18 October 2010 | Guaymas
The trip down from Rancho Cordova to Guaymas was the easiest yet. Picked up Steve in Lotus and packed all his stuff in the van, had to put the outboard and my large luggage on the roof to make room. We drove down to Costa Mesa so I could stop by Minneys Yacht Surplus to pick up my new to me drifter. Also bought a few other odds and ends and then we met up with a couple of friends of Steve's who are rebuilding a Katrina salvaged boat. When we left Nogales to cross the border the stress level created from the fear of Mexican customs was high. We came up to the first (Red light/Green light) and it showed red. So the gate opened and I crept forward and there was no one around, so I kept driving forward and before we knew it, we were on our way to the next customs and visa area at KM21 marker. After we got our visas we drove around the building to the customs inspection area and got a GREEN light. After we drove for a couple of miles and were muttering to ourselves saying we cant believe we got off so easy.......we were joking about going back and demanding they inspect our vehicle. Got to the boat and was pleasantly surprised that everything was working properly. Did laundry and cleaned the boat and left it wide open to air out. Started to work on my dryrot areas and noticed tons of sawdust or chewed wood around the area along with these perfect half-inch holes. It looked someone just drilled those holes, but it was these huge black bees that chewed into the dryrot areas to feast on the bad wood. So I started to cut out the affected area and the bees came out and larvae fell out. They really set up housekeeping in that wood. There were about 12 black adults and 4 or 5 reddish/orange juveniles and three maggots. My blog picture is a black bee flying around looking for its home that I destroyed. The boat work begins................