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Saturday February 10th 2018

I opened my eyes and looked the clock. It said 2:00.  I laid there five minutes, then got up and showered. One hour and half until departure and there were things to do. Writing was not one today.

209.8  6.6

I tidied, finished packing, and went down to start the van.  No problem.  I took off the jumper and closed the hood, then backed up out of the basement and parked at the end of the walk.

I had done this a half-hour before actual departure to allow time for surprises -- starting, the deep snow, or a surprise surprise.  Failure to launch was not an option.  My plan was to leave the van running with the doors locked for the remaining few minutes while I finished closing up.  Guess what?  While the battery was disconnected for a day or so, the van had forgotten the remote key fobs and they were unresponsive, leaving only the valet key for getting in and out.  Oh, well.  The ignition still worked.  I can manage.

I closed up the house and returned to the van.  By then, the van had remembered the fobs!  I guess after a long disconnect, the volatile memory is blank, but somehow the essential data is stored somewhere safe and it takes a few minutes running to notice iyt had forgotten and remember such tings.

I arrived at Airdrie at  0430 sharp and my cab was not there.  I phoned and he was still asleep.  His alarm had gone off, but he had dozed.  I doubt he gets enough  sleep.  Twenty minutes later he arrived and I was at security 55 minutes before liftoff. I always build in screw-up allowance into my schedules.

I touched down at SJD on schedule and had an hour to wait for the shuttle.  My seatmates on the pane were going to La Paz on the shuttle, too, and joined me at my table on the patio to wait.  They were booked on  a later shuttle and hoped to be moved up, but mine was full, so we parted ways.

On arrival at the Terminal Touristica on the LA Paz Malecon, I called Uber and soon was aboard Baja Magic.  We had to detour along the way due to Carnival preparations.

On arrival at Club de Yates, my neighbours greeted me as I went aboard.  Dock 3 is a congenial community and I am right at the nexus, being at the gate where everyone passes.

My sails were missing, so I called the sailmaker and he said he would be over in an hour. I then filled the tank water and started a wash.  The sailmaker and his daughter arrived.  He said he had had to re-cut the main, and looking at it, it appeared like new. Apparently the previous owners seldom used it and the only damage was the area where it was exposed to the sun.  Bonus!

He was unable to raise the main, however, as the halyard seems jammed and we decided to do it tomorrow.  Meantime, my washing machine on shore was displaying error messages and apparently the water system had failed with no definite time for repair.  I put the wet wash into a drier and ran it two cycles and things seem just fine.

Dennis left and I had supper.  I went to bed around eight.

Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Sunday February 11th 2018

Today: Periods of light snow ending late this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light this morning. Temperature falling to minus 20 this afternoon.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 27. Wind chill minus 36.

I slept fairly well and got up at 0700.

6.2  121/71 55

I have the whole day ahead.  The sailmaker says he will be here before nine with something he is making up to scour the mast track.

Well he didn't show, but I got to work on various tasks. One was launching the dinghy and when I finished that, I lifted it a bit on the davits to drain the water.  After a while I got in to inflate it further, not realising that being suspended, it was tippy.  I leaned over a little to pump and over we went.

My cell was in my pocket and we went down a few feet before surfacing.  I imagine it is toast, but I handed it to a neighbour who promptly put it into a bag of rice. I set it i n the sun and we will see... I swam to the dock and climbed out.

Now I am reflecting on how I depend on my phone. For one thing, I use it for Uber.  For another it is how people reach me.  When out in the Islands, it is my Internet.  And it is my camera, encyclopedia, maps...  I may have to find a temp  replacement.

I would have left it somewhere safer while working except I was using Fit to track activity.  That was an expensive vanity.  Time to get a pedometer, I suppose and leave the phone somewhere safe.

Seems I've had a run of semi-bad luck this last while.  Having a bad cold has not improved my judgment either, and some of it can be blamed on bad judgment.  The trouble with bad judgment is it often leads to more bad judgment.

Arranging a replacement phone was not easy. I had to use Skype on the marina Internet and the connection was poor making me repeat over and over.  Finally a new phone is being sent for $200, but to Swalwell,  I'll have to figure how to get it here.

