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Saturday March 20th 2021
March Equinox (Vernal Equinox) is on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:37 am in La Paz.
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

I  was up at dawn and today I have to get ready for the 'race' tomorrow.  My crew came by to verify and it is a 'go'.

The day promises to reach 27 C and calm, so a trip out to Falsa might be in the cards.

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I untied around eleven and was anchored off El Tesero around one-thirty.

I started a stew and went for a swim.  The water is 20C or 71 F and quite refreshing on a hot day.

Brian sent this email...

>Has the ivermectin altered my mind? Something set me back a day or two.

Hi Allen,

According to your diary, you took Ivermectin on Tuesday, March 16. Your diary dates then proceeded as follows:

Wednesday March 17th 2021
Wednesday March 18th 2021
Thursday March 19th 2021
Friday March 20th 2021
Saturday March 21st 2021

Today is Saturday, March 20. Do you see a problem?

Brian

I'll untangle my brain, fix the diary, do some chores, finish the stew and maybe swim to shore.  I'm glad I did not lose a whole day as I first thought.  I knew I did not post yesterday but wondered where the other day went.

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I did not swim to shore.  I thought about it but was not that ambitious.  Around five I lifted the anchor and sailed out of the bay for home. Form Punta Colorado, Punta Prieta is a half-hour and from there Marina La Paz is fifty minutes.

Arriving at the marina, I motored in and made a picture perfect docking in a difficult spot.

So far I have not effed up on docking but it happens to even the best.  I go out and come in in very tight spots most sailors could not negotiate and make it look easy but wind and tide can move the boat in unexpected ways sometimes.

Joy said, "I love to watch you dock".  I think the couple who came and stood waiting to catch my lines were a bit pissed tho', as I said to them as I got close, and they were about to take a line, "Just wait, please", sidled perfectly up to the dock, stepped off and tied my own lines. When people pull on a line, it can change the course and rotation, botching the approach.

It is easy to forget how much can be done in a day when we cast off the lines.  I could have stayed out for the night but I need to be here in the morning and would just be motoring for an hour in, pick up crew, and then motor an hour back out.  Doing it this way makes the same trip seem more sensible.

I must be getting senile.  I overfilled the water tank again.  Maybe I should put my hearing aids in so I can hear the water.  Anyhow, I proved the bilge pump works and rinsed the bilges a bit.

I had supper and watched Borgen until midnight.

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Sunday March 21st 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

I slept badly and was awake two hours from three on, but slept from then until seven.  Now I have to tidy  the boat and dig out the spinnaker.

My crew arrives at nine-thirty and we pull out shortly after. The 'race' starts sometime after eleven at Punta Prieta, a little less than an hour from here.

It is nineteen degrees now at 0740 so it is going to be a hot day out on the water

They arrived on time and we motored out to Punta Prieta where we and the other boats drifted around waiting for wind.

When we left the dock, it turned out that we had not disconnected the Internet cable and it broke with a snap.  I figured, this will be expensive. I paid fifty dollars or more for that piece of wire.

We decided to hoist the spinnaker and had it up when the race began. Unfortunately, unlike the one on Cassiopeia, it turned out to be a downwind asymmetrical and we had to snuff it. 

 By the time we got the genoa out again, we were far behind the fleet.  We tacked out and then headed for the mark.  The wind picked up we were moving well.

Somehow they had not brought lunches so I served them some of my stew.  They seemed to like it and everyone survived.

Carol was at the helm and although I advised her to head well above the mark, she naturally headed for it and when we got close we found, sure enough, that we were downwind and had to make an extra tack.

We gybed around the mark and ran downwind back to town, wing on wing, until we reached the finish line and the channel. We sailed a bit but we motored the final leg. We arrived dead last but we had fun. 

We arrived at Marina de La Paz at 1430 and approached the dock.  I had instructed each crew on what to do and what not to do as we docked.

Just as we drew close, Blain jumped off, against my explicit instructions in the briefing, and messed up my landing. What bummer ending. He is an odd sort.

We tied up and said our farewells, then I had a good nap and woke up groggy. It was hot in the cabin, 32 C, and I had to run the fans.

