I spent until 4 pm the next day waiting for repairs. In the end I had new bearings and seals put on all four trailer wheels and headed out. After 8 hours or so I pulled in for some sleep then I got up and drove some more at about 3. Drive, sleep, drive, sleep, it isn't much fun but you rack up the miles. The next day I stopped in Washington and visited my friend Tracey at the Mountain Lamp Community. http://www.mountainlamp.org/
So long Mexico04/18/2011
An eleven o'clock start got me into the US by 6 pm and I found a rest stop 3 hours up the road to get some sleep. At 12:30 I got up and drove until I was north of Phoenix where I slept for another two hours in a Safeway parking lot. A quick shopping trip and I was off to visit Debby and James in southern Utah. I spent two nights there and we had a good visit. From there I did a quick dip into Arizona before visiting Maureen and Les in Toquerville, Utah. I spent the night and collected wine bottles they had been saving for me. I have many cases to bottle when I get home so I greatly appreciate the help. From Toquerville I headed north on I-15 until I noticed I had a bad wheel bearing on the trailer so I called BCAA and got a tow to Filmore for repairs. Below is the truck and boat/trailer ready to head to Filmore.
Santa Rosalia to San Carlos04/18/2011
After a good visit with the Santa Rosalia gang it was time to cross the Sea before the next norther blew in. I left at sunrise and had a good downwind sail to Santa Rosalia. I spent a couple of days putting the boat away and raising the bunks on the trailer to make it easier to get the boat off the trailer in my yard.
San Juanico to Punta Chivato to Santa Rosalia04/08/2011
Another early start to a light air, downwind sail to San Juanico. I let Otto drive while I read and did the odd gybe. After anchoring at Punta Chivato I managed to drop the dipstick while checking the oil. I snorkelled down but could not find it so I dragged out the dive gear and search for five minutes before locating it. In the morning I motored into this sunrise and was greeted by about a dozen dolphins as I went north. The swam under the boat and looked up at me on the bow. The make you feel like you are 'in the club' while they are with you. Very cool. There was no wind so I motored all the way...it can be perfect every day. I'll stay in Santa Rosalia visiting for a couple of days until the weather looks good to cross the Sea again.
Puerto Escondido to Caleta San Juanico04/07/2011
From Agua Verde it was a short hop to Puerto Escondido. I caught up on email in my amigo Pedro's Porto Bello restaurant. On entering I noticed a large bucket of Chocolato Clams. Pedro said they were on the menu that night but he would make me some early if I wanted. Si, si I responded. The clams with three cheeses and a white wine sauce were spectacular but there was way more than I could handle. I gave what I couldn't eat to some new friends and waddled back to the boat. I had planned to spend another day but the wind was favorable so I sailed to Caleta San Juanico with the sunrise. When I got to San Juanico I hailed Gayle and Howard on Anu and said I'd be by for a beer. Gayle and Howard are from Salt Spring Island but winter in Mexico on Anu. It was quite windy and my anchor started to drag in the thin sand and weed bottom. After moving to a less windy spot I dinghied over for a, 3, beer and had a good visit before another stunning sunset.
Isla San Francisco to Agua Verde04/07/2011
An exciting sail off the anchor in 25 knots of wind led to a beautiful sail to Agua Verde..downwind the whole way. I arrived in time for a swim before dinner and then some brandy before bed. I really am going to miss this when I get home. Attached is a shot of Roca Solitaria at the north end of Agua Verde.