The lagoon was indeed open and is a very beautiful spot. There is only one small beach in the corner of it and I didn’t think we could fit our campsite into this. When Don and I meet everyone else, however, they had not found any other good campsites. We lead them back to the lagoon for lunch. Jean brought detailed tide correction tables and charts, and spent some time with Bob and others calculating what the tides will do. The result of a lot of figuring was that we can expect a tidal difference of almost four meters. The lagoon we are in will be landlocked at low tide the next morning. Despite this everyone decided to stay on the little beach in the lagoon and either drag the boats out or just leave later when the tide comes back up.
Because this is a BASK trip, we planed on having very nice food while camping. Everyone was supposed to plan two dinners and two breakfasts to feed five people. Two people will cook every evening and every morning. I planned a Japanese meal with cabbage salad, Sukiaki, rice, hot sake and lychee nuts for desert. Most of the vegetables were pre-cooked and dried in a de-hydrator, except for the onions and cabbage. Since we had time that afternoon, I was one of the cooks and made this meal. It worked well, but produced enough to feed ten people instead of five! I saved some of it for lunch the next day and still had leftovers to throw out. At Marie’s suggestion I only used three of the five “success rice” packages with the meal and it was still too much rice. This turned out to be a pattern that repeated for the rest of the trip: We always had too much food at mealtimes and probably could have gone on a twenty day trip.
The tide went out and trapped us in the lagoon, then came back in at midnight. Penny convinced Don to get up in the middle of the night at high tide to check and see if the boats or tents were drifting away. (We were OK). Jeff and Marie got up later in the night and heard a whale breathing! They said it was so loud that they thought it had come inside the lagoon! The Sea of Cortez has fin whales which can be very large and I don't think there was room for an adult in our little lagoon. Early in the morning a coyote investigated our camp. Then it stopped nearby to howl and bark and wake everyone up.