Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 23, 2016 - La Paz Mexico. Last Port in Mexico

It is Monday morning, May 23, 2016.  This is our last day in La Paz, and our last time onboard our boat in Mexico.  At 9:00AM this morning Adagio is scheduled to be lifted onto the ship that will bring her home for us.  This is a bittersweet day for us.  We are so sad that this adventure is now over.  Yet we are excited to be headed home, and for all that life has in front of us.  But, to be sure, these past two years will definitely stand out as "the big event" in our lifetimes.  We have traveled over 5300 miles by water over 440 days in 21 months time.  We will miss the sea and all of the people we have met along the way.  Fair winds and calm seas to all of you out there, we will be keeping in touch.  

Now to the last 5 days in Mexico and a picture and video of us getting Adagio to the ship.

The past week or so in La Paz has been great.  We reconnected with old friends on s/v Coastal Drifter, and met several new cruising families.  Two families are beginning their adventures as we finish ours.

Cruiser Kids in La Paz.  
Kathy returns from the final trip to the grocery store to get just enough food to last
us for our few remaining days onboard Adagio in Mexico.

Pillow fight!  Ethan (sv Coastal Drifter, Kevin, and Andrew (s/v Spanish Stroll).
We had a sleep over a few nights ago.  Andrew's sister Ariana also spent the night.

Cindy (with Zappa), Kevin, Ethan (sv Coastal Drifter), and Kathy in the waiting
room at the Veterinarian.  Zappa has to get the OK from a vet before he can fly
back to the US.  
Zappa about to get his checkup from the Vet.
Mexico is a very pretty country
We watched the Lone Ranger the other night.  I think it gave Cindy an idea.
Cruiser's pot-luck dinner in La Paz
End of the season pot-luck dinner in La Paz, at Club Cruceros.
The adults and one child:  Kim (s/v Spanish Stroll), Monica (s/v Luminesce),
Debra (s/v Coastal Drifter), Kathy and Steve (us m/v Adagio),
Phil (s/v Coastal Drifter), and Jeff (s/v Luminesce).
Photo courtesy of Debra from s/v Coastal Drifter
Guess where we stopped for some ice cream treats?
We have rented a car and left it in Marina Costa Baja near the ship.  Karen and Jerome from m/v Daybreak (moored in Marina Costa Baja) were kind enough to let us keep it there in the very secure marina parking lot. it does have some of our belongings for the flight home.  We spent a nice afternoon with them, swam in the pool, and visited on their boat.  We wished we spent a few days in the beautiful marina/resort of Marina Costa Baja.

Frederic and Janet's boat Kyrnos gets lifted onto the ship.  Sunday afternoon.
We watched this from the swimming pool at the Costa Baja resort.
Watching yachts being loaded, while playing in the Marina Costa Baja pool.
Photo courtesy of Karen on m/v Daybreak

You need to watch this short movie of us as we approach the ship and get ready for it to be lifted...........

We had rented a car and left it at Marina Costa Baja so once we left our boat at the ship we were ready for the several hour drive south.  Thanks to directions from Karen and Jerome we headed south based on memory of some left and right turns since there are no signs to help out!  The tourist map has a road along the coast and we decided to take the second part of one.  Well, dirt soon replaced pavement and we had several hours of bumpy road.  We kept stopping cars coming our way asking how far to San Jose Del Cabo as our gas gauge was getting low and no towns of any size or people were around.  By the time we were within an hour, the gas gauge was on empty, we had windows open, air conditioning off, and were really hot just in hopes of not running out of gas before San Jose del Cabo.  YOLO (You only live once).  We made it, barely!  It was a tense few hours wondering if we were going to run out of gas in the boonies of  Mexico.

These goats were running down the road

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