I'd have rather stayed out in the bays and would be swimming to cool off, but had to return the crew to town.  Tomorrow is the Rotary club meeting at which I am to become a member.  I am having second thoughts.

I made more stew and while it was cooking, looked at the Internet cable.  Amazingly the break was clean and not at the expensive end fitting. I looked at it and saw four color-coded twisted pairs. The wires were solid copper and wax coated.

Hmmm.  I know how to splice wire.  As a kid I spent hours up in trees splicing similar gauge wire --scraps of blasting wire from the mines, to make a walkie-talkie connecting to my friend next door. 

It never worked but later I did build a screen oscillator tube circuit that blanked out all the TVs in the neighbourhood for a few minutes.

But, back to 2021, can my big thumbs insulate eight little wires in close proximity to one another?  And will the splice cause an impedance bump?  After all we are talking megabit speeds.

What the heck!  Nothing ventured, nothing gained and I am sucker for punishment, so I stripped and twisted the wires, cut little chunks of tape to separate the splices and then wrapped the whole mess with tape.  Surprisingly, the splice looked pretty much like the rest of the cable and seemed strong so I plugged it in and tried it out.

It worked!  I ran a speed test and it was as if the wires had never been yanked apart.

I watched the end of Borgen and began watching Collateral.  So far this one is just so-so. The premise is odd. 

Seems that every new series has to struggle to find how far out on a limb one can go without snapping it off. Everything has already been done and done well. Usually at about this point, civilizations destroy themselves and that looks like what is happening.

"He who is not busy being born is busy dying". Robert Zimmerman

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Monday March 22nd 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

I woke at 0510 and got up.  It is 21 degrees C.  Spring is here and it came on like throwing a switch.

I spent the day working on my notes and files.

I was to go to a meeting tonight to join Rotary, but have been having doubts.

I called Cactus Bob mid-afternoon to say I have had second thoughts. I'll still donate money but going to meetings is not my style.  He said, "Okay", and wanted to know why and I explained that I don't live anywhere near any clubs in Canada and don't really know what I would do here in La Paz.

I feel better about that already.

I'm looking at the weather and I am not sorry to be at dock today, but tomorrow, I'm outta here.

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Tuesday March 23rd 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

I am up at seven-thirty and thinking of going out for a day or two.  I had breakfast and then Miguel dropped by with the temperature sensors for my batteries and alternator.  We chatted a while.

I untied just before noon and motored out of the harbour.  It is a long trip out inside the sandbar.  It is possible to cross in a few places at the right times, but considered risky.

Along my way I saw a sailboat that had tried to cross the bar at a bad time and was now high and dry.  The time to cross is when the tide is rising, not falling. That way if you get stuck, the incoming tide will lift you off. On the other hand if you cross at high tide and get stuck, you have only minutes to get yourself off or find your boat lying on its side for a few hours or even if you are unlucky, for days until a higher tide floats your boat.

I sailed far out beyond the anchored cruise ships. and the tacked in to Balandra and found my favoured spot free. A small day cruise boat was anchored in the bay too.

They had pangas coming and going and seemed to be having fun.  There was no loud music and no nuisancesome  SeaDoos.  I thought they might leave by dark, but when I went to bed at eight they were still there.  I was up at eleven when the wind picked up and they were there then, too.

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Wednesday March 24th 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

The night was pretty rough. I was awake a lot, off and on.

I had figured the little cove at Balandra would be sheltered from both wind and swells, but it was only partially protected.  Wind gusts came over the headland and swells diffused around the point.

The wind came from the south and the swells came from the west and north. Several sets of swells from different directions added and subtracted forming the 'sets' so well known to surfers who wait out the smaller ones to catch the big one and ride.  As a result, there were minutes of relative calm followed by a minute or two of violent tossing.

The boat sailed at the anchor, too, changing positioning to the waves.  End on is best. That is how boats ride waves best.  Side-on is worst.

At one point Baja Magic was tossed end to end and side to side at once and the big water jug slid on the counter, out from behind the cabinet that normally restrains it.