Then I realised I can use the 12GB of  Internet data from my plan on the tablet.  I had regretted buying the tablet, but now it is useful even if it is slow and burdened by Samsung software.  I figured I could use the tablet for Uber, too, but I could not sign into Uber because Uber sends a code to my phone and there is no workaround.  I wrote and we will see if they can come up with an answer.  People must lose or break their phones often.  I do it once a year on average.

I then decided to raise the main and spent an hour or two on that with the help of my neighbour.  The halyard and car were free, but under load, the halyard offered resistance, requiring my helper to tug up and down to keep it moving while I ground away on the winch.

By then it was dusk and I cleaned up the cockpit and ate my last can of corn.  I had left a little food when I left last time and bought tostados and refried beans at the tienda, but they were gone, so I decided to soak and cook some dry beans and rice  I have as a reserve.

All went well until I shook in a bit of hot sauce and now they have a slight industrial taste and  smell, but they are fine otherwise. That can of corn would have added some colour. Note self: Buy more spices and garlic.

I ate some, but I think the rest is for the fishes. Too bad.

Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Monday February 12th 2018

 Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High minus 12. Wind chill minus 42 this morning and minus 29 this afternoon.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 17.

I woke up at six after another typical night of interrupted sleep.  I had been avoiding Dristan but around midnight |I needed it due to congestion.  The cold seems to be just about over, though. 

Around midnight the noise of the Carneval music finally stopped. 

Several bandstands are set up on the Malecon and no matter how good or bad they sound close-up, their sounds combine across the water to become annoying rumbling and screeching noises.  Frankly, I have come to think of electronic amplification of music as an unfortunate abuse.

After midnight I slept well and got up at 0600.  I had a vague feeling something is wrong and then I remembered my phone. Don is arriving today.  Without the phone, he has no easy way of reaching me if he has problems finding the boat.  Of course there is email.

6.2  130/74 58

I called my number using Skype to see if there are any messages and did not hang up immediately after the message and guess what, I immediately received an email with a blank voice message (I had not said anything).  Bonus.

The rest of the day was spent tidying and generally getting organised in preparation for Don's arrival.  I had a lot of little things that needed doing anyhow and company on board is a good excuse.

After lunch (of that fish food I made) I called Inflatable Bob (I know -- sounds like a sex toy, but he repairs inflatable boats) and we agreed to meet at the ramp and he would take my dinghy for repairs and leave me a loaner.

I stopped at the office to enquire about waiving the launch fee for such a tiny boat.  No way.  The fees turned out to be 800 pesos or about $42 CAD, and that is four times the cost in Canada, and this is Mexico where usually things are cheaper.

I had stopped with the dinghy at the ramp so I waited for Bob to tell him this was not working.  He arrived a little late and I explained the cost was out of line.  He also had not brought a loaner, so we decided to do this later.

I had been planning on minor work, but for the sake of curiosity priced out a complete repair -- $375 US! What is my dinghy worth fully repaired, I asked.  "$800", he said. Hmmm.

I've considered doing the work myself, but the glue alone costs almost $2,000 (pesos) and i wonder if by the time I am done I will have saved much, and I will have given myself another worry.

Don was scheduled to land at LAP at 4:40 so I am waiting.  His arrival coincided with the start of the parade, which runs the same route he will have to take, so he may be delayed. It is now 5:30, so he should be here if the flight was on time.  I have not heard from him at all today, but he is not one to write or phone a lot.

I returned to the boat and went back to work.

Don arrived and we had chips and salsa in the cockpit

Both of us have colds.  That should be interesting.  I hope we both have the same one.  I'd hate to get a new one.  That would be number three for the winter.

We decided to get provisions and caught an Uber to Aramburo.  The driver avoided the Carnival and overshot by about a mile, then circled back, so we got a tour of downtown.   I checked the receipt online later and the extra mileage did not seem to affect the cost.  He offered to wait and drive us back for forty pesos, "off the meter". We said okay.

Once back on Baja Magic, we ate a little fruit and called it a day.

Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Tuesday February 13th 2018

Today Increasing cloudiness. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High plus 2.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries late this evening and overnight. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 8.

I'm up at 0608 after what has become a typical night's sleep. "Music" went on until midnight or later although I noticed the volume was reduced after eleven or so. I'm still fighting congestion.  Don is suffering through his cold as well.

