Every day is a good day.

We finally gave in.   Most of our friends use their cell phones to download internet to their boats.  We have resisted for a long time and even though we threw in the towel yesterday we only have a limited time before it expires (tomorrow).   Most likely it is a good thing since Bill has spent the entire morning and half of this afternoon uploading a quick post and 3 pictures.   It is no wonder people can spend all day on their machines.  Using a cell phone as an interim modem for the computer is like stepping back to the days of steam powered computers. Diane on the front page com

On the good front, we are still making daily runs to the Natural Food Store.   Bill is sure his ingestion of some of the richer fare is causing gout in his foot, but Lisa attributes that to a wasp sting he got the other night after going to bed.  How do you get a wasp sting in bed? Only Bill knows.

The Dudes site has been updated and when we really get some internet we have a great clip of some 20 or so dolphins that paraded around our dinghy while we were doing almost 20 MPH in it!   The water was so clear you can actually see a remora on one of the dolphins and several did large leaps just in front of us as well.   Something to look forward to as you whittle away your pencils trying to look busy at work.  We also have the big Fourth of July Party coming up in El Burro cove that is sure to be fun (we are starting to sound like a news letter here I know).

Anyway everything is marvelous, the water and weather are great in the Bay of Conception.  With or without the small boat problems we are having fun and making people smile. Oh, the picture above is Bill giving our friend Diane from the boat Harmony instructions on how to clean whole lobster from the local market.


//WL2K Movin’ towards Conception

Pelican and Blue Footed Boobies hangin' out in La Ramada

Pelican and Blue Footed Boobies hangin’ out in La Ramada

It looks like it will be another week or two before we find internet again. We found ourselves in a bit of a quandary yesterday. We had been invited to the far side of Carmen Island for a tad of scuba diving. After checking all our gear we got moving and within an hour discovered that the sea was running with at least four foot swells against us and toward the shore that we would be anchoring in. Lisa made the decision to abort the dive and head to another anchorage about 25 miles down wind and away from Loreto.

San Juanico was our destination and she figured it would be nice to take her kayak out for a spin amongst the little rocks and such in the small bay, good thought at least. As we sailed up the Baja coast line the wind grew to 20 knots and the waves continued to build a bit. It was actually a nice sail but when we arrived at San Juanico we discovered that it was completely filled with swell and we had to move around the point to La Ramada cove.

Having never been to La Ramada before, we hoped that they left the light on for us. Turns out the light is left on at Motel 6, not the Ramada. With seven boats already in the anchorage there was no room for us in the cove, so instead we opted to anchor at the opening to the cove in a large swell. We were happy to get out of the most of the wind and waves and were told the wind and seas would die after about 7 pm which they did.

Today was spent killing fish, kayaking and generally enjoying the anchorage. We are looking at a pretty heavy wind forecast coming up on Tuesday so are looking to either scoot back to Loreto tomorrow or continue our trip north to the Bahia Conception for the big 4th of July party. We know we will not stay here for the projected blow, so time will tell what we do next.

Summer is here and the weather is warm, mostly dry and very unpredictable, kind of like your work schedule. Enjoy your commute.

//WL2K An update from the Dudes page

The following is a page that will be moved to the Dudes page when we reach “Internet Land”. The Dude’s page is not for everyone and so we give you this disclaimer. If you are easily amused or have a fun sense of humor you might enjoy the reading. If not you may just want to skip the Home page today and wait for one of our regular updates.

We’ve all heard it, whether it was on this website, a travel brochure or from a friend that traveled to Mexico; “The people are wonderful and warm”. Today we finally realized the translation was ““You should meet my Friend/Sister, she/he has a great personality””.

Time management is one of my specialties. If you have read some of the recent posts you will understand that expedience is something that the Dude tries to excel in and even Lisa can attest to that fact that some of our honeymoon festivities did not make the record books for longevity or rather they may have ““Exceeded time Expectations””. OK, enough of the fun stuff. Today we are talking diesel and propane. We did not need either, but thought since we were in Puerto Escondido, why not top them off.

We are often on a limited time budget but today we figured we could save precious time later by ordering propane when we didn’t need it and had time to wait and also fill our diesel tanks even though we have only used about 30 gallons in the last two weeks of moving 300 miles. I know, 10 miles to the gallon. Well listen smarty pants that includes all the power to facilitate straightening Lisa’s hair, keeping the shower water warm, cooling the milk and bacon in the frig and freezer and providing the power for the entertainment center on board Beyond Reason. If I were the comedian Tosh O, I would say “Suck It”. I am not, so just believe me, it is well worth the mileage, we don’t own a Jetta TDI anymore and we know it.

We ordered Diesel on Saturday and dropped off our propane tanks the same day. Since our itinerary was not tight we suggested that Monday would be a good day for the diesel and since the propane farm was not open on Sunday, Monday would work for the propane as well. Both orders were scheduled to deliver well before noon on Monday. …What do you think happened?

