Isla San Francisco

Isla San Francisco is an island known for “The Hook,” a gorgeous crescent shaped bay with crystal blue waters and burnt red rocky cliffs. We took one look at the swell heading into that gorgeous crescent shaped bay and noped out to the east side, a smaller, less picturesque anchorage, but one that would afford us protection from the wind and waves.

Juniper on the hook at Isla San Francisco.

Juniper on the hook at Isla San Francisco.

And boy, did it! The waters were so calm that we slept like babies. The last time we slept in waters this still was back in a marina. And because it’s so calm and quiet we got a lot of work done! I polished up the chrome on the windlass and the bowsprit and did a whole bunch of laundry. We made a minor repair to our mainsail, raised our staysail and furled it again, and played with our spinnaker for the first time. With no wind at all coming into the anchorage, raising sails was a piece of cake.

We’re not the only boat here. Michael from S/V Marilon stopped by earlier in the morning before our errands to say hello and later stopped by with freshly grilled fish! We were so grateful because despite having all kinds of fishing gear, we’ve yet had the courage to put out a line as we’re hesitant to kill our little fishy friends.

The beautiful beach at Isla San Francisco.

The beautiful beach at Isla San Francisco.

Nautilus we found on the beach.

Nautilus we found on the beach.

The east side is only a half mile hike away from the Hook. We explored the salt flats that separate east from west and walked the beach. I found a beautiful nautilus and some other nice shells for my collection. It was such a nice day! We are enjoying this lovely place and how calm it is. After all of our rolly anchorages, we are soaking the calmness into our souls.

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