As that action continued, I moved from the forward cabin to the aft cabin to sleep.  In the aft cabin, I can sleep across the boat whereas in the vee berth i n the bow I am lying fore and aft. There, the side to side tossing tends to roll me over.

At dawn I got up, had breakfast and made ready to leave.  I noticed my neighbour, El Duque, had deployed a stern anchor and was lying lengthwise to the waves, ensuring a smoother ride.  I had considered doing that but figured it was too much trouble. Maybe not.

I raised anchor, pulled out the genoa, and headed north, running downwind.  I had no definite destination.  Caleta Partida was in the back of my mind and I was considering Isla San Francisco.

I was crossing San Lorenzo Channel when I got s message from Jimmy.  My outboard is ready.  One day late for this trip and I miss it. I'm leery of going ashore in a dinghy when it is is breezy like now if my only propulsion is rowing.

I sailed and motored up to Caleta Partida. It was noon when I anchored. I rested a while and realised I have to send the accounting file in very soon and t is too big for cellular data so I need to be in town, plus I don't have my outboard, so I'll be heading back.

I left around one-thirty and it took me four hours to return to La Paz, motoring all the way.  The wind, when there was any, was against me.  I entertained myself doing Duolingo exercises.

I arrived back at five-thirty and had a hard time docking due to a south wind but my friends were nearby and helped.

The engine worked well on the way back and seems to have almost stopped leaking oil and diesel. 

These engines like to work hard and the former owner babied it.  He hated to go above 1800 RPM and it sounded bad and leaked oil. 

Unless diesels work hard, the cylinders glaze and blow-by develops.  Running at max revs periodically helps resolve that and running at 80% of max for most of the time is ideal. More diesels die of under exertion than overwork.

I ran back here today at 25-2800 just to give it some exercise and it sounds great, plus there is not much mess under the engine on the mat.   It has taken me this long to get it broken back in.

I felt like a treat so walked to El Che and had a the choriso and beer for supper. 

I've been trying to break my beer habit and wonder if maybe restricting beer drinking to restaurants might help.  I paid more for those three beer than six on take-out.

I returned and watched the rest of Collateral on Netflix and went to bed around eleven.

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Thursday March 25th 2021
Only nine months until Christmas 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

After my previous rough night anchored out in a windy and wavy cove, it was nice to sleep on a bed that was not tossing me around.  

Tied up at the dock in the shelter of the marina breakwaters, even on a windy night, the boat is relatively still.

I wonder about the cruisers who anchor outside the marinas and are tossed around many nights and days and have to rely on their dinghy to get to shore. If there are several people on board, they have to coordinate trips ashore. People with animals have more complications.

Today, first off, I have to get gasoline so when Jimmy brings the outboard back I can run it. Then I need to send off the files to the accountant. After that, maybe, grocery shopping.  Tonight is Darts at La Costa.  I'm finding that is growing old for me but I may go just for the company.

George came on 22A at seven-thirty, looking for a tow for the sailboat stuck on the sandbar. He needs a dinghy or panga with enough horsepower to pull it off. We had no luck but he and another are going out with dinghies to try.

They managed to pull the sailboat off the sandbar and so that is over.

I walked to Pemex and got eight litres of gas for the outboard, then walked again and got twenty litres of diesel for Baja Magic.

By then it was afternoon and I headed to the bank, then Chedraui. Once back, I sat down to get the accounting sent, but decided I don't know what to do, so wrote the accountant.

Jimmy came by with the outboard and I took it for a quick spin.  It runs better than ever so maybe that was $300 US well spent.

I worked on the accounting some more, then walked to darts. 

I had told Chris to go there to meet Richard as potential crew to travel north to Guaymas with him and they hit it off.  I am tempted to join them for part of the trip.  It is a five day trip.

we then went to Bandidos and I had some more beer and a burger.  So much for self-control.

I returned to Baja Magic and was in bed before midnight.

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Friday March 26th 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.


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I got up at seven-thirty, had breakfast, and finished the accounting.

Luis' crew were scraping hulls nearby so I asked them to check for growth on mine seeing as my max speed was about five knots the other day.  They reported it was bad and cleaned it off.

