Time to head South

These last few weeks have been busy with more boat prep, planning, socializing, halloween’ing, and of course more eating!! We also squeezed in a flight to El Paso, Texas to visit Scott’s family. We became official residents there as well, complete with new driver’s licenses. Monday, 11/1, we will head South, 750 nautical miles to Cabo San Lucas, stopping 2-3 times along the way for the night. We will sail with the BajaHaha Rally with 190 other sailboats. Each boat has 3-8 excited sailors anxiously waiting to depart. Our Hobie friends Andrew and Jane will join us for this fun adventure. After that, we may head up to La Paz or cross to Mazatlan or Puerta Vallarta (depending on the wind) then on South to Barra Navidad. Our kids and Kathy’s parents will fly down to visit us. Our playground will be the beautiful waters and anchorages of Mexico for a year or two.

Pictures tell it all.

“What have we been up to these last 2 weeks?” Pictures tell it all! Mainly eating well, enjoying retirement, sailing, eating well, hanging with new friends, fishing, eating well, boat projects, and loving life on the water.

Loving our life!
Kathy’s birthday celebration with great new cruising friends, many who have plans to circumnavigate as well.
Brand new Lithium batteries! Scott installed and programmed these which will give us 860 amp hours of power.
Another fun dock party!
“Teach a kid to fish…” says our local fisherman Mike.
Scott’s annual bacon wrapped shrimp. He has been bbq’ing these the last 6 October’s at our Hobie regatta in Puerto Penasco, MX.
Kathy found a shady, cozy spot to work on the UV cover for the dingy, they are called dingy chaps. This HUGE project began 7 months ago.
It’s complete! The most difficult and challenging sewing project to date. The dingy Hapalon needs to be protected from the intense heat and sun of the lower latitudes.

Playa Aquacaliente

This beach, which is 30 miles south of Ensenada, MX, has natural hot springs that boil up in the sand at low tide!!!
You dig a hole at low tide and it fills in with super hot water. So hot in fact that you can’t dig too deep or it scalds your feet….quickly. The trick was to dig close to the surf so that the incidental wave would cool your watering hole. Geology at it’s finest.

This group of folks is very quickly becoming a tight group of sailors. All attending the Baja-Haha Rally to Cabo! Friends, families and crew are preparing and waiting for November 1st. Never a dull moment. The kids sure bring the energy to the group.

We also had a random glider come by and give Mike and Leah a thrilling lift. A young Vaquero rode by and observed our fun.

Boatyard entertainment:

Who let the dogs out…
We are out of the water this week at La Costa Boat Yard. The bottom is getting painted as well as a few other improvements and maintenance items.
Staying on the boat “on the hard” (that’s a boaters way of saying there’s no water beneath us) is a different experience for sure.
We were walking back to the yard Saturday night, just to find two very spry German Shepard’s protecting the yard (thank goodness Poco was there). We are making friends…..slowly…..with BBQ Salmon and crackers…..tossed from up high.

Living above dirt, wrapped in plastic is more like camping in a tent. All our sinks typically drain out to sea, but since there are men painting under us, we dare not use them. We wash hands with baby wipes. I do do dishes in soapy dish pans, afterwards dump it all in a bucket, and carry it down a 15 foot ladder (ducking under plastic), and toss the dirty water out in the side yard. Scott and our buddy Rhet will be mounting the new whisker pole track on front of the mast Friday and then back in the water Saturday! Phew!!


Mexico!!! Our Ensenada marina is full of anticipation!!
We have been here for about 5 days and the Hotel Coral Marina is full of people waiting to launch…..
So far we have found that there are 3 types of people staying here at the Marina. (Hundreds of boats here)
The first group is the live aboard group from the states that still have a few years to work and dream before launching retirement or ??????? These people work down here or spend weekends and holidays biding their time. Our dock neighbors are one of those and they have a 40ft Catamaran here in Ensenada and they also have a boat in San Diego which they live on during the week. He is from Russia and she is American. They are retiring next year and want to sail south on their Catamaran. Destination is undetermined. This “first group” is the “locals” group and are very established in the Marina.

The second group (the biggest group) is the most recently retired and/or some young(er) families.

This includes us. We are all waiting for November and the end of Hurricane season to head south. Some are working on/preparing their boats, some are managing dock parties and socializing and some play solitaire waiting….
….but all of us are discussing what we plan to do in the next year(s). One couple (wife) is wondering WTF they did and the wife wants to sell the brand new Beneteau 51. She made it clear she HATES the boat (and sailing) and is waiting for hubby to get this out of his system. Lol
Another couple has a 9 year old daughter and will home school her for the next year(s) in Central America.
What is amazing about this second group is that they come from all walks of our society. Some have new boats not knowing how to sail. Some are single men and are following a dream that they’ve had since a child. Some are families with 1-3 children. (We’ve enjoyed watching the young kids), and many are recent empty nesters or retirees waiting to make their dreams happen. This “group two” is full of life!!!!!
Mexico, Caribbean, South Pacific, Japan…. These people dream big.
The third (and smallest) group is the “been there done that” group that have been to Mexico and beyond. Many in this group are taking a break, heading north or waiting to go to the South Pacific once Covid is under control. Group three councils “group two” and tempers everyone dreams with advise on destinations, gear, schedules and Covid managing in foreign countries.

Kathy an I have 6 more weeks here in Ensenada. Sea Bella is getting hauled out Saturday and we are painting the bottom and tending to some general maintenance.
We listen to “group three” closely, but it sure is fun to hang with “group two”. We have the large anchor(s) and the flexibility of carrying proper canvas in a fresh breeze……
……..but cocktail hour down the dock rings early…daily…and Hussongs and tacos are just down the street.
Like I said, full of anticipation!