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Ranchito Los Ninos
Gabriellas grandpa
10/24/2009, Empalme

These are the little treasures that make cruising and my life worth living. My wonderful and gracious granddaughter Gabriella wanted me to give her outgrown clothes to kids down here who really could use them. With the help of Arianna(Admin assistant in the boat yard/marina) we found an orphanage in Guaymas and delivered the clothes with a couple bags of Jelly-Bellys. They were really appreciative and that went well. Chatting with Arianna about the recent donation, we both concluded that the orphanage was doing quite well with plenty of supplies and a nice facility. So she told me of an orphanage that she visited with her high school class around Christmas time. They had a little fiesta of sorts. It is located in a town (Empalme) next to Guaymas. So I decided to drive out there and take a look myself. It's out in the boondocks, but a cute little compound. I talked to Veronica, the administrater through a young lady who works there and translated for us. They have 40 kids there and what a difference from the upscale orphanage in Guaymas. These kids were poorly dressed and I could tell that they didn't get the support that the city orphanage got. So, Arianna and myself started scheming..... We are bringing the kids to the marina next friday for a pizza fest and a boat ride on a pirate ship. I dropped off a load of laundry soap, dish soap, and other cleaning supplies today. We wanted to get school supplies for them but this is what they requested. The word is spreading and all the other cruisers are chipping in for the fest and other goodies. I think we will make this an annual event. I will post a blog and pics after the event. Mucho Gracias Gabriella, your generosity grows!

10/25/2009 | Susan
I love the idea of your making it an annual event. Good for you!
10/30/2009 | dockrat
Very cool!
Old engine is out!
Gabriellas grandpa
10/24/2009, Downtown Guaymas

I finally got that old 2000 lb. (exagerating) hunk of metal(my engine) out of the boat. It sure put a lot of stress on the rigging as I winched it up on deck and then over the side to the ground. Now I start pulling all the old wires that are not being used and degreasing the engine room. Can't wait till I pull up my new sweet and light weight Yanmar on deck. I pulled everything out of my amas(side hulls) and the focs'le and stored them in the bodega with all the new stuff I brought down with me. I will seriously go through everything and start tossing and selling stuff......I want to sail a fast boat this year. Other boats are going in the water left and right making me feel like I'm on the slow track. My day will come in about 3 weeks. My meals have been a little boring...Mahi-Mahi three different ways, Cordon Bleu tonight and some traditional Mexican fare. Breakfast..Cheerios. Lunch...occassional ham and cheese at the local Oxxo(7-eleven type store).

10/25/2009 | Boomerang
Well Phil, if you go through that whole boat and toss or sell what you don't need or use I bet you could loose a thousand pounds!! It's all about the weight on a multi.
Salud amigo.
10/25/2009 | Susan
OMG, that's an ugly engine:) Keep up the food blogging. And how about some pix of the engine room?
The Start of Season 3
Grumpy Grandpa
10/17/2009, Guaymas

The beginning of Season 3 and it feels like it's my first. When I left the house to pick up my riders to Guaymas I thought they might cancel once they saw all my stuff loaded in the van. This year I bought a new(451hrs.) Yanmar diesel and 2 transmissions and all the other peripheral garbage that goes with it. Plus I bought a huge microwave for a friend here in Guaymas and of course all my fun toys I can't do without. When I showed up, they said they will try to get it all in. Bottom line.....we couldn't get in a six-pack of coke in there after they got all their stuff in. I will post more pics of the load in the gallery. When we stopped in Arizona for the gas, the attendant said it looked like my rear springs were going to break. The springs were inverted. At the border the Mexican customs started looking and they called the supervisor over to look at all the stuff to see what they could charge customs duty on. The supervisor took one look and shook his head and said let them go...Praise the Lord.....that was my biggest fear and it was for nothing. When we pulled into the Singlar yard with the car still performing it was a big relief. Got everything unloaded except the engine. The next day I drove to Mazatlan to have the friendly Yanmar dealer check out my engine and give me a thumbs up for installation. Thats like driving from Sacramento to Los Angeles to have mechanic do work for you. Plus the auto-pistas cost me 1130 pesos(about $90) to do the round trip. Now the work begins on installation of the engine and cosmetic work on the hull of the boat. The interior flooding of the boat from hurricane Jimena wasn't as bad as I was told...thank goodness. I think the next post I will go into what my eating habits are down here and probably will be disgruntled over the work I have to do in this wonderful hotbox. Oh yeah, hurricane Rick is on its way to hopefully make a visit just south of us. Won't know until Monday or Tuesday.

10/18/2009 | Susan
Engine details? Horsepower, where you got it, 2 transmissions? Are you going to install it yourself?
10/19/2009 | Gabriella's Mommy
Ohmygosh!! I would never have believed you could fit much more "stuff" in that van than you had when you pulled out of here at oh-dark-hundred on the 10th! I look forward to hearing all about your culinary adventures... fish, rice, beans... rice, fish tacos, beans... beans, fish, rice.... oh, and Skittles. Can't forget the Skittles! Gabriella and her class are off to the Jelly Belly Factory on Friday. Since you two have been there so many times, it will be ho-hum for her. The good news is she'll probably be able to narrate the tour verbatim for her classmates. I'm sure they'll be very impressed! Take care, G-Pa!
10/20/2009 | J.B.
Hey, Phillie Willie! Wow! Hopefully I can try to stay on top of your adventures this time. I hope all goes well. God bless you and keep watch over you. Love, J.B.

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