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End of Season One
Gabriellas grandpa
06/08/2008, Rancho Cordova, Ca.

With my boat sitting on the hard in Guaymas and my rudder removed and contracted some locals to remove my bottom paint, I traveled north to the land of STORES. I took the Tufesa bus from Guaymas to Tucson which took 8 1/2 hours. Then I took a taxi to the airport and hung around there from 10:30pm to 5am to board my flight for Sacramento. I got into Sacramento(a layover in L.A.) at 9:35am and my son and daughter-in-law were there to pick me up and help me pull off the big surprise for Gabriella. Gabriella was expecting me on the 10th, so when she went off to school she was thinking grandpa will be home in 5 days. When school let out at noon I was hiding by a classroom and mom guided her over to my direction. The look on her face was of confusion...she was trying to process what she thought was five more days before I got there...but there I was. That confused look quickly turned into a big grin and some hooping and hollering. Needless to say, Gabriella and grandpa were the happiest people on the block. This will be the last post until I take off again for another season of cruising Mexico in October. Thanks for following along and I truly hope you enjoyed my little travelogue.

06/08/2008 | Susan
Great picture! How long did it take before she was pinching your face?:)
I'll really miss your blog.
06/08/2008 | Phillip Perkins
Susan, not long..maybe 5 minutes.....look in my picture gallery, you will see it there.
High and Dry
Gabriellas grandpa
05/31/2008, Guaymas

I left San Carlos bay early in the morning so I would'nt get beat up by the wind and had a nice motor boat ride for about 14 miles to Guaymas. As soon as I dropped my hook in front of the Singlar facility a couple workers came out and signaled me to go to the fuel dock. I was a day early, but if they wanted to let me tie up there for free, I would'nt complain. I tied up and went to the office to let them know I was'nt going to pay for an extra night at their dock and they in turn asked if I wanted to haul that day and get a few free extra days on the hard......of course I could'nt refuse. You have to understand that I'm the third boat to ever been hauled out at the new facility and I could tell they were not running a fine tuned organization. The lift operator was a safety nut(how wierd in Mexico) and he insisted on doing everything by the book. Out I came and over to Mannaseas' new home without water for 5 months. After a couple of hours getting the stands and blocks just right, she was settled in for the long haul. They gave me an aluminum ladder to use that was about 30 feet long and hard to keep upright because of the length. So I went over to the Maderaria(woodstore) and bought 3 2x4 pieces and carried them the 2 blocks back to the boat to build my own ladder. That done, the next step was to(PGrated) build a receptacle for my electric toilet. I took one of my old diesel jerry jugs and did a little remodeling and presto....a perfect receptacle. They have nice shower and bathrooms but no hot water and they smell bad because they do not know how to put in proper ventilation. So I shower on my boat and use my own toilet. Comfort. I'm in the process of breaking down my rudder post/quadrant and trying to drop it out so I can get an idea what I need to rebuild it. I hired a couple workers to remove my bottom paint while I'm home swimming with my dear Princess. I just talked to her on Skype and when I asked how long before I come home, she screeched 10 days and kept on screeching. My final post for this season will be from home.

05/31/2008 | Susan
We're not at Kettenburg any more, Toto...look at that pristine cement! Phil, I would rather not imagine your electric head setup:)
I'll be thinking of you on Thursday when school gets out in Sacramento.
Mainland Mexico
Gabriellas grandpa
05/23/2008, San Carlos Bay.

I left Santa Rosalia about noon so I could try and sail the entire distance to San Carlos. I did sail a lot, but when I got down to 2 knots I fired up my trusty engine....the one with very clean oil in it. I arrived at daylight and anchored in the bay among 50 or so other boats that were mostly on mooring balls. I discovered a nice little coffee/pastry shop in the marina that had free wifi and very good ice cream(maple-nut). Took the bus into Guaymas tp check out where I might haul out for the summer. I went to the new Singlar marina and haulout facility to get quotes for storage and then took the bus around the bay to Marina-Seca Guaymas to check them out. It was not that tough of a decision. M-S Guaymas was a dirt yard next door to a shrimp boat yard that had dust clouds of metal sandings floating around and the water and electric hookups were suspect. So, for $400 difference in the whole summer season storage I choose Singular. It is a state of the art facility within walking distance of downtown and restaurants and the amenities are quite nice. For piece of mind and security of the boat while gone swimming with my Princess for the summer, it's worth it. I will sail over to Guaymas bay this thursday to anchor out and prep the boat for haulout on Friday. I think Im getting a little too anxious about reuniting with Gabriella.....oh yeah, and her parents.

05/23/2008 | Gabriella's Mommy
It really warms my heart that you are so excited about reuniting with us -- oops, I mean with Gabriella. This might be a dumb question, but where will you stay once you haul out? Can you still stay on the boat? Grandma "New Knee" Pat and I were just sitting around musing about that. It will be great to see you again!
05/24/2008 | Susan
How do the modern yards haul tris these days? We couldn't find Marina Seca Guaymas on Google Earth but it looks like another marina is in the works over by San Carlos. Must be a lot of gringo boats in the area.
05/24/2008 | Pastor John
I am pretty sure I saw Gabriella's Parents
changing the locks on the doors after the
above remarks. Anyway, hurry back, your van
uoon the blocks draws attention away from the fact that the yard hasn't been mowed since you left. Actually, we all are looking forward to summer with you.

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