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Across the shining sea…

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….we sailed in early April, getting ready for our Summer off the Baja peninsula. Little did we know that only a small and hardy band of sailors stay on their boats here in the heat of the season. So many either pull their boats and leave them out of the water, or keep them somewhere in a protected marina on the mainland. And then they go elsewhere, either home, if they have one, or just…elsewhere. Who knew? All the blogs I followed from the northwest had a stint in the Sea of Cortez for the Summer, so it was just the way we had always planned it. We will see how far North we can go, and how long we can last. So it was that we did a double over-nighter back from the mainland coast to Mazatlan (once again,) and then another double over-nighter across the Sea of Cortez to La Paz, where we have been happily planted for a couple of weeks now.

La Paz is a smaller, cozier town, certainly than Mazatlan, and so far we find it more charming. It has  plenty of Mexican flavor, but also a dose of Gringo influence, which makes it feel a bit more familiar. It also has wider streets, and the houses and buildings have a lower profile, with one or two stories most prevalent. It somehow reminds me of some of the small Hill country towns in Texas, and I always loved those places. Plus, we’re in the desert now. There are some colorful blooms, but lots of dry hills and cactus.  We’re dock monkeys once again, but it seems we don’t mind that for a time.  After thoroughly exploring La Paz, and a quick trip back to the States next month for our tourist visas, we plan to head out into the Sea and explore…for as long as we can do it. Here’s hoping we can thin out our blood, to at least Texas-grade, before we have to endure the triple digits. Eight years in the Pacific Northwest was not the ideal preparation, I’m afraid.

refueling mid-trip with the jiggler siphon; patented toe-hold stabilization method

lovely sunrise as we cross the Sea

refueling with jiggler siphon; patented toe-hold stabilization method

refueling with jiggler siphon; patented toe-hold stabilization method

Bahia Muertos on Easter weekend...just us, and 200 of our closest friends camping on the beach

Bahia Muertos on Easter weekend…just us, and 200 of our closest friends camping on the beach

Cruising in our underwear....priceless

Cruising in our underwear….priceless

Puerto Balandra; lovely scenery, wicked Coromuel winds

Puerto Balandra; lovely scenery, wicked Coromuel winds

Balandra, the calm before the maelstrom

Balandra, the calm before the maelstrom

mushroom rock, Balandra

mushroom rock, Balandra

Our backyard in Balandra

Our backyard in Balandra

the hills outside La Paz

the hills outside La Paz

one of many statues on the Malecon (seaside walkway) of La Paz

one of many statues on the Malecon (seaside walkway) of La Paz

 

Sahara John

Sahara John

more of the Malecon, with boats anchored beyond in the Mogote

more of the Malecon, with boats anchored beyond in the Mogote

Red-legged storky-Egret thing.....I suppose we need a birding guide

Red-legged storky-Egret thing…..I suppose we need a birding guide

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The view from our slip at Marina Palmira

Marina Palmira

Marina Palmira

 

walking into La Paz

walking into La Paz

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Sidewalks here are dangerous if you’re distracted

Colors are vibrant, but that's Mexico in general

Colors are vibrant, but that’s Mexico in general

scenes from a stroll around La Paz

scenes from a stroll around La Paz

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the twice-weekly organic market

the twice-weekly organic market

every town has it's Cathedral, usually on a Square, as this one is

every town has it’s Cathedral, usually on a Square, as this one is

quite a few Chinese restaurants....haven't tried any yet

quite a few Chinese restaurants….haven’t tried any yet

Shade, it's what we all long for

Shade, it’s what we all long for

Mercado Madero, one of two covered markets in town

Mercado Madero, one of two covered markets in town

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