This year the event was scaled back a bunch, so there were no live bands, just the local tienda serving food and a local service vendor's family serving food. Great food from them! It was still a good time with lots of games to play, seminars to attend, a swap meet, and a variety of other activities.
|A seminar about a local weather phenomenon known as a "Chubasco" wind.|
|Kevin playing with a new friend. William is wearing a t-shirt|
from Stuart Island in the San Juan's in WA state. Cindy has
that same shirt!
|Guillermo juggling for the crowd|
|A VERY graceful flag twirling dance|
|The exciting balls-on-fire-at-the-of-a-string routine.|
Cindy seated on the right, with the other cruiser-kids she'd been playing with.
The next day started with a swap meet and we brought up our one remaining kayak, and the small surfboard. We sold one kayak back in La Paz a month ago and had one more to sell. They were both sit-on kayaks which are great in warm water, but we are headed back to the NW where our water is cold! We will buy sit-in kayaks, with spray skirts, for our frigid NW waters when we get back home in 3 weeks.
|Cindy being towed one last time in the kayak. We are taking it to the swap meet.|
|Cindy and Kevin next to the kayak and the surfboard. We sold the kayak to a|
cruiser from Switzerland. He will use it as his dinghy when conditions are right.
|The swap meet. We bought a large duffle-style rolling suitcase for our flight|
home in 3 weeks. Perfect because it compresses down enough that it can be
stored on a boat, but it's a full-size roller suitcase when loaded. Nice.
Sunday morning we got up and went for a hike. We caught a cab from the marina parking lot and got dropped off at "John Steinbeck Canyon" to go explore. John Steinbeck wrote about this particular canyon in his book "The Log from the Sea of Cortez". More info on the book here: Steinbeck Book It was a great hike. Very rugged and scenic.
|The hike starts here, at the man-made drainage basin. This was impressive.|
|Then it gets rugged and beautiful.|
|The were many small pools of water. No swimming|
in this yucky green water
|Steve and the kids made it past "the wall". They|
found a small cave with a climbing rope that got them
to the next level.
|Hey, there's light coming in here! Hey, there's a rope!!!!|
|Climbing the vertical section. Only possible with the|
climbing rope somebody installed. Thank you!
|One other climbing rope was require to get past the rock wall.|
It was an exciting hike.
|More stunning scenery awaited us above the rock wall.|
|Kids relaxing in the shade of a BIG|
That night we went out to dinner (Mother's Day) with Jack and Alice from s/v Puffin, Jerome and Karen from m/v Daybreak, and Elvin and Connie who live in Puerto Escondido. It was a very fun evening with great food, and great company. We ate at the restaurant at Hotel Tripui about a mile from the anchorage. After a wonderful dinner the kids started running through the sprinkler. out on the front lawn. They were soon joined by the 3 kids from s/v Agamere. All the kids were soaked, but happy.
|Our dinner group. Sorry, we were distracted by the arrival of Steve and his|
wife on board m/v Pacific so nobody was paying attention to the photographer.
|Kevin, Cindy, and William playing on the sprinkler at hotel Tripui|
|Cindy getting a little sprinkler time at hotel Tripui|
|Free-range cattle are everywhere down here. These were hanging out on the|
side of the road on our drive back from dinner.