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Day 5 Baja Ha-Ha

29 October 2010
Today is beach party day with a big pot luck dinner. I decide to make a desert and some baked beans so I start the day cooking. We have no paper plates and I want to try to post a blog so Greg and I head into town in the dinghy to run our errands. We find an internet café and I quickly check our email (which is just junk stuff), check our bank balance and then post the blog. I wanted to do some more stuff but Greg was standing over me nagging me to hurry up, so I closed up the laptop and off we went to the grocery store. I would have loved to explore the store but again, not enough time. A half gallon of milk and paper plates and we were off. The water was so rough in the bay and Greg was going so fast in the dinghy, the back of my head and shoulders got drenched with salt water. So much for my clean hair.

We decided to flag down a panga to take us to the beach party rather than take the dinghy and try to land it in the surf. Pangas are the only way to go. A very comfortable ride and lots faster than the dinghy. What a sight to see 600 people on the beach. Tents were set up for the food and beer areas but everyone else was spread all over the beach. Lots of activities going on such as volleyball, sand golf, kid games of all kinds, kite flying, tug of war, etc. etc. We ate first and then I walked down the beach for about a mile and Ronnie hiked up on the hills above the beach to take pictures. All in all, a very fun afternoon.

We are such a diverse group. There are 18 kids, ranging in age from teenagers down to toddlers. They have their own radio net and have quickly made friends with each other. So we have families, we have the serious partiers who are soon 3 sheets to the wind, and we have lots and lots of retired people in our age group. The oldest person in the Ha-Ha this year is 82. We kind of all mingle together but I have not met anyone yet that I have really clicked with.

In the evening we watched the last installment of Lord of the Rings and then it's off to bed. We will be leaving tomorrow morning for the next leg of the trip to Bahia Santa Maria, which should take 2 days to reach.
Vessel Name: Otter
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32
Hailing Port: Scappoose, Oregon
Crew: Greg and Joyce Parfitt

Who: Greg and Joyce Parfitt
Port: Scappoose, Oregon