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Bill and I are spending a very different summer this year…..apart! I have been waiting to write this, hoping for something to change. It is now September, Canada has just extended closure through November, and I am still in Utah while Bill is in Canada. Oh well, we have had a pretty good summer anyway, except for Bill’s broken foot. Watch out for uneven ground!!!!!
Just before we left the marina, we were in the process of trying to help some locals, thinking of an Easter treat. We were not able to do it, but the marina’s beloved Lucio took over for us. He and his wife shopped and delivered the goodies for us. Thank you sooooo much Lucio!!
We hope to continue this upon our return.
So what has been happening these last 5 1/2 months?
I took a trip down south near St. George, Utah to play golf…
and went camping with Andy and family at Flaming Gorge.
In the meantime, Bill has added onto his dock with the help of Dennis and Donna
painted, painted, and painted some more…
2020 was a milestone year for Bill, he turned 70!!!!! What a great celebration he had at Little Bow! He also celebrated Canada Day with the best of friends!!!
I also got to celebrate the 4th of July at our cabin in Brighton, Utah. No pancake breakfast or parade but still had a great day…
Spending the whole summer in Park City, although away from Bill and dealing with the pandemic, has been fun…
Of course ladies golf on Tuesdays!
I spent a lot of time at our cabin in Brighton this summer with family. We have been busy repairing and replacing the pantry. It all came together with a lot of help from friends like Tommy L. and Brian R.
It wasn’t all work, however. There was a lot of visiting, hiking, and frisbee golf…
Bill also spent more time having parties at his cabin at Little Bow.
He also had a a great week with his daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Tommy and their dog Daisy…
I hadn’t seen my daughter and her family since Christmas, so I bit the bullet and flew to Boston the end of August. The flight on Delta was actually good and it was nice to arrive in a state that had successfully locked down at the beginning and now things were returning to a little more normal. Because I was coming from Utah, I had to provide a negative Covid-19 test result. If you have not had a test, they are no fun!
One day we want to West Beach in Beverly, MA and joined a few of Whitney’s friends…
Another day, Kennedy and I snuck out a put eyelashes on Jason’s cherished Jeep….
We also headed up to North Conway, New Hampshire. What a charming town!
Bill has also taken a couple of excursions, but somehow no pictures were taken.
Finally, the annual Ladies Frisbee Golf tournament occurred.
Well it has now been 6 months since Bill and I have been apart. We are talking of going back to the boat around December 1st and watching Loreto Covid-19 cases down there. So far they are much fewer than in Utah.
In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and if you are in the states, we hope you survive this election season.
We are now about 13 days into quarantine, each of us on our own. Bill is in Canmore, Alberta and I am in Park City, Utah. We pulled Sol Seeker out of the water earlier than we had planned and quickly put her to bed.
We then jumped in the van and headed north. We only saw one license plate that was not Mexican, usually there are a lot of motorhomes and cars heading home this time of year. As a result, we were able to make good time and made it to Gonzaga Bay the first night.
We pretty much had the whole beach to ourselves, a little spooky. The next day we crossed the border at Yuma after about a 15 minute wait. Not typical, believe me. We made it to a Smith’s parking lot in Bullhead City were we camped with several others heading home. Carefully spaced apart.
We were back in Park City by mid-day on the third day. Fastest trip we have made to or from Mexico. Welcome to winter!
When we first heard about the Coronavirus and the term ‘social-distancing’ we decided to social distance ourselves and go out on the boat and hang in some bays for awhile and see how this was all going to play out. We stayed a few nights in Ballandra, Juanico, and the south side of Isla Corondos. We had some very beautiful and peaceful days pretty much by ourselves.
When we returned to the marina, there was a lot more talk and concern. We did do some social distancing at our Circle of Knowledge and actually started to become more concerned.
After talking to our kids, who were much more concerned than we were at that point, we made plans to head north.
Before our world changed, however, we were quite social with no distancing…
Marie and Bill used to work together. We had a great visit with them, taking them out on the boat and visiting Loreto sites.
We spent two different weekends in Santispac. We were really glad to have the van so it only took 2 hours to drive up rather than 2 days to sail.
