2/12/2013 – Just sittin’ at anchor

First things first: Happy Birthday, Dad! We don’t have internet access right now out here at anchor so I can’t Skype you. But I wanted you to know I was thinking of you.

We heard on the Geary’s weather report yesterday that big northern winds were expected to slam the Sea for the rest of the week starting this afternoon. So, knowing that we’d more than likely be staying aboard while the wind blew, we decided yesterday to take another trip into Mulege. The main reason for the trip was to upload photos to the blog. By now you’ve seen that we were successful in that quest. We really didn’t need any groceries except maybe a little bit of cheese. Lulu also wanted to see if she could find a fabric store to start some sewing projects.

We headed up to the highway at about 9 AM. A couple of pickups passed us without slowing down. We’ve come to expect that although they should know that we ARE recording license numbers and they WILL be called on to atone. After a little while we saw a mini-van coming up from the beach. At first we had high hopes but when we saw a whole bunch of heads inside, we figured that they really didn’t have room. However, they stopped and asked if we needed a ride in to Mulege. We were stunned but said, “you bet, if you’ve got enough room”. They said it might be tight but they’d manage. Turned out that this was an 8-passenger van and there were only (ONLY!) 6 people so far. Lulu and I made 8. Everybody rearranged themselves and we climbed in. As might have been expected, this was not a van full of old retired farts like ourselves. No, these “kids” were probably all still in their 20’s. They hailed from Ames, Iowa where they did various things from being students to jewelry making and organic farming. I wish we’d gotten everyone’s names but, naturally we didn’t. They were all down here on a camping vacation for a week or so. However, I believe they had to start heading back north again today.

Once we got to Mulege, it turned out that they, too, were heading for the internet bakery (Mago’s) and planned to be in town until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. They said, if that fit our schedule, they’d be happy to give us a lift back to the beach at Santispac where they were camping. Sounded great to us.

I managed to get all my photos uploaded (eventually), and we got some cheese, but Lulu didn’t find a fabric store. It’s questionable as to whether there even is one in Mulege as she had directions to a couple of places, none of which turned out to be fabric stores. While Lulu was reading and writing some e-mails, I wandered around town a little. It doesn’t take much time to see most of Mulege, even by foot. We will probably have to go back again sometime as I neglected to get any pictures.

Once everyone was finished with business, we all piled back in the van and headed back to Santispac. They dropped us off next to where we’d parked BabaLooie and headed back down the beach to their campsite. Lulu and I wandered over to Restaurant/Bar Santispac (RBP) for a couple brews and an early dinner. As I said before, there are two restaurants here on the beach and Lupe’s is the larger and more established. RBP is smaller and a little bit more expensive but they have a really impressive menu. Ordered up a couple of Pacifico Lights and then I ordered Pescado al Ajo (fish fried in olive oil, butter and garlic) and Lulu ordered tacos de camaron )shrimp tacos. The smell of the garlic while they were preparing the dishes was mouth-watering! When we got our orders we were not disappointed. I got 4 filets of fish wading in a pool of olive oil and melted butter and covered with slices of sauteed garlic. On the side were steamed vegetables (carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, and broccoli), and a pile of rice. I also got 3 blazing hot flour tortillas to push the food on to my fork and sop up the olive oil. Lulu got 3 tacos on flour tortillas. Tons of shrimp with a red salsa and cilantro on the tacos. A pile of rice on the side. Lulu declared her dinner EXCELLENT, as did I. Watch for food photos on our next trip into Mulege.

Since we knew it was supposed to blow stink the rest of the week, we decided to put lash BabaLooie down on deck. I like to stay aboard when it’s blowing so I can be sure we’re not dragging, although, after sitting here for the better part of a week without dragging, I think we’re pretty safe. I also don’t want to have to worry about the dink. Is the painter chafing through? Is she shipping water while bucking around? Will she still be there in the morning? You know, the usual worries. Once BabaLooie was securely lashed down, I relaxed and the rest of the evening was uneventful.

Since we planned to be aboard all day today, Lulu decided she wanted to do some sewing. There’s a lot of stuff stored in hammocks over our bed up forward. She’s trying to organize and corral some of it and decided that stuff sacks for things like extra blankets would be a good way to go. So, she planned to spend the day sewing some stuff sacks. Knowing this would put a drain on the batteries and also knowing that we were falling a little bit behind every day on stored amp-hours, AND knowing that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to make some water today to top off the tank, I decided to pull out the Honda 2000 generator and run it most of the day so we could get the sewing done, the stuff sacks made, and still gain some stored amp-hours in our battery bank.

Looking at the logbook, the last time we ran the generator was last June. Since then it has endured a Sonoran summer. I never know when I’m going to use it next so I rarely do anything different when I put it away, like running the carburetor dry or anything like that. Today, I checked the oil (good), filled it with gas, pulled the starter rope maybe 6 times and it fired right up. That was about 5 hours ago and it’s still running smooth as can be. Those Honda 2000s are everything they’re cracked up to be.

Lulu’s on her last of 3 stuff sacks, the water tank is full, and we’ve made great gains on the battery bank charge level. And, of course, the wind is blowing stink, and cold stink at that. At least we’re getting sunshine this afternoon. This morning was cloudy and, consequently, cold. Right now, in the direct sunshine, as long as you stay out of the wind, it’s quite nice.

And that’s it for now except to repeat, Happy Birthday, Dad!


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 2/12/2013 – Just sittin’ at anchor

  1. Tate says:

    Steve, Today is Mardi Gras. Try to throw beads at any boats that are nearby, drink something crazy, and have fun!

  2. Jim C. says:

    Keep the reports coming. I just started reading your blog and should be caught up in a few days from day one.
    I have been to a lot of the places that you are visiting at one time or another. I enjoy being reminded that people are out exploring


    Torrance, CA

  3. so happy to hear all is well. if you go to mulege again, try to look up our friend, Kim Roshinsky. i know that he plays texas hold’em a couple time a week, at el jardin, i believe. he has a mobile up on the hill above the serenidad. if you ask around you may be able to find him. he is the campground host at the place where we hike every year in b.c. lots of fun, and waiting for us to head over there so he can help bill re-wire the boat in concepcion. he knows lots and lots about boats, and would love to meet you, i’m sure. let us know if you find him. he is a hoot!

  4. ‘Always enjoying reading and checkin’ maps of your whereabouts.
    Quick question… where the hell do you store the honda on a W28?? I borrowed one last summer and it was too much of a hassle being in the way all the time.

  5. joe says:

    regarding hitchhiking to Mulege.
    I once had a cruiser give me the evil eye when I passed him by, me driving alone in my VW van.
    The part he couldn’t know was that I was desperately looking for a turn off so as to take a dump.
    Don’t be so quick to judge.

    • sryoder says:

      You’re right. I stand chagrined. Having passed a few hitchhikers by myself over the years, I should be the last one casting stones. Thanks for calling me on it.

  6. amazon.com says:

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