Leaving La Paz
07 February 2011 | Caleta Lobos
Otto is back! Our repaired auto pilot finally arrived yesterday and after installing it and testing, it all worked fine. We finished preparations to get under way and left La Paz about 1:30 in the afternoon for the short trip (about 8 miles) to Caleta Lobos. And with that, another gorgeous Mexican sunset! We decided to only spend one night here, wanting to push on to Ensenada de Los Muertos today continuing our trip toward the Mexican mainland. We were greeted with southerly winds today, right on our nose and up to about 17 knots setting up a steady chop with short period wind waves. Otto steered flawlessly. Having 45 miles to cover for the day to the anchorage, we opted to motor sail so that we could travel the rumb line directly towards our destination and arrive before dark.
Over the weekend, we continued our exploration of La Paz, finding a really neat feed store that had everything from various pet foods to bulk spices and dried chiles. Most of the bulk goods were displayed in colorful bins some wooden and some plastic. There were many, many spices that we could not identify. We also visited another Dulceria, this one with a huge variety of pinatas and the candy and prizes that go in them. We stocked up on some various Mexican candy for those long night watches.
La Paz also seems to have a hardware store on just about every corner...they are called Ferreterias. We found an intersection that had these stores located on all 4 corners.
We discovered a small unique hotel right in the heart of downtown that had a huge array of antiques and art on display. This little hotel had only 12 rooms, but was also an art gallery and a tienda, Included with your room, you received coffee in the morning and a shot of tequilla in the evening. We found an old Baja California Sur license plate for sale, and it was purchased as a birthday present for Lorrie and her collection. Did I forget to mention it was Lorrie's birthday? - Feliz Cupleanos! We spent the entire day exploring La Paz and finished it off with a really nice dinner out.