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Black Bees
Gabriellas Grandpa
10/18/2010, 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................

10/19/2010 | Susan
Well, THAT'S certainly a first, black bees in the boat. You're lucky there were only a small number of bees and not a whole hive full of honey:)
10/22/2010 | Jeff Sr
will a good start puts mine back to work on the thing you LOVE . Keep tye Blogs coming
10/22/2010 | Pat Lysaght
Those big furry bees are carpenter bees and they are always boring into my redwood fence. It’s amazing how they make those perfect little round holes! Hope you got rid of them… I always spray into the holes after they have left in the morning and then putty up the holes. Works for me!!!

10/27/2010 | Gabriella's Mommy
Glad to hear you got rid of the bees -- and good hearing your voice tonight, as well. Gabriella has been very busy this week, but she's anxious to talk w/ you. Good luck rigging your mast.... Confuscious say: Next time, ask for estimate, Grasshopper!
11/07/2010 | Judy Yawman-Adams
Hey, Phillie Willie. So, what the heck has happened to you since 10/18? Did you get stuck in Customs after all? I hope your bees are gone. Sounded pretty gross. I actually had bees and larvae like that in the bracket holes of a bookcase I made! I hope your last few weeks have been less eventful. I lost my new job; want a sailing partner?
The Start of Season 4
Gabriellas grandpa
10/12/2010, Rancho Cordova

This is the toughest part of cruising...saying good-bye to my granddaughter. Thank God that it has gotten a little better and does not come close to that first year when I sailed out of Rio Vista. That was pure torture pulling Gabriella out of my arms. Anyway, there are so many little things to take care of before leaving, like getting the car in shape and buying a thousand little items that I think I won't be able to buy in Mexico. Then there is packing the car with said items and still having enough room for my friend Steve and all his stuff. This year Steve is jumping off to the South Pacific, so I will be commuting by myself after this trip. As always, I will promise to post more blogs and more pictures, but only time will tell if I hold true to my promise. I am supposed to paint the interior of the school in Colomilla this year, but I will not rush through my upgrades on the boat to achieve that task. I have to redo all my standing rigging as it's only about 25 years overdue. I also have to install my new glass bottom porthole and paint the boat from the decks up. I really enjoy hanging around Guaymas as I work on the boat. I will post the upgrade progress with pics and text so you can see that all this cruising stuff is not just beautiful sunsets and Mahi-Mahi dinners in palapas on beuatiful beaches. I leave in 2 days, the 14th of Oct. and will drive through Costa Mesa and San Diego. Comments and questions are welcomed.

10/12/2010 | Susan
Looking forward to this year's Adventures in Paradise. And lots of pictures.
10/13/2010 | Gabriella's Mommy
We will certainly miss you, G-Pa! It's been such a blessing having you share our lives in your "off-season." Our prayers will be with you on your next journey.
11/13/2010 | Della
Love seeing you off on your new adventure! Also excited to read about it all...your warm weather and me trying to get through snow. ;-) Love you and our prayers are with you!
32 and counting..........
Gabriellas grandpa
05/01/2010, Guaymas....my second home.

I had a nice stay in La Paz. I ran into old cruising friends from a couple of years ago who were on their way to the South Pacific but were detoured because of damage in a storm in La Cruz. Mike and Lisa are on a Catalina-Morgan 440 named Blue Aweigh....blue hull. We had a nice time catching up....they did Alaska last year and they are not slowing down. I was to meet them at anchorages along the way north into the Sea but, they like to enjoy the area they are in as I just rushed through them. I got to say good-bye to them on the radio and might stop by Ventura on my way back down to Guaymas. I stopped in Bahia Cardonnel on Isla Partida the first night out of La Paz. The next morning on my way to San Evaristo I got blown back to Ensenada Grande on Isla Partida. So I went ashore and did some hiking to take some pics...blog post cover. Took off the next morning for San Evaristo and had a nice passage. Anchored for the night and took off for Agua Verde and had a nice 20 something mile passage. Only spent the night in Aqua Verde and headed to Puerto Escondido. Anchored in the Elipse which was quite crowded with people who live there year round. I used a stern anchor so I could run my generator and be decadent with lights and movies on the big screen. I have a 2000W generator that is like the Honda EU models and are pretty quite. After I started my generator someone came on the radio (didn't identify himself) and said 'can the newly arrived boats not run their generators at night...we only run them in the day time'. I knew it was the boat next to me but didn't say anything. I jumped in my dinghy and motored to each boat and turned off my outboard to listen to the noise I was generating. It was nothing but a quiet hum. I wasn't going to be intimidated by a local who thinks he owns the area because his boat is stuck to the bottom. After I watched my movie I turned the genset off and the guy next door was playing a loud flute or clarinet. There is something about Puerto Escondido that just doesn't sit right with me. Maybe it's all the heavy drinkers and their type of socializing that goes on there. PLUS, I went to the restaurant and ordered the cheapest thing on the menu...a hamburger and coke for 125 pesos...that's 12 bucks and I would never do that back in the states. Needless to say, the weather window for a crossing to Guaymas was excellant, so I took advantage of the weather and headed off to my second home. I had an absolutely wonderful SAIL for about 8 hours...beam reaching at 7 and 8 knots. The rest of the overnight trip was quite peaceful. Pulled into the dock and my good friend Horacio had my car ready for me. While I have a captive audience, I would llike to Thank My Lord and Saviour for my 32 years of SOBER bliss. And He rewarded me well with my lovely and awesome granddaughter. I still can't get over how I came to have such a wonderful life after screwing up so badly at the beginning.....My Lord is so gracious and forgiving. I want to thank all the people in my life for just being who you are.

05/02/2010 | Susan
Phil, I assume that those are 32 HOURS and counting? Till you're back in Sacramento or leaving Mexico?
Gorgeous picture of the anchorage. And congratulations on your 32nd Birthday!
05/02/2010 | Phil
I'm here for about 10 days then driving to Rancho Cordova. 32 years of sober living.
05/03/2010 | Susan
I both noticed and did not notice the 32 years of sober living. I just didn't make the connection with the title. See why I flunked the written part of the NC driver's test:)
05/20/2010 | capricorn cat
Hey, Phil,
Sorry we missed you ..we have been every place you have been abet several weeks later. we had a southerly wind from Isla Isabella to the start of Isla Partida! can you believe it??? hopefully see you this time around. besitos, Carol & /Pancho Viejo..p.s. the school you painted looks wonderful...you are a GREAT guy! Gabriella is a lucky gal.

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