The weather has calmed down a lot. It’s still a little breezy in the afternoon but it was dead calm this morning (Thursday the 18th). Warm enough to walk to town in a T-shirt and long pants. Warm enough that we’re going to Rico’s for dinner tonight.
Earlier this week, when it was blowing like crazy, I took an afternoon walk along the malecón. Anytime either Lulu or I or almost anyone else from the marina takes a walk, we have an escort.
This young lady hangs out at the marina all the time. I don’t think she has an actual owner. One of the long-time marina residents keeps her fed and several others contribute now and again. She looks pretty healthy. No idea what her name is, if she even has one. We just call her “hey little dog”. She lays around just waiting for someone to go on a walk and then she accompanies them. She’s very well-behaved. Never tries to go in the stores or restaurants (even the open-air ones), never barks, never craps on the sidewalk. If we’re in a store or restaurant too long, she eventually loses interest and heads back to the marina.
Anyway, Hey Little Dog accompanied me on my walk. It was blowing hard and I tried to get some shots that conveyed that but it’s nearly impossible to capture the strength of the wind in a still photo unless it’s maybe hurricane strength and, even then, I bet it’d look milder than it really was. So, I chose just to take a few shots to give you another look at lovely Santa Rosalía.
The photos make everything bright and clean looking. But there’s another side to this wind. We were warned by several cruisers about how, whenever it blows in Santa Rosalia, your boat gets covered with dust. We figured, meh, how bad can it be? But, we found out what they were talking about. Look at our poor dinghy sitting upside down on the cabin top. It was completely clean and shiny white when we got here.
Thing is, you can’t really clean it off until the wind abates long enough to wash the boat down and let it dry. Hate to even think how we’d look if the dirt-bearing wind came up with the boat all wet. Yuck!
So what was Lulu doing while Hey Little Dog and I were out braving the elements? She was nice and snug down in the boat. She says she needed to bake some bread but I suspect she just wanted to crank up the oven. On the other hand, this was the result of her staying warm:
She’s been working on adjustments to her bread recipe to try to come up with a loaf that didn’t just taste good but was actually good for sandwiches. That means that it has to hold together when sliced relatively thin (so your sandwich doesn’t suffer from ‘bread overload’ and the sandwich doesn’t fall apart in your hands) and continues hold together for several days. It can’t be too heavy either or every sandwich will be a gut-bomb. Well, I’m happy to announce that we think she’s finally got it. This is a loaf of chia seed bread. Sliced 1/2″ thick, it holds up to sandwich fillings and handling nicely. It’s light enough so you’re sandwich isn’t way heavy and, it’s got chia seeds! Not sure what chia seeds are supposed to be good for but they make a nice texture and add a little nuttiness. A big ol’ slab off the end of the loaf, right out of the oven and slathered with butter helped me warm back up after my walk. Probably should have given Hey Little Dog a chunk but since she abandoned me when she saw a dog down the road that she didn’t want to deal with, heck with her. Of course, the other dog was kind of scary looking from a smaller dog’s point of view. Guess I forgive her but she still isn’t getting any of my bread.