I also took part in an Art Show, selling my baskets, while in Santispac.
We helped Brenda and Robert celebrate their 50th Anniversary..
We also had our annual visit from Darren and Adam, Aron, and Alexander. they are becoming good little sailors, or boat kids.
We didn’t get to sail as much as we like, we tended to motor more. Partly because of the damage to our forestay (which still may need to be remedied) and weather. Bill and I are lucky, that no matter the weather or waves, we don’t tend to get sea sick but poor Russo does. He is not a happy sailor if it is bumpy. We have found if we wrap him in a blanket and hold him, he does better.
Boy, is he a happy camper when we are on shore and he runs into things like these goats, whom he desperately wanted to herd.
As strange as this year is turning out to be, Bill and I ended 2019 with a delightful dinner at Tripui, which is the motel down the road from the marina. We had the whole restaurant to ourselves because we like to eat early and were there before the reservations started.
It’s a Small World After All…..On our drive down to Mexico, we stopped in Guerrero Negro for lunch. In walked a couple, who looked a little lost so we invited them to sit with us. Turns out, Tim, was from Vulcan, Alberta just like Bill and they knew many of the same people. It also turned out that Susan and Tim were going to be staying at a condo at the same marina that we stay at when in La Paz. So we reconnected in La Paz and they invited us to dinner. We hope to see them back in Vulcan this summer (if I can get into Canada).
Well, time to run as I have a Zoom date with my 5 year-old granddaughter, Kennedy, to play Guess Who. I wonder if there will be more sailing next year or if this is the new norm. Hope everyone is safe and healthy. Please stay that way!
Now that I have my new Neenamobile, Bill and I drove it to Mexico. Because it has lower clearance than his truck, we decided to head down through Tijuana and Highway 1. This was new for us and smooth sailing all the way! We stopped at one of my long-time favorite restaurants south of Rosarita, La Fonda. Lunch did not fail!
On the advice of others who travel south each winter, we camped our first night in San Quentin at El Papellon. Beautiful beach and lots of room to run! What a blessing in disguise!
From there we headed to San Ignacio and stayed at Rice and Beans, another recommendation. How great to sleep in our own bed every night!
And then we were at Marina Puerto Escondido, our winter home! So glad to be back!!
However, while we were gone this summer, the marina’s lift, which lifts boats in and out of the water, accidentally hit our forestay. The forestay is what holds on the front sail. They promised they would fix it but it put a delay on putting Sol Seeker back in the water. Thank goodness for the Neenamobile, which became our home for about 10 days. We didn’t have any trouble keeping busy, however, like attending the Circle of Knowledge,
which included extra participants,
playing a little Pickle Ball,
and playing cards.
I held a basketmaking class,
we worked on getting Sol Seeker ready for the water,
attended more Circle of Knowledges,
and enjoyed music.
We did have to weather some wind and some rain, but the van kept us dry.
Finally, we were in the water, a little more work had to be done, but it was nice to sleep on the boat again.
Once the work was completed, we moved out to a mooring ball, while we waited for some good weather.
A few days before Thanksgiving (American), we headed up to Concepcion Bay and Playa Santispac. We really enjoy that area and had never been there this time of year. The area is made up of homes and motorhomes on the beaches and boats in the bays. They all come together to create a very fun community and we get to be part of it for a short time.
The first time we went there, we were going to stay two nights. Twenty-one days later, we were still there. There is so much to do there.
There is yoga with Debbie,
all kinds of celebrations like this birthday for Greg,
hiking with good friends, Ron and Diane,
Mexican train with the girls,
and music, music, music…
Russo also loves it, he gets to be off the leash and run,
but he was very unnerved by these floating creatures. He would bark and bark at them!
As you can see, we are not doing much, if any sailing. A small voice in the back of our minds told us to hold off on using the sails just yet so we motored all the way to Concepcion Bay and back. We then decided to take Sol Seeker to La Paz, to have some riggers we have used, to check out the rigging. (More to come in the next blog).
