06/11/2012, Yellowstone Beach, Monserrate
While joining the cruisers for some bocci ball, he was minding his own business sitting on the foredeck of the kayak - chillin' in the sun.
The crews: Ethan and Zeda, SV Eyoni, Ken & Nancy, SV Brandywine, Pam & Rick, SV Hotel California, Tom, Jack,Patrick and Rudy, SV Just A Minute
Rudy, the large, friendly, yellow lab, playfully on his part, decided that Lefty looked like a 'chew toy' left on the beach just for him. Rudy skipped the 'lovey, carry the toy around' part, and went right to the 'rip the head off and go for the guts' part! Luckily, quick hands prevailed. Lefty, a bit slobbery, sandy and literally, shaken up, is fine.
Rudy was last seen running down the beach chasing a tennis ball. After a near death experience on Yellowstone Beach, Lefty is fine and has lived to tell about it.
Upon arriving at the fishing panga marina in Loreto, one first notices the new construction. The breakwater has been redone and the signage is extensive for the work yet to come.
Glancing around to get my bearings, I spied a tower. While certainly not at heights for an aviation tower, it is up there. What really got my attention is the full size door located in the side about 30 feet in the air. HUH?
We got a few good chuckles trying to decide what it's use is, and decided the following was our winner:
The tower leads to the port captains office and on the inside of the door is the sign that reads " Complaint Department - Through this door!"
06/04/2012, Bahia Salinas
Mexico in the summer....not something a lot of people do. Even the majority of the people who are down here on boats, all put the boat in a marina, and head back to the states, or Canada for the hot summer months of July, August and September. When Jeanne and I started on our adventure, we knew that we would be traveling on a pretty tight budget, so random airfare would be out of the question. That also means that we were going to have to find a way to stay comfortable during the hottest moths of the year down here. We have decided against air conditioning...for the time being at least. It is a bit expensive, and bulky. Where do we store a 3 foot by three foot by 2 foot box, the rest of the year?
We have installed several fans through out the boat, including one that can be moved around. Last week I enlarged the cockpit bench seats so that we can sleep on them, especially when the inside of the boat starts getting hot as an oven. We have our instant ice maker so we will have cold drinks all summer. Jeanne has made screens for all the hatch openings to keep the bugs out if they should become a problem. We have floating toys so we can spend a lot of time in the water. We even made an awning, that will attach to the whisker pole, out over the water, so when we are in our floaties...we will be in the shade. This awning even include a couple of drink holders.
The last thing was our hair...mine has gotten pretty long since the last hair cut I got was the first week of march......2011!! Jeanne did cut the bulk of her long hair, it was down to the belt, off just before leaving Seattle. So, with the upcoming heat in mind, we headed to the beach, to the red bucket hair salon.
After a bit of discussion, it was decided that I would give Jeanne her haircut first!! Many thanks to Ann Marie and Chris off of SV Starship for coming along to be our photographers and document our hair cuts.
Now despite my many skills, I have never graduated from any form of Barber College, as a matter of fact, I am pretty sure I have never even cut the hair of pet, let alone my lovely wife!
But cut it I did, and as the piles of hair gathered on the beach, my confidence grew. Along with Ann Marie's quality control assurance, I continued loping it off. Until is was all the same length...very short.
Ummm sweetie...lets take down all the mirrors
Then it was her turn. She seemed to have a better hand at this than I did, as she made very quick work of the long hair that I had accumulated these last nearly 16 months.
It is done....and I have no regrets. If for no other reason than the ease of diving and snorkeling. That along with the fact that there is a shower that follows every swim in the salt water. The amount of water it took to wash and rinse became a bit of an issue. We have a water maker on board, but I felt like there was a lot of water being wasted just on my hair.
It is certainly a whole lot cooler, and that was the primary reason for our new do's. I figure by the time winter gets here, it will have mostly all grown back, and we will be glad to have a bit of our heads covered.
06/04/2012, Bahia Salinas
Here are a few pictures that Tom took, while Jeanne was documenting the historic old "Company Town" of Salinas, the site of a huge salt minig facility. The town is now seeing some renovation due to the private introduction of Big Horn Sheep to the island, and the enormus fees that are charged to hunt them. It is rumored to be in excess of 35 thousand US dollars to participate in an hunt, and that is wether you get a sheep or not!!
I could tell that the brown Pelican was very excited to have Eagle anchored there in his bay....so his cover shot is at the top of this story
Any way, here are a few misc shots I took:
This 6" crab lives in holes they dig in the beach, right at the tide line. they are very secretive, shy and almost never seen. This guy on the other hand, had no fear and wandered right down the beach eating as he please. It might be good to point out that he is almost three times the size of any I have ever seen
One of the local catus that has gone into bloom
This is a look at the old city, from Eagle right at sunset.
