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S/V Si Bon
Who: Steve Cook
Port: San Diego, California
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Spring Break
03/19/2011, Cabo San Lucas

Yesterday Peter and I decided to catch a bus into Cabo San Lucas and check out spring break, it was really more Peter's idea than mine, but being an accommodating skipper I felt it my responsibility to accompany him...after all I did sorta commit to his parents, in a round about way, that I would keep us all safe. we walked into San Jose, caught a local bus to the main highway, then took another bus the 15 miles to Cabo. Spring break was in full swing and we settled into a huge palapa bar named Mango's...there was some dude that was MC ing different contests, there was a dance contest, a drinking contest and much to our chagrin a wet teeshirt contest, which I tried to be a judge of, but due to the fact that I didn't want to pay to be a judge they picked some dorky dude that was in bad need of a tan...the crowd and the girls were VERY disappointed that I got nixed as I definitely was more entertaining, bigger and better looking (but a lot older) than the dork. We stayed a little while longer before catching a bus back to San Jose to have one last go around of the town festival before we leave this morning for Bahia Los Frailes.
In hindsite I'm very happy that the very well behaved Peter was there to accompany me in to see spring break 2011

03/19/2011 | mark
Cool, so what is the daily slip fees?
We raced today and got 2nd.
03/20/2011 | steve cook
Hey Mark, they were 50 USD, which is high, we're trying to line up a slip in La Paz for the month of April it would be somewhere around 600 a month
03/29/2011 | Frank & Jeanette
Good work Steve
Your my hero
A few more days and its La Paz
Take care , be safe
Hope to join up with you soon as the warden lets me out of prison, although she should be happy with the trip to the Cook Islands
Marina Puerto del Cabo
03/18/2011, San Jose Del Cabo

We're still here at the Marina Puerto del Cabo, this is a fairly new marina that is part of a large master plan community, which is just getting started. The marina is about 15 miles from Cabo San Lucas and about 1.5 miles from San Jose del Cabo. We hope to be leaving tomorrow and begin anchor hopping up to La Paz, arriving in La Paz around the first of April. We've all settled in to the relaxed lifestyle here, where the weather is literally "perfect", not to hot, but nice and warm during the day and cooling off at night where you may need to throw on a light sweater or jacket after sundown. My friend Dan, from Sun Harbor Marina, on S/V Dazzler pulled in on Thursday on his way north after cruising in Mexico for the past year. Dan and I went to happy hour and dinner last night and I picked his brain for important cruising details.
I'm not sure about internet coverage between here and La Paz, so if I don't post for awhile you'll know the coverage was "no bueno".

Margarita Ville and Cock fights
Steve, Sunny warm nights
03/17/2011, San Jose Del Cabo

When we arrived in Ensenada we were treated to the start of Carnaval, a celebration before the start of Lent. When we arrived at Turtle Bay we were happy to learn that this little town at the end of a 135 mile dirt road was for some reason selected as the site for Carnaval for the entire central Baja region. We knew pulling into San Jose that Carnaval was now over...but the ever partying people of Mexico also celebrate their towns patron Saints...and as luck would have it San Jose was just kicking up their Festival for St. Joseph (San Jose). Last night Peter and myself went to town, let me tell you that this was the best celebration so far, they have a rodeo, a cock fighting arena, and of course tons of food and drink. I know that this isn't going to go over well with some people, but we both had never been to a cock fight and part of the reason we are traveling the way we are is to be submersed into other cultures...and cock fighting is a part of the Mexican culture. So we paid our 100 pesos (10 USD) and settled in. Now I could start coming up with a bunch of sexual innuendoes about who had the biggest......well never mind, this is after all a family blog. The Mexicans do a lot of betting on the fights, but not really understanding anything about it we just made little bets between ourselves of a beer. Cock fighting is a pretty controversial sport (?)...but is it really that much more inhumane that shooting chickens up with growth hormones and packing them together in pens, and then slaughtering them? How about beefing up large men and then having them run at each other at full speed (football, rugby)? That said I don't think I will go to another cock fight, to me it was interesting to see once, but not really that entertaining, and we weren't sure if we should feel sorrier for the dead loser or the pretty messed up winner.
We've decided to stay in San Jose Del Cabo a couple of more nights before slowly working our way to La Paz to meet up with Shaybo and Bob the first week of April.

03/17/2011 | Shaybo
cant wait, get me the heck outta here! btw, we met this guy Juan a couple weeks back in Guerrero Negro, who claims he has the #2 cock in all of joke :)
03/19/2011 | mark
Great to here from you. Weather was great today, but will be cooling. Rain coming mon? Race on sat.
San Jose Del Cabo
Steve, Sunny warm nights
03/16/2011, San Jose Del Cabo (duh)

