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Pure conjecture on our part, but the tide lines are full of dead little decaying meat sacks. At first we thought they were shark or ray egg cases (Mermaid’s Purses), but then we noticed a small piece of shell that looks a lot like an operculum, or the hard door to a snail shell.
So I hope we’re wrong, but maybe something bad is happening to the sea snails.
We bought a book.
The first reason that rocks are round is erosion. If you bang a spiky thing against another spiky thing, the spikes break off first. If you rub a rough thing against another rough thing, they both get smoother. This is the only reason I ever considered, round-rock-wise.
The second reason rocks are round is much, much more interesting. If you have a big huge piece of molten rock and you let it cool, it will cool unevenly. The molten rock is more like chocolate chip cookie dough than whipped cream, and some parts will solidify before other parts. Sooner than you’d think, you’ll have suddenly solid parts surrounding still liquid parts. The still liquid parts will get rounder and rounder as they cool and harden from the outside in. In addition, whatever cools first will be more messy and mixed-up, and will probably be weaker than the last parts to cool.
So, when the huge piece of rock finishes cooling, it will begin to break where it cooled first, and break last where it cooled last, leaving round rocks surrounded by egg-shell rocks that quickly break into flat rocks that quickly break into sand and small rocks. Once you see it, you see it everywhere.
We see these holes on almost every beach we visit. Literally.
They’re usually right at the high tide mark.
Whenever we see these holes, we see movement. But we almost never see what’s moving.
On this day, the crabs hung out for a photo session. It almost wasn’t enough.
They’re about 3 cm across. Just over an inch, for you Norte Americanos.
The next morning, we found where a turtle had come ashore that night and dug five nests. Two on the way up the dune, one on top, and two on the way down. We have no idea if this is normal, or if she was confused by the eclipse, or what.
Just catching up:
Every day, those that wanted to would swim to shore from one of the boats (.3 miles or so). Usually the women wanted to, and the men would bring the dingys to shore for the trip home and also guard the women during their swim from crocodiles, jelly fish, randy dolphins, and errant panga drivers. Sometimes the guarding was even useful. Then we’d walk on the beach to see if any more turtles hatched. Non-walkers would play bocchi-ball.
We had a very pleasant 26 hour, 130 mile trip north to Banderas from Tenecatita, but during the afternoon we had 15-20 knots on the nose and the spray dried on the dodger windows. Dried salt spray is difficult to see through, so at sunset I went forward to clean. Warm water and a soft squeegee. Actually, caring for the clear vinyl dodger windows is a tough job. They’re easy to scratch.
Odds and Ends from the Mexican Informal Tourism Bureau.
We’ve anchored off beautiful, clean sandy beaches backed by miles of beautiful wild dunes full of nothing but jackrabbits and some incredibly fast burrowing lizards. It took us three days to decide they weren’t kangaroo rats.
…and face eating spiders. Here’s Nancy wielding the spider-clearing stick. We also try and follow the dog-trails, hoping that the dogs cleared out the spiders during their daily rounds. Dogs, by the way, are extremely non-linear. We see a lot more Mexico this way.
Insert obvious but culturally insensitive joke here.
Wicked-looking clam. The hole in the end was drilled by the same nefarious moonsnails we have in Puget Sound. They kill a lot of shellfish down here, too.
We’re finding a lot of these incredibly beautiful shells on the beach.
Hi everybody, Nancy here. We are getting back in the swing of boat life. It has been a busy 3½ weeks getting Bright Water back together and in shape to head out. We have completely emptied and re-stowed each cabin and all the lockers. The added 1000 pounds of gear has been put away and maybe a couple hundred pounds of unwanted gear removed. It is feeling like home and I am relearning how everything works.
One of the fun parts of “moving” back on the boat is we brought a few personal things to decorate our home with. The one thing that brings a smile to our faces many times a day is our family “Christmas” picture we took just before we left.
We put it in a frame and mounted it to the wall right above the desk that we do our work at. It is lit by it’s own light and gives us a warm feeling each time we see it. We are very blessed to have loving children, all 6 of them. (By the way, we will not be mailing out a Christmas card and picture this year, sorry).
One of the things I spent a lot of time thinking about last summer was “How am I going to provision the boat?” Last year we had about 6 weeks to live on the boat as we went down the Pacific Coast to figure out what food we wanted and needed before we crossed the border. COSTCO, Trader Joes, Von’s (Safeway of San Diego) and Walmart were our friends. We were able to buy everything we wanted and needed, no worries. Thanks to Lena and Winco Foods, we had a good supply of canned goods. So this year we had to start from the beginning, except for the canned foods, and provision the boat. The meat supply was my biggest concern. I only remembered the open air meat market at the farmer’s market and the terrifying frozen food section at the small tiendas. I was thinking we might become vegetarians. But it was all for naught. Guaymas has 3 large supermarkets and the meat departments are amazing and cheap. We have had some wonderful flank steak and the chicken is like we would get at the Plaza on Camano. The only two items that we cannot find are Cheddar cheese, especially Tillamook, (we had about 15 pounds last fall when we left San Diego), and pickled ginger. I also forgot to pack some of Lena’s frozen roasted pumpkin, can you believe that? Canned pumpkin is also not available here. We will try and find a fresh pumpkin to roast for Thanksgiving pie.
Phil & I have really missed the kids this past month. We had a wonderful summer with them and we really miss spending time with them. Part of the wonderful thing about Bright Water is our kids are with us, not just in the great family picture, but all around us. From the food and galleyware Lena bought for us to the strong windlass we have because of Jacob. I work in the spaces that Pender cleaned out for us a hundred times everyday and think of him on his hands and knees taking up the old floor and cleaning out the step I use to get in and out of bed everyday. Thanks you so much Pender, Lena and Jacob for supporting us and our adventure.
We just got back from Isla Tiburon, the largest island in Mexico. We stayed in 3 anchorages and walked the beaches of all of them.
On Pink Shell I was trying not to pick up too many shells, but came across this huge piece of blue beach glass.
It teared me up. It was so out of place, and so nice to find. The number one pass-time I did with my mom growing up was to walk the beaches of Washington and look for agates and beach glass. Blue was the prize! The pieces my mom & I would find were usually about the size of your pinky fingernail, this piece is about 3 x 4 inches and in the shape of a beautiful necklace medallion. WOW! She was there with us walking on the beach.
Thank you for reading our stories about our adventure on Bright Water. We don’t have much of a plan, which is out of our comfort zone, but it is part of our re-focusing project. We have spent the past 30 years together and can’t wait for what the next 30 will bring.