29 May 2008 | San Diego, CA
Now that we're back home and we got a decent nights sleep, I thought I would elaborate a little about our experience. Would we make the same decision to do the trip knowing what we know now?
Answer is...Oh yes!
This trip was a great experience. We enjoyed the challenge of the trip, the people we met, and the Mexican culture.
In terms of challenge, it seemed like every day was a new adventure. As you probably noticed in our blog entries, we did a lot of problem solving along the way. Invariably things would go wrong at the worst times. Who would've thought we would've had to jump start our boat in an anchorage in the middle of nowhere? And, that was just the tip of the iceberg. In addition, on the trip we constantly learned more about the conditions that we could handle and the boat could handle.
We met a lot of wonderful people on our trip. It was not uncommon to meet new friends or "neighbors" in the anchorage one day and have dinner together the next. When you're on dry land, how long does it take to have dinner at a neighbors house after you move in? Too long! With cruisers, it's not the case. We met people who had sailed around the world...those who had lived / retired on their boats for years....or those who were just cruising Mexico for the season (like us)!
We enjoyed the Mexican culture. We found Mexicans to be very warm and friendly people with family at the center of their lives. In the small villages, many families barely had a roof over their heads yet they would bend over backwards to share their country and culture with us. We are humbled and honored for the experience. We would give toys, school supplies, or candy to the Mexican children but we wished we could've given more...
This experience is one we hope not to forget anytime soon. It will be nice to reflect on this experience well into the future. I think it's made me a better person...a better friend, daughter, sister, wife, etc.
And with that here is a little tally with some metrics about our trip.
On our Mexican adventure we..
-Traveled 4,314 miles
and we used...
- 325 gallons of diesel to run the engine
- 5 gallons of gasoline for our dingy outboard
- 25lbs of propane for cooking
- 680 gallons of fresh water for drinking, cooking, etc.
- 130 gallons of non potable water for cleaning (excluding our time at a marina)
So what's next? For us, we're going back to work and the "real world", but our lives will never be the same..