4/10/2012 – La Pause

I have no real concept yet of where this blog is going today. I only know that it’s been too long since I’ve written. So, here goes….

As I said in my last blog, we had a very pleasant motorboat ride to La Paz from Ensenada de Los Muertos. After our rough crossing, Los Muertos was just what the doctor ordered.

Once we got to La Paz, where we had a few things to do before heading north into The Sea, we found ourselves stymied by Semana Santa. This is Holy Week and is the whole week leading up to Easter. Restaurants, hotels, and large grocery stores are open since this is the equivalent of Spring Break in Mexico. But many smaller shops and all the government offices and banks are closed for the week. We might have gotten a couple things done on the Thursday that we arrived but we never do anything on the day we arrive somewhere and since the next day was Good Friday, even the few shops that had been open (like the laundries) were closed. So, it was pretty much a throw-away long weekend for us. We did make it to one of the large supermarkets for a few things and our beer guy, Manuel, was open.

So, instead of getting anything constructive done, we spent the weekend with old friends Keith and Kay from s/v Chamisa,

and new friends Michael and Melissa from the blog, A Little Cunning Plan .

Michael and Melissa are planning to retire as soon as possible and sail a boat to the warm places. They are readers of this blog and it was pure coincidence that we happened to be in the same place at the same time. They are down here ostensibly looking at boats for sale but they are actually just escaping the wet grey gloom that is Tacoma in the winter (and spring for that matter). Turns out that Melissa is also good friends with one of Kay’s good friends so there was also that connection. They toured both our boats which represent the two extremes of the Westsail spectrum.

Our plan is to head out tomorrow. Going to have to pay attention to the weather reports because we have no intention of getting beat up again. The weather guy on the morning net just said that it’s supposed to be windy today but dying down tomorrow before picking up again on Thursday, so looks like a Wednesday departure is likely.

Yesterday we got our laundry done and all our fuel tanks filled. Also got our anchoring fees paid up at the API office. Today we have to get some groceries and motor oil and then we should be ready to go. The first day out may be a short hop to one of the nearby anchorages if we get a late start and the wind pipes up, or we might go all the way to Isla San Francisco (44 nautical miles) if we get an early start and have great conditions. Once we do get out of La Paz, we’ll be posting via SSB radio until we reach Puerto Escondido.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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12 Responses to 4/10/2012 – La Pause

  1. MWhite:LittleCunningPlan says:

    Hope you guys make the break tomorrow. It was lovely visiting with you two, and with Keith and Kay. Hope we’re anchored somewhere together in the future. Today we head to the beaches out by the lighthouse. We have a lot of beer that is leftover from our time here. since we cannot take it with us, would you like to have it for the trip north? Some of it’s bottles, some cans. We’ll be headed through town late this morning and could bring it to the town dock. Email me if you want us to bring it by on our way through town.

  2. Ooh! So jealous that you got to meet Michael and Melissa! I hope they had a grand time and got some ideas of what they would like in a boat. Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates for you.

  3. Tate says:

    Cool! Also jealous.

    And don’t worry I’m still dancing for Lulu. I’ve named my style “The Dance of Lulu”. Hopefully my efforts will calm the seas and bring favorable winds.

  4. Joan/Raymond Yoder says:

    I have been meaning to mention and then forget until now. Rebecca’s mother in law gets sick easily, even in the car so when they planned their trip to Alaska she got the bracelet. She says it works great and even in the car. A little spendy but if it works well, what the heck the cost. Love, Mom

  5. Ken says:

    The bracelet is a elastic band with plastic buttons that press (called acupressure) on a certain spot that is supposed to help stop motion sickness. They did not help Debra. Bonine (Meclazine 25mg.) seemed to help her best without the excess drowsiness. One the night before departure and another one hour before departure.
    “So, it was pretty much a throw-away long weekend for us.” So let me get this straight. Your on your own boat, with a babe, drinking beer in a exotic location and its a “throwaway weekend”. Thats like saying I was kinda busy this weekend cause I won the super lotto last week. Enjoying the hell out of your blog. Ken (wishing I was there and you were even someplace better)

    • sryoder says:

      She’s tried the accupressure wrist bands with mixed results. I think my Mom is talking about something else, maybe something with some sort of electrical pulse. I seem to remember reading about those somewhere,

      Point taken about the “throw away long weekend” remark. It’s too easy t forget just how good we’ve got it. And I also wish you were here whether we were someplace better or not. Here is just dandy.


  6. Dani says:

    “It’s a small world after all”

    -more people should sing their comments. Just Saying.

  7. Beverly says:

    No, her bracelet was something a little fancier and pricier than a Sea-band. I’ll try to find out exactly what it is. It sends electrical impulses or something. Seems to me she said it cost around $300.

    • sryoder says:

      That makes more sense. When Mom said it was spendy, I pretty much ruled out the Sea Bands. We do have those and use them. Lulu says they allow her to read in the car but I’m not sure they help with seasickness. -Steve

  8. mboyte: Little Cunning Plan says:

    Thanks, Floating Yoders, for the great photo of Melissa and me during our visit. I have made a copy an placed it on our blog. We had lunch at the Marina just before we left on Wednesday and saw you coming into the dinghy dock. We gave a shout but you couldn’t hear us. Hope you have a comfortable passage.

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