Before I close, I just want to share a few Christmas pictures. Bill stayed at Marina Puerto Escondido and had a great Christmas with friends and Russo.
I spent the holidays in Park City with family.
Christmas Day did not fail! Some of us never got dressed!!
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that the New Year has started out great!!!!
After having stayed in a few less desirable places now that we have a dog, I decided to get us the type of transportation that would allow us to sleep wherever we like. We love it!
I bought the Neenamobile in Las Vegas and drove her back to Park City, stopping for a few days to visit friends, Kris and Kathy in Leeds, Utah. I found the Neenamobile was easy to drive, park, and camp in.
Once back in Park City, I busied myself with watching the biggest steam engine go by at the Golden Spike 150th celebration.
Emma, Abby, and I continued our tradition by seeing the play, The Wizard of Oz,
and I supported Andy, Jana, and Emma in the annual Running for Ed.
Meanwhile, poor Bill was dealing with horrible renters who really created havoc on his properties in Calgary. He spent all spring evicting the renters and cleaning up the houses to sell.
He also spent time opening his cabin at Little Bow, enjoying Russo and the view.
And he hosted a 70th birthday party at Little Bow for his great friend, Robert Clark.
In the meantime, Andy, his girls, and I decided to go try out the van while Jana was in Boston. We had both heard of some interesting places near Wendover, Utah. So we packed up the Neenamobile and his truck, which we loaded with kayaks and a paddleboard and headed west.
Our first stop was the Sun Tunnels, northwest of Wendover. These tunnels consist of four large concrete cylinders, arranged on the desert floor in a cross pattern, that align with the sunrise and sunset on the summer and winter solstices.
In addition to this perfect solar framing, each of the cylinders is pierced with smaller holes representing the stars of four constellations: Draco, Perseus, Columba, and Capricorn. Perfect viewing when it gets dark.
After viewing these incredible tunnels and camping nearby,
we rose and headed to Blue Lake, south of Wendover. This is a large geothermal pond. We really enjoyed our day there.
One the way home the next day, we stopped at the Bonneville Salt Flats. How could it be that I had never been there, even though I was born and raised 100 miles away?
One highlight of my summer was having lunch with several ladies who were dear friends of my mother’s and have always been in my life. They have all been inspirations to me and I cherished that 2-hour luncheon.
Just a side note: If you ever get a chance to wander, walk or bike around Park City, you will be lucky enough to see some of the beautiful artwork that is scattered around.
The best part of the summer though, was having my whole family together in Brighton, Utah for the 4th of July!
The 4th of July was also celebrated with extended family and friends.
I was even able to get Bill into the 4th of July spirit!
Throughout the weekend, we wined and dined,
we went fishing, at least some of us fished,
we went hiking to Twin Lakes and to Lake Solitude,
and I introduced everyone to Pickleball.
At the end of that fantastic weekend, Bill and I loaded up the Neenamobile and headed north. Our first stop was Sand Point, Idaho to visit my dear friend Karen and Cliff.
Once back at Canmore, life settled into our normal summer routine, traveling between Canmore and Little Bow. It has been a chilly summer but we have still enjoyed taking Russo to the Canmore Dog Park.
We were invited to a BBB Bonspiel. Don’t know what a Bonspiel is, I didn’t either. It is a curling term for tournament. So we packed up the Neenamobile and headed to Tofield, Alberta to take part in the Bocce Ball, Backgammon and Billards Tournament. Brenda and Robert hosted 44 people for this really fun afternoon.
We also had the opportunity to play golf at the beautiful Coal Creek Golf course. It is a reclaimed coal mine owned by good friends. Thank you
While we were up north, we took the opportunity to see Ron and Bonnie on their farm in Vegreville. Ron and Bill go back 50 years and have been really good friends to each other.
On our way home, we detoured to Forestburg, Alberta to see Dennis and Donna on their farm. We met them sailing and it is so fun to see all our sailing friends off the water.
Earlier this summer, Kirk and Mary from SV Interlude dropped by the cabin in Brighton to say hi,
Lance and Jen braved getting into Little Bow in their motorhome,
and Jim and Diane from SV Prairie Oyster stopped by in Canmore.