BG 6.2  BP 123/68 Pulse 51

Don made porridge, but I had an omelet. Eggs or no eggs, an omelet hardly raises my BG, but porridge does, right up to nine or more depending on how much I eat. Maybe it is the raisins I cook in with it.  I should check.

An hour after eating my omelet, my BG is 6.1

Don went exploring on foot and I wiped down the interior.  We had a south wind for two days and apparently a south wind blows a lot of dust.

Inflatable Bob called and wanted me to take the dinghy over and I said I had decided to leave it for now.  Later Don and I decided we'd motor over and take the dinghy to him, but he was out of reach and we ever did contact him.

We anchored off the naval base for a while, napped, and enjoyed the afternoon. We wanted to be back in time for the final parade, so we raised anchor and returned to Marina Palmira.

After changing to long sleeves and pants, we caught an Uber to The Peking Restaurant, which I guessed would be a good spot to watch the parade which was scheduled to start at five-thirty from Tailhunter, just north of there.  It was the perfect spot.  The review stand happened to be right across the road from where we stood, and the parade was fabulous.  It was also amazingly loud.

We then ate at the Pekin and returned to the boat.  Once aboard, we noticed the water pump was running periodically. Investigation narrowed the cause to the hot water tanks.  I disconnected the tank and that solved the problem for the time being.

Next, I researched a replacement and can see it will  not be cheap.

Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Wednesday February 14th 2018

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Periods of light snow beginning near noon. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. Temperature falling to minus 13 this afternoon.
Tonight Periods of snow ending near midnight then clearing. Amount 2 cm. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this evening. Low minus 23. Wind chill minus 26.

I'm up at 0605 after what has become a typical night's sleep.

BG 5.7

We started work on the hot water tank. Finding a replacement will take a while, it seems.

We pulled out the tank and bypassed it and discovered the leak was in a hose below it.  That saves maybe a $800 (US), but no parts are available here at the marina, so Don and I caught the shuttle downtown, then walked to Ace Hardware. No luck there either, but they sent us down the street.

Ley is nearby, so we bought some bananas and toothpaste and walked to Pomy Ganos where we found some of what I needed.  We then called Uber and went to Home Depot.  After a long search, we found the pieces I needed.  I bought a hacksaw and water pump pliers and we hailed a cab to the Terminal where I discovered I could not use the passes I had bought separately, so I now have two seats on the March 6th shuttle.

We walked north on the Malecon and wound up at El Molinito where we had a supper.  The meal was okay, but was saltier and greasier than I remembered.  We walked the remaining half-mile back to the boat and once there we were both too tired to work on the water any further and called it a day at eight.

Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Thursday February 15th 2018

Today Clearing early this morning. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this afternoon. High minus 11. Wind chill minus 25 this morning.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness late this evening. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Wind becoming west 20 gusting to 40 after midnight. Low minus 16. Wind chill minus 25.

I slept until 0730 and last night's was the best sleep I've had in a while.

The salon was a mess of cushions and water heater parts, so I got to work on fixing the leak.  I had been too tired last evening, but the job went well today. 

That does not mean it did not take a long time, though. The job was awkward, and putting the insulation and the cover back on the tank in the tight space where it sits was a pain, but the job is done and there is no leak.  As a bonus, the hot water taps which had run more slowly than the cold now run normally.  It was after noon when I finished.

The culprit is on the right. One off the black hoses was sitting on the sharp edge of the cutout fibreglas  and developed a leak after vibration sawed it back and forth over time.  This was nit an original hose.  Some one had changed the hot water tank at some point, used shorter hoses than ideal and left the hose chafing.  I lengthened the hoses and put padding between the hose and the fiberglass edge.

Don went ashore to get a few things and noticed a poster on our gate saying that the ramp to our dock will be closed for repair tomorrow morning.  We were already thinking of an excursion today and after considering the notice we decided  that this is a good day to leave for an overnight. We'll return sometime tomorrow afternoon or maybe later. 

Maybe.  We don't have a lot of provisions beyond dried beans and that unpleasant-tasting but okay bean chili (AKA fish food) I made a few days back and should have thrown out, but which we have been eating bit by bit.

