We returned to the ship, donned our skins and wet suits and went back for snorkeling. Ronnie and I have done a lot of snorkeling, and this was definitely one of our best days. The young sea lions swam all around us and almost played "chicken" - swimming straight for us and then bearing off at the last minute. It was a little scary! I was especially enthralled to see two sea lions underwater playfully fighting over a clam or some other type of shellfish. One large mama kept an eye on us, and Kevin intentionally took us away from the area where the large bulls were sunning. As we were leaving, we could see why the captain was so anxious to get us off the ship early - three other small boats were pulling up at the island as we left.
We returned to the ship and found bloody marys, mimosas, and brunch ready to be devoured. After brunch, we motored to Isla San Francisco and the crew got out the sea kayaks. We paddled around the bay and enjoyed the beach. At around 4:00, we went ashore and hiked to the top of one of the mountains. It was very steep, but the view was worth it. Our group then walked along the ridge back down – much less steep. The beach was gorgeous on this island - crescent-shaped, with white sand. When we got back to the beach, some of the crew had brought snacks and drinks ashore. It was fun, and a good prelude to the delicious barbecue back on the ship. The next day we would visit the fishermen of Isla Coyote.
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