We so cherish all the wonderful people in our lives and hope that you have all had a great summer, if not a little warmer.
This is what we returned to in Park City, Utah, the middle of March. Snow everywhere and my car had to be dug out, which was tricky, as it doesn’t have snow tires. I finally resorted to AAA and with Bill’s help, they were able to push me out and I was good to go.
But before returning to a ‘Winter Wonderland’, Bill and I continued to enjoy some more great times in Mexico. We had several visitors that we were able to take out sailing, well mostly motoring, but had great visits with them all!
JD stopped by for a few days, having ridden his mountain bicycle from Tecate, Mexico down the Baja Divide. (The Baja Divide is a rugged 1,700 mile off-pavement bikepacking route down the length of the Baja California peninsula, from San Diego, CA, USA to San José del Cabo, BCS, MX. Life on the Baja Divide is defined by a rhythm of riding, camping, and resupply. Baja California is a mountainous desert and resources are limited, although the route is designed to encounter resupply frequently enough to make a self-supported tour possible. The Baja Divide is a very strenuous ride that requires a high level of fitness). He had done the Continental Divide a couple of years ago. He had ridden 2000 km (1242 miles) when he reached Loreto and had 1000km (621 miles) to go. It is very treacherous, to say the least. He really enjoyed gently rocking on the boat in a bed for a couple of nights and revived himself enough to continue on his way.
We drove him to the San Javier Mission, so he could begin again. So off he went, with us keeping track of him on Facebook. Sadly, as he was closing in on Cabo, he was hit by a truck and fractured his leg. He was not able to complete his trip but is going to be alright. Maybe next year.
Shortly after JD’s departure, Gary and Jean Malone arrived in the area. They stayed at a fancy new resort south of Loreto called Danzante Bay. While they were there to get in plenty of golf, we did find time to go out on the boat one day and do a little kayaking in Honeymoon Cove.
We ended the day with margaritas and pizza at Pepegina’s at the Marina.
The week was capped off with a delicious dinner at Pedro’s. Thanks for the visit, Gary and Jean!
Some of our favorite visitors are little people. Bill has such a wonderful way with them. Aron and Alexander were very excited to see Uncle Bill! They are the sons of his God-daughter Darren and her husband Adam, and grandsons of his best friends, Brenda and Robert. (I must apologize at this point as to the few pictures of the adults).
Alexander also became a huge fan of Russo’s and Russo loved that Alexander would feed him from the table. Instant love both ways!
You can see the rapport Bill has with kiddos!
One day we went out on the boat and ended up in a pod of dolphins. We stayed with them for about an hour. There seemed to be hundreds of them. It was such a treat for all of us, Adam especially. (The pictures don’t really show how many dolphins were out there).
After spending time with the dolphins, we anchored, had lunch with Dennis and Donna on Winding, snorkeled and kayaked. One of our better days, by far!
We were sorry to see the kids go, but got in an extra fun week with Robert and Brenda. During that week was the Loreto Art Walk. A couple of very talented friends, who we usually see in Concepcion Bay, came to Loreto to participate.
Our final visitors were Matt and Paula Jewell and their son Finn. We took them out one gorgeous day, again for snorkling and kayaking. Of course Bill hit it off with Finn, taught him sailing knots and let him be captain and steer the boat.
Once we were finished entertaining, we decided to take advantage of the good weather and went up to San Juanico, one of our favorite bays. We stayed for several days, kayaking, playing Bocce Ball, and walking all around. It was so relaxing and again the bay did not disappoint!
Upon returning to Puerto Escondido and putting Sol Seeker to bed for the summer, we were able to join great friends at the rock for a potato bake and just really enjoy the beauty that area has to offer.
We sadly did not make it up to Concepcion Bay this year, but were able to meet up with some of our friends as we drove north. They met us at Burro Bay for Sunday brunch. (Thanks guys for making the effort)!
We took the advice given us in Burro Bay and stopped at at a small town called San Ignacio. It was a perfect way to begin our journey home.
