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Marina Costabaja, La Paz murals, WHALES! and a diagram of the brain

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In keeping with our usual mode of cruising, we have been tethered to a nice dock here in La Paz at Marina Costabaja for over 2 months. This is not only due to our usual sloth and lassitude; we have been waiting on an important appointment with destiny, and future cruising plans…to be revealed in time. But of course, destiny has shape-shifted, and so we will be leaving La Paz sooner than we had thought. In fact we will scramble to get out within the week. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here are more photos for your viewing pleasure:

some pretty views of the inner harbor, Marina Costabaja, La Paz

some pretty views of the inner harbor, Marina Costabaja, La Paz

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John waits for one of the many shuttles that take us into town; we're about 15 minutes south of the city out here.

John waits for one of the many shuttles that take us into town; we’re about 15 minutes south of the city out here.

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And now….WHALES! We took a trip across the peninsula to the Gray Whale nursery lagoons where, after a migration from the far Pacific Northwest, Gray Whales come to deliver their babies, and fatten them up a bit before the arduous trek back up the coast in the Spring. We sped around in a fast panga, along with many other tourists in the lagoon at Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos. In truth, it felt a bit predatory, because all the pangas would just make for the whales at breakneck speed, and virtually surround them, getting very near. The whales have been coming here forever, though, and seem used to all the human attention. Gray Whale numbers are healthy. Sometimes, the whales appear to want to be touched. We didn’t get quite that close, but we were close enough for my glasses to get covered in whale breath spray. All the whales were in pairs of mom and baby. It was a really fun day (and starting at 5:50 AM, it was a long day.)

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see how fast the pangas go? Thrilling, but gee, there are baby whales down there

                    see how fast the pangas go? Thrilling, but gee, there are baby whales down there

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pretty dunes lined the edges of the lagoon

pretty dunes lined the edges of the lagoon

and the hoards just keep coming

                                                                       and the hoards just keep coming

So many pictures were duds. Here is a flash of tail; Gray Whales are sedate compared to the athletic Humpbacks, and don't show off nearly as often.

So many pictures were duds. Here is a flash of tail; Gray Whales are sedate compared to the athletic Humpbacks, and don’t show off nearly as often.

 

And finally….Brains! We were barely tied up in our slip when John started yet more online classes, in neurology, math, machine learning, you name it. To each his own, I say. Here is one of his projects done in the sand of our beach…

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