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.