So yesterday we all took a little break from each other, Peter went to the beach for a swim, Catherine went to the marina work area to catch up on her art orders and I decided to walk the 1.5 miles into the town of San Jose Del Cabo and try to get a haircut. I made a wrong turn and ended up on an isolated dirt road, but could tell I was headed in the right direction, just on the wrong road. I got into downtown San Jose and soon realized that the towns festival was getting ready to start (more on that later), I cruised around town getting the lay of the land and asking around in my almost nonexistent spanish for a barber shop. I finally found a kinda seedy hair salon where they spoke no english, but using my fingers as a imaginary pair of scissors conveyed that I wanted a haircut and wanted it VERY short, it all worked out and it was kinda nice not to have to try to come up with small talk while she cut my hair.
I decided that I would take the dirt road back to the marina as I hate walking on busy streets and the dirt road was a nice, although isolated walk, so off I went crossing a small stream picking up an old piece of bamboo that was laying in the road to use in case I came across any stray dogs along the way. About half way back two guys came into view walking towards me, as they approached me one of the dudes, a kinda rough, mean looking guy, starts yelling at me in spanish, I myself able to yell with the best of them yell back "NO HABLO ESPANOL", I then drop into a batters stance using the old piece of bamboo as an imaginary bat, homey immediately goes into a pitchers stance, he winds up and throws me an imaginary pitch...a fast ball no less, I take a swing, make contact with the imaginary ball and raise my hand over my eyes to watch it sail out of the park, we both look at each other and start cracking up, I turn and continue along my way and he does the same.
The moral of the story is with a little imagination and some humor, you can get through many situations.
My friend Dan on Dazzler just pulled in coming from Puerto Vallarta as I've been writing this so we'll be catching up later over a few brewski's...adios for now.

03/16/2011 | amber
hahahaha hilarious... did you hit a home run? lol.
03/16/2011 | Gilbert Valdez
Great story Steve glad to hear you are doing fine. Take Care.
03/16/2011 | steve cook
Ohhh yes Ambi I hit that sucker into the parking lot...the dudes friend didn't want anything to do with me from the get go and was hurrying you know I'm also pretty mean looking especially with my new haircut.
03/16/2011 | shaybo24
Ummm.... good luck Scuba Duck looks amazing in her new blog photo! Luv it :)
03/17/2011 | Kristine
WOW! Sounds like you are having a great time! Be safe!
Tsunami? What Tsunami?
Steve, Sunny warm nights
03/15/2011, Puerto Los Cabos, San Jose Cabo

We rounded the tip of the Baja yesterday morning as the sun was rising, and headed into the Sea of Cortez to the Marina Puerto Los Cabos. I'm happy to say that due to God's will and lots of preparation we had no real problems sailing down one of the most inhospitable, desolate, isolated and beautiful coasts in the world. It took us a total of 12 days including stops in Ensenada, Turtle Bay and a afternoon and evening rest stop at Bahia Santa Maria. The nearly 800 mile trip was done mostly under sail as we glided along wing on wing, sailing with the wind to our backs, we saw whales, dolphins and every few days we would see another vessel of some sort. Si Bon proved herself to be a very sea worthy cruising yacht and her ease in handling gave me plenty of time to reflect on my love of the ocean. The sail down Baja causes many people to scrap their cruising dreams as they imagine all sorts of issues. This may be considered a boring post as I have no horror stories to tell, we didn't hit anything, all of Si Bon's important systems worked, we didn't drag anchor and no pirates tried to mess with us, I did hear there was a Tsunami while we were gone but we didn't know anything about it until arriving in Cabo. I will say to anyone thinking of cruising what has been said to me many times by my now fellow cruisers, "cruising isn't really that difficult, you just need to do it" (Nike??). So prepare (not over prepare) yourself and your boat, untie the dock lines and get is good.
I will now turn my prayers to the people of Japan.

03/15/2011 | mark
Mission bay bait dock had some damage. I was on sd bay. The surges lasted through the day. Like watching the tide change every 10 mins or so. Glad to hear all is well.
Bahia de Tortugas
03/08/2011, Bahia de Tortugas, Baja California

Well here we are on the hook in Turtle Bay, one of my cruise books calls TB "coyote Ugly" and at first glance that is pretty accurate. TB once had a cannery which was closed in 1998, since then the town is supposed to have been in decline, however as we have walked around the streets of TB we all have marveled at how nice the small, simple homes seem to be, not any of the shanty type structures that you might expect to find in a little village at the end of a 135 mile dirt road.
Once again as luck would have it, TB is the sight of Carnaval for this entire region of Baja, last night as we were headed back to Si Bon we were caught up in the parade (a pick-up pulling a trailer) followed by people on their way to the festivities, with music blasting and people dancing wildly was pretty crazy as they tugged at us to join the parade and danced with us on the small dirt street.
Our current plan is to leave TB on Thursday and continue south towards Cabo San Lucas....subject to change.

03/08/2011 | amber gilbert
looks...interesting... and fun...
03/08/2011 | Frank Rogers
Looks like your having a great trip
Stay safe

Your little buddy
03/08/2011 | Mark
So Cool Steve, I'm glad everything is going well.
I sent my heat exchanger out this morning for testing and cleaning.
03/08/2011 | karen
Im enjoying your blog!! Keep it up! Have fun.. hope to join you somewhere in the world.. along the journey! even if it is only for a couple days!
03/09/2011 | Sandy Bilodeau
Would have loved to have a beer with you before you left, but I've had at least one sick kid in the house since Christmas, this time it's Strep - Tonsillitis - Mono. And that's just one kid! I don't like to inflict cooties on anyone, so I stay away. Glad to here about your adventures, just remember it's not a race! Don't be waking up the crew at 5:30 Ahab. Through-away-the-watch.
03/09/2011 | Sandy Bilodeau
Whoops~~That should be spelled~~ Throw
03/09/2011 | Kathy
OK - Admit it you were leaving today but had so much fun last night that you have to rest up for a day before heading out. Good for you. I look forward to hearing about the next adventure.
03/14/2011 | Sharon
So glad the blog is up and working again....sounds like you are enjoying yourself. Thats awesome. You deserve it.

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