Bahia San Gabriel cove harbors a mangrove forest on both ends of the beach and, on the southern tip, a large inland lagoon with a frigate nesting colony. The frigates seemed to prefer the rocky spit that enclosed the lagoon from the bay, providing them with water on all sides and easy access to fishing in the bay. Because the waterline meets the edge of the mangroves, I was able to photograph the birds right from the dingy, up close and personal, without disturbing them.
The trail to Playa Bonanza was nearby so after beaching the dingy we started out on the 2½ mile stretch of desert to the opposite side of the island. As we hauled the dingy through the knee-deep water on the shallow beach shelf, a great photo opportunity presented itself so I reached into my camera bag. Keeping my eyes ahead and locked on my subject, out came my camera and then a sickening 'plop' as one of my lenses hit the salt water. I quickly sprinkled a bit of drinking water on it, repacked it and vowed never to grab camera equipment carelessly out of that bag again. Later, the lens will be buried in uncooked rice for awhile - I can only hope for the best at this point.
The trail going back was tricky. Many dead end trails had us turning around or zigzagging in the general direction back to our beach. It was late afternoon when we got back to the Compass Rose and that glass of fresh water never tasted so good.