After our two-month hiatus in the states we were refreshed, spoiled from the ease of land life, and more than anxious to get back to life on the water. But we still had a ways to go to get there.
Just as our surroundings started feeling like an oven set on broil (aka August) we made a last minute decision to head across the sea to the town of Guaymas on the mainland.
I rode our folding bike into the depths of La Paz to play twenty questions with the locals. I find that if I ask twenty questions I can understand the answer to seven, which is enough to get something done.
Sure the hammering started daily at 7:30am and there was fiberglass dust everywhere, but we could use the docks and some of their tools for our own projects, had a stable place to do work up the mast and to clean and patch the holes in our dinghy… and most importantly they did a great job fixing our boat!
YES! IT WORKS! It works better than ever! Time to CELEBRATE and, more importantly, time to head to Mexico! We made the call to head out two days later.
Many of our friends and family have asked us just what we were doing in San Diego that delayed our exit for a whole two whole months. Well we chose a lovely location to ensue the full time jobs of overhauling our engine as well as a myriad of other boat projects.
Motors, if they weren’t so wonderfully useful I would not have one.
If there is one thing we’ve learned so far on this journey its how not to be in a hurry. I find that I can feel rushed all I want, but it doesn’t get us anywhere any faster… just makes the process less fun.
Our next major landmark was Point Conception, a notoriously challenging spot to sail around. Point Conception is a headland where the coastline cuts drastically eastward and is the natural division between Central and Southern California. This area is known for quickly changing conditions- strong winds, steep waves and fast currents that can come up without warning.