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Mexican tug boatSteve
10/27/2011, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur
One of my motivating factors for cruising to foreign countries was to become submersed into other cultures. It didn't take to long living here in Mexico to see that things are not always done the same way as they are in the good ole US of A.
10/26/2011, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur
Crossing the Sea of Cortez between San Carlos and Santa Rosalia (SR) is about a 72 nautical mile (NM) trip, which in a sailboat that averages 5 NM should take around 14 hours. When I crossed over to San Carlos in July I was able to do the complete crossing during daylight, however the days are now shorter and since we did not have a slip reserved in SR, I wanted to make sure we got here before the Marina closed.
Adios San CarlosSteve
10/24/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
We've been bustin our butts the last 3-4 days getting ready to leave San Carlos...which we will be doing in the next couple of hours. We will leave Marina San Carlos around 1300 today and sail over to Algodones for the night. Somewhere around 0200 tomorrow morning we'll leave Mainland Mexico (Algodones) and sail across the Sea of Cortez to Santa Rosalia, a distance of about 70 NM. Our friend Carlos is sailing with us to Algodones and he'll ride his bike back to MSC after I dinghy him in to shore. Carlos is one of the MANY new friends we now have in San Carlos, we've met and become friends with many fellow cruisers, we have become friends with the family that owns the local tienda, friends with the people in the local dive shop and the security guards at the marina. We are also pretty tight with ALL of the restaurant, taco stand and bar owners and their many employees. One of the sad parts of cruising is the friends that you leave behind when you cast off and move on to another piece of paradise. We'll most likely bump into (not literally I hope) our cruiser friends but there are many people that have been such a big part of our lives here that we may never see again.
10/19/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
For the most part cruisers are a pretty tight nit community, one of the ways we stay connected to each other is through the local cruiser nets on our VHF or SSB radios. Both Sharon and I have become fairly active in the San Carlos cruiser net, which starts at 8:00 AM every morning. Each morning someone different runs "the net", they always start with everyone listening for anyone who might be in trouble, they then go to check-ins. During check-ins everyone announces their boat name and the person running that days net replies with a friendly "Good morning Si Bon". After check-ins we move to a weather report, then local assistance. Local assistance is where if you are in need of some sort of local service, (dentist, hardware store or in Sharon's case, somewhere to get you toes done), everyone chirps in with their opinion of the best place to go. There's is then a call for lost and found and then we go to swaps and trades. We are not allowed to sell things to each other here in Mexico (not sure why), so we have to trade things for coconuts....for instance I was able to sell....oops I mean trade my hookah dive system to another cruiser for 1000 coconuts, and I am hoping that I can trade some of those coconuts for a fishing reel from the Sanford and Son of San Carlos, Garth on Tuna-holic.
Weekend get awaySteve
10/17/2011, Bahia Algodones
On Friday the northern winds calmed down and we were able to cast off the dock lines and head out of Marina San Carlos. It's kinda funny how when you've been out cruising for awhile how nice it is to get to a marina...but when you've been stuck in a marina for awhile, it's also nice to get underway. We had several motivating factors for wanting to do our short (6.5 nautical mile) trip. Our main reason was to be able to continue to test things out before we cross back over the Sea of Cortez to Baja next week. It's much better to discover any kind of issues when you are 6.5 NM away from a marina then to find out about them when you are half way across a 70 NM wide sea. We also just wanted to get out to a nice bay, drop the hook (anchor) and dive of the stern of Si Bon into 80+ degree water.
10/14/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
Since arriving back in San Carlos Sharon and have been busy exploring the San Carlos/Guaymas area. When I was here in July I stuck mostly around the marina area, I rarely ventured into downtown San Carlos and I never went into Guaymas. Sharon and I now are becoming pros at riding the very efficient city bus system around town and over to the Walmart in Guaymas. Earlier this week we walked over to a really cool Palapa restaurant and bar on the beach and then strolled thru the many galleries and tourist shops...all the way scoping out the taco stands that line the main drag for future visits. Yesterday we headed into town, our original thought was to walk into town, stop at a place called J J's for a beer and some Al Pastor tacos and then go to the tienda (store) to provision for our mini cruise to Bahia Algodones today. We were then going to take the bus back to the marina, groceries in hand. Well one taco (or beer) led to another and we never made to the tienda. We did however make it to three different taco stands meeting and greeting people along the way. J J is a funny guy who always yells "who cares" after you order something or ask him a question.
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