Lots of updates

I’ve been working pretty hard on getting some stuff going here. It looks like I’ve got the pictures working in the upper right corner now, and I just got done editing the Best of Baja 2010 page, so take a look at some great pictures from south of the border.

I’ll also have the write up on the van up soon, with an intro and some words about the planning process. Hopefully by the end of the week on that one.

Weekend in San Francisco

I took the kids down to SF for the weekend, and though it wasn’t nearly long enough, we had a great time. The weather was great and my sisters new apartment is in a great location. I did some great pictures in, check them out!

If one tries to stay out of the politics and the drama of everything that is California and San Francisco, it doesn’t take long to realize that this is a beautiful place. Lately, I’ve really been learning to disconnect myself from the things that are ugly about places. This helps me to find the pretty things about them, but it also makes life much less negative and stressful. I’m liking this way of looking at things. In the end, this is what makes life not so harsh.

New project: 78 GMC Van

I picked up my latest project vehicle yesterday, and got it all registered and looking good. The van runs great, no mechanical problems what so ever. It’s nice to have a new crate motor, the thing gets up and go’s, even though it ways a whole lot!

I plan to take it out for a test tomorrow, to get some pictures and test out the four wheel drive stuff.

Stay tuned for a detailed write up!

San Jose del Cabo

I’m off the boat and hanging out in San Jose now. The trip down from La Paz was pretty crazy, Mexican driving sure is something else. Never a dull moment.

After getting down here, I remembered it’s spring break. The last time I was here, there wasn’t much going on. Now it’s a whole other story. The place is packed. The hotel is full, the beach is like a scene from LA and there’s young couples everywhere. I like to see this.

In a bit here, I’ll be flying back to Utah, so ‘m not going to write too much. I want to get a bit more beach time in!

It’s just about over

Santa Rosalia yesterday.

I have about 24 hours left before I start the journey home, and there’s a little bit of sadness in my heart. Baja has been really good to me this year, and while I am ready to head home, I would really like to hang out here some more. Like good wine, he place has just simply gotten better and better with time.

Last night I got to see the most coveted thing that there is to see. The bioluminescent bow riding dolphins. I have no idea how to spell it, but it’s so cool I don’t even care. The glow that’s put off by the friction of the tiny algae running together makes for an incredible light show, and when you add in some dolphins and a very dark sky (almost a new moon) you have a recipe for a good time. The dolphins hung out for quite some time, and it sure did seem like they were having as much fun as we were.

It was a fitting end to a great couple of months down here. Too bad I don’t have the ability to take a picture of it, apparently it’s impossible to capture. You will just have to take my word for it, and search it out for yourself. I guarantee it would be worth the effort.

On my last full day we are going to a place that I’ve never been to, so I’ll give a good write up tomorrow for you. I’m pretty excited about it!

It’s been a rough trip

This here is my last trip before heading back to the states, and it’s been pretty rough. The wind has been going pretty strong for the last two days, making the seas a bit rough and the sea life hard to find. We’ve made our way down from San Carlos to the other side of the peninsula now, with five to eight foot seas the whole way. This makes it rough for guests. Its mellowed out now that we’ve made it past La Paz, so hopefully the ride will be good from here on out.

My last week is going fairly well. There’s a big push to get a bunch of things done before I go, but this is pretty much standard stuff. Getting the boat lined out for the relief man is always interesting, lots of little things you didn’t realize tend to pop up as you go through with a fine comb trying to make sure everything is good. I feel pretty good about leaving the boat in as good of condition as I got it, so that’s ok.

I’m really looking forward to getting home to see the kids and relax. The little smiles on their faces is going to be great! I’ ready to PLAY!!!!

One more trip to go!

I’ve been out here for 7 weeks now, and it’s about time to go home. 7 weeks at sea, working 16 to 20 hour days is pretty tiring!

We pull into San Carlos tomorrow, and with that it will be my last time this year. From here on out, it will be the same. The last time this year at one place or another. It’s interesting to think of it this way, but this is an interesting life I lead.

At this point I have pretty low moral, and drive, it’s funny, actually. When I first get to the boat, I attack every new job with a vengance. Even at this point I’m hungry to find projects to keep busy and make the ship better. Then as time goes by, theres less and less little projects done, and more and more of just getting from one task to the next. By week 6 I’m pretty much ready to go and just doing what is needed to get by. It’s not that I ever do a bad job, it’s just that the majority of the really good work I do is in the first 2-3 weeks.

Everyone is like this. It’s an interesting thing to watch, because every person that comes to work on the boat does it. It’s even better when you get people coming and going not all at the same time. This way, you are “fresh” while they are tired, then when you are tired, a new “fresh” batch comes in.

Anyways, I’ll be home in 11 days after a short stop in Utah to pick up Elijah. YAY!!!!

Santa Rosalia

After all the times I’ve been to Santa Rosalia, I’ve never actually been to the town. Yesterday I actually got to go out and take a look around and I found a really cool little town.

There’s actually quite a bit going on here, which is probably due to the fact that the town is right on the main highway 1 going south. The town really reminds me of the little gold rush era town I was born and raised in, back in Northern California. There’s lots of history every where and evidence of the mining that took place here.

I really liked the feel of the town, just walking around every where I saw people that were just simply living. No touristy BS, no neon and night clubs. It’s quite nice.

It does make me a little homesick, though.

We weren’t lucky enough to catch the Humboldt Squid fisherman in action, which was kind of a bummer. Apparently there’s not much happening with that right now, for some reason. We never really got a good answer as to why. The squid sure are interesting to watch swim around, but I have no desire to go for a swim with them! They look like they control the water pretty well.

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

By John Steinbeck

After living and working in the Sea of Cortez for going on three years now I’ve become totally fascinated with it. Reading Steinbeck’s account of traveling over the same waters and visiting some of the very same places I go regularly is quite interesting. All that I can say is “My, oh my. How things have changed in the last 70 years.”

It’s really cool to read of his travels, and what he thinks about these places. If Steinbeck could see Cabo San Lucas now, he would surely be surprised. Apparently, when he steamed through in the early 40’s there was not much too it, and now it’s a huge place with many resorts and hotels.

Throughout this book, he does quite a bit of talking about life in general as well. I really appreciate the way the man thought. Often times through the book I was reading his thoughts and thinking to myself, “he is explaining this better than I ever could”.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when they are talking to some Indians outside of the town of Gauymas, and both sides are trying to figure the other out. He tries to explain to the Indians what it’s like to live in the US, and all that they know is that it must be great where “There is no poverty in your country and no misery. Everyone has a Ford.” In essence, this is the very lie that we are being told to believe about our people today. It hasn’t changed from his time to ours. I find it very interesting to see this from their point of view.

The Log from Sea of Cortez is a great book, worth the price of admission. I highly recommend this book.