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Hasta Luego San Carlos!

We are set to leave the dock at Marina San Carlos tomorrow morning, drop the hook in the bay for a few hours, and then head across to Baja (San Juanico, Isla Coronados, or Puerto Escondido depending on wind direction and sea state).  Hopefully our plan works this time!
While we were here Omar put in a pump and bypass to make it easier  to bleed the engine and he rebuilt the raw water pump and the spare.  The weather did not cooperate for a speedy departure.  It has been cold and windy with 20-30 knot winds blowing through the bay  most afternoons. With only a day or two between wind events  the seas never have a chance to lay down. We are looking at a good, but short, window to get across the  Sea of Cortez tomorrow so we are going for it. 
Here are a few photos of our January stay in San Carlos: Jim spent almost three hours one morning at the top of the mast. He installed a new wind instrument. He first had to remove the old bracket, splice the new cable to the old cable so I could …
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Splash!

A bump in the road, a curve ball, a blip........

Whatever you want to call it, as of today things are not going as planned. We were going to leave the dock today. We were ready: everything re-installed on the boat, bottom painted, outboard rebuilt, outside washed and waxed, inside cleaned, provisioning done, water, fuel and propane full, van winterized and plugged in at storage place.
Got up early this morning, took showers, and did last minute check. When Jim checked the bilge there was diesel visible. Upon further investigation he found a leak in the fuel tank that must have just started.
JosĂ©, who works on boats at the docks and work yard here also  happens to have a fuel polishing business and years worth of contacts. He said he could pump out the tank tomorrow in the work yard and he called his pal who is a stainless genius (he built our new holding tank about five years ago) and he said he could build us a new tank in a couple of weeks. 
So we checked with the Marina San Carlos office and they could haul us out tomorrow at 8a…

2018 Journey to Mexico (Leg Three)

The Needles to Apache Junction



From The Needles we took the Hart’s Draw cut off over the Abajo Mountains and through the Manti La Sal National Forest. At 8827’ the fall colors were beautiful.

We headed to the Sand Island BLM campground on the San Juan River and had a nice afternoon and evening there. Another huge petroglyph wall is located within the campground boundary.



The next morning we drove down Hwy 95 to Bears Ears National Monument and thenNatural Bridges National Monument on Hwy 275.

From there we went south onHwy 261 and down the Moki Dugway (10% grade, gravel, hairpin turns for three miles). Magnificent views.




The Valley of the Gods entrance was right at the end of the Moki Dugway and we gave it a shot, but it was just too bumpy and narrow and rain was threatening (apparently the roads turn to glue when it rains) so we headed for Gooseneck State Park on Hwy 316. Not much in the way of facilities, but the view of the Gooseneck was great!