We stowed everything and left for Caleta Lobos around one. I had not finished replacing all the screws in the furniture, but the drill battery had run down and time was a wasting. 

The winds were steady at 10-15 and we made good time.  We anchored well before dark and had time to swim or go ashore, but neither of us felt like it. 

Don made supper, and after supper, still before six, he was done for the day and laid down.  His cold may be getting worse.  I'm feeling better than I have for weeks, but I may be in bed by eight or earlier.

I had run fresh water into the bilge and had added bilge cleaner earlier to clean up the remaining fuel from the return line leak that happened last visit.  I was counting on the motion of sailing to scrub the bilges and that worked well.  Before we got to Lobos, I pumped the bilges dry.

One curious thing, though: the autopilot broke its belt.  We were sailing a bit overpowered when the wheel pilot suddenly threw the wheel all the way over and the force broke the belt. 

Most of the time the autopilot works perfectly, but once in a while it does something odd, but never this odd.  I have a Jekyll and Hyde autopilot.  I have several extra belts on hand, but suspect more may be hard to find for an obsolete unit like this one.  I hope this is a one-time event.

Darkness falls just after seven. I was in bed shortly after eight.

Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Friday February 16th 2018

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Clearing this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming north 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High minus 4.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming light this evening. Low minus 17.

I slept well and was up at 0445. First light is at 0605.  My nighttime congestion has subsided and I am now pretty well over the cold, it seems.  Don seems to be getting worse.  He coughs and has no energy.

We're anchored at Caleta Lobos.  There are several cats south  of us and a tug and a trawler and a monohull further out.  We have no plans for the day. Maybe go ashore, maybe snorkel, maybe go to Ballandra and look at the famous mushroom rock.  If the forecast and the trends hold, the day will be sunny and 26.  The night  will be 19.  It is 20 now, at 0523.

We sat at anchor until just before noon.  I measured chain and looked at the autopilot belt.  I have no idea why it broke, but I have three spares and see on eBay that it is a ten-dollar item since it is the timing belt for various small engines, apparently.

Around noon, we motored close to the entrance island, dropped anchor, I donned my new snorkel gear, and jumped in. 

I had not expected much, but there is quite a selection of coral, and very different from what I saw in the Caribbean.  The coral appears quite healthy.  There were fewer fish and fewer varieties compared to The Caribbean locations and the water here was murky, but this is just one spot and the current through the pass between the island and shore could explain it.  At any rate, I had a good swim and was pleasantly surprised to see anything more than the sand, rock and gravel I had expected from looking at the shoreline.

We then raised anchor and motored through the gap and over to Balandra.  We anchored several spots, but the swells were bothersome and the wind was chilly, especially for Don who is down with a cold and huddles in blankets much of the time.

We decided we are running out of water and food and it is time to head towards home, so we sailed back to Pichilinque and anchored.  That puts us close to town.  We went ashore and had supper and I figured where we could provision without sailing back to La Paz but Uber did not offer cars out this far and I was unsure what  would find at Marina Market, located half-way into the town.

We decided to stay the night here at anchor at Playa Pichilinque and worry about the rest tomorrow.

Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Yesterday's post

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Saturday February 17th 2018

 Today Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries this morning. Periods of light snow beginning late this afternoon. High minus 10.
Tonight Periods of light snow ending overnight then cloudy. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 after midnight. Low minus 19. Wind chill minus 28.

I'm up at 0130, having slept well so far but feeling wide awake for the time being. 

I went to bed very early, around eight and did not take any medications for the first time in quite a while.  My cold seems to have cleared. 

Although there are a few beach parties in the bay, and a hotel with a club, they are not noisy and it is mostly quiet here.  The night is so mild that we left the companionway and some hatches open.  There are almost no bugs around at this time of year, but a honey bee has landed on the boat more than once in the past week and we see the very occasional small stable fly.

I got a note from Jon that 'the three of us' will be down Wednesday at 4:10 PM to Saturday.  Don leaves Wednesday, so I'll have company continuously all this coming week.

I caught up on email and it  is now 0250.  Time to go back to bed.  I laid down but didn't sleep, so was up until 0400.  Then I slept until 0600.

I'm up for the day and itching to get underway back to La Paz to get some chores done.  Don is still asleep. 

 

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