Looks like it’s been a full month since I last wrote anything. I guess when one isn’t relocating every day or two, there just isn’t that much to write about.
Let’s see, since the last time I wrote, our friends Bill and Elli (s/v Cada Día Más) have returned to their condo out at Playa Encanto and our mutual friends Keith and Kay (s/v Chamisa) stopped by on their way back to the US from San Carlos where they had been working on their boat. Keith and Kay were here, at the Playa Del Oro RV park for about a week. It was a pretty eventful week as we hung out with Bill and Elli, ate out a lot, and went on Del Mar Charter’s last whale watching trip of the season.
We went out with our old amigo Oscar from DelMar Charters on a whale watching excursion. Oscar’s catamaran is a very comfortable platform from which to look for whales. We did eventually see some fin whales (second largest whale, after the blue whale) but it took until late afternoon and we had to go out 13 miles to see them. Apparently they were starting their migration. Oscar decided that was just too far to go so ours was the final whale watching trip of the season. Now he’ll concentrate on sunset cruises, dive trips, snorkeling trips, etc.
And just so you don’t think I’m a complete schlub for letting Lulu do all the cleaning and painting while I just ran for supplies, etc, I started doing my part this month. Using our pickup tailgate and a couple concrete blocks for a workbench, I managed to build a couple of cabinets and an ukulele hanger.
As you can see, none of the cabinets have doors yet. We’re still a little up in the air about the doors. I think we’ll end up putting doors on some of the openings but leave some open. I like the way the open cabinets look but Lulu wants doors on at least some of them. Same goes for the existing (door-less) cupboards in the kitchen. One thing’s for sure. If I’m going to build the doors down here, I’m going to need to buy some more clamps. At least I’m getting used to buying lumber, etc. down here. And, happily, it’s really no more prohibitively expensive than I remember it being up north.
On an unhappy note, during Keith and Kay’s visit, our truck got broken into and we lost our cell phone, a 1.75 liter bottle of really good tequila and, worst of all, Dora. I imagine Dora sitting up on the dash was the initial enticement since the other stuff wasn’t really visible from outside the truck. I made the rookie mistake of leaving the back vent windows open for ventilation while we were walking around the Old Port area. I guess I just figured that no one would actually break the window latches. Don’t know what I was thinking. After I mentioned the robbery on Facebook, one woman said that it was my fault for leaving the windows open. I beg to differ. While my error certainly did make the theft easier, there is no way that I forced the bad guy to make the decision to break into my truck. That’s on him. Anyway, it could have been so much worse. I usually have my very well-equipped tool bag in the truck. Would have really hurt to lose that. Or, they could have stolen the whole truck. Also, although they got the one bottle of tequila, they left the even larger one behind because it was just a non-descript plastic jug. The kind that water is sold in. That’s because this is the good stuff that Arturo at Mickey’s has made for him. They get it in big plastic jugs and just sell out of them. The bottle that was stolen was a repurposed 1800 Añejo tequila bottle. And, our cell phone was a prepaid “burner” phone so the thief didn’t get much there. Well, that’s not exactly true. He got an earful from Kay. She called our number after the rip-off and read the guy who answered the riot act. Told him she hopes he burns in hell. He probably stopped answering the phone after that. Since the robbery I don’t leave any windows open or even cracked and I also don’t leave anything visible inside. We replaced Dora with Dora Jr. on a trip to the Phoenix area last week. However, since we don’t need it to get around Puerto Peñasco, it’s sitting in the house until we take a trip again.
We now have a new Mexican cell phone, a real phone with a US number using Magic Jack, and a post office box in Lukeville, AZ. So, I guess we’re planning to be here awhile.