3/3/2013 – La Vida Dulce

After a week of steady, strong winds, cold temperatures, and a choppy anchorage, Baja has finally returned to her senses. It began yesterday when we woke to a flat anchorage and virtually no wind at all, at least for awhile. We rowed ashore for the first time in 3 days and got a ride to town with Gordon and Lucy. While there we topped off our beer supply, bought a few groceries we needed, downloaded e-mail, blogs and podcasts, and enjoyed lunch at Scotty’s (aka El Candil). Driving back to Santispac, the A/C in the car actually felt good. Who’d have guessed that a couple days ago?

Today is one of those near-perfect days. The kind of day Zac Brown must have been thinking of when he wrote “Toes”.

I’ve got my toes in the water,
My ass in the sand.
Not a worry in the world,
A cold beer in my hand.
Life is good today.
Life is good today.

Right now it’s about 84 degrees outside in the shade and out of what little breeze there is. It’s the kind of day when you sit outside in the bright sunshine, basking, and then, when you go below for something, the coolness of the dark-ish cabin feels so good. You don’t have to be on a boat to get that feeling. I’ve felt the same thing walking from the deck into our house when we lived in the Silverton Hills.

The RVers on the beach are all out either wading the shallows looking for something (clams? stingrays? shells?), and the ones who aren’t doing that are out paddling around in rented kayaks. Everyone seems to be having a good time. Lulu took Babalooie out for a long row awhile ago just to get out and to also get the feel of the dink since I usually do the driving if we’re both aboard. That’s not entirely sexist as it makes sense to have the heavier weight (that’d be me) in the middle of the boat rather than in the stern, especially in a little 8′ dinghy.

There are only two things I can think of that would make the day more perfect: The water could be a lot warmer. Currently the water temp is only about 67 degrees which is about 15-16 degrees too cool to be comfortable. It would also be nice if the slight breeze blowing through the anchorage was coming from the other direction. Right now it has us pointed south which causes the solar panels to be partially shaded by the boom gallows. However, I’m not complaining.

The battery bank was down near the 50% mark today which is where it becomes a pretty good idea to start recharging in earnest. Unfortunately, as mentioned, the solar panels were in no position to do the job so that meant using the generator. Only problem is that, when I attempted to use the generator the other day, the motor started running so rough that the generator portion shut down altogether. Fortunately, I figured out that it had something to do with the fact that I screwed up and put mixed gas in last time I refueled. The gas can was unmarked and I’m still not sure why as I know that I used to have one that was specifically labeled “mixed gas” for our 2-stroke Nissan outboard. The normally obvious color of the mixed gas must have faded some over the summer and winter as it certainly wasn’t obvious anymore. But, I drained the old gas, drained the carburator, refilled with new gas, cleaned the spark plug and we were back in business.

We’re just about to have lunch and then, in a little while we’ll go ashore. Lulu taught Lucy how to make Peruvian friendship bracelets and now needs to show her how to finish them off. And then we’ll probably mosey on over to Lupe’s for a couple of cervezas.

Tomorrow we’re going to head out on our way back up to Santa Rosalia to, hopefully, pick up our immigration cards. We’ll stop at Punta Chivato tomorrow afternoon and then finish the trip on Tuesday. Predictions call for light winds out of the NW (the direction we’re going) and seas out of the SW so it should be a pretty good trip, albeit mostly by diesel power.

Next blog entry will probably be from Santa Rosalia where we’ll have internet access. If there are any comments out there that need answering, I’ll take care of them then.

Life is good today.
Life is good today.


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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3 Responses to 3/3/2013 – La Vida Dulce

  1. Tony and Marquita George on S/V Seaclusion says:

    Hey guys, we have enjoyed your Bahia Concepcion adventures! The second year we cruised Baja, we spent nine days in a “screaming blue norther” in Santispac. We’re still married, still enjoy the boat, so no negative outcomes, but the memories, oh, the memories!

  2. Mark linebarger says:

    Steve, where do you order parts for your westerbeke engine? I messed up a gasket on the exhaust manifold and need to get a couple. I am working hard on getting my Rawson 30 ready for the waters. Right now I am glassing in all of the port holes, so I can install new ones. I am also painting the deck before I rebedded all of the hardware. I am hoping to have it in the waters by the end of this month. Thanks for your help and am looking forward to more of your blog, Mark.

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