Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Guaymas, Sonora!

Self-serve Mexican (yellow) and
American (white) chicken
Please eat some turkey, gravy and pie for us! We shan't experience Thanksgiving in the traditional way...

Our first two plus weeks have been amazing and we're enjoying life in a great Mexican community. 
Oh yeah, let's have lard

Holiday wine display - don't
forget the Boones Farm!
Yea! Judy rethreads
the main halyard

Sunset tonight...behind our neighbors

Mike installing
our new port

Mike installing our new portlight
On the hard with our 'front door' ladder
Judy up the mast 3x - what a view

Mike climbing down the ladder,
heading to the shower
after a day in the engine room
...Our 4 sails on the bowsprit, awaiting
Judy projects: clean up and paint
stern anchor and emergency tiller
Loud music, crisp school uniforms, dangerous sidewalks, sky-high lard displays (especially for holiday cooking), riding in the back of pickup trucks (ah the freedom, whether entire families eating ice cream cones, full work crews, or machine gun-toting camouflaged Federales). It’s all good and now, familiar.

Plus, this year we have our car and the responsibility of being part of what I call anarchy driving, where there are apparently no rules, few street signs and optional stop signs. You have to remain keenly aware of buses, motorbikes, dogs, and the oft unlabeled “topes” (serious speed bumps).

Potluck fun: Ulla (in red) made margaritas
for the ladies (with Ziggy from Poland)
We enjoy connecting with old friends and meeting new in the dry boat yard, where we live onboard, up and down the ladder. We’ve attended two potlucks with people from Canada, England, Poland, Argentina and of course, the US. Such a melting pot of adventuresome individuals, it rocks.

In the boatyard, we are working on Pura Vida projects so she’s ready for a full season of cruising. Progress! We are thankful for Gabriel and Arnulfo, the yard managers, and have hired Gama, the stainless steel guy and Chaba, the electrician for small repairs.

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