We do a lot of work for others on the Ham and Single Southbound Nets. Actually we do well over our share of work and monitor each net daily and fill in when somebody flakes out. Monday we were in attendance and watched over a couple of nets. When they finished we pulled anchor to hit the fuel dock so that we could top off the tanks. No Dice, Three power boats had just tied up and even though we had ordered fuel 2 days previous, they were first in line.

We dropped anchor in the bay near the dock to wait. Lisa suggested we dinghy over to the fuel dock and confirm our order. The man at the dock had a very nice “”Personality”” and was exceptionally “warm and understanding” while we called in our order for fuel (previously ordered). He also confirmed that there would be a $34 tax since we were 43 feet long! OK, good looking or not, there is no personality that is worth $34 for 40 gallons of diesel, Sheryl Teigs or not.

We complained, we pleaded and then were sent by the overly nice guy at the fuel dock to the main office to have it all explained again. Did we say “Nice Personality”?

At the main office we were informed that the tax was correct, but when we explained that we would broadcast the taxing over the Ham and Single Sideband nets, the manager said if we could fuel within 1 hour, it was “Gratis”/ free, we were happy: Kind of I mean. We left smiling thinking that we had found a loop hole and soon we would have our propane (by noon) and our fuel (by 10 or noon, which ever came first). Ha.

At noon we checked on the propane. Having sat in the harbor outside the fuel dock for three hours waiting for somebody to show up, we figured we might as well check to see if the proprietor of the local grocery store showed up with our tanks…. Of course the answer was a courteous “No”…! “Pedro will show up at around 3 pm “unfortunately and we know you understand” he had an appointment today”. Terrific, how about diesel,… Nothing. Everyone continued to smile and remind us how soon stuff would start to arrive.. At 3 PM we were still watching the three power boats tied up to the fuel dock. They were loading ice and drinks but no diesel. Actually there had been no activity on the fuel dock all day so far. Oh you ask, “What about the guy in the grocery store with the propane bottle”, nothing. Apparently he was 1 hour late but surely would arrive at 4 PM, “”You understand correct””. Prrrumph!

Around 4 PM we saw movement at the grocery store. Our propane had arrived. The three powerboats still sat idling at the fuel dock, no fuel in sight. We snagged the propane from the purveyor of the groceries and high tailed it to the boat. As far as we could see we had wasted an entire day of “Manana time” waiting for fuel when we could have been enjoying Margaritas on the deck in some secluded anchorage. The nice people of Mexico had made our wait pleasant enough but looking back at the photo’s of the our date with the “personality packed step sister of a friend”, I am not so sure I really had fun nor am I willing to try it a second time. If I have to schlep fuel from Loreto to the dinghy dock, I will do that, next time.

//WL2K OPI-1

OPI-1 our (Own Private Idaho), finally.

QPI1 com

Our original thoughts about cruising included seeking out off the beaten track and undiscovered coves and anchorages. We have been successful in finding the “off the beaten track” locations. Heck we were 1 of 4 boats to visit Altata back in 2008, 1 of 3 boats to visit San Felipe last years and one of a handful of boats to visit the island of Refugio last year as well. With so many anchorages in the Sea of Cortez and really so much documentation it is hard to find places that had not been discovered or written about, OPI-1 is one that we have yet to read about.

Isla Carmen is well traveled and we by no mean believe we are the first to come to OPI-1 and anchor, but it is fun to find a place that is not documented, actually it is real Marco Polo stuff if we say so ourselves. It took two dinghy trips to ascertain that there was enough room, depth and wind protection to support Beyond Reason. Our final trip was this morning.

OPI-1 is only 2 miles from Bahia Marquer but this morning the wind was blowing in the low teens at Bahia Marquer and after anchoring in OPI-1 we are better protected with less fetch and about 10 knots less wind than at the popular Bahia Marquer anchorage. Currently Lisa is on her way to do a bit of Kayaking and Bill is prepping to dive the waters off the cove in search of natural food that will sustain the voracious appetites of our two favorite explorers. Sparky is hanging out and anticipating his next walk.

lobs and Scals comThe beach on OPI-1 is actually much better than the other nearby anchorage as well. On a scale of 1 to 10, the beach would rate a 5. The sand is really a millennium from being soft and may never turn white, but it is not boulders and shale either. Beings that it is not really sand the cleanliness of the beach really helps it achieve it’s 5 status and the view doesn’t hurt either, OPI1 2 comwe just can’t give a better score since you would still want to wear sandals or foot wear if you were going any distance from the water or dinghy.

That’s it for now. We are still looking for OPI-2. Have a great commute. Oh, our location if you want to Google it: 25.53.783 North by 111.12.890 West.

Puerto Escondido

We are in the port of Escondido.  Lisa on sprit com Internet is now available so we have re-published the last five posts and added some of the pictures that we took along the way.  If you have read the posts you might want to just re-visit for the pictures.

We will be here till Monday when we can get our propane tanks re-filled and then will depart for Isla Carmen and Isla Coronado with a small detour into Loretto to take care of some arrangements for later in the summer.   Hope to add a couple of extra updates in the Dudes, Chicks and Sparky’s sections as well.  Stay tuned.

