|Molcajete in Mazatlan. Killer!|
|Our attentive waiter, Memo, in Mazatlan|
I’ve been remiss in writing since we made our safe passage north from Mazatlan to the Baja peninsula. No shortage of life has filled our past 15 days. Friends have written – where are you, they wonder and the truth is, we’ve been a lot of places. We’ve not had much internet of late which has been great, really, except for my work commitments!
|Watch for the Shrimpers!|
At the end of January, we enjoyed a good 48+ hour passage northwest across the sea to the La Paz harbor. We got in to the flow of day to night to day, our own cadence meshing with the boat movement and sail trim. Weather and water conditions varied a lot during that time so there’s plenty to keep us on our toes, along with the occasional dolphin checking in to ensure we are doing alright. The night sky provided a tremendous blanket of stars and bright planets spotlighted by the late night waning moon. To pass time during our 5-6 hour night watches, it’s a time for thinking and watching the darkness. We follow Orion, the Big Dipper and familiar constellations as they cross the night sky. We check gauges with our handy red-lensed headlamp, check for birds roosting on the mast, and sneak a treat from a dark cupboard hoping not to awaken our sleeping partner whose watch is coming up sooner or later. Only a couple of freighters and a giant cruise ship crossed our path during the night hours. While they loom small on the horizon, they quickly approach amid a frenzy of bright light and pass into the dark horizon, always a trip for me.
We are thankful for our night time tools that
show targets including radar and AIS on Open CPN, which shows direction, speed
and CPA (closest point of approach). Important stuff to know for decision
making when you’re the little guy.
|Interabang at anchor in Bahia Falsa|
|Our newly adjusted main sail, working like a charm|
|Freighter dock in the background|
|At the start of the parade route along the La Pa malecon|
|One of the first of many colorful and LOUD floats|
We stayed in La Paz through the festivities of Carnaval, a full out sound and lights affair, which ended with a fabulous parade that was repeated for three, count ‘em, three nights. We caught the parade that last night then it was time to start our journey north up the sea to put Pura Vida to rest for the coming months.
|The Shoe Mobile?|
|Banda music abounds. Musicians of all ages.|
|The Tecate "boy band" - they were good!|