August 2013

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20 Aug

Hunter's 8th Birthday in Santa Rosalía

Published by Deborah

Although there were few kids to help celebrate Hunter's birthday, we were able to have a full day of excitement and entertainment. Hunter had self proclaimed the day as a holiday so there was no homeschooling today. We started off the day bright and early in the morning for a bike ride around town. Hunter and I explored the breakwater pier in the harbor then headed west through town dodging traffic and potholes. It was a beautiful morning and not too hot yet. After the bike ride is was time for breakfast. Hunter's only request was 15 pieces of bacon, so I made lots of bacon and some French toast to go along with it. After breakfast it was time to relax in the A/C and play a little Monopoly. We didn't finished the game but Hunter was clearly investing in some nice property and had quite a stash of money. He even received a Community Chest card that rewarded him for his birthday.

After Monopoly, Hunter wanted to get out of the boat so Rigo suggested we go dinghy fishing. We piled in the dinghy with our pole and headed out. Within 10 minutes we had a stripped Bonito on our line. Too bad it wasn't a tuna. We released it as the dark red meat is not our favorite. We fished for a while as we followed the whales and dolphins. Finally, it was too hot and Hunter and I decided to jump in the water. Hunter decided it would be fun to jump off the dinghy while is was moving so we did that a few times which really made him happy. Since the fish were not biting and it was getting late we decided to come back in.

One thing that Hunter has mentioned on several occasions is wanting to drive one of the pangas. Pangas are small fishing boats but usually have large engines so they go really fast. Hunter is really into how much horsepower an engine has. He says he only has one horsepower. LOL!! So Rigo has been talking to the fishermen to try to arrange this for Hunter. He was able to get the panga to come by our boat in the early evening. Hunter was soooo excited!! They went outside the harbor for a while then headed back into the harbor and did circles around Destiny (because they love it when the pangas drive really fast around their boat). Dawn tried to take a picture but he was out of there too fast.

After the panga excursion HM, Destiny and Dazzler headed into town for a birthday pizza dinner. We ate a delicious pizza delivered on a long wood plank. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of that. Hunter and Zyon chowed down on some pizza then left outside to the plaza across the street to run around. They played with a locale Mexican kid, Alfredo. When the adults were done chatting we headed back to HM for some cake and ice cream.

Even though it wasn't a typical kid birthday kind of day, I think Hunter fully enjoyed himself and had a great day. We hope to have another celebration once we get to San Carlos.

04 Aug

Santa Rosalía and Isla San Marcos

Published by Deborah

Santa Rosalía has become our new home at least for the next few weeks. There is good internet and cell phone access and we are enjoying the shore power from the marina. The town of Santa Rosalía is about 10,000 people with about 75% men (or at least that is what it seems as we walk the streets). There is just a few streets in town but you can pretty much find everything you need. Some things are way too expensive but most stuff is very reasonable. There are a lot of great ice cream stores, taco stands and grocery stores. On Sunday there is a flea market up the hill that has all of the basic stuff you see at every flea market, We picked up some fins and a fishing device that mounts to the rail. There is also the great little Carnicería. We bought a kilo of pork rib meat. It is delicious!!

On weekends we try to get out of the marina and head over the Isla San Marco just 11 NM southeast. I can still pick up Internet access in Sweet Pea Cove but it sometimes switches to 2G which is almost unusable so we don't rely on it for the bulk of the week. It is nice to anchor over there to make water and jump in the water. The area is also very rich with under water wild life. At night there are so many fish and these little snake-like things. The water is so thick with life that you can reach down with a bucket and scoop up 100s of different little sea creatures. During the day, as Dawn and I paddled, the rays and all kinds of other fish swim directly beneath us. It is a little freaky as a lot of these things jump out of the water. One school of jumping fish jumped right over my board and hit my ankle. I screamed like a little girl!

Being on the dock has allowed Rigo to work on several boat projects like installiing a fan with are frig compressors so they don't over heat; sewing more boat covers, dinghy covers and Hunter helped make a new cover for a pillow; fixing the ice machine as well as other cleaning projects.

All in all this is a pretty cool (not temperature cool) place to hang out. The kids spend a few hours a day on Destiny with teacher Dawn, then have the rest of the afternoon to go to the pool or sit in the A/C office with Internet access. Santa Rosalía is the last stop before you head up the Sea so we see a lot of boats come and go in addition to the Ferry to Guaymas and the Mexican Navy, not to mention the pangas that go out every evening to fish for Humboldt Squid. Speaking of squid, Mike from Destiny has made friends with some of the fisherman and they bring by squid for practically free (70 pesos per kilo).