//WL2K Diary of a Mad Cruising Girl

Life is tough on board the boat just now. We have been enjoying 80 degree weather with a slight breeze for days on end (or at least since the last time we updated). Bill and Lobster comThe natural food store has been supplying us with most of our nutrition and what it doesn’t we buy from the locals.

Lisa has been suffering with all this green grocer stuff and wanted to publish our meals for the last 24 hours or so; if you are good at math you might be able to extrapolate this menu out for the last week and you would not be far off.

Dinner the last night: Rib-eye steak and lobster tails barbequed with provincial herbs (we have no idea what this is but it says so on the bottle) and broccoli, served with wine.

Breakfast: Lobster omelets with roast potatoes and onions, served with fresh Chiapas coffee.

Lunch: Chunked Parrot fish fillets in rice and teriyaki sauce, served with choice of local beer or Iced Tea and a lemon wedge.

Mandatory nap: Lasts for 1 to 2 hours because of the grueling pace of life around here.

After Nap Cocktail: Rum and Coke or Mango/cranberry and Rum mini daiquiri (served on ice as opposed to blended).

Dinner: Lobster tails in a rosemary butter sauce with fresh carrots, green beans and choice of rice or potatoes served with wine.

You can guess that tomorrow we will have a lobster scramble for breakfast, followed by a Cheeseburger for lunch since we are in Paradise and tomorrow we go to port to get eggs and a couple of minor supplies before coming back out to anchor.

It’s going to be a tough summer.

//WL2K Better every day

double parrot comNautilus cove:  Warm air, no waves, wind blowing 10 knots off the rugged dry landscape, white sand beach and glass clear water, what could be better, oh yeah, the freezer is stuffed with lobster and rib eye steak. One we bought the other we killed and cleaned. We have officially entered the central Sea of Cortez and 3 of 3 crew members on board give either a thumbs or a dew claw up. We expect we could be here for a while.

Nautilus cove is actually on a list of “secret anchorages” that many people know about but not everyone. This has given us a chance to actually enjoy a bit of alone time as we don’t believe we have occupied an empty anchorage since well before December of last year.

Having just left Los Gatos we sailed the 18 miles to Nautilus this morning. It was very pleasant. We only touched the steering wheel one time and that was to turn into our new parking place. Sparky immediately hit the beach and harassed the local bird population. We actually should say he harassed half of the population because his eye sight is just about gone on his right side. It doesn’t seem to bother him though as he just doubles his energy in working what ever is on his left side.

Agua Verde is just around the corner. It is a very nice anchorage but currently there are seven boats at anchor there. We have heard rumors that beer is available and know that once we run short on vegetables we can replenish in Agua Verde as well so it is nice to have it near by.

We have fresh fish cakes on the menu today and then the beef and lobsters for the following day. Bill plans to check out the natural food store later today to see what else will be making its way into the freezer. With luck scallops will be on the grocery list! A little less drama than we had on the other side of the sea. We are coping.

//WL2K If there is a paradise it is somewhere around here.

Bugs in the cockpit com

Sadly we have bugs on board, what to do? What to do?

We have dropped anchor in Puerto Los Gatos. Technically it is not a port of any kind although with a twin cove spanning about 1 mile and 3 boats currently in the anchorage we could consider it a port based on traffic. Actually this is the fewest boats we have seen here in our years of coming to Los Gatos, and since this is one of Lisa’s favorite anchorages we are enjoying the fact that nobody is within a quarter mile of us.

Weather has been wonderful and Bill is killing his daily food requirement of fish and those funny looking things that look like they came out of an Alien movie. All of course are delicious when served with either salsa or butter and rosemary leaves. timbibich comWe took a 4 mile dinghy ride out to Timbabichi yesterday to see the famous (in these parts anyway) Casa Grande. We will provide pictures if we ever get back to civilization again.

The famous part of the “Big House” is that it was built by a fisherman who after finding a large pearl in an oyster was able sell the pearl and then afford to build what looks to be a 3,000 square foot home or hotel. Apparently the economy must have dumped after the place was built and slowly it has gone to ruins. Today it needs a new roof, new doors, Casa Grande comand new beams to hold up the second story and really it could use some new walls to keep everything standing upright. The fisherman might have done better to have purchased a Tortillaria (tortilla factory) as we purchased 12 tortillas from a guy on the beach (he ran home to have his wife make them fresh) for about $4.50 US. That’s $0.37 cents each. Typically we might expect to pay about a dollar for 30 tortillas, but Timbabichi is 40 miles from any town by dirt road so we guess there is a premium to pay. All for a good local cause we expect.

Besides the killing that Bill has done we have also be receiving daily deliveries of fresh lobster. If you were hanging around the boat today you might have heard Lisa complain about lobster omelets for breakfast. We are paying less for lobster than for the tortillas so hopefully the city counsel will get together and make some adjustments.

It will be another couple of days before we leave Los Gatos. Our next destination will take us to either Agua Verde or Isla Catalan (famous for rattle-less rattle snakes, so I guess we would just call them Snakes). There are no noted anchorages on Catalan but we have heard rumor that a number of coves surround the island that might work. We will see what the weather brings.