Holy Moly! Where does the time go?
I can’t believe it has been three months since our last blog post. So much has happened I do not even know how to reasonably fill in all the details. We have been busy with boat projects, some for the purpose of upgrading, some for repair and others just long overdue maintenance. In between the work we have attended parades, shared meals and laughter with friends, attended español language classes, learned some celestial navigation, and participated in a few local adventures.
First I will start with Pablo’s upgrades and repairs. We hauled the boat out of the water in January and while she was in the boat yard they installed new seacocks and thru hulls, plus she got a new paint job. Now that she is back in the water and looking shiny, we have installed a new roller furler, replaced leaking water tanks, installed a few more fans, upgraded the wiring for our solar system, replaced our battery charger, spliced in new rope for our anchor rode and sewed various new covers. She will soon have a new macerator pump and fresh varnish. Whew! I get tired just looking at that list. But all the work will be totally worth it. We are getting her ready for a season of exploration in the Sea of Cortez.
As I said we have had a few adventures. First we went on a hiking expedition to see some petroglyphs which was a great day with an amazing guide. We learned so much about the geography, history, and archeology of the area. Then just a few days ago we went on another expedition to swim with whale sharks and sea lions. We also toured some local rock formations which were nesting sites for pelicans and great blue herons. Each of these tours were put together by Barbarita Tours which is a local company here in La Paz.
Of course one does not have to travel away from the city to find excitement. February 8-13 was Carnival here in La Paz. The entire malecon (beach front) of La Paz becomes one big family friendly party. There are games, several stages with shows and concerts, rides for the kids, yummy foods, people in costumes and parades! Several Parades!
Along with work and celebration, education has also been a real focus for Steve and I since we have been stationary. He is taking celestial navigation classes which are a whole lot of fun for him and a good back up plan for us in case we loose all electronics. I have been taking Español language classes at El Nopal, a local language school and I am now able to hold conversations with most local five year olds. No, not really. I have actually come a long way in a few short months.
Naturally there are dates with friends and we typically play darts a few times a week but in the midsts of all the hustle we stop and take notice of just how fortunate we are. We are busy, We are happy and We are fulfilled. Life is simply sweet.
………….. Love those Birds!