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Chris was at FONATUR marina and I got him a slip here so he can get ready for a Monday departure. He was to call the marina on arrival but did not. I walked over and he and Richard were chatting.  He still had not checked in.  I am having second thoughts about going north with them.

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Next, I'll walk up and get more diesel. That twenty litres all went to the lower tank, so I may need to make two more trips. I may have been closer to empty than I thought. I think I carry 90 litres.

I notice the price is up.  Twenty litres cost me 470 pesos yesterday.  That is about $28 CAD.

I could just pull into Marina Costa Baja and fill up there, but sometimes the fuel dock is blocked by large boats that don't leave for hours.

I walked up to the Pemex station three times in total and there is still room for maybe another twenty litres. I think I'll go one more time.

I got another twenty litres and it went in, showing almost full on the gauge. (almost empty actually since the gauge reads backwards).

My diesel leak that showed a bit of fuel under the engine after each long run seemed to be clearing up but now I'm wondering if filling the top tank will bring it back due to the added pressure fuel four feet above the engine. 

We'll see soon enough, and if so, that will be a hint as to where the leak is.  I can shut off the connection draining  the top into the bottom if that is the case, but better still, I should find the leak point that has so far eluded me.

I had a nap and then walked to Estrella at six.  I had pizza and beer and left before eight, came home and went to bed.

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Saturday March 27th 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

I slept well and got up at six-thirty.

Today is expected to be cooler with north winds all day and tonight.  I'd like to go out and anchor but we'll see.  It'll be cool for snorkelling but I do have the dinghy and the outboard runs well.

I heard from Chris on Huck Finn first thing and walked over over to get a block (pulley) to replace the defective one on my furler line. The price was right: free.  They are listed over $100.

Then I rode my dinghy out to Alita Fox, which is anchored out by the entrance to MLP to look at some blocks he has surplus and bought six more for 600 pesos. ($30 US).  They would cost hundreds new.

I returned to Baja Magic and Chris called to say he has crew lined up for me as I had decided to head north with him on Monday perhaps as far as Loreto (130 sea miles) and turn back.

He dropped by later while I was adjusting my alternator belt and said the crew guy was not working out so I am back to traveling solo.

I had a nap and decide to change the defective block for one I had just acquired  and then took my autopilot apart to see if it needs grease.  It doesn't but it is an interesting device.  That tiny motor steers my six-tonne boat.

   

I see one of the fins on my outboard fell off.  Drat. That is twice now.

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Sunday March 28th 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

I slept better than I have for a while.  I slept right through, with no congestion and awoke at five-fifty.    I decided last night to wear my eye covering sleep mask. There are lights on the docks all night and little LED indicators on various devices and they can be disturbing.

The boat is groaning against the fenders, meaning the tide is still coming in. It is eighteen in here.  The sky is brightening in the east, and it is the true east because I am at the Tropic of Cancer and it is now just past the vernal equinox

My accountant wrote as he was having trouble opening the file so when that was fixed, he called and said there were no 2020 entries for magic Moments.  Ooops.  I had forgotten to enter them so got to work.  I sent that file off and then realized I had not entered Cassiopeia's account. 

Well, that is not as urgent--I think--but I will enter it now anyhow, but with today's dates seeing as the file is locked.

He said I can unlock it, so I did and by a little after noon, I was finished.

I picked up some novels at the clubhouse in case I get bored when I leave Internet coverage tomorrow. I'll be gone up the Sea for who knows how long.

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It's now five PM and I am tired. I did a bit of organizing  and downloaded some video. I should maybe go grocery shopping one more time, but will have time in the morning. 

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We plan to leave at high tide and run with the outgoing tidal current. That'll add two knots to our speed, upping it to seven knots. Earlier the current would subtract two knots, dropping us to as little as three actual knots, making the trip out the channel take much longer and burn twice the fuel.

The tide turns at 0938. We'll likely sail or motor until around five and make as much as 35 sea miles. That could take us as far as Isla San Francisco, but we may stop sooner, maybe up on Isla Partida.

I won't go the whole way with them.  I'll likely go a few days out, then return.

