After an unusually calm night, we pulled up the anchor and motored south to Puerto Escondido. The wind began to fill in just as we turned the bow toward the narrow entrance to the large harbor, where we picked up a mooring. Escondido is just about the only place between Santa Rosalia and La Paz to get fuel and provisions, so we decided to spend a couple days there restocking the boat and checking out Loreto. The next day we hired a taxi to take us the 15 miles or so north to town, where we spent some time walking the quiet streets and loading up on groceries at the local supermarket.
At Los Gatos, our next stop, we explored the spectacular red rock formations above the beach and feasted on fish tacos with Marionetto and Murray Grey.
Fortunately, it didn't get out of hand and, although we lost some sleep, we managed to wait for sunrise before pulling up the anchor and sailing south again.
A few hours later we sailed in to Caleta Partida, a spectacular and well-protected cove at the south end of Isla Partida. We spent a couple days relaxing on the hook and playing in the water in what may have been our favorite anchorage.