Eventually the wind died down, and we made our way up toward the national park of Espiritu Santo. On the way, while tacking the boat, we snapped a steering cable....a bad sensation indeed as suddenly the steering wheel just spun around like a pinwheel with no control of the boat. Happily our auto pilot is a completely independent system, so we were able to continue on using just Otto, our trusty pilot to steer.
A strong wind came up that night out of the south. This is another local weather phenomena, seen only in the La Paz area, known as a corumuel. It blew 25 knots all night. The wind wasn't very strong, but the short chop it created, perhaps 5-7 feet, really made the boats hobby horse at anchor. Taking Flight took a wave over the bow and down the hatch, dousing their bunk. They boogied out at around 3 a.m. for a calmer bay to the north, while we stayed put, as we didn't want to move on without a steering wheel!!!
|Fisherman trying for a bigger fish!|
The next day, we moved north to another bay at the north end of the island park, Caleta Partida. Here we had a great time exploring, and bought a lobster and some fish from a local fishermans beach camp. Tasty business!!!
|Fossils in beach rocks.|
|Old greybeards never give it up!!!|
It was now time for David and Diana to fly home out of La Paz, so with that, we headed south to the city. As luck had it, there was a festival in swing when we arrived, with dancing on a street stage, and the start of an off road desert race, the Dos Mares 500. A good party for everyone, with the malecon packed full of racers, wannabes, and fans. Hard to resist!!!
|Guys looked beat after 500 miles in the desert!|
D&D flew out after a great visit, and we settled down to get our steering fixed. We needed parts from the US, and Edson, the manufacturer claimed less than 50% success shipping to Mexico. Best solution...Cindi flew up to visit her brother and his family in L.A. for a fun weekend, and was our "mule" for carrying boat parts back across the border. Just took a couple of hours to fix the next day, and yeeee-hah, today we'll be getting back underway, heading north to explore the Sea of Cortez for the next several months......stay tuned!!!