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At seven I decided to go to Chedraui for a few groceries, walked up to the shore, and looked at my Uber app only to find the price was 147 pesos, not the usual 40, and there were no cars anyhow.

I went back to Baja Magic and watched the rest of Sinner Season One.  I'll go to bed early.

The Sinner is a departure from the usual in many ways in that most of the folks were actually pretty nice and the violence was spontaneous and accidental, and imagined more than real. There was some obligatory fake sex, but not the phoney attack-and-rip-each-others'-clothes-off sort. (Who in the real world does that???)

I give The Sinner five stars even if the wrap-up explanations were a bit thin.  I watch for the interactions, relationships and camerawork, but consistency and logic helps.  I notice there was a change of writers halfway through the season.

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Chris dropped by and said he has lots of food and extra gasoline and diesel and he is a chef so is happy to make meals at anchor.  That should be interesting and takes some pressure off my shopping plans.

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Monday March 29th 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

Day One. La Paz to Isla San Francisco.

I slept well and awoke at four. I got up at twenty after. It is nineteen degrees in here.

The plan is to leave here in about five hours.  I have few things to do before then, but nothing pressing.

I filled the water and walked up to OXXO and back, then cast off around 0915.

The tide was just turning.  Huck Finn showed up behind me. Alita Fox was already well ahead of us.

   

We made about four knots at first but then as the tide assisted, we were making about five.  I was turning 2200 RPM and Huck Finn was running a bit higher.  It seems Huck Finn is a bit slower than Baja Magic.

The sea was glassy and we motored all the way to Isla San Francisco, but raised sail for the last two hours or so and that helped a bit as a five knot breeze that showed up after we passed Isla Partida, along with a northern swell.

To entertain myself while on autopilot, I read The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver and played solitaire on my phone.

I arrived at Isla San Francisco around six and anchored in twelve feet of water beside Alita Fox

I dropped the dinghy and shortly after Huck Finn arrived and anchored behind me to the north.

Chris had promised supper, so I dinghied over and we sat until eight when I left, hoisted the dinghy and went to bed.

Leaving the dinghy in the water is not wise due to risk of theft. It is easy for a thief to simply cut the painter and drift away with the dinghy.  When the dinghy is up on davits, it is much harder to release and escape.  Trying to get the dinghy free is noisy and risks confrontation.  Cruisers are known to be handy with fire extinguishers, wasp spray, flare guns, or even hand guns.

Huck Finn and I had been anchored near the boat ramp at Bahia Pichilingue a month back and  just after I left, Chris had his dinghy stolen. 

Not only is that big loss in dollars, but he now has no way to get to shore when anchored out on a trip like this and that is one reason I am accompanying him.  I have a dinghy.

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Tuesday March 30th 2021
Weather at The Old Schoolhouse.

Day Two. Isla San Francisco to Agua Verde.

I slept well and awoke at four and got up at twenty after. It is nineteen degrees here and it always seems warmer overnight out on the sea than in town.

I had breakfast and checked the engine.  There were quite a few drippings underneath, nothing serious, but more than I like. 

I saw motor oil, some diesel and a bit of water from a leak in the water pump gasket.  The oil on the dipstick was down a bit more than I remembered.

   

At six, called Huck Finn and Alita Fox on the VHF 68.  Both answered. Chris would be ready to go in a half-hour, Steve had been up late and was not leaving in a hurry.  We would not see him again on this trip although we did talk on VHF.

The wind was strong from the south and we were missing the best early morning winds.  I raised anchor and pulled out the sails and was soon making five knots.  Chris was not far behind me. 

Our plan was to go to San Evaristo and anchor for breakfast, but with good winds we decided to carry on.

Just as we passed San Evaristo, though, the sun killed the winds but we motored on. Once underway, we just kept going, sometimes under sail and sometime on engine.  Our target: Agua Verde, pretty much a straight line north and west.

We arrived at Agua Verde around four and I anchored. Huck Finn had trouble getting the anchor to hold, so I said, let's raft. 

They tied up alongside and we sat around and finished off the beer. Chris made hamburgers.

