11/19/2012 – Our second anniversary

Although my calendar says it was 2 years ago today, the blog tells a different story.  It looks like 2 years and 2 days ago, we pulled into a Mexican port for the first time.  Here’s a little more detail about the trip.  It’s been 2 years and we’re still happy to be here.  We suspect we have lots of more years in Mexico before we even feel the urge to move on to other countries.

Us in Chamisa’s cockpit.

As we were walking back from the boatyard today, we were talking about having been down here for 2 years.  We agreed that it seems like much longer.  When we lived in the States and were both working, at the end of 2 years we were likely to say, “No way has 2 years passed!  Seems like maybe 6 months.”  But today we were saying, “No way it’s only been 2 years!  Seems like 5 at least.”  So what’s the difference?

Well, we pondered it as we walked along and this is what we came up with.  When we were working and living in one place and seeing pretty much the same people all the time who were also working and living in one place, with everybody, including us, pretty much doing the same thing every day, there wasn’t enough variety to mark the passage of time.  This week was pretty much like last week and will be pretty much like next week until something like Thanksgiving comes along to make a mark.  And then you say, “Geez! Is it Thanksgiving again already?”  Our lives since we left Newport, Oregon in July of 2010, have been going along a little differently.

Although our day-to-day lives in Mexico follow pretty similar patterns, at least when we’re in a particular port for an extended period, overall things are different and I think that has a lot to do with all the people we meet.  We interact with a lot of different people, most of whom live on sailboats.  So we see them for awhile and then we don’t and then we see them somewhere else and they tell us about where they’ve been and we tell them about where we’ve been and then we don’t see them for awhile and then we might or might not catch up with them yet again.

For instance, it was only about 2 years ago that we met Pat and Sean on s/v Dorial in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island.  We next saw them in Ensenada.  Later, after we’d both come down the Baja in our own ways, we saw them in La Paz.  By now Pat was singlehanding and Sean had moved ashore.  Since then, Sean has gone home to Canada and returned to La Paz.  I think Pat and Dorial are somewhere south of here.  All that in less than 2 years?  Or Mike and Nita from s/v Odessa.  We also met them in Avalon a little over 2 years ago.  We met up again in La Paz.  Since then, they went on to explore some of mainland Mexico and then took Odessa back up to Washington where they have since bought a house and gone back to work.  We last saw them when we stayed with them this summer.  How can all that happen in 2 years?  There are numerous stories of fellow cruisers we’ve met and whose adventures we’ve followed to some extent.  Some are still in Mexico, some have returned to the States, some are now in the South Pacific, some came from the South Pacific and are on their way home.   All these changes in a mere 2 years.

Even us.  Although we’re known for hunkering down in various locales for extended periods of time, we’ve still moved around a lot compared to how often we moved around when working.  Down the coasts of Oregon, California and Baja, extended stay in La Paz, explored the islands and anchorages of southern Baja, spent a winter in Mazatlán, traversed the entire length of the Sea of Cortez to see a concert in Puerto Peñasco and now, in San Carlos where we’ve spent 2 months working on Siempre Sabado and met another bunch of cruisers with stories to tell.  In 2 years?  This is nothing compared to the go-fast cruisers who spend no more than a week anywhere.  I can’t even imagine how long a time 2 years seems to them.

There’s a saying, something to the effect that “a day spent cruising adds a day to your life”.  That’s probably not the actual saying but it’s as close as I can come after a bunch of Tecates and certainly conveys the sentiment, if not the actual words of the adage.  I think I’m beginning to understand what that’s all about.  If, the last 2 years seem to us like at least 5 years, then maybe it’s the fact that, when cruising you seem to pack more than a year’s worth of experiences into every year, so it just seems like you’re adding more time to your life.  Whatever it is, I love it.  With Thanksgiving coming, I can say that I am so thankful that Lulu and I have had the opportunity to live this life for the last 2 years and look forward to next year when I can say, “Holy crap!  It’s only been a year since I wrote that? No way!”


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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8 Responses to 11/19/2012 – Our second anniversary

  1. Hey guys, great to “see” you both together, and for the post. This time thing has been affecting me quite alot and I loved the reading. I discovered your blog a few months back and it has been a great inspiration. I don’t want to sound weird and don’t take this the wrong way, but I wanna be like you when I grow up! (stuck in a job at 52 with no freedom in the near future from a financially destroyed country).
    Still trying to catch up reading from the beginning, do please carry on posting!
    Thanks again!
    Oh how I miss jumbo shrimp!

    • sryoder says:

      Thanks Peter, but, as they say, you can be like us or you can grow up. Just can’t have it both ways. When you relaunch Zoot, maybe you should just load her with rice and beans and head off to somewhere warm. Lots of folks down here who appear to be living pretty close to the edge, financially, but who don’t seem particularly inclined to go back to the “security” of a real job.

      Don’t read the back issues of the blog too fast. If you do, you’ll get to the present and be disappointed that I don’t update it more often. Lately it seems like about once a week is all I can seem to manage.


  2. F eye says:

    Greetings and congrats on 2 years. Celebrating t-giving at Julie Ringolds with lots of fam. Wish you could join in. After all…. ” You’re invited for Cooked Dead Bird” ha,,,, 442 w. 2nd. smiles… f eye

    • sryoder says:

      It was a T-day to remember, wasn’t it? Raiding, I mean gleaning the community garden, transporting gobs of groceries in a backpack on a bike, lots of hippie friends joining us. It was truly a feast. Thanks for the memory, F-eye. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

      • F eye says:

        Wow…. I had forgotten raiding…er… thinning the community garden…. But I have never forgotten the bike rides with backpacks…. 37 years ago… my god! Happy T day … feye

  3. Patrick Nelson says:

    Boy, you both look great. You look like you’ve gone native. By the way, you want me to send you some shoes? or flip-flops? Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:55:20 +0000 To: patrick_nelson1945@hotmail.com

  4. Dani says:

    Funny you should write this. I was just talking and thinking about how fast time flies here!! Like it was only 2 years ago when started to refit our boat, and it’ll be only 2 years before we leave, maybe the 2 years out there will fly by too:(. All this work for the years to fly by?

    Nah, you’ve made me feel better. By you conversion 3 years out here will feel like 7.5. I’m cool with that.

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