As I described in an earlier blog, the road down from Mexicali was not great. We decided to brave it going home, hearing that they had smoothed out some of the rough spots. What we didn’t bargain for was rain. At this bridge washout, trucks had gotten stuck, but luckily we had 4 wheel drive and eventually got around that. Otherwise the trip north was uneventful…
until we reached Provo Canyon, and snow started appearing! After a few days, Bill got back in his truck and continued north to Canmore, were it seems to have less snow than in Utah.
Thus, ends Year 6, another memorable year. I so appreciate the comments I get from putting out this blog and we love seeing so many wonderful people in our yearly travels. I especially appreciate Bill for prompting me to start this journey and helping me keep it going.
Meet Russo, this year’s complication to the boating life. He is a rescue from the Dominican Republic that Bill found in Calgary.
While in Marina Puerto Escondido, we are usually hooked on a mooring ball so it means that we are taking him in to shore a few times a day. Well, truthfully, Bill gets the morning run. Luckily, he likes the dinghy ride if the water is calm and loves his walks or runs.
He has adapted to most modes of transportation and thankfully loves to swim.
His favorite thing, however is to run…
Bahia Los Gatos
Now that you are sick of seeing Russo, let’s move on to what our winter has looked like so far. We arrived in mid-October and after having the bottom painted, we quickly put Sol Seeker back in the water. It’s a little spooky watching Dago drive us on the lift like he is playing a video game…
After enjoying the grand opening of Marina Puerto Escondido and the company of friends…
we started enjoying the surrounding area.
The first of December, we headed to La Paz, to see friends, enjoy the town, and have a few things done on Sol Seeker.
We headed back to Puerto Escondido (Loreto) and arrived in time to celebrate Christmas Day aboard Phoenix I and New Year’s Eve on the dock.
The highlight of our winter so far, has been our trip over to Barra de Navidad. We flew over to Puerto Vallarta and drove down to Barra to visit our good friend, Brian, and check out the bays and towns in case we decide to sail over there.
One day, Brian organized a panga tour of the bays…
We made sure to catch the evening sunsets…
Another fun day, organized by our mighty tour guide, was a short hike to waterfalls and a swimming pool…
Brian, who hosts the music festival, Wild Oats and Notes in Alberta, always knows where the music is and there is a lot of it in Barra….
Another day, we headed over to a restaurant that Brian knew about and enjoyed another fabulous meal. We were joined that day by a friend of Brian’s and Bill’s from long ago, Kathy.
After leaving Barra, we headed just north of Puerto Vallarta to La Cruz, to check out that marina. We stayed at the most charming Bed and Breakfast that overlooked the bay.
While checking out the marina, we ran into friends from La Paz, Don and Sherri and hooked up with them for dinner.
The final little jaunt was a drive up the coast to Chacala to hook up with friends from Georgia, Ben and Lucy. What a great little town!
All in all, our trip across the sea was a great success and you may find us over there next year, hopefully. We returned to Loreto and the next post will be about all the wonderful people who came to visit us.
Well, we arrived safe and sound in Puerto Escondido near Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico, but after a very long, crazy drive!
We like going down Highway 5 to avoid all the trucks and many of the motorhomes. There is a stretch of road near Bahia De Los Angeles, that has been under construction for many years but that gets better each year. The road above that has been nicely finished, with wide lanes and soft shoulders. A great drive, until this year! Unbeknownst to us, Hurricane Rosa earlier this year and then Tropical Storm Sergio, last week, have washed out many of the nice bridges and a lot of the road, and thus we were on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! Thankfully, we were in Bill’s 1-ton pickup that handles that type of road better than a vehicle with low clearance.
We finally made it to beautiful Puerto Escondido.
Another fun but wild ride is driving over Guardsman Pass from Park City to Brighton. Each time we want to go to our cabin this is our chosen road. Many people find it very threatening as it is a steep, winding, and high elevation adventure.
I also took my really great friend, Karen on a ride over the pass to see the fall leaves. With the top down on the car, we could see all around.
Of course, I went over to play in the 4th Annual Frisbee Ladies golf tourney, which I lost, even to Emma who is 8!
