17 November 2008 | La Paz (City of Peace)
After tons of real nervousness I said my good-byes to everyone and untied my lines to sail out of Guaymas bay. The cruise ship Ryndam was making her second visit to Guaymas and would be coming down on my stern in a short while. It turned dark after a couple hours out and I saw the bright lights of a small city coming down my way. I called the Ryndam and they answered immediately and said they would pass me on my port side. I love it when good things come together. I raised my mainsail as soon as I left the dock and then about 30 minutes later I raised the jib and was cooking southward. I sailed all night and until about 5pm the next day.....how exciting to sail that much with no motor running. The sailing was so good I did'nt want to stop, so I kept going south. I motored through the last night(a 2 nighter passage) and right into La Paz. There were a lot of nice anchorages along the way but I decided I could hit all those on my way back north next April. I will stay here a couple of nights to catch up on sleep then cross over to Mazatlan. I want to be in San Blas or Isla Isabella for Thanksgiving so I won't think about it too much.......Princess Gabriella...... I running into a lot of cruisers I met last year, so that's kinda nice. My rudder was bent when I put it back together so I monitored it on the way south.....it's not perfect, but works okay. I have'nt repaired my thermostat housing from last year and it leaked a little on the way down. The fact that everything worked and it was a nice, but lonely trip put a smile on my scarred face.