We left Barra de Navidad on December 19th, a bit lighter than when we came down. Three suitcases of gear were now on the boat, and we got some kind of 'bug' that did a number on our digestive systems. It was bound to happen sometime, and it did. But it was over as quick as it came and we made the flights home with no problems about 11:45 pm.
Let's see, HOME, that is where you stop to do the wash and load up for another trip, right?! We got the required clothes washed & repacked on were on the road driving to Portland about sun up on the 23rd. That big storm dumped a lot of snow around Mt Shasta, but by the time we got there all that was left was a highway full of very slow cars and trucks. We didn't have to chain-up because we have 4-wheel drive, but it was almost a 12 hr drive going north. I think it was our slowest rip ever, but no problems, so it was a good trip! Isaac is doing well, still having a few reactions from the med withdrawls, but no more headaches!! Was a fun Christmas with the kids and we headed back to Sac on Dec 29 with probably our fastest trip ever! We got a big break in the storms and flew by all the snow pack with dry roads the whole way.
Our next 'stint' will be assisting with Pat & Toby and the kids when Pat has surgery on his neck. It looks like this will take place in just over a week, and depending on how long his re-hab takes we may be 'released from duty' by around the middle of February to head back to Barra De Navidad and ENCORE.
While in Portland we took advantage of 'no sales tax' and bought a new radar /GPS /sonar system for ENCORE. Things have sure changed in this area since the 'old days' just a few years ago. The new broadband radar systems do things in ways that we couldn't even wish for 10 years ago. Now to find another suitcase that will help get this stuff to Mexico.
Between boat stuff and finishing up the book in time for the boat show at Jack London Square we are busy. Not so busy that we don't have time every day, to wish we were in Mexico.
Well, we've finally made it back to Barra. This is one of our favorite places to be, and the first time back since March of 2007. Some things have changed, but the soul of the town seems the same, although the town is still showing ther signs & scars of the storm that ravaged it a bit over a year ago.
We have been busy, well, not too busy, getting ENCORE ready to go have some fun. It is hard to spend the whole day working on the boat when there is so much to do & see in the town. Last night and this morning we did a list of "must-do's" for today. Well, we did get some of it done. But today was market day so we HAD to find some things for the yard at home, and get some street-food, and walk around, and yes we did get some things done too. But not even quite half of the list. But that'a OK 'cause we will try again tomorrow,
Herte is Carole sitting on ENCORE getting her first look at what I have found for us. It isn't like ESPIRITU, but what could be like that first boat to go cruising on?! Things are coming along fine and should have the Auto Pilot about done tomorrow. Unless there is another market day, or . . .
We board in a few minutes - next stop MANZANILLO, then to the boat in Barra.
This will be a short trip, only 10 days, not the three months of cruising we had been planning on. Isaac, grandson in Portland OR is not doing as well as we'd hoped, so we are anticipating getting back soon.
BUT, we are off! This LAX thing is not near the fun of sailing down the coast.