Sunday, March 31, 2013

South to La Paz


We had a great trip from Candeleros to La Paz.  It's so nice to be back on the water enjoying the sunrises and sunsets, going for beach walks, finding new (to us) anchorages, getting some good sailing in, meeting new people, fishing (unsuccessfully so far), watching the wildlife (whales, dolphins, turtles, and sea birds), and just relaxing and enjoying being on the boat.  The water clarity has improved and the temperature is going up. By the time we leave La Paz it should be perfect!

We have seen many huge pods of dolphins this year.
Biggest pods we've ever seen:


video

When we left Agua Verde the conditions were
perfect to try out our new spinnaker:

video

Timbabiche
Good hiking and good walking beach.

Mangle Solo.
Loomba-Loomba is in the distance.

Amortajada Lagoon - a very large lagoon on the southern tip of Isla San Jose.
We did the canal through the mangroves in the dinghy.
Anchored off the north side of Isla San Francisco.
We actually swam here - first time for Chrissy.
Water temp 72.9

Jim gave me a rock for my birthday.
We were in Ensenada del Cardinal on Isla Partida.
We are now in La Paz. We'll be here for at least two weeks.
HAPPY EASTER!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Baja.........finally!

Left Guaymas in the afternoon on 3/16:

93 miles and 20 hours to go...................

and arrived in La Ramada anchorage just around the corner (north) from San Juanico 
in the morning on 3/17.  The next day we went around to San Juanico - probably
 our favorite Baja anchorage - where we celebrated Jim's 65th. It's great to do some beach and dinghy exploring again. It's just great to be hanging on the hook!
Happy Birthday Jim - Sunset in San Juanico.

Weather was perfect, but water temp only 69.  It's warming up a little late this year.
After 2 nights in SJ we headed south to Puerto Escondido and celebrated
 our anniversary at Pedro's restaurant. 
The next day we headed a little bit south to Candeleros (a good south wind anchorage). The wind was supposed to change to a southerly AND there is good wifi on the boat.  That's where we are now. Planning to head to Aqua Verde tomorrow and be in La Paz around the 27th where we will stay for three weeks or so. We need to get the raw water pump rebuilt, some canvas work done, and a sail repaired. La Paz is a good place to get all of this done.
This is the year of boat work!
Considering that the first two years down here we did nothing but routine maintenance and played the rest of the time - we can't complain.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What's wrong with this picture?


Well, we splashed on Saturday, sat in the mud overnight in the ways and left Sunday afternoon with 2 inches under our keel.  Since both of us were sick we decided to spend the night at the “Free Marina” (I’ll explain the Free Marina later) a few bays over from the boat yard. By the time we got there Chrissy was REALLY sick – cough, fever, sore throat and terrible respiratory congestion, and Jim was getting better, but not even close to 100%. We decided to go to Dr. Sanchez Monday morning.  A couple of other people in the boat yard who had the “boat yard crud” before us recommended him.
So Monday morning Jim got a ride to the boat yard, picked up the car and then picked me up and we were off to find Dr. Sanchez with directions: “behind Woolworth in the yellow building”. We found it, parked right in front, no one in the waiting room, met Dr. Sanchez in his office for a little conference and minimal exam and a shot. Fifteen minutes and 600 pesos later we were out the door with a list of prescriptions to fill, an appointment for another shot the next day, and the following instructions for proper use of the antibiotics:
No alcohol, No spicy food, no pork, no seafood, no cold drinks, but drink lots of liquids, don’t be out in the cold wind.
So here we sit on a sailboat in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico feeling lousy, unable to drink the cerveza or tequila or cold Jamaica, unable to eat carnitas or shrimp and trying to avoid the “cold” wind. What’s wrong with this picture?
View of downtown Guaymas leaving the boat yard
 headed for the "Free Marina".
Malecon is to the left, main plaza and cathedral to the right.

We are on one of 5 docks at the marina. There are six boats here.

View from the cockpit.
The “Free Marina” (known as el Mero by the locals) was built for the pangeros (fishermen) by the Federal Government when they were on a roll building marinas to attract the yachties 5 or 6 years ago. They built their Guaymas Marina where the fishermen had kept their pangas. It’s too far away from the city (2 buses to get here) so the pangeros don’t really use it. There is a locked gate with a guard (who is paid by the government), no water or electricity and to use the docks you just need to tip the guard 20 pesos each day.  The marina they built in downtown Guaymas was very nice and got lots of use, but they increased their rates and quit dredging so no cruisers go there anymore. Both the marina and boat yard are literally empty – sad for the pangeros.