We have come full circle after spending the past few months in the Sea of Cortez. In our first season we have covered some serious ground. We made our way to the very end of Mexico mainland (Hualtulco) then turned the good ship Santosha around, and now we have explored the Sea of Cortez, as far as Santa Rosalia, and all the islands in-between. Hands down, all aboard agree that the Sea of Cortez is our favorite place. We can certainly see why people whom have sailed the world rank this place at the top of their favorite places to cruise. Thanks to everyone who advised us not to miss this beautiful place! It has held up to its reputation, and has had everything we were searching for on this journey. I also realized last night, that there are no mosquitos here. This is a plus for me, after being made a meal of a few times this past year on the tropical side of Mexico.
We have made many new friends, and are sad that the season is almost over. Hurricane season officially started on May 15th, so at this point in the game folks either head way North into the Sea to ride out the summer heat and avoid any potential hurricane or they find a Marina and leave their boat to fly to cooler parts of the planet. We are all looking forward to taking a trip back home to see the faces we love, and then there is the trip to Bali for a two month emersion into a culture I have dreamed about breathing in for some time now.
We still have until the end of June to play in the sea, so why are we back in La Paz so soon you ask? Well, our Visas have run out, so now we get to take a lovely (not!) road trip for two days, each way, so a total of four days in a car, just to drive across the boarder, pay a fee, then drive back. It just seems so silly to me since we are flying out at the end of June......but the law is the law. We are going to go to immigration in La Paz on Monday to ask ( and to beg) for a 30 day extension. We hear it all will depend on the mood of the person we come in contact with. If we can avoid a four day car ride on a two lane road, with free range cattle blocking the road at times.....we will head away from the Marina and back out to our play ground for a few more weeks.
On a VERY VERY VERY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY note....did you guess already? YES, we are finished with the Calvert 4th Grade. To celebrate, we dug out a wake board from the bottom of our sail locker, that we purchased for Alex and Blake years ago...and let Jack have a go at it. He got up on his first try! And he now has a new passion to add to his other water activities.
Photos posted include a few snaps of the sights we have witnessed these past few weeks. I must have over 20,000 photos from our first season at sea.......stay tuned for the next batch which could be more of the same, or shot taken from a dusty long, very long, long, long, road trip to the USA boarder for 5 minutes, and then back to La Paz with Visas in hand.