Provisioning, today is the day to go get all of the groceries that we will have for about the next month for 5 and a half people (Jason equals 2 and a half people). I know that we will be able to pick up a few things in Man O War Cove in Magdalena Bay and also Turtle Bay but those will be small stores and those supplies more limited and probably a little more expensive. I will be able to get eggs and other essentials like dish soap but I am not sure about some of the finer things of life like pancake syrup. In the past I had made our own syrup from brown sugar, water, butter, and some vanilla flavoring but it is just not the same. Some of the other things on my list are:
Canned meat--Chata Chilorio El Autentico canned pork. It is a little spicy. All you have to do it heat it up, put it on top of a piece of bread or whatever food you are making and call it good.
Cheese--Cheese is sold by the Kilo so we will have about 2 and a half kilos (around 5 libs) of Gouda or Manchego
Saladitas--Soda crackers. They are good for soups, stews, and nausea. I like to keep them on hand.
Salsa--Herdez salsa Casera. It is a chunky not too hot salsa that goes on pretty much anything. I like to use it on eggs as Rich complains if they are too dry then I put the salsa on them and he never knows.
Milk--We like Lala Light. Jason could drink a whole liter box in one sitting. If you get the boxes they need no refrigeration so they can be stuffed just about anywhere.
Mayonaisa con Limon--Mayonnaise with a little lime juice. In general we do not use a lot of mayonnaise but I have 12 cans of tuna for quick sandwiches so we have found the mayo with the lime just adds a little extra flavor.
Cat litter--Who would ever have a cat inside the house anyway? If you do not get the litter in big towns the people look at you funny and then point to the dirt. Cortez has never missed his box so I am fully prepared to get him his good clumping letter so he will have his usual digging material.
Media Crema--This is the stuff dreams are made or, at least for Rich and Jason. It is a heavy cream that does not need to be refrigerated. It goes on anything from hot dogs, Pablano cream sauce, soups.... I have not found a substitute that does not need to be refrigerated in the states.
Veges--Potatoes, carrots, onions, and cabbage. These things last a long time. I will also be buying some apples, bananas, mangos, and other yummy goodies.
Other things on the list are: hot dogs, toilet paper, bacon, tortilla chips, rice, Nutella, boxed juice, cookies (for 2 am snacks), oatmeal...
Lynda and Jim on Gael Force just brought us 2 Jars of peanut butter back from California hopefully that will get us up to Ensanada.
Bill on Wandering Puffin has a car here in La Paz and he has offered to give Barbara on sv Hurrah and I a ride to the grocery store today which makes life a lot easier. Thanks Bill
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07/08/2012, Regarding the Cost of Cruising!
Close to four years ago we started posting what we spend on a monthly basis to keep this floating cruising circus going out on the water. I get emails all the time gently or sometimes not so gently telling me that we are not really cruising, but just living on a boat in Mexico. Call it Cruising or Living on a boat in Mexico because it doesn't really matter. I talk about our experiences along with what it costs to have them and people are free to take that for what's it worth, but of course if something is free to read on the internet is it really worth anything to start with the way we measure worth in a monetary sense these days anyway? Ducking that philosophical debate, it's time to post our Cost of Cruising numbers for April-June 2012. April is right on track, with May being increased by some yearly medical procedures and then June being increased by some last minute boat projects as we prepare for our return to California. April was $809, May came in at $1,727 and we finished our cruise for June at $1,628.
As always, you can check out the full number details here at this link.
If all goes as planned, we will leave La Paz sometime this week for our roughly 1500nm trip back to Port San Luis, where it all started back on Sept 28, 2008. We will post our costs for the month of July just to be complete, but come August the Cruise is over and so are the Cost of Cruising numbers.
For those that enjoy killing a little time at work by finding out what we are up to and just how little we can comfortable get by on, I have some good news. While, for those that are sick and tired of hearing about the crew of THIRD DAY and come only to the blog to see the train wreck, you may be saddened to hear that the blog, the cost of cruising numbers, and my general outlook on the world around us as chronicled on the blog won't be going away with our return to Port San Luis, Ca. The Cost of Cruising will start anew as the "Cost of Living" and the blog will transform from a Cruising blog into Living Board blog detailing the transitioning back States. Living aboard with one foot in the chaos and one foot safely out will give an interesting perspective, or at least it will to me.
