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S/V Si Bon
Who: Steve Cook
Port: San Diego, California
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Back into the swing of things
10/02/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico

We've officially moved back on to Si Bon now. Whoever said that it cools down in the northern Sea of Cortez in October...wasn't here yesterday. We continue to check things off of our "does it still work list", and yesterday morning I checked off the air-conditioning unit, which hadn't been turned on for over a year. Sharon had gone shopping with our neighbor Anne on Serendipity in preparation for our first dock party together. I knew when she left that I had three choices; 1. get the A/C working. 2. Get a room (400 pesos per night) with A/C. or 3. Buy a bus ticket back to the states and get out of this oven. When Sharon returned from shopping and made her way down the stairs into the 71 degree cabin, her eyes lit up like a little kid at Christmas.
On Friday night a guy had come around the dock selling Jumbo shrimp and we got talked into buying 2 kilos....which is roughly 4 pounds, but at the price of 300 pasos (25 USD) how can you go wrong. As I was inflating the dinghy, Sharon was busy preparing most of the shrimp, including sautéing a batch for a very tasty pasta dish she made for the dock party.
Sooo....all and all yesterday was a successful day and today we plan to take a day off and stay in our nice 71 degree cabin while we figure our how many ways we can eat shrimp...oh and maybe later we'll venture over to the beach club for a swim and some snorkeling.

10/02/2011 | Shaybo
"You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it." - Thanks Bubba :)
10/02/2011 | Steve Cook about shrimp tacos, shrimp burritos, shrimp enchiladas, shrimp ceviche, shrimp quesadilla, shrimp tortas...clearly Bubba wasn't mexican.
10/02/2011 | Pat K'ski
How did the two of you forget SCAMPI?! Guess garlic in close quarters shouldn't be considered?
10/03/2011 | Robyn
You didn't set the smoke alarm off when you cooked the shrimp???!!!
There is a new one at Casa de Brooks (since you blew out the old one!!!).
Keep cool !!
Safe and sound
09/29/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico

Well I survived another bus trip through what most people consider hell. It's kinda funny and very sad that so many people that have never stepped foot in Mexico seem to be experts on the safety of traveling and living down here. It seems that for some reason they put more weight on the media/US Government's account of Mexico then the people who actually live here's account of things. Well I guess that makes sense..the media and government never exaggerate things or lie to us.
I had grown more and more anxious about what I would have to do to get Si Bon back to cruising mode, when you leave a boat for two months with things not being used, it could end up as a big can of worms. I had hired Carlos to keep Si Bon's bottom cleaned and start the main engine and generator a couple of times...but what about all the other things not being used? Would all of my various navigation lights come on? would the all important stereo work? what about the refrigeration? How about my expensive battery bank...would it still be fully charged? and after leaving both toilets unused for two months, will I have to do the worst job on a boat and rebuild them? All of these things raced faster and faster through my mind as we got closer and closer to San Carlos and as we walked down the boardwalk towards Si Bon's slip. As we approached the "A" dock where Si Bon is docked Carlos walked was very good to see him, Sharon and I chatted with him for what seemed to be forever before I excused myself and continued on to Si Bon's slip, as we rounded the dock and set our eyes on Si Bon Sharon mutter something like "gosh, she looks better than the last time I saw her". We still have plenty of things to check out, but the lights all work, the refrigerator was plenty cold, the batteries were just fine and as we kicked back and had a Brewski while listening to the stereo, I couldn't help but think, " I'm sure glad that I won't have to rebuild either one of the toilets"
As I later told Carlos, I was so happy I nearly cried. Muchos gracias amigo for all of your hard work and attention to detail.

09/29/2011 | Ramon
That's great... I'm looking forward to some sailing posts and pics to illustrate the sailing. Favorable winds to you both.
09/29/2011 | Karen
How fantastic is this!!!! Maybe we need to circulate Carlos name to all the sailors out there for when they are in Mexico! :) welcome back to your yacht!
Adios USA...for awhile anyway
09/26/2011, Los Angles, Ca.

Early yesterday we checked out of our Mission Beach condo, met Kim and Paul for a quick goodbye breakfast and headed north to Malibu to visit Ashley. Our Mission Beach vacation was pretty busy with getting all of the last minute things taken care of for our return to Mexico. It was pretty nice in that the condo came with several bikes, a paddle board (pic) and a kayak and all for about the same as we would have paid for a hotel. It was a great week as Sharon was able to meet both of my daughters and most of my close friends. Sharon was also able to see a few of her old friends including Betty Bo who lives not far from our condo.
Today we began the nearly 1000 mile trip back to Si Bon as we drive the rental car to Tucson then board the autobus for San Carlos.
Hurricane Hilary is still a definite threat and we are both anxious to be in San Carlos before she blows into town sometime towards the end of the week.

Hurricane Hilary; update 1
09/23/2011, Southern Mexico

Since earlier this morning the forecast has changed and as the weathermen say "Hilary is how spinning harmlessly out to sea". The weathermen obviously have not spent any time at sea. The weather guessers could change their minds again after I will continue to keep a VERY close eye on things and will also keep my blog updated.

09/24/2011 | Amber Gilbert
yipie! or maybe not... either way glad your not going straight to si bon and have a condo for a bit :)
Hurricane Hilary
09/23/2011, Southern Mexico

Hurricane season in the eastern Pacific runs from mid May thru the end of October. History shows that the Northern sea is pretty safe until September and October. Tropical Storm Hilary was upgraded to Hurricane status yesterday and is currently gaining strength off of the Southern Mexico coast...and headed north. Sharon and I were already planning on leaving Tucson Tuesday morning on the Autobus, we should be in San Carlos by Tuesday afternoon and will be able to take care of any final preparations should Hilary end up in The Sea of Cortez as the current forecast shows.
Sharon and I will be staying at a condo for the first week of our return and so there is no need for family/friends to worry about us. Si Bon will remain in her slip at Marina San Carlos, so no need to worry about her either. If Hilary does indeed come up the sea as forecast, we will be as prepared as we possibly can.

09/24/2011 | Steve Cook
and lucky for us we've already been through one hurricane this summer :-/
Where to meet us 2011/2012
Steve and Sharon
09/21/2011, Mexico

Sharon arrived in San Diego yesterday. We are now in final preparation for our return to Mexico next week.
When telling our friends about our lifestyle most people express a desire to join us somewhere. We have learned from past experience that it is best for visitors to have their own hotel room to use as kind of a base of operations...its not that we don't want people to stay on Si Bon, but a 42 foot sailboat loaded with cruising gear and equipment gets a little to cozy for most people. That being said we can do day sails and maybe an overnighter and of course spend plenty of time lounging in the warm Mexican sun sipping something cool.
There will be a couple of good spots for friends and family to join us, where it is easy to fly in and out of. Mazatlan..we will be in Mazatlan from early December until mid January (Sharon will return to the states from 12-17 thru 1-07). Mazatlan is a very popular vacation destination located on the Pacific Coast of Mainland Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta... we will be in the PV area for most of the month of February and possibly into March. PV is located within the largest bay on the Pacific coast. PV has many marinas and anchorages within a few hours sail from each other. There are many resorts and hotels throughout the area that offer some pretty decent travel packages.
So...if you want a nice inexpensive break from the gloomy winter months we hope that you will join us for Mexican fun in the sun.

PS. We are not sure at this time where we will go from Puerto Vallarta.

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