Yesterday morning, after breakfast, we stowed everything that was still on deck down below, double-checked that all the thru-hulls were closed, left some extra mooring lines in the cockpit just in case, locked the drop boards and hatch and trundled up to the parking lot at Marina Del Palmar. From there, our friend Lorenzo, who is also going to keep an eye on the boat while we’re gone, gave us a ride out to the storage place where Flipper was being housed. Once we checked everything out, got our gear stowed, took inventory of our groceries, and programmed Dora, we were off.
We left La Paz under sunny skies around 11:00 AM. Temperature was in the low 70s, just right for driving. The day’s destination was Loreto, about 5.5 hours away.
The drive was totally uneventful. No police or military checkpoints yet. Just the agriculture checkpoint a few miles out of La Paz. Fortunately, we got to keep all the fruit we’d just bought at Wal-Mart. Most of the road was really good. They’ve been doing a lot of repaving since we came down a couple months ago. There were a couple of short construction zones and then one pretty long one near Ciudad Constitución, but other than that it was smooth sailing.
Once in Loreto, we headed to the Rivera Del Mar RV Park where we stayed before. We were all parked, leveled, and plugged in by about 4:30. Walked to the store a couple blocks away for cerveza and Topo Chico agua mineral and we were good to go.
Right now, at 8:00 MST, it’s around 65 degrees (F) outside and sunny. We’re expecting a good solid norther to come blasting in as the day progresses. That’ll make the anchorage (and our slip) in La Paz lumpy and it’ll be cold all down the length of the Sea. Going to kind of miss the inevitable anchor-dragging circus that accompanies every norther in La Paz. We can pretty much assume that it’s just going to get colder and colder as we head north. Right now, at Cody’s house (our destination), it’s something like 11 degrees (F). BRRRRRRRR! She also e-mailed us that the power was out yesterday for awhile which certainly doesn’t help matters at all. What the heck are we getting ourselves into? Us, the ones who complain about the cold when it’s 65°. Amazing what otherwise sensible people will do for their grandkids, even the ones who haven’t been born yet. Going to be chilly (relatively speaking) in Santa Rosalia tonight. Haven’t checked out Flipper’s furnace yet. Guess tonight might be a good time to do that.
Before we leave Loreto today, we’re going to wander downtown. They have a great group of little stores selling the kinds of things you want to buy to take home from Mexico so we’re going to pick up a few small Christmas gifts.
Should be a pretty drive today. Mostly right along the coast. And sunny. We’ll listen to podcasts of “Stuff You Should Know” and “This American Life” to pass the time. Yes, we remembered the iPod this time. The drive should only take a little over 3 hours. Yes, we could drive further in a day and get to Oregon sooner, but with the temperatures they’re experiencing right now, what’s the rush?