The internet is full of blogs talking about the cruise preparation process and some will even actually make it, but what about the other side of the coin? The side that every cruiser will have to deal with one day. Unless you die quietly on your boat while out cruising (something we have seen happen a few times out here) the vast majority of cruisers end their cruise, but how many talk about it and the process of "coming back"? It's like all the fun was getting ready to go cruising with the end and transition back being treated like a funeral. So why not chronicle the "coming back experience"?
My entire goal when I started posting our Cost of Cruising numbers was to show people that you don't have to be wealthy to cruise and that an average Bozo like myself can do it. Certainly there are people spending far more and even less than it costs us to live pretty comfortably here in Mexico. What will be very interesting is so compare our Cost of Cruising numbers for the last few years to our yet to be determined "Cost of Living" numbers for the first year back in the States, I'm sure it will be more....the question is how much more?
Well to find out you will just have to follow along and find out with us. But first we have to survive the trip north known affectionately as the Baja Bash.
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07/06/2012, Is where you are....not a place.
The girls are always embarrassed to hang the undies out on the line to dry, so instead they hang them inside. On the other hand, it doesn't bother me at all to have our undies flapping in the breeze up on the life lines and why would it when the alternative is above my head while I'm trying to work at the desk! Now before Nancy sends me an email questioning just how clean those tightly-whites are...that's a RUST SPOT you see in the photo! So stop with the harassing emails already!
We are also happy to report that "teak madness 2012" is over and we have at least 2 coats on the interior wood. I know we need 4-5 or even 6 coats, but we are out of both matte and glass varnish and have decided to not pay double the price for it down here in Mexico and will just buy more and finish the job when we get back to Port San Luis, CA. Two coats will protect it enough for a few months...isn't that what everyone always says when they half-do a project and never get back to it? Maybe, but after the huge amount of work and heartache of living in a torn-up boat and breathing teak sanding dust, this is one boat project we won't leave half done!
I did just get an email that my anchor chain was just put on a truck and is now on it's way back to La Paz. Total cost to regalvanize 300ft of 1/2" anchor chain weighing 750lbs $277USD. So the final count down clock has begun and when the chain arrives, we depart. It's starting to sink in, this going back to the States thing. But a funny thing happened on the way to "going home". There is a growing realization that we are ALREADY HOME, here on the boat in Mexico. We don't really know when the change of attitude happened and it's not like we are smugly pronouncing we are no longer Americans. At some point in the last 4 yrs of living on a boat in Mexico something changed for us and the boat, where ever we happened to be floating at the moment, became home for us. Lori and I noticed this in the last few days as we were talking about our plans and it just didn't sound right saying we were "going home", because we already feel like we are home.
It's a bit hard to explain because I don't want this to sound like the typical Ex-pat rant you so often here down here in Mexico about how bad things are in the States, as they get their social security, disability, and pension check deposited into their bank account each month. It's trendy and even the "enlightened" thing to do these days in the Ex-pat community to bash the States, heck at times it's easy to do, but life in the States, the good and bad, is what allows so many retired cruisers and people to live in Mexico very comfortably while at the same time bashing the States with their hand out.
We view Mexico and living on the Boat as "Home" simply because it is, it's our reality. It's not that we don't want to go back, but just as our life in the States seemed comfortable and normal, now life on the boat here in Mexico seems comfortable and normal. Jason is 13yr old now, will be 14 in December, and he has spent the last 1/3 of his life living on a boat in Mexico. Normal to him isn't having an IPad, Iphone, or having 24hr/day connectivity with his friends via the computer. Normal for him isn't American Idol, TV, Sitcoms, school yard politics and bullying, or seeing his mom and dad for an hour a day during the week and maybe for 4 hrs on the weekend. His reality and "normal" is living on a boat in Mexico where you change anchorages based on the season, you respond to VHF calls at 2AM for help without thinking or pausing, and the other boats in the anchorage would do the same for you. When was the last time you stopped to offer help to someone broken down on the side of the road? Normal for Jason is spending time together as a family in the space smaller than most people's living room. Normal is hearing his mom and dad talk through issues of the day both financial and marital. The word Normal certainly means something different to a life in modern day American when compared to life on a 50ft boat in Mexico. Normal will also mean something different for us when we are back in the States, and still living aboard our boat.
I see the "normal" that people tell us we should be excited to experience and get back into, and frankly, that normal looks more like the definition of crazy when looking up from South of the Border.
Home isn't where you are from.
Home isn't where you are going.
Home is simply where the people you love and want to spend time with are. For that reason, missing the people we love back in the States, we are looking forward to returning, but we are just not ready to start calling it Home yet. Home for us will always be where our heart is, so keep an eye out for our heart at the local Mexican Street Food Carts!
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