Well, all the big jobs are done although there weren’t all that many to begin with. About the only things we still need to do before leaving are to change the engine oil and filter, change the fuel filters, get one more 5-gallon jug of diesel filled and put things away. Well, we still need to provision as well and that may actually be the hardest part.
Since we’ve woken up to the fact that people everywhere have to eat and consequently there are likely to be stores in even very small villages, we’ve lightened up on the whole “provisioning” thing. We generally get a few extra things, extra beer and toilet paper and call it good. However, our trip north this time, at least as planned at the moment, is to hit a number of uninhabited places, skipping the usual store stops (San Evaristo, Agua Verde, and Puerto Escondido). That means that, depending on how far off the path we want to go, we may not be near a store until Loreto (maybe) or Mulege (after hitchhiking in from Playa Santispac). If we choose not to hit either of those places, then whatever we load up in La Paz will have to see us through all the way to San Carlos.
San Carlos is only about 3 days away if we were to sail non-stop but we don’t intend to do that, of course. We are currently planning stops at Bonanza (Isla Espiritu Santo), somewhere along the east side of Isla San Jose, Isla San Francisco, Isla Catalina, Isla Montseratt, Bahía Salinas (Isla Carmen), Isla Coronados, San Juanico, Punta Chivato, and then across to San Carlos. All that is subject to change of course. The prevailing winds could slow us down or speed us up, could make one anchorage untenable and another more desirable. We may run low on beer and be forced to alter our course. You just never know. The only thing we know for sure is that Lulu would like to be back in Oregon by the end of the first week of May so she can attend our niece, Emily’s, graduation from college and also see Emily’s folks, Lulu’s Iowa-based brother Joe and his wife Sarah. We have a haulout in San Carlos scheduled for May 15 to complete boat projects and get Siempre Sabado ready for an extended rest. Nice to know that, weather permitting, we can always just kick into 24/7 mode and get to San Carlos within a couple days from anywhere along our route (assuming, also, that nothing important breaks).
Although it’s our intent not to leave until around the end of the month, what with being all paid-up at the marina and all, we could leave almost any time now. This weekend would be a terrible time to leave however. Brisk northerlies are expected to blow the length of the Sea of Cortez on Saturday and get even brisker on Sunday. We even heard a prediction for 8-9 foot waves, very close together, on Sunday. Sunday is also the day of the cruisers’ swap meet at Marina Don Jose and I hope to get rid of a few things. All in all, I think the swap meet will be a better place to be than out sailing.
So that’s about it for us for now. Our kids are keeping us well supplied with photos of the grandkids. We’re continuing to plow through Destinos, hoping to improve our Español, and enjoying the original Twilight Zone as well as getting involved with The Tudors. The story of Henry the VIII is interesting enough that we downloaded copies of The Autobiography of Henry The VIII for our Kindles and are both currently reading it. We’ve also almost finished the 5th and last season of Chuck which has been much more fun than we expected (thanks, Casey). And, as if all that wasn’t enough, we finally got to meet Crazy Coyote. If you’re a reader of the comments on this blog, you’ve seen his name many times over the years. He came down to La Paz to visit his buddy-since-high-school and our friend-since-Newport, Jay on s/v Wind Raven. We all went out to dinner on his second night in town. It was a real pleasure to meet him and he doesn’t seem the least bit crazy to me. However, he has been friends with Jay for a very long time so he may, in fact, be crazier than he seems.
Time for a b-double-e-double-r-un so catch you later.