Fun fact #1: You can find lots of interesting things on Baja beaches. Some of them are bottles.
Fun fact #2: “Funnel” in Spanish is “embudo.” Embudo’s are available everywhere.
We were in La Paz for a long time. Part of that time we worked.
We fully provisioned the boat for the next two months. It took eight dingy trips to town. More accurately, it took eight backpack and bag loads back to the dingy from the grocery store (about two miles). We provisioned based on our usage for the last two months. For example, (for the next two months) 6kg total of fresh beef, chicken and pork + 6 pkg. lunch meat + 1 kg packaged/cooked meat; 100 eggs; 3# butter; 5# cheese; 10l non-refer milk; 18 pints non-refer crème (Media Creme); 50 cans of vegetables; 6 doz. flour tortillas + 6 doz. corn tortillas; 24 small bags potato chips + 16 bags corn chips. We won’t discuss the booze, but we brought 80 limons onboard.
One last thing:
This is a Wally Power 118. Triple turbine-jets. It looks sillier in person than on the web: http://www.newsliguria.com/mega-yacht/wally-power-foto/2685 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/118_WallyPower. 60 kts. Good for it.
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.
So we show up in Monterey and John and Sharon show up from Nancy’s past and spend two days driving us all over and showing us all the cool spots we haven’t seen and buying us lunches.
This area is stunningly fecund. Sea Otters in the anchorage, fur seals and sea lions chasing all around, pelicans dive-bombing the area, and plenty of sea gulls and the nutty tourists that feed them bread.
The first day we bought food, but somehow we didn’t get a picture of that. This was the beer, wine and chips run. We’re good for now.
That’s us in the far upper left corner, past the buildings, on the beach in front of the highway. You may need to zoom in a little.
This seagull tried to get an honest meal. The crab and him had it out for ten or fifteen minutes while we watched. A small crowd gathered. We didn’t stay to see who won.
This afternoon we walked to the Monterey Aquarium, the most sanctimonious institution in the world. I don’t need to go back, ever. I am so sick of activists of almost every stripe. How bad is the aquarium? Well, if you want to help save the oceans, the most important thing you can do, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO (!), is join the aquarium. They say so in their displays. Out loud. Apparently nothing has ever gotten better in the world, ever. WE MUST DO MORE! Money may be required.
As we progress further into the land of permanently astonished women I may become more cynical. Sorry.