But a great time was had with my wonderful Whitney relatives!
Meanwhile, in Alberta, Bill was busy going between Canmore and Little Bow, closing the houses for the winter.
When he wasn’t trying to herd Russo into the truck he was driving to Edmonton to have Thanksgiving with Sara and Tommy or maneuvering through snow and elk.
Time to head south!!!!
The best wild ride this fall was Calgary to Boston, 1st class all the way! Why? Some great deal Delta airlines offered. Why the best, because I got to welcome my new granddaughter, Stevie Lou Cardosi, into the family.
What a sweetie and Whitney recovered quickly!
Waiting for Stevie to arrive, we had a great time…. Picking blackberries and baking scones…
attending The Book of Mormon, in Boston. What a great play!!
and getting my annual lobster fix.
Spending time with busy Miss Kennedy, is always a wild ride.
Bill began our wild ride in Canada, taking a couple of days to get to Utah. Luckily roads were good and he was able to spend 4 days in Park City. He got to spend time with my brothers, Jim and Rick, watching American football which he loves, not…
dining and playing with Andy and family…
and taking part in the 3rd Annual Park City Shotski (1250 shots of whiskey mounted on attached skis gulped at the same time)….
Needless to say, fun was had by all.
Lastly, some more cuteness, Stevie Lou…
Once again, Bill and I have returned to our homes in the Rockies, and have been able to enjoy (endure) some winter.
Even into mid-May, we are both wearing long pants and sweaters to keep warm. Spring should be just around the corner?!?!? But no real complaints, it is great to smell the lilacs as they blossom and sneeze at all the cotton floating in the air from the cottonwood trees.
We now have a new family member, Ruso. Although I have not met him yet, I am assured that he is great and is going to be great on the boat?!?!?! But you can bet I won’t be the one to walk him first thing in the morning!!!!!
Bill has been having a lot of fun walking him and taking him to the dog park. May has also been great for him, as Sara has been staying with him and doing her rural medical rotation in Banff. Her new hubby, Tommy joins them on some weekends, too!
The highlight of my Spring was a week in Boston with Whitney and her family. I took 5 year old Abby with me, she was such a good girl and I certainly got a lot of attention with such a darling blondie!
Have to admit both Whitney and I were finally able to relax when these two went to bed. They are busy little girls!
Kennedy is certainly a funny little one. Whenever we want to do group pictures, she gives us the back of her head. Someday she is going to ask her mom why she let her do that. Did we really have any choice?
The rest of my Spring as been in Park City, just enjoying….
Abby’s birthday party…
My brothers (the photobomber is an adopted brother, Chris)
an evening at the Kimball Art Center to see Emm’a art…
and sushi afterwards…
and going to cousin Paia’s dance recital.
I have also cheered on Andy, Jana, and Emma as they ran in the annual Run for Ed. This year they represented their school, the McPollin Farm, as pigs.
Emma presented her Haiku poem about Betsy Ross…
and Abby graduated from preschool. (No more daycare costs for Andy and Jana!!!)
I have also found time for yoga, water aerobics, and golf.
Also, with the arrival of summer, I was able to get in a little frisbee golf.
Up in the Canadian Rockies, Bill was doing what he loves to do in the spring and the fall…projects. He started painting his house in Canmore and opening up Little Bow. Not what I would call fun but he loves it!!!!
Just before going to Canada for the summer, I took a quick trip to San Diego to put my condo up for sale and see some of my favorites!!
The Fab 4, Mo, Jane, Cindy, and me as well as Gary and Jean and Vince and Gail.
So many memories with this group and many more to come!
Then it was off to Alberta, Canada and to Wild Oats and Notes in Tofield. Once again, this event never fails! It is held every other year over the Canada Day weekend,
it is hosted on the farm of Bill’s longtime friend, Brian. (Sorry, Brian, not the greatest picture) Brian scouts out all the talent and what talent. The music is incredible!!!!
The success of this music festival is the volunteers. We try to sorta do our part and in return earn a T-shirt.
The real success goes to the faithfuls, like Brenda and Robert.
