It's hard to believe that we dropped our anchor here in Bahia San Carlos just over two weeks ago.
San Carlos Bay oasis
We never know how long we're going to spend at an anchorage...we just stay until we're ready to move on. Here in San Carlos, we've been enjoying being able to restock our larders for our extended trip up to the real boonies, by visiting grocery stores, the local tianguis (flea market), where I scored some more “used pants” - shorts made of quick-drying fabric that always come in handy - and even Walmart.
A friendly pelican
We also had our skin checked at the local medical clinic (no bad moles!) and got haircuts.
Hurricane Blanca arrived in our area as Tropical Storm Blanca, a shredded version of her former glory. We were ready for her, with our big anchor set in the sand and our floppy Code 0 headsail removed and stored below decks, secure in the hurricane hole that is Bahia San Carlos. Though she buffeted us with winds up to 35 knots for an entire day, that was all she had in her. Not even a drop of rain, which was kind of a bummer, as we had our deck brush out, ready to clean the decks and collect some fresh water. The rest of the time, the weather has been mostly sunny and often very hot and steamy.
When we arrived in San Carlos, we found that our friends Jeanne on Nereida, and Pat and Melodie on Starshine were already here. Oh boy, someone to play with! We also met Bill, from the boat Nada Mas, who has A CAR! He drove us to the Mexican cinema to see “San Andreas,” to dinner another night, and to the Walmart to get some heavy items, saving us from lugging them back on the bus. Thanks Bill! We've shared many meals with these guys at the local restaurants and aboard their boats.
The Port Captain's "office" (no one is there)
And, since they're going to be leaving their boats for an extended time - and because cruisers are like this - Jeanne, Pat and Melodie gave us their residual gallons of gasoline (for our dinghy) and diesel (for SCOOTS). Thanks guys!
A grasshopper music afficionado
We played Mexican Train, and shared drinks and snacks, with Pat and Melodie a few times, which was really fun. We corrupted them by teaching them how to play the “mean” version of Mexican Train that we play with Morris and Debbie from s/v Impulsive. They may never go back to the nice version...They also invited us aboard Starshine to watch the movie “Captain Ron,” which we had never seen (and to enjoy brownies, ice cream with caramel sauce, and air conditioning). Good times!
One really hot day, we deployed, for the first time, the canvas sun shade that came with the boat. It took us a few minutes to figure out how to put it on, and where to tie it, but in the end, once it went up, the cabin temperature dropped about fifteen degrees. Ahhhh! That was really nice, especially when combined with the breeze that wafts over the bay. Old fashioned air conditioning!
We also had fun paddling around the bay in our kayak, reading, studying Spanish, and just sitting in the cockpit enjoying the scenery.
A pretty little beach
Even though the air temperatures have been inching up near 100 degrees, with the water temps running from the mid-80's to 90 degrees, we haven't been swimming here: there are lots of power boats that come and go from the marina and through the bay, and so the water, while being a lovely shade of turquoise, is not all that clean or clear.
Also, we've had a steady stream of blue bottle jellyfish floating past the boat each day – not particularly friendly swimming buddies.
Two blue meanies
When we weren't playing, Eric's skills have been in demand, helping some other cruisers to troubleshoot and solve problems with their radios and other electronics, and also fixing or upgrading things aboard SCOOTS. Since we've been here, he's repaired the light in the head (bathroom), replaced and siliconed the deck fill O-rings for the diesel and water, replaced the topping lift cable with a new Spectra rope, greased the head and fridge inlets, repaired the compass light, and plumbed in the fourth membrane for our watermaker. My contributions to SCOOTS included washing the boat; cleaning, polishing, and waxing the stainless fixtures and fittings on the deck; cleaning egret poop off the pulpit; sopping out the residual water in the bilge (again); and doing general household things.
And so, with only one more provisioning trip and a visit to the fuel dock between us and departure, we expect that we'll be moving along early this week. Where to? We're planning to sail about 15 miles up the coast to a little place called Bahia San Pedro, and then move along to another little anchorage called “Las Cocinas,” another 15 miles north of that. I say that we're “planning to” go there, because as cruisers, we like to be able to change our minds depending on the weather or just if someplace else seems like a better destination. And so we just might end up somewhere else instead. But that's ok. It's all part of the fun.