Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Future plans

All of my crew from the Baja Ha Ha are now safely at home the boat is cleaned up, provisioned and ready to head out. Cabo was fun for a few days but it’s hardly Mexico as it’s so overrun with tourists. I've recruited a new crew member whom also sailed in the Baja ha ha rally as crew but wasn’t comfortable with his Skippers skill set. Casey, a professional Canoe guide from Minnesota, is taking some time off to sail around Mexico and I feel lucky to have him on board as he was heavily recruited by many other boats. I signed him on for the next month and possibly longer depending on how things go.

Tomorrow we will either be heading north up to La Paz to explore the desert islands and do some hiking or sailing south to Puerto Vallarta depending on tomorrows 7AM weather forecast. Strange as it may seem we will be going literally where the wind blows us. I'm really hoping to head north but the two day sailing trip up to the Sea of Cortez this time of year is usually an uncomfortable trip due to strong head winds. If we head South East to Puerto Vallarta it will be 280 NM as a crow flies and since we rarely travel a direct route due to shifting winds. Puerto Vallarta will take around 52 hours non stop. Casey is a good sailor and I’m confident that which ever we choose it will be a safe but exciting adventure.

The air and water here in Cabo are so warm that we run fans in the cabin all day and all night and during the day we only wear shirts when absolutely necessary and swim frequently. The other day we were shopping for provisions and Christmas music was playing as we plodded around in flip flops, shorts and tee shirts… it just didn’t seem right. Provisioning consumed an entire day between finding the items we were looking for in various stores and then making several trips back and forth with the dingy. Today we spent about 5 hours straightening out Casey’s paperwork to get him transferred off his old boat and on to my boat. I call the Bureaucracy the paper work Cha Cha Cha. Every day is a new adventure.