Puerto Gato

It almost rained last night. I do believe that there’s only been a handful of times that I’ve been here in Baja while it was raining. Over a three year period, that’s a pretty uncommon thing. The clouds and the weather are making for some really nice backdrops, of which I’ve proceeded to not get very many good pictures of. The above picture with the zodiac coming back from the beach turned out pretty good.

The place the picture was taken is called puerto Gato, and is all privately owned by a Mexican Diplomat. The caretaker, Manuel, is a very nice fellow and I’m quite jealous of his job. Hanging out keeping an eye on a beautiful island in the sea of Cortez would be a rough life, but at least there’s lots of visitors to check in with and that is probably pretty entertaining at times.

Still trying to find a vacation spot

It’s not so easy to pick out a nice place to go for a few days and relax on the beach. the problem is that there are so many places, and they all cost about the same. I’m a bit over-whelmed at trying to find something.

Do you have any suggestions? Thoughts?

Where would you go to relax in a nice warm place for a while?

Comments would be appreciated!

Isla San Francisco

I made it over to the beach at Isla San Francisco yesterday, and boy was it nice. The weather has been pretty good this week, only a bit windy with highs in the 80’s. The water temps been in the 60’s, but since I was in sub-zero temperatures last week I can’t bring myself to going for a swim. I thought that I would want to, but I can’t do it. Yet.

Once I got to this beach, away from everyone on the ship, I had a good moment of solitude. It was nice to sit on the sand and reflect for a bit. I’ve not had much alone time for a while now. The little bit I got was good, but it made me pretty thirsty for more. I’m going to have find a way to get in some “me” time here pretty soon for my sanity. It’s time.

Isla Danzante

Well…. things have been super hectic down here in Baja. I’ve had not much free time at all. I did get over to the beach for about an hour yesterday at Danzante Island. It’s a really nice little beach in the Loreto Marine Park. The beach is littered with tons of shells and bones of various fish. There were several of these snail shells that caught my eye, with their spiraling coolness.

The boat is coming back together fairly well at this point. When I showed up down here I could tell that the guys had been really busy to that point. Perry, my relief/mentor was litterally dead tired. It’s pretty crazy just how tired one can make themself if enough effort is put out. I’ve still got a huge list of things to do, but it’s mostly minor things that are all lower priority level at this point. It’s a good thing. Busy, busy. As usual.

I’m hoping to get some more photo’s in the next couple of days….. and get a little outside time for my own sanity. Wish me luck on that!

La Paz

This photo taken of La Paz in the morning makes it look pretty peaceful. In reality, only a few hours earlier the city was pretty out of control. All I can say is that the people of La Paz take Christmas very seriously and celebrate for a week on either side of it.

It was great to see one of my favorite cities so alive and people having a good time. I really worry about tourism down here with all the stuff going on at the border. It’s a shame that these people suffer, because of drug runners and their reputation farther north. Crime down here is nothing, I feel safer here than in most big US cities.

Spread the word…..if you will! Baja Sur is good for traveling. In fact, there hasn’t been a better time in quite a while. People are hungry for your business, and the deals are good.

Well…I made it

And so, the whole thing ended up being not such a big deal. I’m here. In Baja, motoring along on the Sea of Cortez. It’s funny how easy it is to get stressed out while traveling, when in reality we should just go with the flow.

This is part of the reason why I like traveling so much. The emotion. The feelings that run through my body when crazy things happen. Especially when there is absolutely nothing I can do about it, are something that I strive for now. It’s what makes life worth living.

So now I move on to the next future story….

Travel Hell continues!

I hope this ends soon. My plane was two hours late leaving out of Salt Lake today! They got me on a later flight, and luckily my bus from Cabo to La Paz wasn’t going to leave until later anyways. At least I have that going for me.

The good things is, at least the weather here is nice. It was snowing like crazy in SLC. I’ll take the 60 degrees and sunshine for now. It’s helping my attitude.

What a trip.

Well, it’s funny how easily mother nature reminds us that she is in control. The weather took my “normal” trip and made it quite interesting on Thursday morning.

In my mind my van has been a solid performer since I bought it. The thing is downright reliable and a great vehicle. That’s why I was so devastated when it wouldn’t start for me. I had the van towed over to the only shop in town and that’s where I learned my lesson. Unfortunately the owner of the shop was in Elko for the day at a doctors appointment.

What happened was I started the van up in the morning, just fine. It warmed up and got going fine, then I drove about a half mile down the road to the truck stop. Eli and I went in to get a bite to eat for breakfast and in that time it happened.

As the van sat in front of the shop I went and got a hotel room and fired up the laptop. After quite a bit of googling I still couldn’t come up with a reason why the van wouldn’t start. I figured that the thing wasn’t getting spark for some reason, because I could smell the gas as I cranked the engine over and over to try and get it to start.

After not really coming up with anything, I started looking into just towing the van to Price. I was very concerned about getting on the plane Saturday morning to get to work. I don’t have a job that you can just show up a little late for. The boat won’t be there when you get there! It takes a whole lot of timing to make things work, and any variance in that takes massive effort.

I then remembered that the shop the van was at was a u-haul dealer, so I called them up and asked about renting stuff to tow the van. It was about three pm at that point. Still baffled about why the van wouldn’t start, and not coming up with anything I asked the lady at the shop to try starting it just one more time for me. She said she would, then call me back.

Two minutes later she called back and said “It fired right up!”

As soon as I got over to the shop, the owner pulled up. That’s when he gave me the run down. He says that this happens often in cold weather like this. What happens is, you start the car things warm up OK, but things condensate for a bit until it gets hot. Especially the distributor cap. Then if you drive for just a little while and shut the car off for any period of time that condensation freezes which keeps the distributor from working properly. He says that he’s “fixed” many cars by taking the cap off and setting it next to the heater for a while.

So now I know.

We left around 5pm from Wells and made it to Price around 11pm. It was a little later than I had hoped, but not nearly as late as I feared. Now Ill be in baja just in time, no problem!

I guess I spoke too soon!

I went to start the van today and…… it just cranked over and over. Nothing! I guess the -12 degrees didn’t do me any good.

Unfortunately, there is no way to get around here, and with a 3 year old in tow with super low temps I’m in no place to do the work. I had the van towed to a shop, but there’s only the one in this whole town and he can’t take a look until this after noon.

Keep me in your thoughts, I need to get out of here by tomorrow to make my flight to Mexico early Saturday morning.

On top of all that, I’m stuck in a tiny motel room with my son and he’s losing his mind! Cooping up a 3 year old is a recipe for disaster.

This could get interesting!