What made it really special this year, was all of Bill’s old friends were in attendance. Most of these guys lived together at one time or another during those formative school years, so you can imagine the stories they have to tell. (My poor virgin ears!). Such a motley crew!
Jim, Rod, Grady, Randy, Bill, Robert, Bruce and Rocky in front!
And…Grady’s creative sleeping trailer, a pig for Hog’s Hollow!
Now we are at Little Bow doing our 2 hours of work a day, installing an extension to the dock
and rigging the new to us, little sailboat Bill found this spring….
We would love you to swing by and enjoy it with us!!!!
What a year we have had so far!!!! Lots and lots of kid time, loving every second!
Most of our time has been spent in and around the Loreto area of the Baja. Puerto Escondido, the marina near there, is now our home port and where we store Sol Seeker in the summertime.
There is a lovely community called Loreto Bay, with beautiful condos, golf, swimming and beaches, and where our visitors have stayed…
Darren, Bill’s Goddaughter, at the top of Nopolo Rock, overlooking Loreto Bay..
Jana, my daughter-in-law, playing on the back 9,
My son-in-law, Jason, riding around Loreto Bay,
a little pool time,
and enjoying the beach!
For one week in March, Bill and I flew to Calgary to attend his daughter Sara’s, wedding. The wedding was at the Lake Louise Chateau, what a perfect place for a winter wedding. Truly, one of the highlights of Bill’s life. Sara and Tommy’s wedding was spectacular in every way. The weather was perfect, the venue gorgeous and their friends and family a blast to spend time with!
Lake Louise Chateau
View from our room window,
Canada’s favorite pastime, a little hockey before the wedding,
Bill and me enjoying the great outdoors,
The wedding was so perfect, Sara was such a beautiful bride,
Donning furs for the outdoor photos was a great touch,
such a nice touch, in fact, that Bill tried to get into the action!
Tommy, you made the blog again!
We had opportunities to see friends, like Brenda, one of Bill’s oldest and best friends and her grandsons, Aron and Alexander…
Brenda’s husband and another great friend of Bill’s, Robert…
Of course, Bill’s Goddaughter Darren and family, Adam, Aron, and Alexander,
and very dear friends, Ron and Bonnie!
Most of our winter, however, has been in Loretto, on the go, from the moment people arrived…. Granddaughters, Abby & Emma
My daughter Whitney, granddaughters Kennedy and Abby
our littlest sailor, Alexander (not sure he loved the life-jacket)…
giving the big kids a day-off of little kids…
Going out whale watching with friends Kirk and Mary on Interlude (no whales sighted that day)
but we took time to enjoy the cold but clear Sea of Cortez water (Andy was in that cold water for a very long time and came out with frozen fingers)…
The days were packed, fun-filled…
We were busyl…..
Bill kayaking with a first-timer, Dave…
Bill’s main responsibility was instructing the kids…
selecting Sol Seeker crew,
showing Aron how to use the windlass to pull up the anchor,
and how to tie a bowline knot,
letting Emma paddle board,
giving Abby boat rules,
teaching Emma how to drive the dinghy,
letting Kennedy take the helm,
and demonstrating superhero stances!
Everybody should know how to toilet paper! Maybe not what some would think is the best example, it was definitely an important life skill learned.
While it wasn’t boat instruction and maybe not instruction on how to dance, Bill was letting Sara know how much he loves her!
I even got to do a little instructing myself….showing Aron how to take the helm.
We also had other people at the helm from time to time….
We also received some great news…..
A new granddaughter, due in August!!! Announced with exploding pink graffiti at dinner!!!
Even thought we did have a lot of kid time, we also had some adult-only time too…
Robert & Brenda Clarke, Dave and Treva Schultz
lounge chairs in the middle of nowhere?
Robert in shorts?
First time sleeping 6 on Sol Seeker,
Enjoying a movie with Ron and Diane on Batwing and Val, a land-lover,
and hooking up with Park City friends, Gloria and Argan on May-Tai.
