Thursday, February 11, 2016

February 10, 2016 - San Carlos

We leave the marina tomorrow.  San Carlos is nice but we are ready to move on and explore new places.  It has been quite windy here every day, which is why we are still in San Carlos.  The weather seems to be cooperating for the next 3-4 days though, but then we may need to make sure we are in a good anchorage in case we need to wait out some winds for a few days.  Time will tell.
The kids trying to coax Zappa out of the large yacht that he likes to visit....

We took the bus into Guaymas the other day for two reasons.  The first was to get our Banda Ancha (USB internet device) activated so we could get weather and communications via cell signal once we leave the marina's wifi.  We were very happy that even though our Banda Ancha was inactive for 7 months, they were able to just reactivate fit or us.  In the future we will just need to go into an Oxxo  store (think 7-eleven) and add money each month to our account.   The bus cost us a total of $48 pesos each direction, which is under $3 for all four of us to take a 40 minute bus ride. Nice!

The second was to see the Guaymas Carnaval parade.  We arrived at the parade route soon after what was the published start time, but ended up sitting for nearly two hours before the parade finally started.  you've got love "Mexican Time".  Being Americans without tans, wearing American clothes, we certainly stood out in the crowd.  We only saw two other Americans there during our 4-5 hours in town.  The parade was very long and seemed to go on forever - so long that we left before the end.  One marching band and then dance group after dance group with loud music and bands.  It was really colorful and beautiful with all the floats and great to see all the kids participating in the parade!

Before the parade, l;ive bands played music.  A lot of it classic American Rock.
Vendors selling all kinds of snacks and trinkets.
Colorful snacks and trinkets.
Great marching band.  We think they teach music at an early age in Mexico.
One of the many, many dance groups.  Very colorful.
There were a lot of very nice floats in the parade.
A "Mario" dance group

Yesterday Kevin and Steve rode their bikes into the dentist for a checkup and cleaning.  Dr. Rodgriguez was great.  Very fast, efficient, and did a great job.  Kevin commented that it was a much better experience than he remember from his last dental visit (in America).  Kathy and Cindy rode their bikes and joined up with Steve and Kevin to go explore by bike a bit, visit a veterinarian to buy some vitamins for Zappa, and stop at a big store to look for souvenirs.  It turns out that water-maker water is devoid of all minerals which can lead to pets becoming ill.  They need to take supplementary vitamins and minerals to make up for what is lacking in the very pure watermaker water.  People do too, but all take vitamins already.

Today Kathy and Cindy will be visiting the same dentist in town.  We will get our propane tank filled.  Steve will work on some last minute boat projects.  Both kids have been working on school.  Tomorrow we will stop by the fuel dock, and then we we be on our way, venturing north to explore.

We are not sure when we will have internet access again, so don't be alarmed if there is not a blog post for a while.  We will have Spot tracking our position.  A link to that is at the top of this page.

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