11/11/2010, Santa Rosalia
Well, Rich left the boat again today, which means there is a change of command in the works. When he is gone I try to run a tight ship as I am brain dead if I do not. I have all of my responsibilities as well as his to remember to do. At least this time I do not plan on taking the boat out of the harbor, though I do miss San Marcos.......
First order of the day is to run the Honda generator. The solar panels help but we still need more juice. Rich will be bringing back a wind generator with him on his return trip. This will be helpful. In the Sea of Cortez the rule of thumb is that we either get too much wind or not enough. There is not a happy medium for sailing too often (but when there is it is absolutely divine). The Honda uses much less fuel than the the big genset so that is my first choice. The problem is that I do not remember how to make hot water for showers with the Honda.... Since we are sleeping with blankets and wearing jackets in the mornings and evenings this could make for really quick showers.
The next thing on the Captain's list is to get water for the batteries. They seem to be using more water and are now low. Rich did not have time to get it before he left so I will be trying to find a place somewhere in town that carries it.
Before we go get water for the batteries, the dingy needs to be pumped up and cleaned out. The dingy pontoons was so soft when I took Rich to the dock at dawn this morning it was truly pathetic. An over cooked noodle would have been firmer.
My brain is already mashing things about as I try to figure out how and where to get things done and we haven't even put homeshooling, laundry, and boat cleaning in the mix. It will all be done by the end of the day, maybe.... The kids really helped when Rich was gone last time and they will be great now (or they will walk the plank--but then I would have to go buy a plank first...). Amy is cooking breakfast as I write this. Life is busy but it is also good. We are at anchor and that is the best place to be.
|Cruising Mexico 2010||
11/10/2010, but made of concrete!
We did our usual: scope out the area, check the depth, drop anchor, and then see where we sit in relation to everything around us. I was not really happy with the place where we were at as I had been here before when Rich was gone and the Port Captain asked us to move the boat. That was the time the kids and I took the boat out to San Marcos without Rich. It took 20 minutes of back and forth to get the anchor up as it was stuck to something on the bottom. This time all of us went onshore to the Palapa of Knowledge to stretch our legs and contemplate moving the boat. I did not want to leave it where it was so Rich and I snuck out and left the kids to play with their friends. The anchor comes up without a hitch. We motored around and found a spot on the far side of Frances Lee. It looked good, depth was OK and we were not anywhere near the channel. We dropped the anchor as we were reversing and let it pull tight. I ramp up the RPMs to really set the anchor well. I do not want to move. Later in the day the wind starts blowing and we stretch out on the anchor chain again. That was OK until the anchor snubber came off and Rich had to reattach it and let out some more chain. The wind shifted and now there is an iceberg 40 feet directly behind our stern. Yow! I do not like this. If we drag at all we will be on top of it! I did not sleep well that night as I played Jack in the Box, getting up to check our position rather often. The next morning the wind was still blowing and we had not moved an inch. I like my overly big anchor. We are now trying to name the iceberg. As long as it is not called the Death of THIRD DAY I will be fine.
|Cruising Mexico 2010||
11/09/2010, Santa Rosalia
Captain Jack Sparrow was singing something about really bad eggs at the end of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. I have not really had to deal with bad eggs before yesterday. It was not pretty. I bought eggs from a different place than I usually do here in Santa Rosalia. I was told other people had bought eggs this new place and they were all fine. Hhhmmmm. Not this time. I was going to make scrambled eggs and ham for breakfast. Rich was all happy with the thought of such delicious breakfast. Nothing makes him smile like good food. I broke an egg and the yoke broke apart easily. So I got another bowl so I could break them one at a time and then add them to the bowl��"just in case. I kept breaking them and they were getting worse. Finally as the odd/slightly foul odor wafted to my nose I gave up and put the rest of the unbroken eggs in a large bowl of cold water so see if they would float. I was not happy with the outcome. All of the eggs in the carton bobbed up and down, looking like they were treading water, smiling at me as if to say "Not today lady". Humph........
Why do you float eggs? It can tell you if they are old or still good (for the most part). I buy the unrefrigerated eggs so that I can keep them in a cool dry place and not take up room in the fridge. I copied this from the WikiHow site as I found it interesting:
1) Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom of the bowl and probably lie on their sides.
2) Slightly older eggs (about one week) will lie on the bottom but bob slightly.
3) If the egg balances on its smallest tip, with the large tip reaching for the top, it's probably close to three weeks old.
4) Eggs that float at the surface are bad and should not be consumed.
I bought a new carton of 30 eggs today and all of them are good. Maybe tomorrow Rich will get his scrambled eggs... Maybe......
|Things Cruisers Should Know||