On Mexican Time Now

Looking like I’m going to leave Sunday morning now. The winds are a little bit on the high side until then. It’s doable and I know I can do it and it will be nothing compared to my trip down from Ensenada! I had a lot of more surprises than I had expected on the way down and am hoping for less in the surprise department and more in the pleasure and relaxation department and I really want to take my time and slowly work my way up to La Paz. I’m taking to the laid back Mexican time mindset like a fish to water. Things move at a slower pace down here than back home but I’ve heard comments and seen that in a lot of ways it is slowly changing to where punctuality is more of an expectation now. The ocean color is amazing along the shore and if conditions are good I understand you can see almost 60′ down. Getting my gopro camera’s set up to hopefully get some good shots on the trip up.

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Morning has broken

Every time it’s getting close to time to leave the marina to head to my next destination I start getting a bit nervous and anxious thinking about it. I’ve studied my charts thoroughly, read several cruising books on the area,been able to actually see my next destinations on Google Earth and talked to locals about all of these places. Yet, it’s still uncharted territory from my perspective and full of unknown elements. I’ve felt this way on every leg along the way so far so this isn’t something new. I’ve thought for a long time about how we humans get so worried about the unknown or knowns tomorrow brings. We, myself included can work ourselves into a frenzy today about the unknown future of tomorrow. Yet here we are today in this very moment having successfully navigated all of the unimaginable, numerous multi-faceted problems and obstacles that life has thrown in front of us and everything is fine. Pushing myself into these uncomfortable situations has been full of rewards I’d never even dreamed of. I feel more alive than I’ve felt in years and I’ve seen and done some amazing things that I never would have experienced had I not gone this route. I know what I’m doing isn’t for everyone but if there is one thing I would like people to take away from it is the fact that trying to constantly avoid things that are difficult or that make you uncomfortable stifles you and prevents you from growing. Dealing with adversity makes you wiser and stronger and more able to deal with the next problem that is inevitably going to rise up in front of you. I’m skeeeered, I’ll admit but I’m also really excited to be anchored in that beautiful bay I’ve been envisioning for months now.  Hasta luego mi amigos!

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Pretty bird!

Home Decoration Baja Style

Carolee and Jay, bless their big ol hearts secured me a ride to Cabo with their friend Doug yesterday. My essential supplies had dwindled down to the lowest levels since I left Ensenada and I was going to have to take the bus several times to get what I needed. I was really grateful for the ride. We stopped at Costco, Mega, Ace Hardware had shrimp tacos for lunch and Doug wanted to show us this interior decoration store which was really interesting. I think you could spend several hours in there and still not see everything. If I was decorating a house down here I would definitely load up on some of the cool things they had. Didn’t find much in the way of sailboat decor so I just gawked at the amazing variety of items on display. I have no idea what the building was originally built for but it must have been very beautiful in it’s day. It had so much character and it’s huge!

Sunset San Jose del Cabo Style

It’s actually been cloudy the last couple of days and it even “rained” today!! Here’s the sunset as the clouds were clearing off making way for mid 80’s to low 60’s forecast for the next week or so. A couple of guys that work on the boats on the dock said the clouds were unusual. I just looked at them with that deer in the headlights look.IMG_0077

Boat preparation continues and tomorrow I’m off to Mega to provision for the trip up to La Paz which should be anywhere from 4-7 days. Depends on how long I stay at each anchorage and what Mother Nature has to say about things. I should be able to finally get a picture of Desi sitting in a setting of some sort that I’ve been dreaming of since day one. Hope to head out no later than Thursday but one day at a time. I’m really getting excited about heading out and experiencing the Sea of Cortez.  Until next time.  Cuidate!

The Puffer

Steve stopped by with his friend Bo and his son Paul. Great folks that I really enjoyed meeting and talking to and will hopefully see somewhere down the road. So cool seeing someone from my old life in my new life. Steve says he’s going to come back down sometime in the future and do some sailing with me. I really hope he does. Every time I’ve ever done anything with Steve it’s turned out being a unique and original experience. We sat on the boat and talked for quite awhile but they had places to go and people to see. Bo was really kind and brought me some smoked salmon and smoked marlin so I’m back to studying my Espanol and munching on some smoked salmon.20160205_155130

Next Stop Bahia Los Frailes

Well my stay here in Puerto Los Cabos is coming to a close and the countdown has begun. I plan to leave here on Feb 11, weather permitting and head to Bahia Los Frailes and spend a couple of nights. It’s a popular and commonly used anchorage to break up the trip up from the south like Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo. It’s only about 7 hrs to motor/sail from here at San Jose del Cabo. Pirated the pictures from Google Earth but will get my own and post when I find service. Here’s the route and waypoints I plan to take.

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Route from San Jose del Cabo to Bahia Los Frailes

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Anchorage is the in the north part of the bay

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North end of Bahia Los Frailes. Looks like some good snorkeling along the rocks there!

Once making the turn north, the Sea of Cortez weather starts dominating and effects from the Pacific start to diminish. The winds commonly come out of the north so you are sailing into weather and swell.  Swell isn’t often large in the Sea of Cortez but they can be 2-6′ and with fast intervals which usually makes for an uncomfortable ride.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen conditions like this in Desi so it will be a new learning experience and I’m anxious to see how she performs. As we get closer to spring I’ve read where the winds are so light that 80% of the time you have to motor to get to where you want to go.

After a couple of days or so I’ll pull the hook and head north about 12 hrs or 48 nm destined for another common stop the Bahia de los Muertos or Bay of the Dead. Developers refer to it as Bahia de los Sueños Bay of Dreams. What’s in a name?!? I’ll have to get up early if I want to get up there by dark. Much easier anchoring when you can see naturally. I’m pretty sure I’ll stay here for a day or two or three.

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Route from Los Frailes to Bahia de los Muertos

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Bahia de Los Muertos or Bay of the Dead. Anchorage also up in the north part of the bay

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Anchorage at Bahia de Los Muertos picture pirated from Google Maps

It’s 60 nm or about 15 hrs depending on winds to get to La Paz so not quite sure how I’m going to approach that. The Isla Ceralvo is just to the north once I leave and if you pass on the mainland side there is a chance of strong currents and winds funneling between the island and mainland. Apparently dusk and dawn are good times to go through before the winds pick up in the afternoon but I’ll have to do some more reading and decide the best route.  I’m pretty sure I’ll head to Puerto Balandra and spend a night or two depending on conditions and then head to La Paz which is only 12 nm away but the entrance to the bay requires being on full alert as there is a well narrow channel that goes between long points that come out from both sides. La Paz sounds really nice and laid back and I’m planning on spending 3 or 4 days in a marina there so I can familiarize myself with all the places I’ll need to keep supplied when I come in hopefully a couple of times a month, take care of business via wifi, establish somewhere to receive mail and hopefully pick up a friend or two from time to time. As I stated earlier though I’m just taking it one day at a time. I do anticipate this being a much easier trip than the ride down from Ensenada as none of the legs will require sailing through the night.

Still have the radar to get installed hopefully this Friday or Saturday, work on getting the boat back in sailing shape storing all the things I’ve pulled out being in the calmness of the marina and a trip to the Mega Store to get supplies topped back off.

Steve is coming in tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to seeing him. He’s been coming down since 1995 so I know I can learn a lot from him and it’ll be good to see my first friend from home since being stateside in November.