Ajaccio to Pianottoli-Caldarello
Our first anchorage (Anse de Cacalu) was in a large protected cove overlooked by a well preserved watchtower. There was no obvious trail to the watchtower, but George had seen several people hiking up along a saddle so we decided to try it ourselves (in truth, I went along with George’s plan just because).
|A crab and a beautiful critter we have seen on rocks close to the surface – Anse de Cacalu|
|Anse de Cacalu, Corsica|
We used the stand-up-paddle boards (SUPs) to get ashore near a spot where George saw people making the trek up. We did not see a path or a way up other than a steep craggy rock scramble which led us, after much exertion, to a position where we could see the path – the only problem was we needed to bushwhack our way down the other side of the hill (mountain) to get to it.
All’s well that ends well. Once on the path it was a strenuous climb to the top but required no more bouldering or bushwhacking.
|Ancient watchtower overlooking Anse de Cacalu|
|Atop the watchtower|
The amusing part of this adventure is that when George went to retrieve the paddle boards, he found them about 100 feet away from the path we should have taken. The jury may be out as to whether George pushes me to keep me from getting too old, too soon, or if his plan is to do me in before I get too old. In either event, we both lived to see another day.
We spent two days in this beautiful anchorage enjoying some nice snorkeling in the wonderful warm water (80 plus degrees) and some decadent lounging. The evening before we headed out was the evening the earth eclipsed the full moon. When this occurs it is referred to as a Blood Moon because the moon turns a deep reddish brown when some of the Earth’s atmosphere and light from the sun is bent around the Earth and illuminates the moon. The reddish brown color is due to the way Earth’s atmosphere scatters different wavelengths of light. While we were unable to get a good photograph, I borrowed the one below and can testify that it looked just like this photo. We were in the right place, at the right time as this eclipse was not visible from North America.
|Anse de Ferry, Corsica|
We sailed the following day to our next anchorage – Anse de Ferry and spent the night.
The following morning we continued on to Pianottoli-Caldarello.