognition. Second, at least for Paulo and Raquel it was their very first opportunity to speak in public. I could see them growing as they faced the challenge and the words came out of their trembling mouths. We then of course celebrated together and had dinner and drinks until the mosquitoes chased us away and back to our boats.

That night we were all thankful to Debra for devising and organizing such a rich and intense experience for the kids !

Another interesting experience that was staged from Playa Coyote was our visit to the only town around Bahia Concepcion – Mulege’. And that will be the theme of the next post.

 

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