Dennis of Dennis & Donna on Winding
David and CarolAnne of Leap of Faith
Lastly, while in Canada, after the wedding, we took a day to ski together. We went to Sunshine, a ski resort in the Banff National Park. It was a beautiful day, the snow was great, and for a couple of old farts, we did quite well!
Cheers, hoping everyone as had a great winter, too!
We left for Mexico the middle of October, driving down to San Diego on our way. It is always so great to visit my home for 30 years and see cherished friends while there! We stocked up on needed boat items and continued south down the Baja. It is a beautiful, but sometimes a harrowing drive at times but finally we made it to Puerto Escondido, just south of Loreto. We were so excited to get there that we rushed to see Sol Seeker first before checking into the hotel. Staring up at her, we were a little overwhelmed, Now What?!?!?!?
We put her to bed last spring but having never put her back to together and get her ready to go back in the water, left us a little speechless, not to mention it was really hot. We couldn’t remember where we had put things let alone how to put all the parts back on. Why didn’t we take pictures before we disassembled her? Quickly, however, we got into a routine, rising a 6:00 a.m. and working in the cool until about 9:00, returning to the hotel for breakfast, working a little longer, taking a siesta in the cool hotel and working a little longer later in the day. Slowly she came together and after a week we were ready to ‘splash’!
Yea, she was back in the water were it was much cooler and we worked about another week before setting sail. Everything worked and we love being back on Sol Seeker!!!
Getting ready was not without issues, mine mostly. I may be getting Cruisheimers but I am going to blame the distortion in my sunglasses (bifocals) for some of my issues. The second day of putting Sol Seeker back together, I was on a mission somewhere, and walked right into a culvert built for boats with deeper keels. It is about 3-4 feet deep and I didn’t even see it and before I knew it I was on the ground, in the ditch. I slammed my shin and my left arm. (Warning, this is ugly!)
Next, I am walking down the street in La Paz with Bill. Mexico is not famous for their even sidewalks but they have constructed some nice new ones here. However, they don’t go on forever, and before I knew it, I was on the ground, banging up my knee.
Again, I am blaming the sunglasses or maybe the head injury I got when the lid of one of the lassurettes (storage compartments) fell on my head and gave me a big goose egg.
So to prove that I am not losing it and still have my wits about me, I have taken on new projects. My lack of background information in electrical and mechanical situations, drives Bill crazy. I know enough to check my oil and tire pressure in my car, period. So I m reading and trying to absorb. I even found and started to repair the Christmas Lights!
I borrowed a handy stitcher from Heidi on Cetus and repaired the seat on the kayak,
I replaced the snaps on a canvas cover,
and I have found the Bravo market and am learning to select cuts of meat and seafood in Spanish.
In the meantime, Bill has helped install additional solar panels, learned the timing and ins and out on the engine, installed insulation in the refrigerator for better cooling and to maintain the ice quota, and a bunch of jobs that require expertise.
We have had fun, however, in Puerto Escondido and La Paz. We watched the World Series and football at the lovely new restaurant overlooking our boat,
had a great Thanksgiving dinner,
and enjoyed a fun evening saying good-bye to a great couple who have added so much to La Paz and Marina Palmira, in particular.
Living in a marina is like living in an activity center. There are activities and fun events all the time or simply visits to each others’ boats to watch the sunset.
One of the eventful things we did this trip is a visit to the whale Museum. It is very insiteful and well done. Information is presented in 3 languages and we learned a lot about the sealife around here.
After learning about whales and such, we booked a morning to go out and swim with the whale sharks. What an experience! You literally jump in the water and swim around them. Their eyes are on the side of their heads so you have to be careful not to get in front of them, which isn’t easy as the one we were swimming with kept swimming in circles. At one point I ended up right in front of him, his mouth is huge!!! (This is not us swimming but an example)
Getting instructions first, then ready to jump! Mexico has finally started to restrict how many pandas (boats) can be out there at once and how many people can be in the water at one time. Bill and I are glad we had this experience but also feel a little guilty invading whale sharks’ natural habitat.
Well, we set sail soon to head back up into the Sea of Cortez to welcome friends and family who are coming down this winter but we want to wish you from our home, Sol Seeker, to yours,
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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