We called it a day around eight. 

I set he anchor alarm and we are tied side by side, hanging on my ground tackle.  If the winds and waves pick up, we'll wake up and separate.  It is full moon, so visibility is good.  We could actually be underway.

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Wednesday March 31st 2021
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Day Three. Agua Verde to Puerto Escondito

I slept well and woke at thee-thirty. I lay thinking for a while and got up.

I realised I have no real reason to go back to La Paz other than my steps sitting on the dock and the slip paid until two weeks from now. However, I know my way around La Paz, have friends there, and my bank is there.

We are two long days north now and we'll spend a day or two at Puerto Escondito. 

Will we go the extra day to Loreto?  Hard to say. Once we reach Puerto Escondito, Chris will be starting his leg across the sea to Guaymas and, according to plan, we will be splitting up.

At some point, Richard will come aboard Baja Magic.  We plan to gunk hole our way back and neither has a set time to be back.  I'll have to get used to having someone on board and we'll have to figure out food and water.

I checked the engine after breakfast and see that the trip is doing it good. The oil, fuel and water leaks seem to have fixed themselves.  I had noticed some oil consumption after the first day, I thought, but nothing if any from yesterdays. trip.

I've put eighteen hours on the engine since we left La Paz and used half a tank of fuel. I'm guessing thirty litres, which would be very economical.  Usual estimates are three litres per hour.

We pulled out of this southeast bay at Agua Verde while the cruiser nets were still on. I looked out and Huck Finn had untied from Baja Magic and slipped away.

Chris called on the radio to say they were going slowly to wait and see if I had any issues raising the anchor.  I didn't, and we motored northwest into the wind and chop. We did very little sailing on this leg.

I played solitaire and read The Lacuna, a novel by Barbara Kingsolver that I had picked up on the book table at Club Cruceros before we left. 

The Lacuna is a decent book, I suppose, and a thick one, but clearly artificial and somewhat strained.  One never gets immersed to the point of forgetting one is reading a book.

I noticed my engine was running more smoothly today and ran at 2800 for an hour or two in stretches.  When I looked at the towel under it on arrival there was very little more in the way of drippings compared to this morning.

Chris called to say he had reserved a slip so I did the same.

I arrived at  the Puerto Escondito Marina and fuelled up, taking on 61 litres.

   
Gauges before filling

I have now put eighteen hours on the engine since leaving La Paz, so assuming tanks were close to full when leaving and are full now, that means we burned about three litres per hour, around what people use as a typical estimate. We covered 130 sea miles so that gives about two sea miles per litre or 25 litres per 100 kilometres, not great for a car, but good for a boat.

Two dock hands waited for me when I landed at my slip and grabbed my dock lines, making an annoying mess of my otherwise perfect docking.  That really burns me up but I can say nothing.

After tying, I went to the office and paid.   The one night came to $87 US, without power.  Not cheap. 

Next, I went to the tienda and bought a few things.  Prices were double what I paid in La Paz.

After I got back to the boat and opened a jar of peanut butter, I got to wondering and looked at the bill.  I had paid $22 US for an average sized jar of peanut butter!

Chris wanted to go to Loreto, some twenty miles north to get groceries and shop.  He said a taxi costs 200 pesos each way.  Richard and I said we would go, too, and an hour later we were in van and on our way.

Loreto is s beautiful little town.  It  is well laid out and well-kept.  We went to the Soriana which was more like the Ley in La Paz, old, dim and somewhat ugly but well stocked. I bought enough groceries that I should survive the trip back and have enough for Richard, too.

Next Chris wanted to take us to Augie's bar where we sat on the upstairs balcony rail, looking out. We had drink, clams and a pizza, the our driver who had been waiting drove us back to Marina Puerto Escondido. 

Chris and I had agreed he would pay the bar tab and I the taxi but when I asked the driver what we owed, the driver said eighteen hundred pesos or about $110 CAD.  I guess Chris had not made sure of the cost up front. I paid, but the others chipped in. 

Now I am back on Baja Magic, and tired.  the other two went to the bar up by the office, but I am dead tired and I am going to bed, now, just before nine.

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