Jeanne had found some really big ugly bugs, that were eatting on the blooms of this plant and just had to get up close and personal
The up side to my long telephoto lense....I dont have to climb into the bushs, i cheat and stand back away from the nasty looking black bug and take the picture
06/04/2012, Bahia Salinas
Tonight, with the stars, the warm Mexican waters, the fish swimming around the boat and our friends on board for dinner and drinks, was a special evening. One of so many here in Mexican. But, I digress....the reason for this little note is not to make our friends, family, and faithful followers upset with us, but to try to explain what this night was like for us. So with that warning, allow me to wax prophetic....
The day started out like one of many we have enjoyed here so far....warm, sunny and cloud free. We were expecting Larry and Sue from MV Beverly S. to join us for a dinner of Jeanne's awesome homemade Chili rellanos , some freshly caught grouper, flavored with a hint of lime and orange, along with some beautifully done Spanish rice that Sue contributed. A chilled Chardonnay, a nice bold Tempernillo, and a rum and coke for me completes the setting.
After a dinner worthy of any high faluting restaurant back in the states, and a couple bottles of wine, our guests returned to their boat, Jeanne and I retired to the lido deck, also know as the bow of the boat to watch the worlds greatest natural fire works show. The bioluminescence in the water was strong, the stars were out in force, the water had fallen to an amazing calm, all adding up to an evening the likes of which become so very hard to describe. But I will do my best to try..
We are anchored in Bahia Salinas, on Isla Carmen. It is well past "Cruisers Midnight" the recognized 9:00 PM bed time of most of the boating community. The schools of fish, are out in large numbers tonight. Their every movement, enhanced by the natural lighting provided by the bioluminescence, appeared like fireworks, bursting thru the water around Eagle. The small schools, buzzing around like so many Fourth Of July sparklers, the medium sized fish moving thru the water with less flamboyance, but none the less impressive. The organized schools of larger predator fish, like the most highly advanced green-white torpedoes....moving as a group, zigging and zagging thru the water with grace and speed, and at the same time with deadly precision. The glow that they give off, surely gives away their presence to the very creatures they seek to obtain for their evening meal. The speed that they move through their watery realm reminds me of nothing less than the choreography of the Blue Angels fighter jets. They remain tightly bunched, until all at once, some unseen signal sends then all bursting off in different directions. Then as quickly as they had dispersed, they gather back in their tight formation and are off again, searching, and in some small part of my mind....just plain showing off!
The sky above this amazing display, is bordering on the un-imaginable. With nothing in the way of city light to effect the crystal clear view of the heavens most panoramic show case, we are nothing less than humbled by the sight of a limitless number of stars. The moon, which just a few days ago was at it's most magnificent fullness of the calendar year, and reduced by some small percentage each night, has failed to climb the jagged peaks of this arid Mexican desert island. It's absence further adds to the complete inky black of this amazing night, In this awe inspiring sky, one with so many stars that the main stay of the northern sky, the Big Dipper is almost lost in a camouflage of stars. Planets, stars, even a satellite or two all, reflected brightly on the calm waters of this beautiful bay. The still of the evening waters, with the multitude of stars reflecting on it, helps to erase the line, of where the heavens meet sea.
Moments like these are the ones that truly leave me in awe, and so glad we are down here!
05/24/2012, Bahia Calenderos
Ever since we have started off on this adventure from Seattle, there has been a bit of a feeling like we will have to return back to work right after the weekend is over. Several of our friends have asked us about our "Vacation". Neither of us have felt like we are on vacation, just enjoying a long term part of our lives, until the next stage.
To that point, I bring up the subject of boat jobs. These are mostly just maintenance, but an occasional jobs that falls under the repair catagorey come along. Jeanne is awesome, with her plan of doing at least one boat job per day, and staying on top of things. me, well, I guess I have not been able to maintain that much consistencey. So yesterday was my make day. My list of jobs, things that I have assigned myself was up to eleven, so it was time to have a boat day. Jeanne spent he day off the boat, while I played catch up! Cleaning the fuel system, wiing in the new 12 volt outlet for our cockpit fans, new plumbing for the shower in the head, clean the solar panels, polish the lexan hatches, and a few other small jobs all that if I could just have Jeanne's daily consistency, would not have required the better part of a day.
Well, with all that done, today, I am in deed on vacation!! Lefty and I are chilling here alongside the pool, taking a quick dip as needed. All this is a great treat, and one that we sure appreciate, but soon enough it will be time to move on, and we will be back to work, trying to get that jobs done, one a day, just like the apple, right?