by Capts. Dave and Desiree
As we finally approach the Mexican/United States border, there is no question we have noted the change in seasons. We have had endless summer(s), but now there is a notable change in the air, and especially the water temperature.
We have monitored the sea temperature as we have headed north. Along the central coast of Mexico, the water had increased to 23.7C (72.8F), and we dropped anchor in a bay to scrub barnacles off the bottom of the boat. Even at this temperature, it required us to wear a wetsuit, but it was tolerable for the two hours we were scraping away. In retrospect, we are grateful we made that stop, now that that our instruments read a temperature of 9.4C (48.7F). NO WAY are any of us getting wet in the Pacific, or at least not intentionally.
Our last passage has taken us about 750 miles from Mazatlan to Cabo Colonet, 65 miles short of Ensenada. With the weather deteriorating over the next 24 hours, we decided to drop anchor and wait it out. When the seas settle, we will depart for Ensenada, and do the appropriate checkout of Mexico, and head onward to California.
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