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Gabriellas grandpa
05/18/2008, Santa Rosalia

Left Bahia Concepcion and started to sail immediately because water has invaded my engine oil. So now I have to sail my SAILBOAT no matter what. I will only fire up the engine when setting anchor or entering a marina. The first day I made it to Punta Chivato and dropped the hook at the base of a luxurios hotel. Dinners there are $47 per person and the entree is whatever they are cooking that particular day. I heard all this from a fellow cruiser who took his wife to dinner there. The next morning I took off for Santa Rosalia and had a nice sail, even though I had to tack a few times and the wind died about a mile from the marina, so I fired up my milkshake machine and motored in. The next day at my Singlar marina slip I changed my oil and filter 4 times and pickled my oil cooler so no more water will seep into my engine oil. SUCCESS! Santa Rosalia is not a real touristy type town although there are a few gringo tourists who stop by to check out the museum(copper mining) and the town. The French started the copper mining in the early 1900's. The copper mining and refining has been closed for years and they just started the operation again because it will be profitable because of the prices for copper now. There is also an island that sits a couple of miles off and they mine gypsum there. As I sailed past, you could see large clouds of white dust as they were digging it up. This stuff is shipped worldwide and that is where our wallboard comes from. As I start to check out the town I went to a place I stopped and ate at about eight years ago while driving down to La Paz. It was just OK and a little pricey. Then the next day I decided to stop at a place I have bypassed before because it was just a little too cutesy and I thought was too expensive. Boy, was I ever wrong. I ordered Mexicana fish filet which is red sauce style. When they placed the dip and corn chips there was a choice of 2 dips just like Miguels in San Diego. So I got brave and tried the cottage cheese looking stuff because I've had every variation of the regular salsa. My eyes rolled to the back of my head and I quickly consumed the whole bowl. I asked the waiter what it was and he informed me it was smoked squid. This is the squid capitol of Mexico. They catch giant(up to 30 feet) Humboldt squid right out front of Santa Rosalia. My main dish was delicious. I went back the next night and had barbecued chicken half with mashed potatos and cole slaw and french bread fried in butter like you do garlic bread. DELICIOUS. The next night I tried the Swiss style enchiladas and needless to say they were delicious. Each night I'm consuming this squid dip also. My friends Chuck and Elaine on Boomerang showed up in Santa Rosalia and guess where I took them to dinner.....yep, my little gem, Terco's Pollitito. They also enjoyed themselves there and I discovered a new dish that night. Of course all this delicious food would not be complete without a stop down the street for an after dinner ice cream for 5 pesos. With my engine fixed and my belly full, I think it's time to head across the Sea of Cortes for San Carlos/Guaymas area.

05/18/2008 | Susan
Wow, the food sounds great! I had no idea that there were squid in the Sea. Being anchored off that incredible restaurant is even better than being near the croissant guy:)
05/21/2008 | David & Heather
Hi Phil, Thanks for the radio call. We wish we were still in the Sea. It's cold on the California coast. We're at Avalon waiting for some bad weather to pass before heading for Monterey. We look forward to sailing back to Mexico next fall and seeing our friends. Heather say's she has pics in June's SAIL Magazine...we haven't seen it...All the Best
05/21/2008 | Ben
Hiya guys. If it is the same Heather and picture of her racing in the Banderas Bay Regatta then she does indeed have a shot in the June Sail Mag. Its on page 53 for anyone who is interested.
El Burro Cove
Gabriellas grandpa
05/15/2008, Bahia Concepcion

This is another iinviting cove in the Coyote area of Bahia Concepcion. The guy(Geary) who does the weather on the Sonrisa net lives in a palapa on the beach and he provides free internet to us cruisers that he gets through his sattelite dish. There is Berthas restaurant in the corner of the cove, so I don't have to cook too often. I get my water from the restaurant for 15 pesos for a 5 gallon jug. All the water in this area(Mulege)comes from a spring and they say it is all drinkable. I have not gotten sick from water or food since I started my adventure in Mexico. There was this nice 50 Nordhavn powerboat in the anchorage named Sally G and it had Lincoln, Ca. for it's hailing port on the back. For my sisters sake I had to go over and have a chat with them. Well, they live in the same development that my sister lives in. There are 5 coves in the Coyote area and each one has its own special characterisitcs. The water is getting up to 81 degrees in the bay and it makes it easy to dive in and clean the bottom of the boat......these boat chores are a pain...such is life in the arid Baja. Nope I won't trade.........

05/15/2008 | Gabriella's Mommy
What a coinkydink -- our pool was about 82 degress last night when we took a family swim after dinner. And we'll make sure you feel right at home by letting you clean the bottom (and sides!) of it when you get back! Sounds like you're drumming up lots of work for the summer. Hope you're able to set aside a few days to hang out with your Little Princess. She's counting down to your arrival (or what she thinks is your arrival) on her Princess calendar.... It won't be long now!
05/16/2008 | Susan
Where is Lincoln, CA? How many people do you think will summer up in the Sea?
Bahia Concepcion
Gabriellas grandpa
05/13/2008, Posada Cove

Had a very nice motor sail to Bahia Concepcion. Bahia Concepcion is about 20 miles long and 2 or 3 miles wide and has several coves in which to anchor. I first noticed this anchorage area on a land trip I made to La Paz about 8 years ago. I could'nt wait to get my boat down here to relax in such a beautiful place. Well, I'm here and it is as nice as I remembered. My first anchorage was Posada Cove which is loaded with a gringo community of about 60 homes. A nice retired gentleman came out to my boatin his dinghy and visited right after I anchored. He has a 30 Catalina anchored there year round and a very nice house on the beach. He invited me to go to town(Mulege) in the morning with him as he had to get a water pump installed on his Suburban. I told him I had friends on another boat(Blue Aweigh) that were right behind me. He said bring them along as he had plenty of room. We had an enjoyable excursion in Mulege. We visited the Prison(Museum) and the old Mission on the hill overlooking the entire valley/town. Then they drove us to the Hotel Serinadad where a plane was hijacked about 2 weeks prior by drug runners. Our hosts, Bobbie and Dave are pilots from Montana and have there tail dragger Maule at the hotel airstrip. It was a real fun day and we got some good grocery shopping done also.

05/14/2008 | Sis
Well my dear brother it looks like you are having the time of your life. This is the most scenic trip of all. I look forward to seeing you in about three weeks. Oh by the way Happy real birthday! I remember that time very well and you are soooooooo much better now. I love you, Sis
05/14/2008 | Susan
Do you have a watermaker aboard? If not, how have you been getting water? Is it a problem? At the BC factory today we learned that the tankage on the new boat has been increased from 60 to 80 gallons.
05/15/2008 | Rev. Standley
Hi Phil, I put out the word on the "W" word for when you get back. Your pastor's wife thinks it would be nice to have the inside the house painted this year. We are in the process of getting the "popcorn" removed from the ceiling and that will be done soon. Let me know if you're interested. Blessings, Pastor Standley

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