Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Some Things I've Learned Since We Left Home

Things I’ve Learned About Living On A Boat:
1.   Nothing is easy or quick on a boat.
2.   Boats get dusty – even when surrounded by water.
3.   You can live comfortably on a boat – at least in a warm climate.
4.   You can’t live by a schedule on a boat.
5.   You can live without a dishwasher, washing machine, television and telephone.
6.   Jim is a better dishwasher than I am.
7.   Your clothes should all be “quick dry”.
8.   I now know what “confused seas” are.
9.   I’ve learned to love the autopilot.
10.You will always have at least one bruise somewhere on your body if you live on a boat.

Things I’ve Learned About Living In Mexico:
1. Always look down – you never know when a manhole cover is missing, if there is a step in the sidewalk, or a drop off right around the corner.
2. Pedestrians don’t have the right of way.
3. The Mexican people are very friendly and want to help. They love it when you ask for help – especially if you try to communicate in Spanish.
4. Don’t depend on events starting on time or stores opening on time.
5. You can’t be in a hurry. No one else is.
6. You can’t buy paper plates or raspberry jam.
7. It would be helpful if you like tuba music if you want to live in Mexico.
8. The Mexican bottling companies are keeping the plastic chair manufacturers in business. There are millions of plastic chairs everywhere in Mexico emblazoned with Coca Cola, Pacifico, or Corona logos.
9. There are scores of downy fabric softener scents in Mexico. If you get your laundry done you will smell like one of them.
10.Clipboards are a sign of importance in Mexico

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Puerto Escondido

We arrived in Puerto Escondido on June 6th. The next day we started working on everything we still needed to do to put Loomba-Loomba  to bed.

One day we took a cab into Loreto to get some supplies and we hitch-hiked back to Puerto Escondido.
Looking toward the Loreto Plaza from the malecon

A nice young man from L.A. picked us up. Turns out he worked and lived down here and his Dad has been involved in a development at Nopolo just north of Puerto Escondido. He gave us a tour of Napolo before taking us to P.E.

The night before we hauled out we spent the night at the dock. 

Sunrise in Puerto Escondido

Raphael and Jim in a "strategy meeting"

Setting us up on the stands
View from the cockpit in the boatyard
With temperatures in the 90’s, high humidity and a cement boat yard it’s VERY hot – hard to move too quickly! We ARE making progress and will be flying out of Loreto on the 16th.  We're really looking forward to seeing everyone at home!

Our journey so far has been even better than we had hoped. We love the lifestyle, people, weather, scenery, wildlife, culture and the adventure.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Videos are now posted!

The new videos start in the La Paz to Agua Verde Post and go through the Santa Rosalia to Puerto Escondido Post.

Santa Rosalia to Puerto Escondido

Although we enjoyed our time and the colorful people at the dock at Marina Santa Rosalia, after nine nights there, we were more than ready to leave. Finally the southerlies turned around to a STRONG northerly that calmed down a bit the next day and we headed south on Tuesday, May 31.
We had a nice 48 mile sail south to Bahia Santo Domingo right inside the east side of Bahia Concepcion. 

Bahia Santo Domingo was a very nice overnight stop. We went for an evening dip and a little beachcombing.
 We got up early the next morning and headed back to San Juanico – our favorite anchorage to date - and arrived in the early afternoon. The snorkeling was even better this time than a month ago and the water was warmer

 We did some beachcombing and dinghy exploration and this is our 
contribution to the Cruiser’s shrine:

We left San Juanico on Friday, June 3rd, heading south to Isla Coronados. Although the water was warmer than the last time we were there (78.5), and there was only a light breeze, the bees were even thirstier and were a worse problem than before. We swam and snorkeled and enjoyed the warm water, but could not use any fresh water without being swarmed by thirsty bees. We left the next morning.
We planned to stop in Honeymoon  Cove on Isla Dansante if no one was there and then head the last 4 miles into Puerto Escondido.
We lucked out and it was empty!
As we were anchoring, the depth sounder quit reading the depth and turned completely red. I looked down and what I thought was the bottom looked about two feet down.! I took it out of reverse and Jim (who was up on the bow letting out the chain) didn’t know what I was doing – this was not part of our normal anchoring routine. Turns out it was a HUGE sardine ball.
This is what the depth sounder looked like.

The dark area is the sardine ball

Anchored in Honeymoon Cove

View looking north up the Sea of Cortez

Jim caught a small barracuda (he threw it back)

We are now back in Puerto Escondido getting Loomba-Loomba ready to haul out. Lots to do to get her ready to withstand a possible hurricane, temperatures over 100, and buckets and buckets of rain.