Heinz 57? You know, Heinz 57 ketchup. Ketchup, get it? Ketchup, catch up? C’mon, people, work with me here.
Anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted and a few things have transpired and a few photos have been taken. So bear with me if this post doesn’t seem to follow any discernible path. It’ll be more or less chronological as that’s the way my photos are filed.
But first! Big news! We came back up to Santa Rosalía last Tuesday to check on our immigration paperwork. We had applied to have our expiring FM3s converted to Residente Temporal back in late January. After submitting our paperwork and paying all the fees, they told us to return in 3-4 weeks to pick up our cards. We spent the intervening time at Playa Santispac in Bahía Concepción rather than hanging around Marina Santa Rosalía. Well, the 4 weeks would have been up on February 27. As soon as the screaming norther died down, we sailed back to Santa Rosalía, arriving on March 6th. The next day, the 7th, exactly 5 weeks after our last visit to the INM office, we went there again. Expecting the worst since, we’d been hearing horror stories via the cruisers’ telegraph about months-long delays in getting the paperwork done, we were overjoyed to find that our cards were ready. The new cards are like credit cards or drivers’ licenses rather than laminated like the old cards were. And, they’re green. So we now officially have our green cards! We celebrated by going out to dinner at El Muelle restaurant with John and Mitsy (s/v L’Ange 1). The food (camarones al mojo de ajo for Lulu, the combinación mar y mar with fish filets, scallops and shrimp, all cooked al mojo de ajo, for me) was excellent although a wee tad on the pricey side, at least for us. But, what the hey, we were celebrating.
Speaking of food, I think I wrote about the excellent fish we had at the little fish restaurant at Santispac. But, I definitely didn’t have any photos at the time. So, for your salivating enjoyment, here’s what we had to eat:
This was my garlic fish. All that stuff on top of the fish filets? Garlic! So good and smelled so good while they were cooking it, too.
Lulu had fish tacos. Equally as good.
Although I wrote about being stuck on the boat at Santispac during the howling norther, it wasn’t really that bad a place to be. Here’s a photo of the beach during quieter times and also a photo of the saltwater lagoon at the west end of the beach.
After the winds had finally died down, Lulu decided to get a little practice in rowing Babalooie around.
And speaking of Babalooie, isn’t this a pretty picture>
By the way, that island in the background is where Lulu rowed to during her outing. It’s a lot further away than it looks.
As I’ve written before, we met a lot of great folks at Santispac. Three of the nicest were Caleb, Gordon & Lucy. Wanting to repay their kindnesses at least a little, Lulu decided to make hatbands for Caleb and Gordon and she taught Lucy how to make Peruvian friendship bracelets.
Caleb and his hatband on his genuine Panama hat.
Gordon and his new hatband.
In other food news, we tried a couple of new pizza toppings. The first was Lulu’s idea that I expanded on. She suggested a pizza with bacon and scrambled eggs on it. That sounded interesting so I suggested we go the whole route and make some fried potatoes and onions for the topping as well. So, a thin layer of olive oil was topped with a thinnish layer of potatoes (very small cubes) and onions that had already been fried to just about done. Then some cooked bacon pieces were strewn around a then a layer of shredded white cheddar to hold things together. Cooked that until it was just about done and then added scrambled eggs and a little more cheese and popped it back in the oven for another 5 minutes. It was actually very good. Our “breakfast for dinner pizza”:
Since our pizzas always come in threes, what did we do with the other two? Well, for the second pizza I had the bright idea of spreading a layer of refried beans on the crust followed by a layer of cooked chorizo and onions and then a layer of shredded cheese. Once the pizza was cooked, I spread what I thought was a thin layer of sour cream and then a little salsa on top. Well, that turned out to be a bad idea. The sour cream completely liquified due to the heat from the pizza. The whole thing was rendered un-pick-up-able and had to be eaten with a fork. But that wasn’t the worst part. When I was cutting the pie into eighths, the knife slipped and the wide blade came down sideways on top of the pizza throwing a layer of liquid sour cream and salsa all over the front of the stove and all over the from of my shirt as well. To say I was disgruntled would be to completely understate the situation. Good thing the pizza tasted good because that was definitely the only thing in its favor.
The third pizza of the trio was much more successful. Lulu said, “What are we going to have for dinner tonight?” to which I replied, “Well, we still have enough dough for one more pizza.” She then said, well, we’re going to have to go to the store and get something to top it with then. It was already late afternoon and neither one of us really wanted to go to the store. I said, “We have bacon and olives and mushrooms.” We decided to see what we could do. So we raided the cupboards and ended up with a pizza topped with bacon, black olives, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, fried onions, and smoked oysters. We declared this one a keeper for sure, not the least reason being that we usually have all that stuff on hand.
Once we got word of a couple days of mild weather, we upped anchor and headed back to Santa Rosalia with a stop at Punta Chivato along the way. The water was pretty flat, especially on the second day. Lulu spent the time making a holster for our windlass handle (the handle is that long piece of metal on the table, the one with a black end cap on it).
While I took care of topside duties.
To the untrained eye, I appear to not be doing anything. But in reality I’m keeping a watchful eye on the weather, the GPS, the autopilot, the engine gauges, the wind indicator, the horizon, etc. Of course, the rest of the time I’m reading my Kindle.
So here we are again in Santa Rosalia. We’re stocking up on supplies, getting some internetting done, getting a few boat chores done and watching the weather for our first chance to head back out. The north wind has begun to blow again and that’s caused the temperature to drop. Brrrr. Right now it’s expected to blow hard tomorrow and Monday. Wednesday had looked like it might be a good time to go although that’s changed since yesterday. Guess we’ll just wait and see, just like always.