Tulum sits in a idealic island anchorage off of Loreto, BCS (Baja) Mexico, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Hernan come onshore just north of La Paz in Southern Baja. Despite being hundreds of miles north, Hernan has still pushed wind, clouds and swell up the Sea of Cortez north. We’ve anticipated the wind and clouds but watch the gusts closely, as they often exceed what folks normally think about when they see the Predict Wind weather pages. We’re lucky that we have a friend out here who’s very good with weather and weather routing and is nice enough to make sure we’re in a good spot as we get this spot of weather. For the last Hurricane/Tropical Storm that swept past Baja and turned up some wind, we sat at the dock in Puerto Escondido but this time we know the weather is mild enough to sit through it on the hook. Quincy sits on the cockpit combing beside me in her weird butt down two legs on deck sit squat maneuver….following the local pod of dolphins as they meander through the anchorage.
Many will say we’re lucky to be out here on a sailboat in Baja (especially during a worldwide pandemic). Part of that statement is true….our timing (in starting our trip) was fortuitous as we’re actually out here on the boat while a pandemic is raging. The boat has become our castle (and bug-out vehicle) and allowed us to isolate as we see fit, making our movement decisions that much more important as we contemplate where we go next (as this hurricane season slowly winds to a close here in Baja). Secondly, purposefully making the decision to live on a sailboat and prep for extended cruising has nothing to do with luck but everything to do with purposeful preparation and a daily sense of adventure. Remember, this isn’t a vacation, it’s a lifestyle.
But now that I’ve made that last point, the adventure to be lived everyday doesn’t come without lots of work. Any belief that you might have in the pretty internet and print ads showing the perfect couple or family on their boat at sunset perfectly dressed with cold drinks is just that, an advertisement (most likely for a bareboat or crewed charter). I HAVE seen folks who looked like they had stepped out of an advertisement….on their perfectly clean boat on their long term slip (that they don’t leave). The truth about cruising and cruisers just isn’t that- there’s nary a day that goes by when I don’t have something I need to do that doesn’t involve sweaty work on deck or in the engine room to provide for basic living. When you hear about all the duties that most couples have on an average cruising sailboat….those are not just joke statements written on websites/blogs; on an average day (in addition to dad and husband) I might also get to have lofty titles like Captain, Engineer, Navigator, Sanitary Engineer, Power Plant Manager, Deckhand, Water Plant Manager, Weather Guesser and Diesel Engine Mechanic. But of course…for a price there are ways to make life on cruising boats easier, depending on your own preferences and wallet: bow and stern thrusters, in-mast furling, installed water maker, installed generator, solar panels, wind generator, satellite communication system, sail stack pack and no teak on the outside of the boat. Everyone makes choices…consider your options carefully.
For us, we choose to be out here vice being in the “normal” race for material wealth back in western society…so the sentences written above are not complaints, it’s just life here. Despite all the day to day work…(in addition to dealing with weather and movements); it just gets rolled into the normalcy of each day. We’re just not a blog/website that will always feed you Bikinis, Beaches and Bars…we strive to give you a balanced look at our view of cruising…..even though 2020 has made cruising for us really, really challenging for various reasons.
Obviously we missed our usual Saturday post and Quincy’s Corner yesterday, but I wanted to end August with one last post. For me content and connection with all of you is important, so keep following! These things happen when we’re someplace cell signal is weak and I can’t get to WordPress. LF2SF lives on a cruising sailboat in the Sea of Cortez where we’re soon to start some boat work and then figure out what we’re going to do for this next cruising season, as the options are not that great right now. We’re love you reading our blog/website and invite you to FOLLOW us to read more, every week (that we have WiFi).