Boat sweet boat!

The counts are in; we visited 4 states, slept in 10 different beds, passed through 3 time zones, dressed for 2 climates, and visited with 32 people, 4 dogs, 3 cats, a dozen zebras and a bazillion sea lions.  We left home with two back packs and returned with 2 large suit cases, 2 stuffed back packs, a guitar, a fishing rod, a rolling ice chest and a computer bag – so much for traveling light!  It was a wonderful whirlwind tour, we loved seeing everyone, and now we’re very happy to be home on our “boat sweet boat”.

We can’t thank everyone enough for all the great accommodations, meals, and most of all, time spent with us!  The one thing we do miss while being out here living our dream is that we’re so far away from the people we love.  It was great to have time to reconnect and to catch up on all that’s going on in each of your lives.  So thank you for spending time with us as we sailed through your harbors, and if we didn’t catch up with you this trip you can be sure that there will be other trips in the future!

Now we’re back on Happy Dance getting re-organized, re-provisioned, cleaned above and below decks, and generally just enjoying being back onboard.  As we walked through town today it was nice to see and feel all those familiar sights; the freshly washed cobblestones in front of the homes, the sound of the ice cream man’s bell, Spanish music drifting out from the open doorways, the flash of sunshine on copper pots from the street side vendor, the smell of tortillas from the tortilleria, the friendly smiles and the sound of Hola and Buenos Tardes from everyone you meet….the list goes on and on.

It is much quieter in town and in the marina than when we left a month ago, but that is fine with us as it brings out more smiles from the local people who seem more relaxed.  We’ll take a few days to enjoy La Cruz, maybe do a few more day sails in the Bay before heading out to the ocean.  There are some items on the to-do list that need to be completed before we can head north, so we’ll get those done and start watching the weather to see when the time is right to stick our nose out and test the winds!  The plan now is to stay here for a few more days, then retrace our steps back to Chacala and San Blas.  We’ll skip Mazatlan this trip, and head across the Sea to the southern tip of Baja from San Blas.  Stay tuned for more Happy Dances and enjoy these parting shots of our trip!

Love and hugs to all,

Sue and Marty