Planning Ahead

A lot of planning and preparing for the next leg our adventure: The Pacific islands. Youtube search “10 reason to visit French Polynesia” it will clearly explain why we want to cross the largest ocean on our planet. Our rough plan is now finishing up our visits on mainland Mexico then launching from Barra or PV this March. We will sail, along with about 50 others, taking 25+ days to reach the Marquesas Islands. We hope to receive long stay visas (1 year), to cruise through French Polynesia as long as possible. Afterwards, we aim to visit other island groups such as: Tuomotus, Societies, Marshall’s, Somoa’s, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomons. We hope to continue cruising slowly westward towards Indonesia and up to Thailand. Of course, we need to schedule around the cyclone season which starts every November in this region. It’s all very exciting to continue our thrilling adventure.

Goodbye October!

Scott says, “what could be better than fishing with your Dad in Alaska?
Cruising around the Sea Of Cortez!!!!!! What is perfect last week? Healthy hubby, temperatures, water clarity, fun friends with Arkouda, Pit Pony and Flying Free, La Picazon for dinner, yummy cinnamon roll gifts from dear friend Gaby, and a trip to Cali.

Planes, busses and boats

On to the next adventure…..
…..screeeccchhhh….. (imagine the sound of a needle running across a record)
Well yes, everything is an adventure. Even waking up at 6am and talking a panga ride 10 miles across the bay to an awaiting Bus that will drive you 6 hours to a doctor.
Medical care when you are traveling in remote locations isn’t the easiest to deal with but we try hard to prepare ourselves for whatever comes our way(you should see our med kit)!
In this case I am in need of a CT scan on a stubborn Kidney Stone. I will spare you the details of this PTSD causing ailment but the medical facilities in this case are hundreds of miles away and possibly thousands of miles for treatment if needed. Will fly back to Loreto, taxi back to the panga dock and speed back to Sea Bella.

The other problem today comes from our trusty diesel engine. The fuel pump diafram has failed and has allowed diesel fuel to enter the crank case. This is why my dipstick shows twice as much oil as necessary. I had a new fuel pump in my spare parts but the fuel line was bad and needs to be replaced as well. So on my return from La Paz I will bring pack parts and fresh oil.

The point of this post is that it may look like we have fun everyday, drink margaritas and watch beautiful sunsets but in fact……it is only a part of what we do. This life is work. We have seen many cruisers struggle with this “boating” life decision and some have regretted it. Many have sold homes, poured life saving into a boat and then found that the difficulties of living without extended family, the local store, medical care, Costco etc.etc. are not desirable.
Some find that the everyday maintenance of a boat is beyond their skill sets. Electrical, diesel, rigging, watermakers and Nav electronics are all huge systems (even on a new boat) that need daily maintenance or care. Very few people are here to help you with these things and you need to be as self sufficient as possible.
Don’t believe all YouTube VideosCruising life isn’t always filled with sexy bikinis and sunshine. Most of us don’t look (as) good in Bikinis anymore and sunshine should be avoided due to skin problems. Lol

Anyway….
Kathy and my first year on the boat has been filled with all the above. We have massive friends about us that we love to see around every awaiting anchorage and we all love to tell stories about our alternators, whale sharks or yes, even kidney stones……over a Margarita or beer…..with a beautiful sunset and maybe a midnight swim.
We greet everyday as a challenge and yes…even a 6am panga ride and trek to awaiting medical care is an adventure. At least it is to us. This life suits us very well!

California Visit

A spectacular 2 week visit to California for fun times with family and friends. We sure made the most out of every day, with visits to Santa Cruz, Atascadero and San Luis Obispo.

Another special Bon Voyage party at Summerhill
Mom
Roland
Andrew
Thanks for the airport ride Brittany
Alden and Jeff
Fun time at Farmers Market with Jeff, Mom and Christie
Great Lunch visit with Uncle Lou and Aunt Joan
Surprise dinner with friends Chris and Elizabeth Barrett, Steve and Jane Murray
Best bud Marguerite
Fun day on the lake with Johan and Elani
Swansons visit
Cooley’s
Great friends Steve and Penny!
Family times!

A Town

Ahhhh, so good to be back in our home town, Atascadero for a week. If you or friends are ever driving north or south on the 101 and need a stop over, or maybe just want a weekend away, this is the most cozy, peaceful place to stay. Check out our Airbnb on the lake!! So glad we were in the construction industry.

As posted on Airbnb